Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Marketing, Halloween, and a clean house

Via Women's Health Magazine

I think because so much of my time is spent working online digitally my personal quests have suffered.  In fact, I know this is true.  When I spend numerous hours on a computer online all day long for work, the truth is I sometimes count down to quitting time.  It stinks because while I absolutely love doing what I do for a living and the projects it affords me the opportunity to work on, I struggle to come back to my space here.

Ohgabetta is never far from my mind though.  I constantly think of blog ideas when snapping pics of my breakfast or taking in a sunset like any good blogger.  The implementation of said ideas, well that isn't always accomplished.  I feel better when I do so it's odd to me how I slip from chatting here.  If nothing else, I enjoy keeping this ol'digital journal of mine.

So, today I had a meeting get rescheduled last minute and created the opportunity to clean my house, light a fall scented candle (Maple Pumpkin!), situate laundry, and get notes caught up, to-do lists current, and breathe some life into this post.

Halloween is my fave holiday ever so I even decorated for it.  That's right, let the record show September 13th as my day of decorating for Halloween this year.  #OverzealousPartyOfOne.  I've even got the skeleton lights strung across the mantle and lit AF in the middle of a dreary, rainy perfect afternoon.

Another open tab on my computer right now is a Social Media Today article "How to Modernize Your Traditional Marketing Strategy".   It's an enlightening read on exactly what the title lends, which is refreshing since many "publications" (I use that term loosely for anyone who does this) use clickbait heavily.

I'm going to take a little time to overhaul the look of Ohagabetta.  I think a fall freshening is what we all need now and then.

Can't wait to meet you again,
M

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bloggin' Loggin'

I swear I am not proud of this admittance, however, when I logged in today I absolutely questioned if it was the correct way to do so.  It's clearly been a little vacay from this ol'bloggy blog but here I am.  As history would show, I take little hiatuses but always I found my way back.  Who says you can't go home again?

The usual suspects have kept my attention thus feeding my absence from here; business, projects for said business, being doggone tired, chasing chickens day in and day out.  Well, that last part isn't exactly true.  But it felt right.  Basically, I got creatively lazy for myself whilst I've fed the hog for others.  No, I'm not calling anyone a hog, I just fancy the expression.  See what happens when I take over a month break?  I've inevitably insulted someone.

My creativity tends to come alive in the fall.  Like legends during this season, I thrive for more outlets such as this one.  Perhaps it's due to less sweating just from glancing outdoors and being able to catch my breath without heat exhaustion.  Either way, I'm here!

Look forward to talking about #Halloween soon because it's totally my fave!  Don't expect the other basic topics like pumpkin spice anything because quite honestly the stuff grosses me out.  I only like my pumpkin in the form of pie or roasted seeds.  Go 'head and keep the rest.

WHAT...a terrible post.  But I made it here and I plan to do it again.  Holla!!


Let's meet again,
M

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ready For Fall

Yea, I said it.  I'm officially counting down for cooler days, scarves, my birthday, stews, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc, etc.

                                 I'll be thrilled to wear cardigans/scarves again soon

Ugh, just looking at that pic above is making my fingernails sweat.  It is bloody HOT in Florida in the summer, yes we know.  However, every year, I seem to believe more regularly "this is THE HOTTEST year, right???"  It's gross hot, instant headache inducing hot, I want to punch a penguin hot.  That last example is quite dramatic.  I have nothing against penguins other than during summer when they seem to always be in freezing climates.

So with fall on my mind and my mind on fall, let's make this year's first quintessential blogger "I can't wait for fall!!" post:

1. I love how in fall an evening walk can happen before 8pm.  The sun and sky are gorge, the air more crisp, and just the overall vibe is peaceful.

2. I make chili like twice a year and yes, fall kicks that off.  I make damn good turkey chili and am proud of it.

3. Harvest themes, festivals, and pumpkins!  A little trick I do to treat myself (see what I did there? Huh, Huh?) to less unpacking and repacking decor this time of year is decorate in high amounts of pumpkins that work for Halloween and then transition into a Thanksgiving harvest motif. #suchathinker

4. Halloween is my fave holiday ever.  Love the spookiness, the sweet treats, the dress up potential.  Oh and the movies!  My God man, the movies are the best part of Halloween!

5. I'm going to list football but let me be clear; I myself am not a big fan of the sport itself.  But my Hunter loves it so while he enjoys that I usually catch up on everything else on this list that I adore about fall.  And I do enjoy tailgate food/drinkies so there's that.

I'm going to go drink more water now because, yea extra extra extra hydration required in Florida middle of July.  Wake me when September comes.

