Finding Your Tribe – Blog Business + Printable

some-are-the-beatIt is my favorite thing ever when Tori calls herself a blogging dinosaur. She’s this super cute blond gal, who is super business savvy and I know she just means she has been blogging a long time, but the image of a dinosaur just doesn’t fit her. Her strengths are so different from mine. Sometimes I am jealous of all the SEO and marketing knowledge she has but then I stop myself. We are all suited to certain things. And instead of spending my time wishing I could be more like Tori, I need to focus on my own strengths. The coolest part of finding your “tribe” is that they want to help you. They are willing to share their expertise and knowledge with you. Tori is there for me in a second if I need her help on something or have a question. These relationships aren’t one-sided, though. You have to bring something to the table too, but your friends will help you figure out what you are good at. They will ask you for help in certain areas that you never thought you could provide any value. They will lift you up when you are feeling down and will provide invaluable advice in all kinds of areas. And you will do the same for them. BTW, you NEED to check out all the business articles on Tori’s site. She knows what she is talking about.

If you are a blogger, and haven’t formed a community, move this to the top of your to-do list. Sometimes the relationships evolve naturally and sometimes you have to work to find them. Some of my blogging friendships (which shouldn’t be just pigeon holed as most of these relationships have grown in to full-fledged friendships with these ladies) started out with a simple email letting them know that I admire what they do and think they are doing an awesome job. Some were formed at blogging conferences. There are tons of ways to meet other bloggers. Finding your tribe won’t always be easy, but in the end it is something you will cherish.

There are so many bloggers out there and we all fall in to comparing ourselves to them from time to time. But if we can look at it in a different way, like a vast pool of potential friendships, maybe it would seem less daunting. We are all very different, but together we make beautiful music. On our own we are awesome, but together we are even better.

Do you have a “tribe”? Leave a thank you and link to their blog in the comments so we can all go say hi!

*I took this image in Palm Springs last year on our creative retreat. One of the gals, Tammy, wrote out this song lyric (Alphaville’s ‘Forever Young’) for me. She’s ridiculously talented and I consider her to be part of my tribe. Thank you, Tammy for always being there to support me and for collaborating with me on photos and with your awesome writing! I heart you!

Go check out her Letters To You site!

You can download just the lyrics here:

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Letters To You Lyrics

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Favorite Songs of All Time : Playlist

Rose with friends.You guys. My birthday is coming up. You know, in about a month. But this is one of those years where I am really in to celebrating. Some years you just want it to pass without a lot of fanfare. But this year I’m celebrating. Over the last few months I’ve really needed to lean on my friends and they have been there for me in every way. So I just want to spend time with them. Maybe some food. Maybe some drinks. It really doesn’t matter. I just want to be with them, hug them, thank them and enjoy. My birthday is often an excuse for us to take time out and get together, it’s not all about me. And I love that. One year we took trapeze lessons. One year we celebrated at my favorite restaurant followed by an overnighter at a local hotel. What should we do this year? I have a month to figure it out!!!

And since my birthday is coming up, I thought I would give you a little insight in to who I am through a playlist of my all time favorite songs. This is not ALL of my favorite songs, but when I sat down to put this list together, these are the songs that immediately popped in to my heads. Chances are I’ll keep thinking of songs and I’ll just keep adding them to this list.

Also, this is my first time trying out Spotify. Do you guys like this better than how I’ve been sharing my other playlists on Rdio? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

This playlist is all over the place. And it’s everything I love about music. ‘Big Country’ and ‘Case of the P.T.A.’ are faves from high school. I remember listening to ‘Regret’ on my Walkman(!), on repeat, on a train heading to San Diego for volleyball camp my senior year. ‘Groove is in the Heart’ is from Junior High but still is such an awesome song. I don’t love disco but ‘Knock on Wood’ is my jam. Fast forward to my wedding day where my girls and I did a choreographed dance to Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’. And I wouldn’t leave the reception until they played ‘Frontin’. I thought was a great one to end on since after hearing Pharrell sing that he wants to “tear your a** up” all the older guests would be appalled and ready to go (it was also my favorite song at the time, so it wasn’t like I was trying to drive the guests away…:). There’s a little something for everyone on this list. I hope you enjoy!

Five Songs Friday

Straw hats, ginger beer and rad straws = weekendYeah! It’s Friday! I’m so glad this week is over. Last weekend I got to celebrate a good friend’s birthday in Palm Springs. Well, I got to spend 4 hours there until I had to head home for an emergency. The time I did get to spend there was sun, pool, friends and music. Totally relaxing. I’m really hoping that this weekend holds a little more of that, just closer to home. And in case you are hoping for the same, here is what I’m in to right now.

