Updated Reading List for the Summer

Doot. Doot. Doot. Looking out my backdoor.

Doot. Doot. Doot. Looking out my backdoor.

The Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place in the whole world in the summer. At least in my opinion. Every year, around January or February I swear I’m going to move. I think about other places I’d like to live. I dream of somewhere with more sunshine and more warmth. Maybe Hawaii? Possibly Georgia? Somewhere south.

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Stay Positive and Keep Moving Forward: An Ikea Life Lesson

IkeaSometimes things go horribly wrong and you’re left trying to figure out how to move forward. This happens to me every single time I try to assemble Ikea furniture. As some point, I end up staring at the instructions, the bits and pieces, the joke that is a half created monstrosity and wondering how this got so messed up. Continue reading

Hi, I’m Audrea (Insert Human Tagline Here)

Photo credit Flickr artist Paul Downey

Photo credit Flickr artist Paul Downey

I subscribe to the Daily Post and I get their blog prompts. As a blogger who regularly gets “stuck” these can be super helpful getting the creative juices flowing. If you don’t already subscribe, I would highly recommend it. Usually, I don’t use the specific prompts as topics but they help me think generate new content ideas. However, the prompt on March 31  really stuck with me. I kept coming back to it and it resonated with me. Continue reading

I Am Enough

Yes please!

Yes please!

I have a hard time with being good enough. I am a busy person by nature. I find things to keep me moving. It seems like the house is never clean enough. There is always a meal that needs to be prepared. There’s a blog post that needs to be written. A client that needs to be called, laundry to be done, emails to respond to, life is busy, busy, busy.

I was listening to a podcast the other day with Brené Brown and it made me stop in my tracks, mouth open, staring dumbstruck at my phone. What. Did. She. Just. Say! (The podcast by the way is OnBeing & it’s episode 11 in casey you’d like to listen.) I have bastardized the line I’m sure but she said something like this: Continue reading

My Goals for 2015 – Learning How to be Audrea

Audrea's 2015 Goals

Audrea’s 2015 Goals

At the beginning of the year it’s pretty normal to make a New Years Resolution. I never do. However, I did start building up some annual goals for work. While I did that I got inspired to write life goals for the rest of my time.

I identified areas I wanted to work on and things I could do to start making changes. You are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down, so I did. I ordered them according to personal priority and hung them on my wall. Continue reading

I took a break but now I’m back


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I actually didn’t mean to take a break. I have several drafts sitting in my admin area waiting to be finished and published. I have several ideas for posts in addition to what’s sitting as a draft.

BUT… I got distracted. I was busy. I had other priorities. I have excuses for days. Really though, I just didn’t write. I didn’t commit to writing and therefore I didn’t blog. It happens. It’s not the end of the world. Continue reading

4 Leadership Lessons Learned by Living with a Life Partner

LeadershipTry saying that 4 times really fast! But I digress…

In my head, I’m the boss at home- this may very likely only be true in my head. Nevertheless, I have the furniture set just how I like it. I have the cleaning list and schedule according to my preferences and I also dictate the grocery list. I am queen in my castle.

Unfortunately, I am not the only resident of my castle. I live with the most wonderful partner ever, the Colbster. He is kind and thoughtful and caring. He has an fantastic sense of humor and makes a phenomenal steak. He is also a bit of a slob with wildly different tastes in music and TV. He has different priorities. This makes me better most of the time but it also leads to struggles. Our life together is 95% joy mixed with 5% of us arguing over Top Gear versus Game of Thrones. Continue reading