And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com Love your job. Love your blog. Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:19:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-Favicon-Blue-150x150.png And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com 32 32 6 DIY Projects for the Fall https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/6-diy-projects-for-the-fall/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/6-diy-projects-for-the-fall/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10086 A month or so ago, I had a pair of headphones that was so badly split when I had one ear bud in my ear, the other was dragging on the floor. They still worked fine, but the two sides were no longer connected, and it made running…. awkward. I decided to macrame the two

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6 DIY Projects for Fall

A month or so ago, I had a pair of headphones that was so badly split when I had one ear bud in my ear, the other was dragging on the floor. They still worked fine, but the two sides were no longer connected, and it made running…. awkward. I decided to macrame the two together with some old embroidery thread, and it made me realize how much I miss DIY projects!

I used to do crafts a lot as a kid, and I took the practice back up when I graduated from college. Then, when Sean and I moved to Cincinnati, our budget got much tighter, and I stopped.

But now seems like a great time to get back into it, especially with the temperatures dropping and the coziness kicking in. To celebrate fall, I’ve put together a roundup of 6 DIY projects I’d love to complete this season.

  • Tile Coasters. We use coasters religiously, but I’m not in love with the ones I have any more. They’re cute, but they don’t really match our decor. I’ve got all of the supplies to make my own, I just haven’t committed to doing it! One weekend this season I’d like to crank out a fun set that feels “us.”
  • Fire Starters. Now that we’re using our fire pit regularly and have two (albeit non-functioning) fire-burning fireplaces, I’ve been saving literally all of our toilet paper and paper towel rolls, dryer lint, and candle wax. Time to upcycle that shit into fire starters!
  • Candles. Speaking of candles, there’s a really fun candle shop in town, and they have drop-in candle-making classes that I really want to do! My mom and I currently have plans to do this one of the first weekends in November, so I’m really excited.
  • Clay necklace. I’ve got a bunch of oven-bake clay laying around, so I’ve been brainstorming what I can make with it outside of 50 million marble catch-all bowls. I have a fun, basic clay necklace that I won at an event in Cincinnati that I love, so I’m going to try my hand at making a few more in different color schemes!
  • Reusable produce bags. I’m all about finding ways to reduce my environmental impact, so reusable produce bags seems like a natural fit for me. Normally I skip produce bags altogether, but that doesn’t work as well at the farmer’s market, or when we have a ton of produce to pick up. Having bags would keep me organized.
  • Travel Keepsake Boxes. This is a project I started a long time ago… probably 5 years? I picked up some basic, unfinished wood boxes at Michael’s with every intention of making these travel keepsake boxes from Martha Stewart. Instead, they’ve moved around with me three different times and inevitably sit in a closet unfinished. Seriously, there’s a stack of 7 of them just sitting in my bedroom right now. This season I’d love to finish them!

I don’t expect to get all of these projects done, but I’d love to get 2 or 3 completed this fall! Some of these have been looming, so it would feel really good to finally get them crossed off my list.

Stay tuned!

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October Goals https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/october-goals-2018/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/october-goals-2018/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=10002&preview=true&preview_id=10002 Happy October! I love the clean slate a new month brings. Before we get into my goals for the month, let’s recap what I accomplished last month. September Recap Personal Goals Clean up my Graphics folder on my computer. ✔ I treated this much the same way as I treated my Kindle books. I quickly looked

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October Goals 2018

Happy October! I love the clean slate a new month brings. Before we get into my goals for the month, let’s recap what I accomplished last month.

September Recap

Personal Goals

  • Clean up my Graphics folder on my computer. ✔ I treated this much the same way as I treated my Kindle books. I quickly looked through files, and anything I didn’t recognize was deleted. So far I haven’t regretted it in the slightest!
  • Run 3x per week. ✔ I’m so proud of myself for this one! I’m technically a week behind on Couch to 10k because one week I couldn’t quite run the full distance required, but I still went for a run 3 times every week, so that’s really exciting!
  • Drink 100oz of water every day for a week. ✔ Woo! This one was hard. I’d like to stick with this, but ever since I crossed it off, I’ve barely drank any water. Whoops! I’ll get back into it soon.
  • Log 20 hours with the Forest App. ✔ I’m really glad I started using Forest again! I ended up using it for 24 hours and 38 minutes, which is awesome. I’ve really enjoyed using it, so I’m planning to continue this in October.

