Like Mother Like Daughter…or Somewhere in Between : on Moving


Hi guys! It’s been a little radio silent on the blog these past couple weeks, huh? My work has been so extremely fulfilling and all encompassing lately that I feel like all my creative juices are going in that direction, which leaves my little blog hanging in the wings. As I’ve said before, I’ll always have a blog, and it does bring me so much happiness, but some days and weeks it’ll be a bit lighter on content than others. Cool? Cool.

Now, let’s get to today’s post, shall we? We’re back with another installment in our “Like Mother Like Daughter” series. You all seemed to love our first one, and my mom and I are so thrilled. As of now, the plan is to post every other week, but it very well may become more frequent as time goes on. It’s been so much fun to work on, and we’re so happy it’s resonating with so many of you.

Today we’re talking about a topic that my mom and I know all too well, a topic we touched upon last time and in previous posts on my blog : moving. From when I was two years old, we were moving, on average, every few years. Sounds crazy, right? In retrospect, it kind of was! 

It’s funny, as the moves were happening, I honestly don’t think I thought too much about it. After all, I was rather young for most of them, and probably didn’t wrap my head around the situation all that much. To me, it was exciting. It was an adventure. It was something new.

Of course, I was extremely sad to leave my friends each time. I vividly remember on multiple occasions hysterically crying when saying goodbye, and I then vaguely remember the days immediately following the move being a bit hard. Though, soon enough, it seemed like things fell into place. Once I started meeting people and the school year began, things sorted themselves out. I feel lucky that each move worked out well, and the tougher times were only temporary. 

Because of all the moves, I do think it taught me a shitload about adaptability. Whether that’s referring to people, situations, work environments, or anything else, I feel that because of my experiences, I became an extremely adaptable person. 

Furthermore, because the constant in my life was, in fact, change, I got used to that. And I still love change. I thrive on change. 

Yes, of course, there were plenty hard days; it was not always a cake walk, but I got through it. I made it work; in large part due to my mom, the one who steered the ship, and got our little family settled and happy as fast as humanly possible. 

Take it away, mom! 

If someone asked me what one word comes to mind when you think of the Bortnick family, it would undoubtedly be moving! And to think that activity is always at the top of life’s most stressful event list! With each move I felt like I went through stages, similar to what we all go through during any life changing events. 

5 Stages of Moving

  1. Excitement – At first I was in a state of euphoria. The thought of a new home and a new life was so exciting! I couldn’t wait to find and decorate a new home. And then there were all those trips back and forth to Bed Bath and Beyond, and all my other favorite go-to stores. At this point, I couldn’t wait to move.  
  2. Realization –  Then realty hit that we were moving. I was about to leave good friends and a happy settled life. I knew there was so much to do to prepare for the big change. I had to interview movers, and then find a realtor. I had to find people who knew people in the town we were moving. Hopefully those people would suggest the right neighborhood for our family. It became quite the process, but a very necessary one.
  3. Acceptance – I then started feeling so many different emotions that I wasn’t really sure how I felt. There were many good days, but then many not so good days. I felt like I was riding a rollercoaster. I knew, though, that this was the real deal and I couldn’t turn back.
  4. Action – There was a comfort in becoming so busy that I didn’t have much time to think about what was ahead. Once we knew we were moving, life became very busy. I had to prepare for the move, get ready for packing, cancel all our home services and stop the mail. The door was being closed to what was now our old life.
  5. Enjoyment – And finally the best stage of all – enjoying the new life that we created! 

As the matriarch of the family, I felt my life was the most challenging. My husband Chuck went to work, Julie and our son Danny went to school and activities, and I had to start from ground zero! I needed to find my new team. In addition to making new friends (and I went on a lot of first dates only!), I had to find the right doctors, dry cleaners, grocery, drug store, handyman, landscaper, snow plower, housekeeper, babysitter and on and on. But once they were all in place life was good again. 

Throughout all the chaos, there were some extremely memorable times; good, bad, funny, and ugly! We’ve highlighted some below for you.





Have you ever moved? Any plans to move? What do you feel about it all? Would love to hear in the comments below. And next LMLD post will be on a lighter topic, having to do with summer, and we think you’re going to like it. See you back here soon! 


