Election Day

Today is the last day to vote in Texas for the mid-term elections, so make sure your voice is heard. For Election Day, you’ll have to vote at a specific polling location, so make sure you know where to go before you go: https://www.votetexas.gov/voting/where.html. There may be long lines, but our rights are worth it!

IMG_2183Enough about that—I’ll assume you got the message! Right now, I’m reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, an interesting read about some brothers and sisters who are supposed to get a small nest egg from their father in mid-life. But as the date approaches and most of the money has to be used to bail one of the siblings out of a self-induced crisis that could take down the family name, the siblings realize they may have taken that money too far for granted, Will they be able to get the money back or will they have to tell those they love the money mistakes they’ve made relying on future money as a savior? We’ll see! I’m only about halfway through, but so far so good.

And this past weekend, I took photos, as I often do, at the Texas Farmers Market in Mueller. It was a beautiful weekend and I enjoyed seeing everyone’s goods and taking photos for them. Be sure to follow their Instagram at texasfarmersmarket and mine at tyoungster. I bought some goat cheese, which I used as a ricotta replacement in lasagna. It turned out beautifully! I had enough leftover to freeze.

November Thoughts

Yesterday I went to a former co-worker’s wedding. The day was beautiful and simple and reminded me to enjoy the present. It was so nice to see a couple overjoyed to be bringing their families together.

This month, I hope to remain thankful for all the love and friends and family I have in my life right now.

This starts with being thankful for the right to vote. Don’t forget to cast your ballot in Texas Nov. 6.

Additionally, I’m taking photos this morning at the farmers market. I’m thankful for having clean, healthy, organic food to nourish my body.

I’m taking this week to eat all the food in my refrigerator and pantry—not only to save some money on groceries—but also to allow me to get rid of some of the foods that have been there a bit too long and to clean out some unhealthy foods that I no longer need. This will allow me to clear they way for fall foods and to start over.

I’m also watching Gilmore Girls again on Netflix, which I tend to think about during fall and Christmas, because they have such great seasonal episodes.

Some things I hope to do this week:

  • Repaint my nails and toes
  • Finish reading The Nest
  • Recycle hangers at the dry cleaner
  • Post some more clothes to sell on Poshmark

rich's wedding

My ever evolving style 

  
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.

Work in progress

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.

Happy 2015!

A Review: The 8 Pillars of Motivation

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 belated Halloween!


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.

Audition for Cupcake Wars

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!