Calligraphy Workshops with Bedsidesign

Bedsidesign Calligraphy Workshops in New England! | Frock Files

A year ago, I shot these photos for my friend Christie, who was just launching her calligraphy business. She had quit her full-time job to jump into entrepreneurship feet first, and since then her business has blossomed.

I’m so thrilled that she’ll be coming to the Greater Boston area to teach a calligraphy workshop at Mill No. 5, which is one of the coolest spaces ever. The three-hour workshop includes instruction, your very own calligraphy kit, a swag bag, and local delicacies. I’ve been wanting to learn calligraphy for years and years, and I’m beyond excited that I’ll get to learn it from Christie.

If you live in New England, I hope you’ll join us for an afternoon/evening of learning, style, and fun. I’ll be at the 12-3pm workshop and I would love to meet you!

P.S. Christie is also teaching classes in Philadelphia and Syracuse this fall!




5 Ways to Romance Your Work

How to Romance Your Work | Frock Files

Part of my mission as a social media coordinator for a university is to deliver information to students to prepare them for the work world, whatever that may be for them. As I’ve been pulling together different posts, tips, and tricks for the students, I’ve found a lot of valuable information that I’ve been using, myself.

Subscribe to industry blogs. Reading about new practices and fresh ideas is a way to keep yourself inspired — and the best thing about industry blogs is that they’re usually updated very regularly. I use Feedly to subscribe to a few social media blogs, and I make it a point to spend at least half an hour looking through the posts each day to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, tools, and news. It keeps me thinking about how I can implement new tactics into our strategies.

Collaborate. In both blogging and my university work, collaboration opens up new routes of exploration and helps me to think bigger. The benefits are ongoing, too: you develop great relationships that you can turn to when you need help; you can often have a larger impact in whichever area you’re trying to deliver to; and you stay motivated.

Create a gratitude list. If or when you start feeling like you’re in a slump about work, it’s time to start thinking about why you were excited about your job in the first place. It’s kind of like thinking back to what made you fall in love with your significant other. Is it that you love the company? The area of the city you work in? The pay? You may discover that you never loved anything about it to begin with, in which case it may be time to re-evaluate. (Three signs you should definitely quit your job.)

Be social. Even if you don’t have time to go out for happy hour drinks every week, find a way to spend some social time with your colleagues. Create a book club and invite people to join in. Plan a monthly lunch with your teammates. Make it a point to buy a cup of coffee for one of your coworkers every couple of weeks. Work is so much more pleasant when you’re among friends.

Over deliver. The competitive part of me is really into this — even if I’m only competing with myself. Set goals and then work really hard to top them! If you’re having a hard time setting goals for yourself, sit down with your boss to set a couple of goals together, and then strive to go beyond reaching them. The result is twofold: you’ll impress others and you’ll find more spark for your work.

P.S. How to Recharge Your Career

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Be the First to Say Hello

Be the First to Say Hello

Whew! Last week was a whirlwind. Better Homes and Gardens invited a handful of bloggers from across the country to meet in New York to learn about working with the magazine. And so we came from both coasts and everywhere in between to talk style, food, photography, and social media. But my biggest takeaway from the trip? Friendship.

As I was getting ready to head to the Big Apple, James and I had a few conversations about all the pressure that surrounds these blogger events to look good. At the last minute, I was concerned that I was, perhaps, not worried enough about my clothes. Should I have bought more new things? Did I need a new lipstick? In the end, we came to the conclusion that, unless you wear your rattiest clothes or something Lady Gaga-esque, no one is really going to remember what you wore. On the other hand, everyone will remember whether or not you were kind to them.

Luckily enough, I met some really wonderful people through the workshop. Although I’d never met any of them in real life before, I had the best time getting to know PJ, Kirsten, Sarah, and Jeran, who met me for dinner the first night and allowed me to be their honorary fifth roommate on the day of the event, since my apartment was further away than their hotel. I got a chance to meet so many other bloggers whose work I also admire, like Rachel and Leah. And I was reunited with my very first blog friend, Whitney! I learned a ton from the BHG experts, including a great demonstration in how to be totally charming from Eddie Ross himself. (The girls and I decided that we want to have a dinner party with Eddie every weekend for the rest of our lives.)

When I hit up Alt Summit last January, I was really shy about introducing myself to people. But after that conference and during this workshop, I discovered that the way to make the most of these events — and the way to build great and lasting friendships — is simply by being willing to say hello first. A smile helps. Genuine interest in the people around you is even better.

So this week, whether you find yourself in line at the grocery store or at a professional networking event, think about saying hello to the person next to you. It’s a tiny gesture; it doesn’t take much energy. But it could make your life a heck of a lot richer.

P.S. I didn’t have a minute to spare in New York because I had to get home for some long standing commitments. So if I missed seeing you this time, please know that I’ll do my very best to see you the next time I’m in the city.

P.P.S. The team at Better Homes and Gardens is awesome! Thank you so much to Kaelin and her team for putting together a stupendous day. I’m excited to collaborate!


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Do You Live in California?

Freutcamp with Leah Bergman

There are always points during the year when I wish I lived in sunny California. Usually, it’s in the middle of February, when I’m angry at winter and desperate to wear just one layer of clothing outside. Even though October is my favorite month, I’m wishing I could be in Pasadena
next month because I’d love to attend Leah Bergman’s Freutcamp.

Over the past few years, Leah has grown her blog, Freutcake, dramatically, and now it’s one of the leading lifestyle blogs out there. She’ll be teaching other bloggers everything she knows about blogging, social media, PR, monetization, Photoshop and more, all with an emphasis on creating fresh content.


I know from experience that getting direct, actionable advice, meeting other creatives, and inspiring yourself can put you on the path to making your biggest dreams into reality. So if you live in California, I’m totally jealous because I’m dying to know what Leah’s secrets are! Reserve your spots tomorrow, you lucky ducks.

What Makes You Laugh?

At first glance, this looks like just another a Mumford and Son’s video. It’s not!

If this doesn’t make your Thursday, you may need more coffee.

I’ve never been the kind of girl who falls for the hottest guy in the room — I always liked the funny guy the best. Over time, if someone can keep you laughing, they become the most beautiful person you know. So I hope your day is full of laughter, starting now. Here are some thoughts on laughter:

What Makes You Laugh?“I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher.” – Dalai Lama

What Makes You Laugh?“If you can laugh at yourself loud and hard every time you fall, people will think you’re drunk.” – Conan O’Brien

What Makes You Laugh?“When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you. But when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh.” – Nora Ephron


What makes you laugh? (Link us!)

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