The Lineup // 8.26.16

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I’ve been feeling extra inspired lately and I think, in part, it has to do with The Lively Show. I know I’ve mentioned this podcast far too many times, but it’s seriously changing my life, and I can’t recommend it enough. How’s your week been? Matthew and I were supposed to head to Miami yesterday, but ended up canceling our trip due to this whole damn Zika thing. NO, I’m not pregnant, and NO, I’m not trying to get pregnant, but my family down there advised us to reschedule our trip, and the whole thing kind of freaks me out anyway, SO we’re not in Miami. Instead, we’re doing a staycation of sorts exploring some places in Texas. And that’s what’s happening over here. I’m going to try to unplug this weekend as much as possible, but in all reality, I’m sure that won’t totally be happening. Worth a shot though, right?! Hope you all have a great weekend whatever you’re up to, and enjoy some of my favorite things from around the web this week! 

I’ve preached about meditation before, but aside from me lighting a candle, I don’t really have a meditation area in my home. However, I’d love one.

I know how important it is to eat slowly, and I’m really trying to make more of an effort to do so.

I’ve also talked about how I’m trying to get in 10,000 steps/day. Well, that’s a bit more difficult than one might think. when I lived in NYC it was a no brainer, but here…Houston…not so much a walking city, guys. Maybe these tips will help.

Broken zipper? Here are 3 easy DIY fixes.

Positivity always, friends. Negative people and negative thoughts are TOXIC. Here are 10 proven ways to help stop negative thinking.

Loving this modern Chelsea boot from Everlane.

I’m more than half way to 31. Yikes! Bad health habits to quit in your 20s.

Adorable little black dress under $100 from Shopbop.

Our loft is full of white walls, but there’s something about some of these black walls I’m kind of loving.

If you’ve been skipping the gym, here are 3 ways to get back on the bandwagon.

See previous Lineups here.

 

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Anxiety and Flying

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As many of you know by now, I hate to fly. And I don’t say ‘hate’ for anything except flying (and bees). As you might have read here, there was a period of time in my life when I didn’t fly. I couldn’t get on the plane (and one time I actually was on the plane and got off of it as the cabin door was shutting…that was interesting). I just could not do it. I missed out on countless important events in my family and friends’ lives, and it was a REALLY hard time for me. HOWEVER, I’m happy to say I’m currently flying again. Do I like it? Hell no. I LOATHE it, and I drink heavily when I do it, but I do it. Throughout the years, I’ve taken a few ‘Fear of Flying’ courses, and they really have helped. Will my fear ever go away? I’m not sure, but it’s manageable, and that’s what matters. The course is led by Douglas Boyd, Ph.D., who is the Owner and Director of Flying Phobia Help, LLC. and tenured Professor at the University of Texas,  Jonathan Matovich, BS, who is Captain at a US airline and pilot recruiter, and John Hart, Ph.D., who is a Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor at Behavior Therapy of Houston. I, selfishly, LOVE this interview because I’ve been dealing with this phobia of mine for a while, and I’m thrilled to be able to share all of this insightful information with all of you. Even if you’re not a fearful flyer, I think you’ll really enjoy hearing what these three men have to say. Enjoy!

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Madewell Haul

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What is it about plaid that just screams fall? Well, honestly, for me, plaid is my jam year round. I’m not a print person nor do I wear colorful things all too often, BUT one print I will wear and colors I will wear include plaid, baby! While at the Blogger Crawl last week, I was eyeing things at Madewell the entire 2 hours I was stationed there, but do you blame me? So many good things! I couldn’t resist a few goodies.

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Hard Work, Macarons, and So Much Color

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Almost five years ago, it started as a creative side project and now it’s one of the most popular DIY blogs there is. Ashley Rose, 28, started Sugar & Cloth while she was working at a local seafood restaurant because she wanted to figure out what she really wanted to do and she wanted something creative to work towards in helping her do so. In the past five years, S&C has been named ‘Best DIY Blog’ by ‘Better Homes & Gardens,’ a ‘Top 12 Instagram Account to Follow’ by ‘Huffington Post,’ partnered with Anthropologie and Home Depot, been featured in ‘Teen Vogue,’ ‘Oprah Magazine,’ ‘Real Simple,’ ‘Huffington Post,’ and ‘Martha Stewart Living.’ Oh, and this is just a small sampling of where she’s been featured, who she has collaborated with, and accolades she’s received! However, S&C wasn’t an overnight success; Ashley worked (and continues to work) SO incredibly hard, all the time. She’s extremely passionate about what she does, and it shows through in each and every project she does and post she writes. I’m so excited to feature Ashley here today, so keep on reading to find out what inspires her, her biggest ‘pinch me’ moment of her career, thus far, what a day in her life is like, and lots more. 