Let's meet again,
M

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Room For Us All

The internet and the world are so blehhhhh right now.  So much sadness and angst, wrongness and injustice, chaos and confusion.  I am sick, like many of you are too, I'm sure.  What can we do?  Is there one correct means to take?  Of Course!!!....Not.  Life ain't that easy, my peaches.

It's times like this I lean on simpler things like:
-loving a little harder to my peoples including but not limited to extra daily bear hugs from my bub
-getting down on their level and hugging my pups more often
-taking in suns setting and moons rising with more appreciation
-baking banana squash bread in the middle of the afternoon
-praying more throughout the day, talking to God out loud, looking for direction this way
-wearing two neon colored flowers in my hair at a time
-smiling at random strangers and saying hello as we pass by
-cucumber water. Could be the stress of our world, could be the 100 degree temps.  Utterly refreshing
-social media step-aways. Now, I work in social media but I absolutely believe in digital detoxing
-reading a fun, light summertime based fiction book. I mean, is there anything better than that syncing of story and season?

I'm not an airhead and I don't aim to make light by listing out my Martha Stewart-esque approach to not stressing in this hurting world.  I have such high hopes and like I said before, sometimes when things get complicated, it's important to get back to simple.


                                                       Image via Forever 21 Instagram

I love this photo.  The thought occurred to me that like all these beauties, there's room for all of us too.  Different and colorful, spread out everywhere, we all can belong.  This country has to recognize this.  A little give and take and we can correct this.  We have to.

Love one another and let's all try to not lose kindness or manners in these terrifying times.

Let's meet again,
M

Monday, July 18, 2016

3 Things

I love this 3 Things series I've factored in to my repertoire.  You know, for those moments when you feel like writing but don't necessarily have a set topic.

1. I am obsessed with this song:


Ob.sessed.  Just ask poor Hunter, Lol.  It's not brand new at all but it's just so precious.  It's a feel good anthem to just hop around to.  I think it's a safe assumption we could all use a bit more of the feel good hopping right now, no?

2. I initially wrote out some thoughts on Kim K releasing the Taylor Swift recording.  My thoughts are still developing though.  This type of situation piques my interest because I am a fan of Pop Culture and always studying artistic integrity.  Yes, I do see this as partly based on the latter.  I'm going to read up on this developing scenario and craft my opinion with time.  That's something as media professionals we all could stand to honor a bit more I think.

3. I'm a long time Essie nail polish gal.  LOVE the stuff: it doesn't chip easily; they have an array of colors on trend and classic; they don't wreck my nails from being worn 6/7 days a week; and they are fair priced for all of the previously mentioned purposes.  I did purchase some different brands the last few months to test the waters again and I will say....I'm still an Essie girl.  I won't sway from home again, girl!

Well that was fun and provided just the short and sweet amount of detour from my workload on lunch break.  Hope Monday is the one getting its arse kicked between yous two.

Let's meet again,
M

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Omg I'm Beyoncé

One of the most satisfying moments creatively is receiving really great feedback.  Leading up to this of course is working very hard and going over revisions and deadlines extended and hold ups and then progress and ultimately redesign and finalization.

This is something Hunter and I both enjoy because the creative process defines you further in our field.  You work to understand ideas from clients and bring that to life and from the word hello it's enthralling.  I love consulting with someone and that developing into a full blown collaboration because the process is magical.

I adore amazing our clients and seeing them smile and hearing them express we got their vision right.  I hope the awesome continues.  But not just hope, we're working for it every single day.




Talk soon, stay creative,
Megan

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Working for Social Cap


My new professional life is in full swing.  I am so so grateful to start every day brewing a cup of fab and fierceness, getting into the office (across from my bedroom), checking the list made the end of day before for organized reference on a new morning, and grinding on multiple projects because if I or Hunter doesn't who's going to do it??? Life of a small business owner and I wouldn't change it for a minute!

We are growing and sorting what works, what can use improvement, we hustle and flow.  It's the stuff dreams are made of honestly.  I don't take it for granted and recognize that I've been working towards this my entire working career and for that I am so appreciative.

This far in my life, my professional background is in hospitality, higher education, editorial journalism, and corporate communications.  I value these experiences and industries tremendously but I gotta say, I will work 80 hours a week for ourselves instead of 40 for another.  Gladly.  I'm still doing so much of what I've been doing for others and their vision but now it's for my own clients and my own brand.

Let me be clear, working for myself is no easy fest.  There is stress and anxiety and all that, but my lord, it is a different kind. It's a better kind, the kind I imagine you should have as an entrepreneur and as a person.  My biggest thing is to stay focused and as long as my excitement outweighs my fear I'll sleep well.

Ok, well that's enough here. Got to get back to there.

Talk soon, stay creative,
Megan