Going in to August is always exciting because it’s my birthday month. It’s peak summer, there are tons of activities and I get really good at being excited about the tiniest things because I can say, “It’s my birthday *X*,” and that makes it the best *X* I could ask for 🙂

The Blog

I have been thinking a lot about how I want to incorporate all of the different interests and influences I have in my life to share with all of you. It has been really fun to step back and see the different areas that I am inspired by and how I can bring them together to create something that can be a resource and refuge for all of you! I am hoping that by saying this here it will help give me that final push of accountability I need to kick these projects into gear.

Creative Interviews

I have been toying with how I want to do creative interviews on smoorelovin for a while now.I wanted to create an interview that lets you see the real workings of their minds and not just, “What’s your favorite color/candy bar/etc.” I have finally compiled a list of questions that will give a real look into the lives and backgrounds of people who are living creative lives in their own way. Now comes the fun part – executing on the ideas and plans and getting some really awesome people profiled on here!

More Travel

I love documenting my travels here. It is so fun to look back at trips and see what was going through my head each day to step back into the mindset that I was in. Being able to take a minute at the end of each day while traveling to write down a few notes has been a game-changer for me. It really changes my appreciation for the different things I experience in each day and ups the happy level associated with each trip.

Career

  1. I started reading Lean In by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in an effort to help me improve in the areas I struggle with the most in my career – money and negotiations. I fall into the category of people (typically women) who think that my work should speak for itself and eventually someone will notice the quality and the big payoff will come. I know it does not work that way, and if someone asks me for career or salary advice I ALWAYS tell them to go for it and recognize the value of what they contribute. I have a hard time putting those practices to work in my own world, so I’m trying to improve.

Fitness

I was off Muay Thai for almost all of August. The gym was closed for renovations and then I was back in Colorado and then the gym had to close again due to flooding. Going back was really hard, I felt so out of shape my first class. Shallow breathing, so much sweat and a thirst that all the water in the world couldn’t quench.

As out of shape as I felt during my first class back, I was pleasantly surprised during my Labor Day weekend exercises at how much my endurance has improved! My mom and I stayed at The Asbury Hotel for Labor Day and they offered a roof top yoga class that we happily participated in. It was a strength-building class for sure and we both powered through smiling. The following day we took a 3 mile run on the boardwalk without even blinking. I am not a runner, I don’t usually enjoy it and I stop every half mile to walk for probably a quarter mile. I don’t know if it was the boardwalk views or having the opportunity to run with my mom that did it, but I comfortably ran that 3 miles without stopping and I am pretty damn proud of it.

Fun Projects & Activities

  1. I have signed on to run the instagram and twitter for TypeThursday PHL, a new group in Philly dedicated to type and letterforms (full on geek mode). TypeThursday is an international group for type lovers and the PHL chapter will have a monthly meet-up. Each month the group will get together to share and critique work, talk about new inspiration and have a general space to talk about type. I am super excited for this group to kick in to gear. I love to draw letterforms and manipulate the elements as a way to get myself off the computer and creating in the real world. I am super excited to meet up with people who share that love and more! Philly has A LOT of really awesome hand-letterers, graffiti artists, type-setters and type designers so I am hoping they all come together and show what an awesome community we have!
  2. I spent my birthday back home in Colorado and it was the best decision I have made this year. I had 5 days off in a row with very few obligations in a place that I love so dearly and don’t get to spend nearly enough time in. I got to go camping with new/old friends and woke up to beautifully crisp Colorado air and [real] pine tree smells. I swam in a lake and hiked to the top of the highest rock I could find. I got to share my beautiful home with Tim (who I learned had never really been camping).
  3. WE DROVE TO CASPER< WY FOR THE ECLIPSE! That was cool.

I hope your August was wonderful and welcomed September with open arms!