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{30 Under 30} Half Marathon Training Begins

July 30, 2013

Back at the beginning of the year, I put together a list of goals I’d like to accomplish in 2013. Not resolutions per say, because I still feel as though that term has negative connotations, but rather a list of activities that I thought it’d be fun to tackle throughout the year. I’ve made a headway on that list, but one of the items featured (the first one, in fact) was the goal of running a half marathon – something…

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Slice of Life

Dad’s Birthday Adventure at Fort Matanzas

July 29, 2013

To celebrate my dad’s birthday this year, we loaded up the car and made the 45-minute drive down to Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine. Located on Rattlesnake Island on the Matanzas inlet, it’s one of my dad’s favorite local haunts. We got to the park right right as the opened at 9 a.m. and were fortunate enough to catch the first ferry over to the island. For those of you not familiar with the history of this particular monument, Fort…

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Home Improvement

[After] Our Lawn Makeover: Part Two

July 24, 2013

With the hard decision (choosing a landscaper) behind us, Chris and I moved quickly into the next stage – finalizing our design. After a couple of text and email conversations, we set a date to meet the guys from Horizon Landscaping of Jacksonville at a local nursery to make some final decisions on plant selections. Question to answer during our trip to the nursery: Podocarpus (yew) or osmanthus (tea olives) to add height to our front beds? Tea Olives Color…

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Crafts & DIY

The Art of Zen: Doodles

July 23, 2013

This whole project started because I was browsing Pinterest on my phone while Chris and I were watching Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood this evening (what else are credits good for?). I stumbled across an image that led me to the blog, Art with Mr. E, who chronicled one of the lessons he holds for his students to teach them shading. Following his instructions, I created my own piece of art, with the exception of using crayons in lieu of colored…

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Home Improvement

[Before] Our Lawn Makeover Story: Part One

July 22, 2013

Our front yard has been on our home project to-do list for quite some time. One of the challenges inherent in purchasing a house that’s gone up as a short sale is the fact that you get it in as-is condition. We were fortunate that the inside of our home was in good condition when we bought it; however, the yard had been under-maintained (mostly forsaken) for more than a year. The front beds were a wreck with an odd and…

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Crafts & DIY

Craft Day: Animal Totems & Watercolors

July 22, 2013

Every now and again, it’s good to stretch your creative muscles. That’s why a couple of my girlfriends and I take turns hosting a craft day at our respective houses. This weekend, I had the privilege of hosting Katie and Stephanie. Past projects included spray paint art using leaves as natural stencils at Stephanie’s house and putting together table numbers for Katie’s wedding back in May. This go-round, we decided to try our hands at a little 3-D art thanks…

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31 Letters in 31 Days

Day 7: Hooray for Birthdays!

July 7, 2013

Today’s letter is in celebration of my cousin Kristen’s birthday! I feel pretty fortunate to be so close to both my cousins (Kristen and her older sister, Kelli).  And they’ve both been taking the world by storm as of late – Kelli is off in China teaching English, and recently Kristen moved to Tennessee to work as a nurse. My cousin’s one groovy chica, and she’s definitely been missed since her move to the mountains. Thankfully, we do manage to…

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31 Letters in 31 Days

Day Six: Welcome to the Team!

July 6, 2013

Recently, I had the pleasure of being part of the interview committee for our latest hire for the strategic communications team (specifically for PR). We met Gabe late one Saturday morning at Starbucks, and I remember leaving the meeting feeling impressed and refreshed by his energy, experience and openness. When he followed up that next week with a creative letter of thanks, he’d all but sealed the deal in my mind. (Note: Thank you cards/letters post-interview are not an archaic…

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31 Letters in 31 Days

Day 5: Just Because…

July 5, 2013

One of things that I’m already loving about the 31 Letters in 31 Days project is the fact that it’s motivated me to reach out to people I’ve truly been missing in my life. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hecticness of our day-to-day challenges and lose sight of the things that are really important, like cultivating and maintaining our relationships with family members and friends alike. Today’s letter is for my Uncle David, Aunt Linda and…

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Slice of Life

Independence Day on Kingsley Lake

July 5, 2013

Every Fourth of July, Chris and I join his family at their lake house on Kingsley Lake, a tradition that I look forward to every year. It’s a chance to disconnect (mostly) and enjoy the beauty of the lake – the sound of the water against the house (situated literally on the lake), the feel of the sun on the dock, and the cool, calm water after the heat has driven us from sunning on the dock. It’s also a…

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