Five Songs Friday

1. Lower Dens: I have shazamed this song about 12 times in the last two months. I think I like it.

2. White Sea’s voice MAKES this song by Big Data for me.

3. This Talking Head’s song might be my all time favorite.

4. My head bobs every time I hear this Night Riots song.

5. My kids have been watching a lot of Ghostbusters 2 lately and this Bobby Brown song still holds up I think.

 

I Love VH1’s Hindsight and a 90’s Music Playlist

Hindsight on VH1I am OBSESSED! with this new show on VH1 on called Hindsight. Have you heard of it?! It’s the BEST! So the show starts, present day, the night before what would be the cute blond’s second wedding. She’s doubting the wedding. Then something happens and she wakes up in the year 1995. But this time, it is the night before her first wedding. The one that she knows isn’t going to work out. So does she change how she lived her life to make her outcome different, better? Will that, in turn, mean that other people’s lives are changed for the worse? The story line is unique, the cast is awesome. But we need to talk about the soundtrack. Because it is amazing! And the funny little 90’s jokes are pretty great too. And I adore the way that Becca (cute blond) tries to explain to her friend, Lolly (cute redhead) about all these modern advances and movies, etc. You HAVE to watch it. And it got me thinking about all my fave 90’s songs so I made a playlist. Ok, this isn’t ALL my favorite 90’s songs (when I started to add in R&B my list went out of control. I’ll save that for another post).

Watch VH1’s Hindsight Wednesdays at 9 pm! (photo credit via VH1) but you can also get caught up online!

Now here is a little bit about my 90’s:

1.  I graduated high school in 1995 the year this show takes place.

2. I got my first cell phone in 1995 because I was working at a video store (ha!) as my first job and my parent’s didn’t want me to drive home late at night without one. I ended up transferring to a music store.

3. I grew up in Anaheim, home of No Doubt and they played at my grad night at Disneyland. Tragic Kingdom had just come out and it was the most amazing show to see them play that album there!

4.  No Doubt’s ‘I’m Just a Girl’ was my anthem because see number 2 and 3 above.

5. My first concert in Los Angeles, without my parents, was Smashing Pumpkins at the Palladium. I stupidly wore my Birkenstocks. Everyone else had on Dr. Martens.

6. We got our first cd player for my sister’s high school graduation party (she graduated in 1994).   The first two cds I bought were Throwing Muses and The Breeders.

Now got watch the show!

Coffee Lover Free Printable

free coffee printable with touches of leopard print for the coffee and animal print lover. Happy hump day, yo. As I get older, I’ve become really in to coffee. Not only do I look forward to my morning cup beginning the night before but I also enjoy finding those places that serve really delicious coffee. I also love the community aspect of coffee. I love how you can sit and enjoy a cup with someone and use it as a way to really connect and spend time with them. I began drinking coffee, right out of college, rather by necessity when I commuted to Los Angeles for my internship. Although I was getting plenty of sleep at night, the monotonous, stop-and-go drive was enough to make me feel like I was falling asleep at the wheel. The simple act of sipping something warm, helped me to focus and drive safely. Previous to this, I had enjoyed only mochas (because who doesn’t like to drink chocolate) as a desserty treat. Fast forward to today, coffee is now part of “me time.” Sure I drink it while I take the kids to school, but I also really enjoy preparing it in the morning and knowing that I am about to start my day and will hopefully make some magic happen. So I will tell you how this coffee lover free printable came to be.

Free coffee lover printable using Beastie Boys song lyricsBecause I am a music lover, certain song lyrics float around in my head. This one, by the Beastie Boys, had been an idea I had for New Year’s Eve cocktails. I reached out to one of my favorite graphic designers, Heather of River and Bridge, and since I waited until the last-minute to work on it, gave her very minimal details of what I was looking for. What came back, though was so much better. When I opened the file and saw more of a coffee cup type cup, my first thought was, “Heather is a genius.” For most of us, our day doesn’t get started without coffee. And I love that this feels empowering. Do you get that? I usually over think everything.

Free printable for coffee lovers and people in to home decorTo me, this says, don’t waste any of the day. Let’s get started and tackle what awesome things lie ahead.

Free coffee lover printableTo me it says, let’s make a change, collectively. Not just on your own, but as a community. Let’s finish the cup and DO something.

This free printable is perfect for the coffee lover in your life. Even better if they love Beastie Boys.And it is also just fun! What does it mean to you?

Download this print, frame it and remind yourself to make the most of your day. Take the day by storm and finish that cup. Sure, it sometimes takes 2 or 3 cups to get going. But use that time to plan your attack. Then tilt your head back. And finish that cup.

The song printable is set up as an 8×10 but you should be able to shrink it to fit whatever size best suits your needs. This would also make a great gift tag for a coffee lover gift!

Finish the Cup Coffee Printable

See more of Heather’s work on her site: River and Bridge

*I’m looking to do more collaborations! Let me know if you think we can work together!