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Photo Credit: On the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco, Tiny Atlas

Photo Credit: On the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco, Tiny Atlas

Wow.  What a weekend.  I hope you all had a great one too. Ours was packed, but in the most awesome way. Now for the serious stuff.

We’re seven months into the blog now.  I’m 3 months into saying no to offers of paid work as a public health and policy consultant, and it feels weird every time I do.  Am I biting the hand that once fed me? Having a good solid income is really tempting, especially when there’s a heck ton of travel coming up.  Also reconciling the creative and formerly professional sides of myself, with most of our friends in the public health and development profession, feels like an oft repeated mental theme.  So I need to repeatedly tell myself: “eyes on the prize.”

So basically, it can get difficult to key one’s eyes on the prize when so much is going on around us.  New projects keep popping up, and we are figuring out how to monetize. We are also learning how to say no, which is a new fun game. Having a support system that includes serial entrepreneurs and management specialists has been super helpful and we are unendingly thankful for that. Then there are my other friends, the podcasts.

I love podcasts.  I have them on at every available opportunity.  Ira Glass’ voice lulls me to sleep, Neil DeGrasse Tyson keeps me company while cooking, and Jess Lively helps to get me started at the beginning of the day. I’ve recently discovered another one that helps me to keep me in check, helps me to get new ideas for the blog, and know that there are plenty of others out there who are also in the process of building something new.

Grace Bonney, of Design*Sponge awesomeness, hosts After the Jump – a podcast dedicated to contemporary makers and the day-to-day challenges they face.  I can’t believe how lucky I was to have found this resource. It helps me stay grounded and remind me that all the challenges, insecurities, and temptations that I face on a regular basis are not mine alone.

So instead of a fun video to help you start your week, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite podcast episodes that help me to get started, get me going and get me excited about this path that Cait and I have chosen to explore.  Maybe they’ll be helpful and

After the Jump – Episode 99 – How to Create Content for the New Online World

As nouveau bloggers wanting to generate new careers, we’re constantly reconciling the difference between what we really want to post and what will get us the most hits.  This podcast teaches us how to reach both of those goals without compromising on this site’s mission.

After the Jump – Episode 91 – The Changing Pay Rates for Creative Talent

We are building a business. This means a crash course in learning how to value our work.  Our work may look “fun” and not like work at all. But we assure you, there’s a lot of elbow grease, negotiation and a our own resources that go into it.  Grace Bonney and a coterie of professionals who have attained success in the forum provide great anecdotes and lessons on monetization and the evolution of pay rates on this podcast.

The Jess Lively Show – Episode 44 – The Art of Relaxation and Creativity with Jen Gotch of Ban.Do

Groupies of Jen Gotch we are.  And we were over the moon when we learned that Jess Lively was going to be interviewing her about non-linear trajectory across careers (law! bartending! Ban.Do!) and building a biz that has made surprising waves.  This totally ranks high among fave podcasts.

The Jess Lively Show – Episode 64 – The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results with Jay Papasan

We both have big long term goals on the horizon.  But how do we get there?  Jay Papasan, author of the NYTimes bestseller, The One Thing, tells Jess Lively about how to break it all down.  What’s that five year goal or objective? What is the one thing you need to do to get there?  Or that quarterly goal? What is the one thing you need to do to achieve that.  We’ve been mapping it all out. This concept has really helped me to not look at this career change as a Sisyphean task, but as a number of attainable short term goals.

America’s Test Kitchen – Episode 402 – The Barefoot Contessa Speaks Out

Otherwise known as Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa has been an inspiration for more than a decade.  She was a nuclear energy policy advisor for the White House!  Then she quit and opened up a speciality food shop! And most of you know what happened afterwards.  She tells her story with ATK’s Christopher Kimball.




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Montmartre Photo Credit: The beautiful and lovely Alissa Pries.

Montmartre Photo Credit: The beautiful and lovely Alissa Pries.

Another busy week, another hot day, another ladies lunch. It’s been a week of re-planning, photo shoots (of us! What?!?), organizing and prioritizing. I love shaking things out and seeing where they land. We are both deep into side projects right now. Tiff has taken on some graphic design work and is currently re-tooling our site. Cait is working on styling and design projects and can’t wait to brag about all of it. Still having a hard time believing that this is our job and grateful for it. Everyday.

Freunde von Freunden got together with Airbnb and had a sumptuous, soft lit baby.

Love the monogram trend, and this cracks me up. BAG.

A Butler brother from The Arcade Fire puts out song based on a Guardian news story every week!  The most recent one? The Greek debt crisis of course.

This performance from the Alabama Shakes is just awesome.

Ummmm, a podcast network devoted to small business, blogging and a general appreciation for design and good and real eats? Yes please! (My faves already are After the Jump from Design*Sponge’s Grace Bonney and Radio Cherry Bombe)

Got into silk dying last week for Sarah’s dress. These were the very helpful tips given to me, that I quickly ignored.

It’s the last day of Chinese New Year celebrés tomorrow, so I’m going to squeeze one last mention in.  The first dumpling house in Suriname.  ‘Nuf said.

Anthony Vaccarello for the classic badass in all of us.

Must get butt to Mexico. Must stay here.

Ace & Jig is now selling on ShopBop! Now waiting for the sale…