The struggle of a new routine

You know that feeling when your life is in flow and things come together almost effortlessly? Yeah, me either. Especially after all that fell apart over the last two months. I’m struggling to establish a new routine.

Maybe it’s over-dramatic to say things fell apart, but there were definitely enough little things coming into play to totally throw a wrench in the momentum I built during January and February.

The Transcending Waves planner

The Transcending Waves Planner (promo code below) is based on positive-psychology that propels you toward an improved quality of life and achieving your goals.

It started when I got sick after our engagement party and spent a few days on the couch watching Vanderpump Rules. My exercise and healthy eating routines were the first to go. Seasonal allergies hit next and definitely didn’t help motivate me to get back into the swing of things. Next, I accepted a new job and had to say goodbye to my wonderful work family. Except during my last week they were almost all laid off and I was told I could also be done working for the company. Cue the tequila and tears.

During the 10 days between leaving my last job and starting my new one, I traveled to San Francisco and also spent time in my hometown with my family — essentially living out of a suitcase for a week. Also, I turned 30. Cue more tears. What can I say? Transitions are tough for me.

There wasn’t much consistency in my day-to-day life and I felt a little apathetic. Small things can quickly pile up and knock you off balance before you realize what is happening. But after finishing my first week at my new job, I identified what was going on and decided to start the month of May with a new foundation.

Daily Review

The daily check-ins are key

The Transcending Waves Planner (scroll down for a promo code) is helping me do this by providing an organized, attractive space to dissect different aspects of my life and lay it out in a more thoughtful, introspective way. I like how it has monthly, weekly, and daily pages to provide a broader look at my life while keeping things in perspective with daily check-ins.

My goals range from small things like drinking more water every day to big things like plan, execute, and pay-for a wedding that’s less than a year away. Using positive psychology techniques, the planner is organized in such a way that I feel guided toward gratitude, mindfullness, and effortless productivity.

Also, the book itself just feels good in my hands. I chose the blue leather binding and like the aesthetic and structure it provides.

Week at a glance

I love the weekly overview

The thing I like most about this planner, though, is how it changed my perspective about routines. For me, a routine isn’t about self-discipline and rules. It’s really about self-care. I feel better and do better when I’m able to thoughtfully plan and make decisions for my life. Wish me luck navigating the month of May. 🙂

Head over to Transcending Waves to learn more about the planner and use code CMW10 for 10 percent off your own planner.


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The Seattle blogger event you must attend

Face it: There is no shortage of bloggers or social media influencers and brands are catching on. With a saturated market, ever-changing algorithms, and fickle followers, it’s hard to know how to stand out and grow your personal brand.

There are dozens of blogger workshops, seminars, and conferences promising to help you get to the next level and be a social media success. But in my experience, you usually walk away with a nice bag of swag but no idea what tactics to implement to reach your goal. Enter Style Summit.


In its third year, Style Summit is the passion project of Gossip and Glamour founder Sydney Mintle, and it’s where bloggers go to grow. Though I didn’t attend the last two years, I paid attention to who did and I saw how they elevated their content, strategy, and branding with great results. This year, as Style Summit partners with W Bellevue and the “What She Said” series, I’m thrilled to attend — not just as a blogger but as a panelist representing the brand where I work as a PR/Influencer Manager.

My panel will discuss style blogging in relation to digital assets, affiliate marketing, social media strategy, and how to establish solid, ongoing brand collaborations. Other panels include tips from top bloggers on how they made it to the 50k+ Club and insights into the rapidly-changing landscape of retail. On top of all this goodness there is also a keynote, break-out sessions, brand activations, and an after party.

style summit

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, at W Bellevue, and wraps up with a 4 p.m. after party at Civility and Unrest. There are still tickets left, but I’m sure the event will sell out in the next two weeks so get on it! You can get tickets here and use code BLUENILE to save $50.

See you at Style Summit!



Okay, Ladies

I’m so excited to start off the new year by inviting you to celebrate the launch of a new, female-focused business support group in Seattle next week. Business Babes Collective is a platform connecting and inspiring women in select U.S. and Canadian cities through workshops, events, and retreats where they can learn, network, and find opportunities to grow together. When they asked if I would partner with them to spread the word, I was thrilled! One of my goals for this year is to participate in more conversations that help women become more empowered and connected. And I want to share that with you.

Business Babe Balloons

Photo by @creativewifeandjoyfulworker

The launch celebration will feature refreshments, photo ops, prizes, vendors, mingling and a Q&A with Desiree Siegfried. If you’re not part of Bachelor Nation, Desiree is a bridal designer best known for meeting her husband Chris on season nine of ABC’s The Bachelorette. I actually met her last month and was excited to hear about her new wedding dress collection, which is so beautiful! Can’t wait to pick her brain on the risks she took to build her business (Desiree Hartsock Bridal) — not to mention meeting her husband on TV.

Desiree Sigfried

Photo by @katieparraphoto

I hope you’ll join me and dozens of other Seattle-area lady bosses from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Sole Repair Shop in Capitol Hill. You can buy tickets here.


Note: Seattle Business Babes provided me a free ticket in exchange for my assistance with publicity. I’ll always be transparent when organizations provide an incentive for my work. But rest assured, my opinions and recommendations are strictly my own and if I don’t like something or believe in it, you’ll know.