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Changing the Course

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I was born in Florida, and lived there until I was about 2. I’m sure if I knew what was happening at my ripe old age of 2, I would have assumed we’d stay living in Florida forever, but we moved; to Houston for a year. Again, I’m sure if I was comprehending what was going on, I would have assumed we’d stay living in Houston forever,but we moved; to Cleveland for 5 years. 5 whole years somewhere; we must be staying here forever, but we moved; to Chicago for a year. At this point, I imagine that I kind of just assumed we’d move every few years, but I think there was still that little feeling that this is now my forever home, but we moved; back to Houston for about 7 years. Ok, this has to be it, right? We’ll definitely stay in Houston forever, but we moved; back to Cleveland for a year. Ok this REALLY is it, or so I thought, but then we moved; to New York where I finished up high school. Alright, so now I was off to college. I went off to University of Miami, and I figured I’d be there all 4 years of college, but I transferred; to UMASS Amherst. I then figured I’d stay there the remaining 3 years, but then I transferred; to Lasell College, where I graduated from. I stayed in the Boston area for about 2 years after I graduated, and I then moved back to New York. Ok I really thought I was going to settle in New York, but I moved; BACK to Houston, where I currently reside. Where next? Who the heck knows!

The point of me giving you my life story is to give an example of when things don’t necessarily go according to ‘plan.’ So often in life things do not go the way you had initially thought they would. So often life throws curveballs, and so often, we have to change our course, in one way or another, and adapt to the new situation. This can be scary. This can be frightening actually. However, it can also be really exciting and really incredible.

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The Lineup // 8.19.16

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Despite the rainy weather all week long, it was still a REALLY productive, good week. First, a massive THANK YOU for all of the incredible feedback on my new site. It means more to me than you know. As well, THANK YOU to those of you who came out to Market Street on Wednesday night for the Blogger Crawl. It was really fun and I loved meeting so many of you. On Tuesday, I took an incredible yoga class. I know a lot of people tell me they don’t like yoga because it’s ‘boring,’ but you guys, it’s seriously changing my life in the most amazing way. I urge you to give it another shot if you only tried it once or twice and didn’t like it. Let’s see, what else? I have a breakfast and a lunch Friday with friends I haven’t caught up with in a while, so I’m very excited for that. Hoping to get out on the boat this weekend, but the weather isn’t looking all too promising, so we shall see. Hope you all have a GREAT weekend, and enjoy some of my favorite reads and finds from the week! 

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Sales, Patience, and Networking

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He’s probably the hardest working guy I know who somehow always has an incredible attitude no matter the situation. He’s climbed the ladder in the radio industry quite high, and he’s only 33. I’m not only saying all of this because he’s my brother. Danny Bortnick, VP Sales CBS DC, thrives when others succeed. He leads his team in a way that makes them want to do better and makes them want to show up each and every day ready to kick ass. In sales, there are the highest highs and the lowest lows, and my brother has figured out how to navigate both ends of the spectrum in a way that truly inspires me.

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Like a Daydream

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What’s more relaxing and peaceful than drifting off into the most amazing daydream? I think of it as a form of meditation. Even though, technically during meditation, you’re not supposed to think about anything beyond focusing on your breath, how your body feels and such, when you daydream it’s another form of meditation, at least to me. My mind wanders to a tranquil, happy place. Whether it be a memory or something I envision happening, I love a good ol’ daydream.

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Matchmaker Matchmaker Make Me a Match

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With the popularity surrounding online dating these days, it’s hard to think about dating any other way. However, I love a good old set up. Not that I’m currently dating, BUT when I was, my favorite types of dates came from set ups. One thing I never did during my dating heyday was work with a matchmaker. It’s not that it never crossed my mind, but it just never happened. If you were to ask my mom, when I was dating up a storm, she always joked about (or maybe she was serious?!) those ‘arranged marriages’ circa the ‘olden days,’ but honestly, I would have jumped on the matchmaker bandwagon in half a heart beat. This brings me to today’s interviewee, Brooke Wise, 38, Founder of Wise Matchmaking. This girl left Wharton, NYU Stern, and Wall Street in the wings in the pursuit of connecting people, and she’s one of the best in the industry. Keep on reading for her story, and if you’re based in NYC or South Florida and you’re on the market, you might want to consider becoming one of Wise Matchmaking’s next success stories.

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Welcome to My Brand New Website

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It’s here, it’s here! My new website is here. I am SO excited to introduce to you my brand new website. It’s been a work in progress for a while now, and I’m SO beyond thrilled with the final results. A massive THANK YOU to the a-mazing CKO Digital team who helped bring my vision to life! In the short video below, I explain everything about the new website, but in a nutshell, I had three websites for a while (company, book, blog), and I finally decided to put them all under one roof (www.julielauren.com)! I hope you enjoy the new look, and I’d love to hear feedback in the comments below or via email. Thanks so much, as always, for all the support! xo Julie

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