Many thanks to Laura Watkins for today’s post! Laura Watkins is a marketing manager who moonlights as a yoga instructor. She has developed programs for individuals with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury and has taught individuals from a wide range of demographics. She is also the former editor for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability and a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Laura is passionate about helping others lead healthy, active and independent lifestyles. She is currently training for her first half-marathon since giving birth to her daughter Ava Grace.
The other day I was listening to a friend share how her life has gotten so stressful that she’s had to increase her anxiety medication so that she can focus on her demanding job. Although she is going to therapy, has hired a maid and is exercising consistently, she’s completely overwhelmed. This woman is smart and successful. She has a darling family and a beautiful home in a nice part of town, and yet she can barely get through her day without having a stress-induced meltdown.
If you’ve ever wondered how to balance two careers and have a pretty amazing life all at once, look no further than Danielle Leeke. This influential juggler of careers owns San Francisco event planning and production company, On The Run Events, and is part-owner of The Brick Yard, an SF-based sports bar. Ink & Well has been lucky to call this lady a client, a friend, sometimes keeper of secrets, and ALWAYS an inspiration. This Q&A will motivate you to go for what you want. Even if what you want is everything.
Job Title(s): Owner, On The Run Events, event planning, and production company, and Operating Owner of The Brick Yard.
Alee and I are so thrilled to welcome Mary Charles Abbott to the Ink & Well team. She has joined us as an Account Manager, helping with business development, client engagement, and project execution. Her sweet and engaging personality has been such a fun addition to our team and we’ve been so thankful for her hard-working, get ‘er done attitude. We know our clients are going to love her too! Get to know Mary Charles by following her on social media: Instagram | Facebook and check out today’s post from Mary Charles to get to know a little bit more about her and what she loves (hint: she loves coffee and coffee shops!)
5 things about Mary Charles Abbott
- I’m a southern gal born and raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee. I moved back to Nashville a year ago after spending 4 years living on the west coast.
- I love to travel but my only international trip was to Costa Rica in college. I’m going to Europe for the first time this summer!
- I met my boyfriend swing dancing and as a former dance instructor … I may have met my match.
- My alarm clock has been Whitney Houston’s song “How Will I Know” for the past 3 months and I’m still not sick of it.
- I may have a slight obsession with coffee, but probably more because I love being in a coffee shop than I do actually drinking coffee. See below for more about my coffee love, including my five favorite Nashville coffee shops for getting a great cup of joe and doing some work too.
With the end of winter quickly drawing near, it’s tempting to shift our focus to thoughts of trips to the beach, longer days and all the new, spring fashions. I would like to invite you, however, to savor the remaining month of winter. To help, I’m sharing two new healthy favorites that I gleaned from my Whole30 journey(s). The best part about these two recipes is that they are easy, healthy and delicious. Hopefully, you will give them a try, and perhaps they will help you linger in winter mode a bit longer.
Thanks for the talented Emily Pardy for today’s blog post! Emily is a counselor and founder of Ready Nest Counseling in Nashville, TN. Ready Nest Counseling helps couples prepare for parenthood by caring for their relational wellness as they transition through conception, pregnancy, post-partum, and infertility. Emily has written for multiple parenting publications including Thriving Family magazine and ParentLife magazine. She has her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Lipscomb University and is the author of For All Maternity, a humorous memoir of her own journey into motherhood. Emily resides in Nashville, TN with her husband and three rambunctious daughters.
Welcoming a new baby adds a lot of things to a relationship. Love, joy, and more patience than you ever knew you had inside you, all come with bringing a newborn into your home. All of a sudden you have a tangible representation of your love for one another staring back at your face, requiring constant attention. The sweet smell of a new baby can fill you with all kinds of wonderful feelings, but no matter how hard you try to juggle life, work, and relationships, there is one thing that precious bundle of joy can’t create for your marriage: Romance.
While it took love to bring your baby into the world, it’s ironic now that your baby seems to hold the power to extinguish that same spark. No one ever has a baby to “spice up” their love life, that’s for sure. Nothing can kill the momentum of arousal quite like a cry of an infant in need. Parents are built with the intuition to drop everything and rescue their baby, so it’s only natural to push your relationship to the back burner again and again as your newborn takes priority.
Writing is weird. As a recovering English major, I’m still trying to discover how it fits into my life. I graduated college with an iPhone note full of ideas for future screenplays, novels, and short stories, and eagerly told anyone who asked that my post-grad plans consisted of one thing: writing!
And then I got my first job.
I landed a gig as a writer with what I refer to now as a “content sweatshop.” Instead of turning in papers to kind professors, I was writing mindless copy for picky clients. Instead of researching the impact of the industrial revolution on William Blake’s poetry, I was researching—rather frantically—the difference between a Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy so I could write ten blogs for a bankruptcy lawyer by noon. The rigorous demand for content at work quickly left me with zero bandwidth to pursue any of my own writing in my free time, and I quickly became bitter towards the practice in general.
By Laura Watkins
Welcome to the second half of January where all your pie-in-the-sky resolutions have already plummeted into a highly caloric – albeit scrumptious – assorted box of 100-layer donuts. Or, perhaps you’re one of those people who has managed to find success and are just catching your stride. Good for you.
To all the rest of us, I have great news: There’s nothing magical about January 1st. You can begin living a more healthy, more active lifestyle today. The most important thing is that you begin, and when you mess up, you wipe the dust off your face and try again.
I love setting goals. It’s probably related to my love of planning, of writing lists, and marking items off as I accomplish them. Goal setting has a special magic for me because I’ve experienced the thrill of writing down an extravagant idea—no matter how impossible it seems—and then months down the road seeing that dream become a reality. There’s nothing like it.
I’ve written about goals a few times in the past: Goal Setting in November and Work Motivation After a Long Holiday Break. It’s a topic I love to revisit, sharing what helps me stay motivated and what tricks I’m finding to keep my focus over a long stretch of working towards a big goal.
I’m bringing back a post from last Christmas because the message still rings true, so it bears repeating. Included are minor updates to reflect the current year…
Having a two-year-old at Christmas brings a new and unexpected perspective to the season. All the flurry and busy of this time of year is slowed and reconsidered through the eyes of my little one. He brings a simplicity to the wonders I’ve come to take for granted. I know his view on Christmas will change as he ages and so I want to capture a few lessons from this time, documenting what he’s teaching me as he experiences Christmas for the first time.