catching up

Hi, Friends!

It feels good to be back… writing that is! It does not feel as good to be back from our Mexican vacation.

I feel so behind on my writing and know I owe you all a few posts! The past couple weeks have been a complete whirlwind for me. After three years at one company, I took a position at a new company and have really hit the ground running there! It is fast paced and so far has been great!

Two weeks ago Brian’s sister had her first baby, a little boy, so we spent a weekend out in Pittsburgh celebrating the birth of that awesome little guy!

And last but not least, for the past week we have been celebrating, soaking up some rays, and enjoying margaritas down in beautiful Tulum & Riviera Maya, Mexico (crossed a new country off of my 101 in 1001 days list!) My friend Brittney married the love of her life, JJ, at Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa on May 1st and it was perfect. We also celebrated Cinco de Mayo, or in this house, Cinco de Bri-o! Brian turned 25 on 5/5/15 in Mexico… how could it get much better than that!

So stay tuned for my reviews of Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa & Ocean Maya by H10! Also, don’t forget I owe you all a review on my purchase at Hamptons Lane! I’m back!

namaste

The past week and a half have been a complete whirlwind. All good things, I assure you… but hectic to say the least.

Tonight I took an hour with a friend to try our town’s newest yoga studio. It was exactly what my body and mind needed. Funny how life seems to work out this way.

Sometimes I think we all just need to take a minute, or sixty, to reflect and do some soul searching. And so I’m inspired for tonight’s post.. some of my favorite quotes for your enjoyment.

“Creativity is a continual surprise.” – Ray Bradbury

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” – Mark Twain

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

“Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air.” – Emerson

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden

“Believe deep down in your heart that you are destined to do great things.” – Joe Paterno

head shot session

You’ve probably had your picture taken for a family photo or the yearbook, but I would bet many of my readers haven’t had a professional head shot taken before. Now that we are all so visible online with Facebook and LinkedIn, I think it’s really a great idea to have a professional image to represent yourself with online. Much better than cropping out your friend so that you have a good shot of yourself! Having a professional head shot session was one of my goals on my 101 list so that I could have a few images of myself to use for Even Keeled.

Two weeks ago I had a session with Rachel from A Storybook Image. Rachel was great to work with and I am thrilled with the images I now have to start developing my brand on Even Keeled. Our entire session was only around 15 minutes so you really won’t need to block out too much of your time for a great end result! I recommend  dressing in something that compliments your skin tone and isn’t too busy. That’s why I picked solid colored tops and simple jewelry pieces. Relax and be yourself – you want the photos to look like you so don’t get too crazy with your makeup!

Here are some of my favorites below! Thanks Rachel!

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ten tips for business travel

I’ll be escaping the cold and snow next week for a company meeting out in sunny California! In the spirit of always trying to remain even keeled, here are ten of my best tips for business travel to keep you sane and polished at your next business meeting!

  1. Take into consideration the weather- but don’t forget conference rooms are usually chilly! Bring a versatile cardigan or blazer that you can throw over multiple outfits to stay warm during your meetings.
  1. Roll your clothes! I won’t pack any other way. You can fit SO much more when you roll your clothes. Bonus- less wrinkles when you get to your destination.
  1. Invest in a travel toiletry bag. I love mine from Thirty-One. If you travel frequently it’s definitely worth investing in a few toiletry bag staples to always keep in there so you don’t risk forgetting! I always have deodorant, face wash, q-tips, tooth paste, and Tylenol in my bag. Check the travel or dollar section at your local CVS or Target to stock up. Don’t forget a toothbrush cover!
  1. Plan your outfits ahead of time. I always lay my outfits out on the bed to make sure I have a full outfit for each day or event of the trip. If you know you’ll need to change for dinner, try to pack something that you can dress up like adding a sweater and jewelry to a dress or dress pants with a new shirt.
  1. Keep shoes to a minimum. Shoes take up a ton of room when packing. I always pack at least two pairs but make sure I have something I can be comfortable in on the plane and shoes that go with multiple outfits.
  1. Leave the blow dryer at home. I’m confident in saying just about every hotel ever has a blow dryer. So leave yours at home and use the one in your room!
  1. Try to stick to a carry-on bag. It is so much easier to only have to worry about one piece of luggage that should remain at your side the entire trip. But if you do need to have a checked piece of luggage make sure you have a complete outfit in your carry on in case your luggage gets lost or delayed! You won’t want to show up to your meeting in whatever outfit you wore on the plane.
  1. Take advantage of your time in the air. Whether you need to fine tune your presentation or catch some much needed shut eye before you arrive, make sure you are fully utilizing that time.
  1. When in doubt, think conservatively. If you don’t know what the dress code will be, always remember to dress tasteful and conservatively (especially if you are young!). You don’t want to show up to an important meeting feeling under dressed or looking immature so remember to pack so that you are putting your best foot forward.
  1. Keep your power cords close by. I always make sure my iPhone and laptop power cords are either in my purse or right at the top of my carry-on luggage in case I am delayed and end up sitting at an airport longer than expected.

why even keeled?

I’ve been blogging for almost two months now and have been loving the therapeutic zen moments my writing has brought to my life.

I have always enjoyed writing and sharing ideas. I find that I tend to be an early adapter and eager to try newer things before they have become totally “mainstream.” My friends will tell you that I always seem to find interesting products and wonder how I found them. In my blog I hope to be able to share with you, my readers, some of my shopping secrets, products I’ve found that I’m eager for others to try, and little tips for life. Look forward to me trying different things and sharing my review!

So why “Even Keeled”? Even Keeled is a nautical term for stability and balance. Ships sail on even keel in calm, steady water. Growing up in a beachy town in South Jersey, I have always been happiest by the water. My love for all things nautical seeps into all aspects of my life including my home decor, fashion style, and even my attitude. When I was looking for the perfect name of my lifestyle blog- even keeled was a perfect nod to my approach to balancing my life and keeping grounded by the sea.

I hope to be able to share with you some of my favorite things and places. Also stay tuned for my progress on my 101 in 1001 days – my bucket list of things I’d like to accomplish.

A favorite quote of mine is “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

I hope my love of travel, fitness, cooking, quality time with loved ones, and writing will help you to find balance in your life and inspire you to take action in doing something each day that makes you smile.

anchors aweigh

New year, new you.. we’ve all heard it- and probably said these words. But do we really mean it? What changed when the ball dropped on December 31st? Our attitudes. For most people January 1st signals a fresh beginning and new possibilities. Its an opportunity to jump start those goals that have been wearing on your mind, finally correct that nagging habit, take on a new hobby, you name it.

So cheers to the new year and our new found positivity! Welcome to my little piece of new year bliss- even keeled life. I hope this blog will serve as the culmination of many nights of pinning sessions, kitchen creations, and life as a Nittany Lion turned Connecticut Yankee.