What I'm Working On

I couldn’t claim to be the Ace of All Trades if I didn’t always have a project in my back pocket. Here’s my proof.



Prior to my senior year of college, I found myself in a Good Will enthralled with the furniture before me. Typically, I am not someone who is “thrift lucky.” It’s rare that I find something good.


However, on that sweltering August afternoon, I was packing a full kitchen table into the back of my beloved Lincoln Aviator (rip). It was all made of real wood, and I got the whole set for $40. I’m still amazed.


After using it for my final year in school, I decided I wanted to refinish the table and chairs because…

(1) it is a solid piece of furniture that was just in need of some love and

(2) what else is there to do in quarantine.


I am painting the frame and legs with an antique white chalk paint and I plan to make the surfaces a dark grey.


While the project has been therapeutic, it has also been incredibly tedious. I’ve put about 6 – 7 hours in, and I’ve only painted part of 2 chairs and 2 table legs. *Sigh* But hey, the good news is that I have PLENTY of time to continue.


Once I complete the table and chairs, I plan to post an article on my process and recommendations. Wish me luck and patience.

What I'm Listening To

Since this is my first Food for Thought update, I thought I would share the podcast that I religiously listen to. I like going out on a limb and trying new, more niche podcasts, but here are the shows that I listen to often. And by often I mean daily or weekly.


with Dax Shepard

Episode Shoutout: EP29 Mila Kunis

AE is what got me into podcasts. Period.


Dax Shepard is hilarious. While he is quite good at interviewing the celebrities and experts that come on his show, his banter with his partner Monica Padman is so entertaining.


What really gets me is how he always pulls out these wild life experiences out of nowhere. There are over 200 episodes and he still seems to bring new content to the table.

If you want to listen to refined yet nonsensical dialogue to fill some time (episodes are almost 2 hours long), check out the Armchair Expert Podcast.



with Rachel Hollis

Episode Shoutout: EP152 Liz Gilbert

Ladies, if you’re looking for tools to help you on your personal growth journey, head on over to the RISE podcast with Rachel Hollis.


Rachel was a blogger turned best-selling author with her book Girl, Wash Your Face. What I find so compelling about the podcast is the way Rachel can connect with her female audience.


Half of her episodes are interviews while others are a direct pep talk from Rach. When she discusses tips on how to stay productive or positive, it feels like she’s talking directly to you.


Maybe it’s because I’m into the personal progression of positive well-being, but her episodes are authentic and actually helpful.


If you need some inspiration to get up and be productive, check out the RISE podcast.




Here’s the deal. I had a long stretch where I ignored the news. I saw through the major news networks recognizing that they had an agenda, not a story. However, once I became a finance major and was headed for a business career, I needed to know what was going on; I couldn’t hide from it anymore.


That’s when I came across the WSJ Podcast. I threw a bunch of news podcasts at the wall, and this is the one that stuck.


The podcast produces two 15-minute long episodes each day to give you a snapshot of what’s going on in the world. While you should note it comes from a business, financial perspective, it is the most straight-shooting news outlet I have found.


If you’re tired of being told how you should feel and would prefer to hear what actually is, I suggest checking out What’s News from the Wall Street Journal.

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What I'm Reading


By Mark Manson


As I write this, I’m not even halfway through, but I am hooked and already seeing a shift in my mentality. Not only is Mark Manson’s writing extremely alluring, but the concept is so satisfyingly simple.


Prior to reading, I already wore the mentality that caring what other people think hinders your quality of life, but Manson pushes this a step further suggesting that we care less about things in your own jurisdiction. This is very intriguing for a Type A personality like myself.


Here’s a personal example: I found myself obsessing over my blog before it launched, not because I feared judgement but because I cared about the quality as a reflection of my potential. Since reading, I’ve started to alter my mentality to just go with stuff more than sweating out each detail.


Let’s be clear, Manson’s not recommending that you be indifferent; he’s suggesting that you give yourself the permission to not overthink your life.

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