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Well, I’ve failed at posting more regularly on this blog but I feel like I have a good excuse: I’ve been blogging for the Wash U Olin Business School. Sure, it’s only been two posts to date but those are two posts that could have been used for “That Guy.” So, I’m going to keep this short and tell you to check out my blog reel from time to time. And if you’re interested in the happenings of a place that I spend 10+ hours a week in, find the full blog here.

Now, here’s to Thanksgiving break and not having any class! For a second, I thought I was back in undergrad until I remembered that I have to work Monday – Wednesday …

Image: Moore Ruble Yudell

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Here We Go Again

Guys, I haven’t blogged in over a year! I’m a terrible person.

In that time, I’ve been doing a lot of what you’d probably expect me to be doing from the content of this blog: reading, eating out, home improvement, and a whole lot more. Clearly, if you’re looking for speedier updates, you should follow me on Instagram or Twitter. But, in case you’re not a social media user, below are some of the highlights of the past 13 months.

PS: You know it’s been a long time since you’ve blogged when the entire WordPress user interface has changed. Whoops …

We took a trip to Nashville/the Biltmore last fall. I have a bevy (I was just looking for an excuse to use that word) of recommendations based on my research so hit me up if you're planning to visit.

We took a trip to Nashville/the Biltmore last fall. I have a bevy (I was just looking for an excuse to use that word) of recommendations based on my research so hit me up if you’re planning to visit. Pictured here is Hatch Show Prints inside the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Me and close to 50 other St. Louis Tigers trekked down to Oxford, MS, for the Mizzou vs. Ole Miss game. Anyone familiar with Oxford will understand that my definition of a Library is completely changed. Pictured here is The Grove.

Me and close to 50 other St. Louis Tigers trekked down to Oxford, MS, for the Mizzou vs. Ole Miss game. Anyone familiar with Oxford will understand that my definition of a Library is completely changed. Pictured here is The Grove – tailgating spot extraordinaire.

I spent a quick two days in NYC this spring to shoot a commercial - first TV shoot and it was awesome.

I spent a quick two days in NYC this spring to shoot a commercial – first TV shoot and it was awesome.

We got a dog! This little pest is named Ginger and she terrorizes the neighborhood. Seriously, she has more energy than we know what to do with. I could probably spend an entire blog post talking about the joys and despairs of owning a pet.

We got a dog! This little pest is named Ginger and she terrorizes the neighborhood. Seriously, she has more energy than we know what to do with. I could probably spend an entire blog post talking about the joys and despairs of owning a pet.

Katherine graduated! She is now a master from Virginia Tech who has decided to double it with a masters from OU. The girl will be in school forever.

Katherine graduated! She is now a master from Virginia Tech who has decided to double it with a masters from OU. The girl will be in school forever.

We took a trip to Chicago to grace the Windy City with my presence. I know she missed me.

We took a trip to Chicago to grace the Windy City with my presence. I know she missed me.

We moved! So, you can ignore the house tour that is only two posts ago. This probably means that I should do a tour of the new place ...

We moved! So, you can ignore the house tour that is only two posts ago. This probably means that I should do a tour of the new place …

Per a long STL tradition, I made a trip down to the lake this summer. Good times were had all around along with the sunburn from H-E- ...

Per a long STL tradition, I made a trip down to the lake this summer. Good times were had all around, along with the sunburn from H-E- …

I started grad school! I'm enrolled in the part time MBA program at Washington University, which is basically eating up all my free time. I'm sure some posts related to that craziness will follow.

I started grad school! I’m enrolled in the part time MBA program at Washington University, which is basically eating up all of my free time. I’m sure some posts related to that craziness will follow.

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The Blog Lives!

Something prompted me today to revive this blog so here it is – a post! I can’t pinpoint exactly why I stopped blogging in the first place but here are potentially a few reasons:

  • I got a new job
  • I went on vacation for two weeks
  • I moved
  • Summer

Some of you might be confused at the notion that summer could totally derail a habit or routine but, if you live in Chicago, you completely understand. Patios open up, Cubs games become a staple and street fairs invade the city. There is just no time for anything else. Throw in a new job and apartment and you have the recipe for a blog that is shoved in the corner and forgotten until cold weather rolls in and you decide to dust it back off.

