Life Update: Yes, I’m alive!

Frock Files New Job Recap

Hello, friends! It’s true, despite the month-long silence, I really am still here. The first month in my new role came and went before I could catch my breath. It wasn’t an easy month–in fact, for a few days there, it was downright rough–but then someone reminded me that nothing would work unless I began to rely on myself and things became much sunnier. My brain has so many new wrinkles in it because I’m learning a TON. It feels like a switch turned on in my brain and I want to learn everything.

Here are three things that I’ve learned in the last month:

I love having a plan: By nature, I’m not a huge planner. But for my new role, I spend a lot of time preparing for action–making sure that I understand what my goals are, how I’m going to reach them, breaking it down nearly to the day (and sometimes to the hour). As a “Let’s try it and see what happens” person, I was at first alarmed by all this planning. Then, I saw how much easier it made my day-to-day work and I fell in love with it.

DOING is my steez: Yet, once those plans were made, I was beyond eager to implement the actions. It’s in the doing that I find my state of flow. I’m happiest on the days that I can look at the plan I made, see what I’ve done that day to get incrementally closer to the goal, and knock something off my to do list.

Time. Is. FLYING. As in: It’s JUNE? What?! The time issue really hit me last week when all of a sudden Melissa and I realized that it was time for tickets to go on sale for The Hello Sessions. This crazy, amazing dream that we’ve had for the past two years is a reality now, with actual attendees, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Thanks for sticking with me, and for all of you who have emailed to see how things are going. The fact of the matter is that things are pretty amazing. It’s summertime! I’m liking my new job! We’re healthy! (Even Kona!)

Now I’m just trying to figure out how to fit an extra 6 hours into the day. I’ll be focusing on time management over the next few weeks, and I’ll post my discoveries here on the blog.

No more disappearing. Promise.

Love, Joy

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New Year’s Tradition: Making Mochi

Welcome to 2014! I hope you all made it to midnight and then got to sleep in. If you’re anything like us, you’re lucky if it was one or the other. (We made it to midnight…)

In Japanese tradition, New Year’s Day is celebrated with mochi making ceremonies, which is especially appropriate here at Frock Files since last year’s most popular posts were the mochi recipes! In case you want to celebrate Japanese-style today, here are four mochi recipes to get you started.

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The easiest, super soft chi chi dango mochi from my grandma’s recipe box.

How to Make Pumpkin Mochi

Pumpkin mochi. Because I went through that period last fall where I wanted to pumpkin-ify everything!

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Mochi ice cream. Fill these babies with any kind of ice cream you please — great for non-dairy eaters.

Easy and Decadent Butter Mochi

Butter mochi — the perfect introduction to mochi for those who have never tried it before. Cake-like, sweet, and decadent.

I’ll be making my grandma’s chi chi dango recipe today. She always told me that the way you spend New Year’s Day is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year, so I guess we’ll have a lot more mochi goodness in the coming months. Happy New Year!

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Super Exciting News!


Christmas came early this year! On Friday, I got a huge bit of news, which I’ve been dying to share with you all weekend.

I woke up on Friday morning to an email from Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom. This alone would be better than caffeine to jolt me out of my morning haze, but the contents of the email are what made me pop out of bed: an invitation to teach the food photography workshop at Altitude Summit next month!

This is kind of a Christmas miracle. You see, when I headed to Alt Summit last year, I had no idea what I was jumping into — I barely knew anyone who was going. My blog was just a hobby with a small, albeit loyal, handful of readers. Alt was a big turning point for Frock Files, and to be speaker this year is a great honor.

While I’m still planning the details of the workshop, what I do know is that I’ll be sharing all my secrets to styling and shooting beautiful food photos, including placement, lighting, and sourcing of props. Everyone will have an opportunity for some hands-on fun!

If you’re headed to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit next month, I would love to have you at my workshop. See you there!

Lovely Things in Hawaii

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Now that we’ve been home for a couple of weeks, I finally sat down and pulled together some of the photos of our time there. These are a few of my favorite things, including the chapel outside the Wai’oli Tea Room, dessert with the Professors Dawson at JJ’s, flowers in the gardens at the Spalding House, and breakfast with my family at Town. Of course, my niece Jolie ranks at the top of that list!


Weekend Links + Coming Together

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We dove right back in when we returned from our trip, and this week has been chock full of exciting new possibilities, projects galore, and yes, even surgery (she’s spayed!) for poor little Kona. She’s truly disgruntled about the horrific cone she has to wear for the next two days.

And all three of us are re-adjusting to life as we know it. Does anyone else have a hard time getting back into a routine after a long vacation? I was in a good rhythm before we left and I’m finding it difficult to get into the groove again.

I’ve been collecting links, and here are the five most awesome things I found to share with you:

Weekend Links

This video echoes my own thoughts. Especially the one about working hard.

What happens when a homeless man and a computer programmer come together.

Five minutes is about all the time I can take to make lunch. This soup is my new obsession!

The secret to making difficult tasks easy.

The prettiest walnut butter cookies you ever did see. Oh, and they’re GF and dairy free – bonus!


What are you up to this weekend? Last minute shopping? Tree decorating? Sleeping in? Whatever you’ve got on your plate, may it be merry, bright, and delicious.

Photo Credit BWG Magazine

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