I haven’t given you all a life update in a while so I thought I’d do a recap of some of the things I’ve been up to and what I’m loving lately.

My wonderful friend Alexa came to visit last night and we went to the Inaugural Full Disclosure at the Hipp, an event hosted by Roben Farzad, the host of the NPR One radio show, Full Disclosure. As soon as I saw Young House Love was the guest, I knew I had to go!

The Hippodrome is such a cool venue and some of the proceeds of the event went to CARITAS which is an organization that helps with homelessness and job placement in Richmond. They have such a great mission so I’m glad the event was a success! It was fun to see so many other Virginia Bloggers there! One of the things that really resonated with me was Sherry talking about making money blogging and she said she had to write hundred and hundreds of posts before they even thought about making money from it. It seems like the blogging industry has changed so much over the years and now people expect to start making money right away. It really does take a lot of time and effort to build a blog into something profitable!

Speaking of bloggers, last weekend we did a blogger meet up at Whisk and we had such a good turn out!

blogger meet up

If you’re a blogger in Virginia then you should definitely join Virginia Bloggers! It’s a fun way to get to know other bloggers in the area. We chatted for a couple hours about everything from coffee to sponsored posts. Isn’t it wonderful when you find a tribe that just understands? Blogging is a strange hobby and it’s so reassuring to talk with others who have similar challenges and great ideas!

I’ve added a beautiful new lens to my small collection of camera equipment.

My 50mm f/1.8 lens bit the dust a week or so ago and rather than replacing that one, I took it as an opportunity to upgrade! My 50mm f/1.4 lens came this week and I’m so excited. My photography has a long way to go but I’m excited to play around with this new lens!

And while we’re on the subject of expensive investments…

I totally forgot to mention that after Alex and I went piano shopping last month, we actually ended up buying one. (It came while I was at SXSW!) I can’t tell you how much I love it. It’s beautiful, it has an amazing sound, and it has an “anytime” system built in, which means we can silence it and play with headphones. It’s kind of hard to explain but it’s basically amazing. I’m so in love.


This weekend, Alex and I are running the Monument 10K! I haven’t run a race for a couple of years so I’m looking forward to it! Alex will be running it much faster than me, but as long as I can run the whole thing, I’ll be happy!

What are you up to this weekend?