Instead of recounting all my experiences from the past five months, I thought I would illustrate them through the goodness that is Instagram. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so consider these next 6,000 words an official update on what I’ve been up to.

Anything I didn’t touch on? Post your questions below!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Golden Gate bridge herself.

I explored San Francisco’s backyard: Napa Valley.

Mandatory Cubs watching during the hot summer months.

Katherine, the little sis, moved to Virginia Tech with the help of Yours Truly.

Football season started back up, which means a couple of trips down to Columbia, MO, with the crew.

I was reunited with this beauty in Madison, WI, for a weekend.

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A New Year. A New Beginning.

Alright, folks. As you know, it’s that time of year when people take a hard look at their lives and figure out what they want to change. As much as I like to think I’m unique and special, I’m not and end up succumbing to the same whims as everyone else. So here I am, ready to declare what I would like to see happen over the next year! All of these are personal, since of course you can’t write about work because you never know who’s reading … Hey work friends!

  • Numero uno – Blog more! Shocker, I know. I keep saying this but one day I will actually make it happen. I think the hardest part, besides trying to find time, is thinking of things to write about. I’m not passionate enough about one thing and I think that at the end of the day, if I were to narrow my scope to one particular topic, you and I would get bored. Can’t have that!
  • Numero dos – Write more! I know what you’re thinking: how is that different than numero uno? Well, I have 20 pages to a novel that I’m hoping to turn into 500. It’s a difficult endeavor that is going to take a lot of discipline on my part but I think I’m up for the challenge and am trying to make you myself believe that I can do whatever I set my mind to.
  • Numero tres – Work out more! God, I’m so original. Luckily for me, this has been happening fairly well for the past month and half. I’m just putting it down on paper keyboard to keep myself accountable, because that’s worked so well for me in the past. #sarcasm
  • Numero quatro – Figure out what I want to do with my life! This is more of a life goal than a 2012 goal. Although, the sooner it happens, the happier I will be. I don’t have too high of expectations for this one because, let’s be honest, how else do you grow unless you’re trying out new things? No need to get too comfortable.

There you have it! My four goals for 2012 and abundance of exclamation points. What have you decided to accomplish this year? My current short-term goals tonight include finishing “Night Circus” while sipping on cranberry juice, the only beverage left in my apartment that isn’t beer.

PS: You know a company has successfully branded itself when you Google image search “target” and only come up with logos and store pictures.

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And so we begin.

A new day, a new blog.

For the handful of you that I’ve talked about this with, you realize this is my fifth attempt at starting a blog. I’m pretty sure the longest one lasted four months, and that’s because I was on an incredible adventure worth recounting, until I was overwhelmed by how much time it took to tell.

Now, I find myself on a slightly less thrilling ride but still looking for an outlet to write that doesn’t involve work, my old client, or new client. With that in mind, I’m tackling this blogging endeavor once more to see where it takes me and this time I’m determined to make it last by setting a goal for myself:

  • Write a post at least once a week – This probably doesn’t sound like a lot, but I know from experience that even one post a week doesn’t happen all the time or on a regular enough basis.

Yes, this is my only goal a.k.a. I’ve set the bar low and can only exceed expectations. I’m keeping the range of topics pretty broad so as to not constrict myself. If there’s anything in particular you want to hear about, definitely let me know!

Now you’re probably wondering where the name of this blog comes from? Well, I was trying to find a common thread to the experiences of my life and realized that most of the time I’m holding some sort of beverage: a glass of tea at work, a hot chocolate in a coffee shop, a Diet Coke at the movies, a beer while watching the game or a cocktail at the bar. And yes, no coffee. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one to have gasped at this. Matt Witthaus and Ryland Devero give me enough flack as it is.

Until next time, have any of you tried to start a blog? How do you keep yourself motivated?
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