Hello wonderful readers! I am so excited to announce the top-secret project I’ve been working on since August: my new blog consulting, troubleshooting, and design company:
It’s been awhile in the making, and I’ve just launched the website at the Portland Bloggers Back to School: Blog Design event. I have three sections of offerings right now:
ReadyAimMedic: where I offer technical troubleshooting for even the smallest issues for your blog. Have a problem? A nagging functionality quirk? Need it fixed ASAP? Get in touch using the contact form for a quote for fixing, starting at $20.
Blog Consultations: where I offer a 30-minute Blog Consultation, to define your blogging goals, audience, and strategy; and a 1-hour Design Consultation, where I advise on optimizing the design of your blog, pulling together disparate elements, and converting your visitors into repeat customers. Reach out using either of the contact forms on the page to book your Consultation. (Booking form coming soon!)
ReadyAimStyle: here I plan to add downloadable blog logos, customize-able social media icons, and blog graphics packages, as well as fully custom blog designs. I’ve been working on the content for this section, so stay tuned!
I also plan to add a blog (of course!) and tons of resources, tips, and help for any and all bloggers. Right now you can snag a free downloadable Style Guide template for your blog’s style!
For technical help, I specialize in blogs on either self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org), self-hosted Blogger, or Blogspot.com blogs. Other blogs or inquiries please drop me a line!
I am so excited to be able to put my 7 years of blogging and online marketing to good use, and help others who are on their way. Thanks so much for reading and may this be the start of a wonderful blog journey for all!
Check Out ReadyAimBlog Here
As I hinted on Sunday and snapped on Instagram, I do indeed have a big announcement. So here it goes…
I am now the Social Media Marketing Manager for Studio 3 here in Portland! They are a very high-end photography studio, for product and food and beverage and lifestyle – and they also do video and CGI and digital art and just all-around fantastic stuff, working with a variety of established brands.
I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new job (which is a part-time gig, so I will still continue to blog here) and am looking forward to driving their online presence (plus doing a little advanced SEO for their website. All in a day’s work, my friends!) 😉
So yay for the new!
Follow Studio 3 on their social media channels to see what I’ll be sharing daily about this awesome photography and video powerhouse:
It’ll take your breath away.
Obviously I have a thing against the sun, even back then. #vampiresforever
So the Internet is doing this thing called #ThrowbackThursday, and apparently I’m the last one to jump on the bandwagon. I decided to post an old photo of me today, just for fun.
The year was 1990, it was around June or so. My good friend Alyssa Hoefener was moving away (Illinois or something, if memory serves), and she had a going away party at her house. I was 11-and-a-half years old, and about 2 months away from moving to Yokohama, Japan. This was the Summer I had been dreading for months.
In 3rd grade I had experienced a growth spurt, and by 5th grade I was the 2nd or 3rd-tallest girl in the entire grade (about 70+ students). Alyssa (left in the photo) was super-cute and petite, and I look at this photo and remember towering over everyone that Summer, and just feeling like an awkward giraffe.
My bangs were impossible so I was into this phase of just hacking them short periodically. Alyssa’s bangs were always cute and 80’s-awesome, but mine just didn’t do that. *le sigh* I remember I had gotten a camera for Christmas earlier in the year, an incredibly basic Kodak something-or-other, and I tended to use it so rarely that I went through a roll of film like every 4-5 months or so. “Photography” was not yet something that I realized one could do as a hobby, haha. I don’t even remember owning those shorts, LOL. Jelly bracelets were the new thing (as opposed to friendship bracelets – soooooo 1989 – and I think my friends and I had this thing about wearing ankle jelly bracelets on our left ankles.
We had ice pops and threw water balloons at that party. I really missed Alyssa when she left. I think I wrote her after she moved and I heard from her once but then that was it. Such was life before the Internet. Now you just Facebook Friend everyone and stalk them silently when you want to see what they’re up to. But I haven’t found Alyssa on Facebook yet. It’s now 24 years and I have no idea what happened to her since then.
You were a good friend to me, Alyssa. Hope you are doing well, wherever you are!
So it’s now been quite awhile since I opened up on this blog about my hypothyroidism and issues stemming from it (including a sudden weight gain of 15 lbs). I wanted to share with all of you where I am now – almost 4 months later.
Not long after posting on my blog about the health struggles I’d been going through, I went in to see my Naturopath to go over my full blood panel results. (Funnily enough, even though I’d been seen by 3 separate doctors for my thyroid issues, no one had EVER ordered a full blood panel despite my insisting that I didn’t feel much better and something was definitely still wrong.) The blood panel reflected that my cortisol levels were extremely high (indicating adrenal fatigue), and despite my 3x per day thyroid medication regimen, I was STILL hypothyroid and my thyroid hormones were staggeringly low.
Yes, friends, it’s time to address the elephant in the room and say it out loud: I’ve gotten fat.
I’ve tried to hide it for so long, refusing to even mention it on this blog. But I feel like I’m pretending, constantly, by not even trying to address it.
It’s so difficult when I’m in the business of putting photos of myself out there, online, for all eyes to see – and weekly, monthly, my weight has been creeping…well soaring, really…upwards. It’s affected not only my ability to wear 90% of what was in my closet – but also taken a huge chunk out of my self esteem and confidence.
And we’re not talking something insignificant like 5 pounds, either.
We are talking a weight gain of 20 POUNDS in a year and a half. (Read on for the why.) (more…)
The answer would be: All Black.
I am working my other job today: on set, as Art Director for a 3-part corporate video shoot the company I work with is producing.
Which means I look very UN-chic since I am on-set as a working crew member, heading up the Art Department. My nails are shredded (and there’s probably black under them too), I have stuff scrawled on my hands, I worked a 12.5-hour day yesterday and am working a 14-hour one today, and I’m probably pretty frazzled by the time I can take a photo.
But you do it for the love of making something cool and creative.
And for the record, my clothing actually WAS a steal:
Black Long-Sleeved T-Shirt: Forever 21
Black Tanktop (worn under): Victoria’s Secret
Black Jeggings: UNIQLO
So crew blacks = a steal. Good to know! 😉
Did Muffin ever come home?
No. 7 months later and she is still missing.:-( We really miss her!
Hi Carly! I just found your blog yesterday and I loved it so much I have been going through all your old posts! (Is that creepy? haha) This may seem a bit strange, but I was wondering if you are Irish. I LOVE your red hair!
The Internet is probably the best place for creepiness! Thanks for your kind words about my blog:-)
I am ethnically Scottish/Danish/Norwegian/Czechoslovakian. (“Cais” is a Czech name.) But both my parents are Australians and I was born in the U.S., so I was originally American/Australian… Well, technically American now since I dropped the Australian nationality off my passport (I have only visited there a couple times and though all my relatives are there, I really just identify as American).
The red hair probably comes from the Scottish and the Czech sides of my family; apparently I have a second cousin in the Czech Republic who has hair the exact same color as mine. It’s tough to keep vibrant during the winter – and as the years go by!! :..(