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Introducing: Like Mother, Like Daughter…or Somewhere in Between


Ever since I can remember, I’ve been extremely close with my mom. Some therapists would say we’re too close (in fact, one has told me that, ha!). Though, I don’t see anything wrong with a mother and daughter being close (most of my girlfriends are just as close with their moms). It’s a bond unlike any other. And while I can’t speak from having my own daughter, I know it’s different than any other relationship in one’s life. It’s a special one, a unique one, and for some, it can even be a challenging one. 

In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to kick off a new series that’s been in the works, called “Like Mother, Like Daughter…or Somewhere in Between.” 

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Bookshelves: Before and After

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A few months back I got on a major reorganization kick. I was just feeling cluttered, in every form of the word. I did a major closet overhaul (though, that’s still in progress), and I have piles upon piles upon piles to go through and sell/donate. I also got fed up with my home office. For some reason, I wasn’t using it. I’d do work on my couch downstairs or at the table instead. Why on earth was I not using my home office? It bothered me. SO, I decided to clear it out. I thought that maybe if I decluttered it would help rejuvenate the space in a big way. 

When I first set up the bookshelves in my home office, I loved them. They weren’t too cluttered, and I thought they looked awesome. Well, fast forward a few years, and over time, things have been added to them, and they just got busy looking, and not pretty, in my mind. I was simply sick of them. 

SO, I removed every single solitary thing from the shelves and dumped it all on the floor (see picture below for the mess I made), and I mindfully put things back. I have to say, I’m thrilled with the outcome. It’s so much more clean and open. See below for the before and after shots, along with some tips and pointers I have if you get inspired to rejig your bookshelves. 

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Just Dance, and Then Dance Some More: My Experience at Dance with Me (Part 2)

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Hey guys and hellllllo May! Crazy that it’s already May, I must say. Though, now that it’s here, I’m counting down the seconds to summer.

If you follow along on Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook (or read this blog post), you likely saw that a couple months back I partnered with Dance with Me Studios for 5 private lessons at their Woodlands location. And, seriously, each one was SUCH a blast.

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An Interview with Actress Hannah Shankman

You know that feeling you get at a Broadway show (or any theater performance, really) while watching? It’s an escape to something magical. Whenever I’m watching a show, I’m simply in awe. Of everything. Well, Hannah Shankman, 31, gets to HannahHeadshotSmhelp bring that joy to people every day of her life. Hannah is an actress on Broadway who has been in some of the biggest shows out there (Wicked, Hair, Les Miserables, to name a few). Though, it hasn’t always been in a walk in the park. She’s been told “no” plenty times, she hasn’t always gotten the role she’s wanted, but she pushes through, and keeps going because this is her passion and what she’s meant to do. She is insanely talented and is truly living her dream. Keep on reading for what her favorite part about acting is, what a day in her life looks like, advice for those wanting to become a professional actor/actress, what inspires her, and much more.

How long have you been acting and singing?

I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I used to sing all the Disney songs as a kid and pretend to be the characters! But I’ve been doing plays since I was in 3rd grade. I started with school shows and then started doing after school theatre programs, and now I’ve been acting professionally for about 10 years. 

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An Interview with Tracy Eisenman, Director of Integrated Sales, Teen Vogue


How would you like to see Anna Wintour in your office building fairly regularly? Pretty cool (albeit intimidating?), if you ask me. Well, while Tracy Eisenman, 29, worked at Teen Vogue, this is something that became rather “normal!” For over a image1year, Tracy held the position as Director of Integrated Sales at Teen Vogue, and she very recently started a new job at Goop. At the time of this interview, she was still with Teen Vogue, so the questions are based around that. Aside from Teen Vogue and Goop, Tracy has GQ on her resume, as well as WIRED. This girl has quite a career, and she’s not stopping anytime soon. She lives in NYC, works incredibly hard, but also has time to unwind at The Boom Boom Room. Keep on reading for what inspires Tracy, what she loved most and found the most challenging at her Teen Vogue job, her biggest ‘pinch me’ moment of her career, thus far, her favorite spots in NYC, and much more. 

How long have you been working at Teen Vogue? What were you doing prior?

I have been at Teen Vogue for 1 year and 4 months.  Previously I was at WIRED, fully immersed in a thought-leader brand.  WIRED took pride in breaking news, like Edward Snowden’s whereabouts, as well as sharing economic theories, like The Long Tail and Crowdsourcing, that would soon be picked up as daily rhetoric. 

