October 3, 2016

7 Bad Day Hacks to Lift Your Spirits

Last week was a string of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Monday through Wednesday was a cold saga: no voice, epic sore throat, working from home, and taking a sick day. I was congested, sore, and miserable and am still recovering. Then, last Thursday, while I was taking a tight corner, I lost control of the car and jumped the curb. Unfortunately, jumping the curb resulted in a broken wheel (like, the thing snapped off the a-frame) and my first ticket. Awful. Just awful.

Written down, that doesn’t seem like enough to put me in the dumps (did I mention it’s been raining for days?). But I’ve been dealing with a lot of feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and poor behavior for the last few weeks. So with all of that piled on, it goes without saying that my overall feeling of being a hot mess is in overdrive. Read more

September 26, 2016

9 Tips on How to Handle Money & Build Wealth

Money. It’s such a simple thing for something so complex. It’s one of the most versatile tools on the planet, and we wrap up a lot of our lives spending it, theorizing about it, and trying to get it.

And that’s not a bad thing. Like I said, money is a tool. We need tools to build things, and building a life that provides for our needs and helps us to take care of others is a noble task. But there seem to be so many ways to go about it, so much advice out there on how this money thing is supposed to work – what are we supposed to do with all of it? Read more

September 12, 2016

Why Adults Need Playtime Too

What do you picture when you think of playtime? Is it two girls having a tea party? Is it a 5-year-old boy turned masked crusader, fighting imaginary villains? A little girl with a light sabre? Students on the playground playing kickball? A classic game of freeze tag?

The verb play means, “to engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose,” so any of those answers could be correct. But here comes the trick question: did you picture any adults having fun? Playing around? Dressed up as superheroes?

If you did, you’re probably in a minority. Read more

September 5, 2016

Why You Need a First Look at Your Wedding

MY BABY BROTHER IS ENGAGED!!! I am so excited for him. So, in honor of Cory and Katie, and all the other newly engaged couples out there, here is my best piece of advice for planning your nuptials. I wish you two every happiness on your special day!

When I started planning my wedding, I knew one thing for certain: I wasn’t doing a first look. I hated first looks. Hated. Them. They were ruining the fairy-tale entrance for brides everywhere. To me, it was like saying, “Oh, I could walk down the aisle accompanied by dramatic music while Prince Charming tears up from seeing me in white… OR I could sneak up behind him and tap him on the shoulder and be like, hey, look at my dress.”

But what I wanted even more than the traditional entrance were some unforgettable portraits. I spent hours searching for venues based on where photographers were shooting their best pictures, investigating places that had the best potential. I wanted a wedding album full of pictures that were supreme, well lit, and gorgeous.

So how do you manage all that on the busiest day of your life? You do first a look. Read more

August 29, 2016

4 Leadership Lessons from Jurassic World

We learn best from stories. That’s why I am starting a series of leadership posts based on some of my favorite movies and stories to help illustrate powerful leadership lessons. We’re going to take a look at how some of our favorite characters can teach us to take our leadership to the next level at home, at work, and wherever it is we are called to lead. WARNING: POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.

I can’t get enough of Jurassic World. It’s such an enjoyable film, with a well-paced story, well-placed nostalgia, and interesting characters. Not to mention the dinosaurs and Chris Pratt’s wit. And with summer in full swing, epic movies are hard to resist.

But as I’ve been trying to be more productive, I thought that maybe movies were too much of a waste of time. My solution, however, was to take this opportunity to cash in on two of my favorite activities: discussing leadership skills and watching movies. That’s why, instead of just casually watching Jurassic World on my brother-in-law’s 9-foot screen, I decided to look at it through a leadership lens to see what this story could tell us about being good leaders. Read more

August 22, 2016

8 Tips For Raising a Puppy You Can Be Proud Of

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“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” -d.k.

Knowing Johnny Cash has changed my life. No, not the country singer, but the Collie we named after him. He is adorable, wiggly, and all-together the most stubborn Collie available to man. But he is ours, and we love him.

But make no mistake – raising Cash hasn’t been easy. I had to learn a lot of tough lessons and let go of a lot of out-dated advice in order to raise the dog I have today. But now that I have, I couldn’t be happier. Read more

August 15, 2016

4 Things You Can Learn from a Girl & Her Horse

There is nothing quite as beautiful as a girl and her horse. 

Horses have been one of my greatest loves since I was a little girl. Though I haven’t been able to have one of my own yet, horsemanship is one of my greatest passions. So when I met my best friend Erin, I was immediately fascinated with her use of Parelli Natural Horsemanship.

This weekend, I got the chance to spend some time with Erin and her horse, Gabriel. She taught me all sorts of amazing training techniques. Over two days, I got the chance to practice my photography skills while watching these two in action. As you can see in the pictures, their bond is incredible.

Parelli is about more than just “training horses. ” It’s about shaping all aspects of your life. That’s why I asked Erin to write a guest post about how Parelli has affected her life and teach you how it can impact yours, with or without horses. Erin is beautifully gifted with horses, and with words, so I hope you glean some insights from her and her experience with horses and the Parelli program. Read more

August 8, 2016

10 Disney Accessories that I’ve Been Dreaming Of

It is no secret that Disney is one of my favorite things on Earth. The movies, the music, the merchandise, the shows, the parks, the magic – all of it has enchanted me since I was a little girl. At 18 months old, my Mom had to teach me to put the Lion King VHS tape into the player so that I would stop waking her up to do it for me. I watched it every single morning, and now 22 years later, I still haven’t grown out of my love for Walt Disney Animation!

While I still enjoy Disney the way I did as a kid, I’ve started to approach my personal style with a little more finesse. I gravitate toward looks that are clean, classy, and colorful, so I like my Disney touches to be relatively subtle but still authentic. I was able to incorporate those kinds of Disney touches into my wedding, and now I’m working to incorporate them into my personal wardrobe and interior design!

So here are the top ten Disney accessories, decor, and collectibles that I’ve been dreaming of adding to my collection. Read more

August 1, 2016

6 Lessons from 2 Years of Marriage

I am the luckiest girl in the world. On July 27, 2014, I said “I do” to my very own prince charming, and last week, Spencer and I celebrated two years of a marriage that is of the death-do-us-part variety. We ate Chipotle for lunch and dinner was spent watching a double feature (The Heat & Sisters) with Chinese takeout and vegan Ben & Jerry’s. It was magical.

With two years under our belt, the experts would say that we are now at the end of the honeymooning phase, and things are going to go downhill from here. The cynics would remind us that it probably won’t last, and the haters would say that marriage is old-fashioned and boring. But I think that marriage can be a fairy-tale, that getting married young was one of the best decisions I ever made, and that having a husband is one of the best privileges in the world. Read more

July 28, 2016

Why I’m Starting a Blog

Why I started writing a blog | Wild Hair Ocean Soul

I recently watched a home video of me crawling down the stairs on Easter morning when I was two years old. Plastered high on the backside of my head was a wild mess of blonde curls. I wore blue footie pajamas. My forehead was huge. My eyes were wide. I was one cute kid.

But even though I could clearly see the resemblance in mini me, even though I still make some of the same facial expressions that I made at two years old, it felt as though I was looking at some other little girl. I could hardly wrap my mind around the idea that those were my same eyes, same brain, same heart. I could hardly believe that she would grow up to be me. It was all entirely too cool. Read more