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Now November


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Where does the time go? Just like that, it’s already November. The month of giving thanks, the start of holiday shopping (unless you start in October like me), and the first of many family get-togethers.

For some, November is also a month of no shaving and novel writing. Every Halloween, without fail, I find myself nodding and thinking “Yeah, I guess I really could write a novel this November. It wouldn’t be so bad!”

And then I wake up on November first and think “Forget that noise! I don’t want to write a novel!” The truth is, I’d much rather spend a month diligently creating new designs, taking photos, or actually blogging daily than write a novel. So sorry National Novel Writing Month, I have stood you up yet again. Hat’s off to all you you future novelists and bearded beauties though!

For those about to write, I salute you.



Embrace Change Desktop & iPhone Wallpaper


2560x1440 // 1680x1050// 1440x900//iPhone5 {lock} // iPhone 5 {home} //iPhone4 {lock} //iPhone4 {home}// Facebook Cover Photo

While I’ve made some phone backgrounds featuring lettering, Facebook cover photos featuring my beloved Blackhawks, and a combination of the two, I never considered making a design available to others in a wider variety of formats for desktop backgrounds.

I periodically feel compelled to design these new backgrounds, and I’m going to start making an effort to share them with all of you fine folks as well! This just may be the first of many freebies to come!




As it Stands

As it Stand - June 21

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I have been listening to a lot of Streetlight Manifesto lately, including their newest album Hands that Thieve. Unbeknownst to many, I spent the majority of my high school days obsessing over ska music and playing in my ska band, Two for Flinching. Two of my best friends (and former band-mates) asked me if I’d be interested in seeing Streetlight Manifesto for their Beginning of the End tour since we used to cover quite a few of their songs. I, of course, said yes and have spent much of my week familiarizing myself with their newest album.


This week I discovered the cutest paper boutique, Monogram Paper & Gifts. This store just screamed my name, and I honestly had a hard time not buying everything in sight! In fact, I bought even more than what is shown above, but for the sake of not ruining surprises for people I couldn’t show everything. From lovely stationery to adorable and quirky gifts, this store was absolutely wonderful! I am absolutely loving my new America the Beautiful Field Notes too.


For whatever reason, I cannot get enough of these “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” GIFs. I suppose I should come clean and mention that I’m an absolute sucker for goofy GIFs. Though I can’t explain why, I definitely got a huge kick out of these silly images.


After spending the morning and afternoon working on a new project for a client, I am really looking forward to spending some time with my two amazing friends mentioned earlier, Dan and Zak (as shown in the photo from left to right: Dan, myself, Zak). We grew up together, and while our group of friends has all split up (geographically speaking, this is), we make a diligent effort to get together for long weekends when we can to catch up and love life. I am really looking forward to spending some time with these crazy kids and seeing a band we were all obsessed with during our young and reckless high school days.



[Explore] More.

Click Less. ________ More.

After work, I decided to go for a drive. Maybe it’s my midwestern upbringing or perhaps it’s something I got used to since my parents both grew up in the city and liked experiencing the country scenery on summer days, but there is something beautifully appealing about driving just because it’s nice outside. Driving just to see blurring landscape while singing your favorite songs in the car.

I ended up at a county park I’d never been to, wearing clothes not suited for hiking. I spent 45 minutes exploring this new-to-me scenery. Not for exercise. Not to take photos (though I did snag the one above with my iPhone). Not to kill time. I did it because it was a beautiful day. I did it because I like being outside. I felt the spongy earth through the soles of the fabric flats I wore to work as my hair, which I refused to put up, danced in the wind. It was spontaneous, lovely, and so different from my other more technologically-based hobbies.

While I always make a point to do something I love each day, it occurred to me that I need to make a more conscious effort to spend less time in front the computer and more time exploring, experiencing, and expanding my ever-growing list of things I love.