I can remember telling my parents my favorite color was black at the dinner table around middle school. I remember nervous glances between my parents. Obviously I was a devil worshipper or into the drugs. Except I wasn’t. I just didn’t want to have the typical answer: pink.
Fast forward many, many years and I’ve painted an entire wall of my condo pink. I’m not sure if my all-things-girly comes from feeling like I missed out on prime ‘girly’ days or not. I definitely had my share of Barbies, but I also thought feminism equaled denying beauty and avoiding, well, pink. Thanks to many women these days, most notably Zooey Deschanel (for me), women and, hopefully young girls, know that they don’t have to be pigeonholed into liking or not liking something in order to demand equality. For far too long, society has said that manly hobbies are more worthwhile than feminine ones and that’s a belief that needs to stop.
As you can see in my pictures, I now embrace my feminine side, but also try not to hide my masculine tendencies. I know I can have a pink and blue wall in my home (and do).
Here are the things I’m loving right this minute.
This recipe box from Paper Source.
This cat ring from Catbird.
This paint color is prom pink from Valspar.
And this new shirt from J.Crew I bought at the resale shop Style Encore in Austin.
As you can see, I am making some big changes to my site (and life). I’d like to say I know when this will be done, but a blog, much like real life, is a continuing project that evolves over time.
From now on, this will be less of a portfolio page and more about, well, whatever floats my boat. I hope you’ll stick around and see the progress.
Because I can’t seem to stop volunteering for things, I recently heard about a cool project, wherein people would read 12 business books per year and write reviews about them. Some people were chosen to be a part of a group that got the books for free and met periodically to talk about those books. I was not in that group—However, I was chosen as a small group of reviewers who get their reviews published on the Actionable Books website. I figured getting published was still pretty good, especially since I planned on reading the books anyway, so here is my first installment published on Actionable Books. You can read more about the Actionable Book summaries here.
Happy Halloween! I was pleasantly surprised to be the winner of the 4th Annual Scary Booton Contest from Busy Beaver Button Co. There were more than 40 entries, so I was shocked that mine was chosen. I will receive $200, a $50 gift certificate (which will be used to buy buttons for Jump Little Cake, Jump!) and some awesome monster buttons! I recently got back into design work and this was just the boost I needed for my design confidence. Let me know if you have any projects you need a designer for—I am interested in new, creative freelance or collaborative projects.
I just had to share this video my mom and I made as an audition tape for Cupcake Wars, Season 8. My mom got a call from a Cupcake Wars casting associate about 2 weeks ago asking her to submit a video with her assistant for the show. Since we get along so well (most of the time), she decided if she was going to get chosen to go to L.A., she wanted take me, so here is our audition. We are a bit silly, but from what we gather they are looking for personality for the show. We are excited and really hope to be picked!
Local story on real estate broker Emily Moreland
Here is a story I wrote last month for Community Impact Newspaper – Lake Travis/Westlake edition. This long-time real estate broker established her own real estate company in West Austin almost 30 years ago. I interviewed her at a home for sale in Westlake and learned a lot about why she went into real estate and how she grew her business to about 75 agents. She was a very lovely lady and gave off a sincere attitude as well as having a lot of wisdom. In addition to her business she also runs the family ranch, located near Waco. One of the reasons I love to write is meeting new people and learning and sharing their stories, so this article was successful by my standards!
In this video I tell about my favorite character featured in a book from my childhood. We have approved the proof for our children’s book “Jump Little Cake, Jump!” and will have the books in our hands in about a month. We decided to reflect on some of our favorite childhood book memories while hoping that our book will inspire new ones for others. Please leave a comment letting me know who your favorite character from a book was when you were a child.