The Importance of Taking Breaks and Getting Rest

sick-croppedDo you ever have a lesson that you just can’t seem to learn? Even though you know, 1+1=2, you just keep being unprepared for the result each time the problem comes up? That’s me. I’m trying to learn how to rest. How to take breaks and stop the cycle of busy. I’m still surprised when 1+1=2. Continue reading

GratiTuesday: Sunshine in the PNW

beach life

Work/beach balance.


I have seriously fallen off the posting wagon for my blog. I have the best of intentions of course and I actually have about 6 posts in drafts right now, just awaiting on a little love and a little focus.

Unfortunately for this blog though, summer in the Pacific Northwest is on its way in. That means warm weather, sunshine and popcorn brain for me. I’m doing my darndest to just keep focused on work, let alone my labor of love,

But as today is Tuesday and I have the most beautiful view, I thought I’d make a point to practice gratitude today.  Continue reading

The Shorts Dilemma

walking buddies

Bella and the short shorts.

I wore short shorts on Sunday! Outside, no less.

Fun fact: I’m not a big fan of shorts. Unfun fact: It’s because I’m not a big fan of my legs. But I’m working on it. One of my goals for this year is to confidently wear shorts. It seems so silly when you see it in print but this year I’m working on my body image and I struggle to love my legs.

The past few summers, I have spent the warm days in Washington, wearing capris or pants. Unless it’s really, REALLY hot or I’m in private, I don’t show my legs. I don’t wear skirts, shorter dresses or shorts hardly ever. It’s ridiculous. I get hot and sticky and still hide my legs.

But they’re just legs. I could go on about the reasons I don’t love them but really, each reason is really dumb. So instead, I’m going to tell you why I love them and why I practiced wearing shorts in the rain. Continue reading

I’m Late and I Don’t Know What to Write About.

I have this blog. It’s great. I love writing on it but I’m not always good about writing consistently. I’m guessing anyone who has a blog understands the struggle. When I’m inspired, I can write several posts at once. When a little less inspired, I can create drafts that at least have topics to inspire me at a later time.

Today I got bubkis. No drafts left, no topics I want to talk about and not an ounce of inspiration. So what do you write about when you don’t have anything to write about?  Continue reading

What are you passionate about? What do you love?

When I tell people that I’m working on an Audrea blog but I haven’t figured out my niche yet, I hear the same piece of advice over and over again.

Write about what you love. Love what you write about.

It’s good advice. At LexBlog, one of our mantras is that good blogs are written with passion and authority. I’ve mentioned this before and I still think it holds true. My issue is evidently that I have a big heart. I love a lot of things. I love to discuss a diverse range of issues. I lack focus for my passions and authority. Sometimes I get distracted by popcorn. Continue reading

How valuable is a tagline?

The sign said no one over 95lbs. Whoops.

The sign said no one over 95lbs. Whoops.

Today’s Blogging 101 challenge is to write your tagline. Dang. Taglines aren’t really my sweet spot. Neither are titles. I’m not witty and I don’t know how to create catchy one liners. A tagline doesn’t have to be either of those things but that’s what I would prefer.

Now my mother, she can write a tagline. She’s a punster. A master of spontaneous creativity and humor. But that is neither here nor there because my mother will not be writing my tagline. (I texted her but she hasn’t responded.) Continue reading