Presently: December 3

Say what??? How is Thanksgiving already over? And winter is knocking on the door? And Christmas is just weeks away? Wow!

Seeing that I seem to have little time to be more consistent with anything on the blog beyond my Grateful Geek posts, I thought a Presently post was long overdue!

Windblown hair? Check. Afternoon coffee? Check. Cute iPhone case? Check. Obligatory selfie at home? Check.
Photo credit: nishaksquared

Working On: My one-woman business will be four months old in just a matter of weeks, and it’s all I can focus on. These first months have been quite the journey, both practically and mentally. It has been a challenging time that has pushed me to open my mind and heart to ever more brain exercise and creativity than I could have imagined. I love it! The fact that I’m my own boss feels good. I feel so fortunate that things are moving forward at a good pace. <<Knock on wood.>> Now, on top of my ambitious end-of-the-year workload, I’m thinking about what I want to get out of my work in 2014 — and how I can make those things happen.

Thinking About: When I have time, I try to catch up on the stack of articles and blogs I’ve found on entrepreneurship. Aside from the obvious business side, I’m really interested in what people have to say about how being your own boss affects your personal life. One thing that has really struck me is how many entrepreneurs, new and seasoned, note that you shouldn’t try to explain or convince your loved ones of what you do and how your work is valuable. We somehow feel that need to get real positive reinforcement from our primary support system, but we may not always get the level of support and enthusiasm that we want.

The people near and dear to you love you, and they want you to have happiness, stability and balance. But it’s hard to have those things in equal measure when you’re building something new, and working or thinking about your work 24/7.

And when you don’t work in a traditional office space with co-workers.

And when you’re working in a relatively new landscape that people don’t get.

I’m lucky to have so many kind, supportive and encouraging people in my corner, but I’m also aware that a lot of what I do may not make complete sense to them just yet.

It’s interesting how the modern workplace and job description has evolved to become something less cookie-cutter and more tailored to our own strengths and passions.

Call me crazy, but I think that’s a great thing.

Not Proud Of: I’m totally going to call myself out on this — I’ve been slacking off on my workouts the past few weeks. There’s really no excuse good enough for this…unless I was at death’s door (which I wasn’t). I’m putting this out there so that I can hold myself accountable to getting back into my healthy routine ASAP! Stay tuned!

Now, onto lighter fare…

Loving: Coffees and iPhone cases! Ha! Such a ridiculous combination, but it makes sense. First of all, the coffee thing is huge for me. I gave up drinking coffee for years, but recently started exercising my right to enjoy a holiday-time Starbucks beverage a few times a week. (I blame my hubby for this because his Starbucks addiction is fierce!) And oh boy, was the coffee monster awaken! I still don’t like normal coffee, but I do love my soy caramel macchiatos or gingerbread lattes.

As for iPhone cases, I spend a lot of time on my phone. I love my iPhone — it has made my life so much easier, so portable and more organized. I want my iPhone to look cute and pretty. I want it to be protected from all bumps, scratches and blemishes. Need I say more?

Anticipating: My Christmas shopping is done! And I think I did good. I’ve already wrapped most of my gifts, but I’m running out of places to hide them! I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces come Christmas Day!

Reading: There are three books on my nightstand — Edwidge Danticat’s Claire of the Sea Light, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and Raphael Jerusalmy’s Saving Mozart. Started on the latter and liking it so far, but I think I may also crack open the Danticat.

Watching: Practically every week, me and my hubby have a dinner-and-a-movie date night. The latest movie we’ve seen is Dallas Buyers Club, which is really as good — if not greater — than what the critics have been saying.

On TV (or Hulu, in my case), when I get a chance to watch, I’ve been enjoying Sleepy HollowThe Blacklist, The Mindy Project and New Girl. I’m only up-to-date on The Blacklist and weeks behind on the others! Not to mention that I haven’t gone beyond the second episode of this season’s Homeland! Oof.

Listening To: Lorde, Beach House and The xx. Good music to work and think by.

Wishing: I’m the Christmas nut, so I wish it was here already! Giant decorated trees! Family feasts! Christmas carols! Gifts to give! Love it all!


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