Here are a few facts about me: 1. I’m NOT a morning person and 2. I’m NOT a breakfast person.
Odd, I know.
I love having productive mornings but I’m not one of those people that jumps out of bed at 5:00 AM and gets right to it.
I’m more along the lines of jumping into bed at 1:00 AM after conquering the day.
I would say about 90% of the time, my morning routine is a drag, at 7:45 AM I get out of bed, go straight for a black coffee and start scheduling social media posts for the day, in complete silence.
Once 9:00 AM hits, life is perfect but before that time, I don’t want to deal with it, and by it, I’m meaning: cooking, socializing, emails, any of it.
I’m a creative night owl, through and through.
& that ‘night owl’ attitude carries over to my social calendar too, whenever anyone wants to go out to eat, I always suggest a late lunch or an even later dinner; never breakfast.
But, like everything in life, there are a few exceptions, for me, those exceptions are: the chocolate chip muffins and ice coffee at Harpo’s, the hash browns at Kens’ Corner and brunch at the Ocean House.
Those are my three exceptions to socializing and looking presentable before 9:00 am.
I actually attended brunch at the Ocean House for my first time this year, and I’m still dreaming about the raspberry lemon pancakes, they are cooking up this summer.
When I posted that I was there, I got so many DM’s from you guys asking what I wore for this New England famous brunch, which does have a dress code, by the way.
The Ocean House requires brunchers (is that a word?) to wear ‘resort casual’.
When booking my reservation, I decided to go later on in the day, so I chose an elegant lightweight maxi, to pair with my raspberry lemon pancakes.
The A-line cut on this maxi gave it the perfect dose of formality. I even told my sister that she could borrow the dress for an upcoming event. It’s quite easy to dress up or down.
The reason I chose this dress is that the bright colors reminded me of the hydrangeas scattered throughout the Ocean House property. After leaving brunch, I made my Mom snap some images of me with the blooming bushes.
Hydrangeas had a good year this year, that’s all I can say. Each bush was filled with bright petals and evergreen stems.
Life is all about, what I like to call, ‘the approach’.
I’m serious though! I’m always telling my friends, Matt, sisters and basically anyone that will stop to listen, that how you approach a person, is basically a pre-set to the outcome.
I’m talking about going into a conversation with an open mind and flexibility, rather than a set goal. So many people struggle with this, and don’t even realize it, so I’m here to help.
You could say my job is tied in with the art of communication, and guys, it really is an art.
Whether it’s writing a blog post, negotiating with a brand or even talking one-on-one with a reader, I’ve gotten pretty darn good at polishing my communication skills and learning what works.
But let me tell you one thing that doesn’t work…entitlement.
A lot of people ask me about my college experience and how I became a blogger, and to be honest it’s because I was open-minded and flexible when approaching people, SIMPLE AS THAT.
I would walk into professors’ offices and just have a conversation, I would ask people about their days. because…WHY NOT. I would go into every conversation (or try to) with a ‘whatever’ attitude & this is key.
I never expected people to help me and I never demanded or felt entitled (ew gross) towards their time, skills or connections.
We all have that friend, let’s call her ‘dear’ that no matter what, the moment ‘dear’ texts you, they need something. Whether it be a ride to the mall, notes from yesterday’s class or a study buddy; they go into every conversation entitled, closed-minded, and looking to get ahead (blah).
& you know what, we all have love/hate relationships with these kinds of people; heck maybe sometimes we are these types of people, but in the long run, you NEED to refine your approach.
Why? you might ask, well because how you approach people is half the battle. Being abrasive, aggressive, pushy and frankly rude; for no reason is well RUDE. & people pick up on these things.
All day every day, I get DM’s, emails, tweets, and comments asking for things. But let me tell you one thing, there is a big difference in how I react to brand’s asking for free work, haters upset about spelling mistakes or even people who demand free products, never to showcase it; from those people that reach out to say they loved a blog post and later down the line reach out for help.
Sunday was the perfect definition of a snow day! The storm didn’t roll in until 2pm so it gave me plenty of time to run some errands and then hunker down for the rest of the day. When the storm looked like it was starting to settle down, my mom and I went for a walk to snap a few pictures & let me tell you, it was a #struggle.
If you follow me on snapchat (aubreyrose740) than you saw these hilarious outtakes. I’m not kidding, they were literally hilarious I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. I’m trying to spend more time on snapchat and sharing more ‘behind the scenes’ moments. After the hilarious photo shoot my family and I made pizzas & hung out by the fire, a perfect evening.
I hope everyone that was hit with snow is safe & warm. It was a wild storm to say the least; I was only suppose to get 2 inches but I think we ended up with easily 6 inches! The weather is always unpredictable in New England & I kind of love it. Living in San Diego was the definition of perfect, but perfect can get boring quickly. Anyone else with me? Happy Monday xx A.