Just Keep Swimming

This isn’t a post where I apologize for not blogging in three days. Or where I say that I’m so busy. (Even though I essentially did just say both of those things). I will say, however, that life is moving at a pace that leaves me feeling a bit out of breath // wanting to cry // super blessed all at the same time. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some lovely photos of our new townhouse before it gets super messy (because I’m a slob) and dusty. In a way, I’m ready for a slower pace to return. Tropical vacation countdown: 11 days!!! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  1. We moved (as you saw from my brief post on Monday) and it left us feeling utterly exhausted and behind on work. I didn’t realize how much I depend on Internet + weekends before this move. We love, love, love our new place. It’s huge and spacious and beautiful.
  2. I just spoke at the Ohio Union yesterday and shared about telling a story through Instagram. I will be posting my presentation via a blog post on Friday! It went really well but I was definitely nervous.
  3. I got new glasses! Nerdin’ it up! My eyesight is getting worse (and has been continually since I was 7) and so I upgraded my frames from Warby Parker. I love them and look exactly like my mom now.
  4. I saw Fiona Apple in concert on Sunday night and she is FLIPPIN’ insane. So amazing and entertaining but dang she is skinny.
  5. A new Mexican restaurant opened a few blocks from our place and it’s everything I’ve been wanting. Shrimp tacos, coconut margaritas and free self-serve chips. We have been there 4 times in the past 7 days!
  6. I’ll be speaking at The Influence Conference this weekend (Saturday morning to be exact) and I leave on Thursday night for Indy. I’ll be speaking about branding and design for small businesses/blogs. I’m excited, nervous and totally need to practice my presentation a million more times. I’ll be sharing that presentation next Tuesday here on my blog!

Phew – so that’s what I’ve been up to. What about you? Anything exciting going on? If you’re going to Influence – let me know and we can meet up!!

*Oh and the title of this post is just a nice little reminder that I just have to keep on keepin’ on. And that Finding Nemo is awesome.

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Comments (20)

  • Live it up! Good luck on your upcoming presentations, I am sure you will be fantastic.

    Ps. I agree, Finding Nemo is awesome!

  • I LOVE Finding Nemo!!! :)
    And I love your new glasses!

  • Can’t wait to hear you speak at the influence conference :)

    • Thanks Amanda!! Love your blog – I -too- am an introvert, coffee drinker and artist. We will definitely need to chat :) Lovin your blog and I’m going to find you on Instagram now!

  • I’m so jealous of the new Mexican restaurant combined with your new digs! We have some amazing taco joints, but you can always have one more, right?

  • Allie, I just love you! You’re my fave. I think we all totally get where you’re coming from. Good thing you have a vacay coming your way! Happy for you, you deserve it.

    Wish I could go to the Influence conference. It sounds like it’s going to be incredible. I’m going to Alt Summit in January & I figured one professional conference a year is about all I can afford at this point. Maybe next year I’ll be able to make it to Influence. Excited to hear all about it.

    ox, Janae

    • Aw thanks Janae!!! And yes I agree-conferences are pricey! You have to limit yourself or you’ll go broke haha! Alt will be a blast!!!

  • What is the name of said Mexican restaurant?

  • Wow, busy lady! You definitely don’t need to apologize :) I’m excited for all these fun things happening to you right now! Good luck at the conference this weekend, and I can’t wait to see your presentation on Instagram!


  • Regina George

    Congratulations on your new apartment! :) I cannot wait to come visit! And I’ll have to try your new favorite mexican hot spot! Maybe I could come for a day closer to Thanksgiving break, or in December after I’m done with school! love you!

    ps- fish are friends, not food

  • All of this is awesome. :)

    And, when I read the title I automatically sang “Ahh ha ha ho hoo hooo I love to swiiimmmm.”

  • I laughed out loud at that comment about looking like your mom. I’m looking forward to what you thought of speaking at the conference! You’re such a charismatic person in your writing, but I know you are, and you’ve said before, that you’re a bit introverted, so it must have been quite the collision.
    and self-serve chips??? I’ve never had that before. Officially on the hunt.

    • It’s eerie how similar I look like my mom in these glasses. When I’m home for Christmas, I’m going to find the photo that I keep picturing of her in hers.

      As for speaking – I felt my own personality start coming out about 10 minutes into the presentation. I do tend to be a lot more “serious” when presenting publicly. I have to remind myself to smile. I just texted one of my best friends (who was at the conference) to see what she thought of my “vibe.” Now I’m curious!

      Oh and yes – self-serve tortilla chips (along with self-serve limes, salsa and cilantro) is amazing.

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