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The Lineup // 4.8.17

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If I had to describe this past week in one word, that word would be fulfillment. Each day was the perfect amount of jam packed, with loads of inspiration on the work side of things, and scattered about were great breakfasts, lunches, happy hour’s and dinners with dear friends and inspiring creatives. It was just a solid, fulfilling week. It further validates my realization I’ve had this past year that I thrive on connection, as well as creative energy. I will say, I did feel extremely overwhelmed as Friday progressed because I left for Florida this morning, and I started feeling like I had far too much to get done prior. Lo and behold, I got done what I needed to, and had to push the rest out to today. And, you know what? The world didn’t end because I had to push a couple things out. You can only do what you can do, am I right? Anyway, as I said, I’m off to Florida for the week to visit lots of family, and I can hardly wait. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope you have a great one. And below, as always, you’ll find some great reads and finds from this past week! xo Julie P.S. That photo above is from Levy Park, which is a new park in Houston, and it’s absolutely incredible. If you haven’t checked it out, I urge you to do so! I spent lunch there one day this past week with my dear friend and her adorable little. 

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An Interview with Terin Matlock, Owner of Luxington Boutique


I remember when I worked retail in college, as much as I didn’t consider myself good at the sales aspect of it all, I loved being around the clothes and finding out what the next big trend was. In fact, I first became interested in fashion during my freshman year of college when I worked at Intermix on South Beach (I was going to University of Miami at the time). What I don’t think I realized at the time is, while it’s fun to be around such fabulous clothing, it’s also a lot (as in A LOT) of work to run a boutique. It might look glamorous on the outside, but, spoiler alert, there’s a lot that goes into it behind the scenes.

Terin_Luxington BoutiqueThis brings me to today’s interview. Terin Matlock is the Owner of Luxington Boutique, which is a fashion forward women’s boutique based in Houston. But what you won’t believe is that Terin not only owns this store; she also still works her corporate job. Yes, really! This woman is BUSY (and the definition of a #girlboss). She always had the goal of owning a store, and she made it happen. She saved up and worked (and continues to work) insanely hard. One of the many things I love that she talks about below is how important it is to love what you do because it makes the bad days good and the good days great. And that, my friends, is what it’s all about. So, keep on reading for what inspires Terin, what a day in her life looks like, what she loves most about her job, and much more.

How long has Luxington Boutique been around? And what inspired you to open it?

Luxington is still pretty new.  We have been open for about 8 months.  I was inspired to establish Luxington because, as a consumer, I wanted to shop at a store that was ultra fashion forward, super chic and not overly expensive.  Often times, it was really tough to find all 3 attributes in one location.

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An Interview with Daniel Goetz, Founder and CEO, GoodPop


They say inspiration strikes when you least expect it. I don’t know who the ‘they’ is in this case, but I certainly agree with the notion. And that’s exactly what happened for Daniel Goetz, Founder and CEO of GoodPop, which are the all natural frozen popsicles I’m sure you’re Daniel Goetz_Good Popsall familiar with. He was 22 years old and on a trip in Mexico when he stumbled upon something he thought was lacking back where he lived. Daniel saw that void in the market, and things started to click (of course, with lots of hard work, too). The cherry on top of it all (or at least the part that makes me the most excited) is the company’s values when it comes to giving back. And what I love most about Daniel’s story is that he didn’t grow up necessarily thinking he’d start his own company (in fact, you’ll see he says below that he can’t even recall hearing the word entrepreneur growing up), and it shows you can do whatever you want to do, as long as you have the passion and drive to do it. Keep on reading to see how Daniel started GoodPop and why, what he loves most about his job, the biggest ‘pinch me’ moment he’s had of his career, thus far, advice for someone wanting to start their own business, and much more. 

When did you launch GoodPop and what were you doing prior?

GoodPop was initially launched in 2009, while I was a senior advertising student at the University of Texas. While a student and prior to launching GoodPop, I worked for an advertising agency and as an intern in the state capitol and in sustainable housing. So I was kind of all over the place until I found an industry I was excited about – popsicles.

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The Lineup // 3.24.17


Hi from Asheville! Have you ever been here? I hadn’t, and I think it’s my new favorite place. I absolutely love it and want to come back soon (I’ve already been telling my friend that I want to do a couples trip here!). Anyway, how has your week been? I was in New York and Connecticut for the first part of it, and I just love being in the northeast. Honestly, I miss it so much. I love my life in Houston, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not itching to move back at some point! I’ll be back home Saturday, and I’m looking forward to getting organized, back in my routine, and in my own bed. I hope you have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and enjoy my favorite links and finds from the week below! xo Julie

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