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Finish the outline and branding of my next ebook. ✔ Yay for progress! I’m having to take this slower than I originally wanted because #life, but I’ve designed the cover, created my style guide, and outlined as much as I can before I start writing.
  • Get my Instagram Posts to 100. ✔ My Instagram account is at 100 posts now! But just like with drinking water this month, as soon as I met my goal, I stopped. I need to figure out a sustainable way to continue posting to Instagram… Anyone have any tips?
  • Go through 3 classes in CoSchedule Academy Pro. ✔ Done! I finished 3 classes, and I got at least one useful thing out of each of them, so I consider that a win.

I can’t believe I actually finished all of my goals this month! 🙌 I’m really proud of myself. Hopefully I can take that momentum into October.

October Goals

Personal Goals

  • Journal every day. I’ve been wanting to start journaling for a while, so I’m determined to journal every day in October. As Gretchen Rubin says, it’s easier to do something every day than it is to do something most days.
  • Meditate every day. I started doing this for my 101 in 1001 list, and I’ve been really enjoying it! I’m using Headspace and meditating every morning, so I’d like to continue it every day in October.
  • Run 3x per week. If it weren’t for this goal, I probably would have given up on this pretty quickly in September, so I’m keeping it on my list. Again, I don’t have to specifically do a full Couch to 10k run, I just have to get out there.
  • Begin our new Home Book and complete 50% of it. Creating a home book is on my 101 in 1001 list, and I started it in Kentucky… just in time for us to move. I’d like to restart it for our new house in October and have half of it completed by the end of the month.
  • Read all of the library books I have checked out. I have too many library books checked out right now. And it’s especially bad because one of my goals for this year was to go through a bunch of the books that I already own. So this month I’d like to read all of my library books and not check any more out!

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Publish 1 Lifestyle post every week, in addition to Sunday Scratches. Since my rebrand, I’ve decided to include lifestyle posts into my schedule, but I haven’t really written that many. In October, I’d like to have one lifestyle post go up each week, in addition to Sunday Scratches and the other tutorial-style posts I write.
  • Complete the first section of my ebook. Now that the outline and branding is done, I’m going to write the first section of this ebook! I’m hoping to have it launched by the end of the year.
  • Set up an ecommerce platform on my site to sell my ebook. In addition, I want to find out how to actually sell the book. I’d prefer not to use a site like Etsy or Creative Market, so in October I’d like to figure out how to set up the ecommerce platform directly on my site.

Career / Job Goals

  • Create a website change management spreadsheet. To hold myself even more accountable, I’m adding in a few career goals each month! First, I’d like to create a website change management spreadsheet so we can start getting the website updated more regularly and delegate some of those updates to other departments.
  • Create two Inspiring Women animations for Instagram. One of my professional development goals at work is to experiment with Adobe Creative Cloud programs, including creating animations and videos. The first step I want to take is creating animations from an existing style of posts, and this month I want to make two of those.

Fingers crossed I have the same success record that I had in September! What are your goals for October?

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Sunday Scratches #47 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-47/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-47/#respond Sun, 30 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9992&preview=true&preview_id=9992 Happy Sunday! It’s been a shitty week for most people in the United States, so here’s to a (hopefully) better one! The Week in Review Sean and I saw A Simple Favor on Tuesday, and…. I’m still not sure how I felt about it. That movie was weird. I finished up Couch to 5k this week!

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Sunday Scratches #47

Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! It’s been a shitty week for most people in the United States, so here’s to a (hopefully) better one!

The Week in Review

Sean and I saw A Simple Favor on Tuesday, and…. I’m still not sure how I felt about it. That movie was weird.

I finished up Couch to 5k this week! I’m working on Couch to 10k (which is part of my 101 in 1001 list), and on Friday I completed the first portion of it. Woo!

I’ve also been finishing up my September Goals because today is the last day of the month! So crazy. I’m excited to get cracking at my October Goals. Stay tuned for those tomorrow!

I finally got the pink room taped yesterday! I’m hoping to paint it this week so next week we can move our bedroom furniture in there! 🙌

Around the Web

I listened to part of Kavanaugh’s hearing on Thursday (I unfortunately didn’t get to hear any of Dr. Ford’s), and it was such a shit show. I really appreciated this article from Girl Scouts: Sexual assault is a big deal. Especially in high school.

I’m all for Scandinavian design, and this overview from Apartment Therapy was so interesting! Poor Finland.

This was also a really fascinating look at why we’re so obsessed with Scandinavian design right now.

I also really wish there was an English word for Kalsarikannit. New favorite word.

Ryan Reaves of the Vegas Golden Knights imitated the goal siren noise during a Knights practice and it’s hysterical. I had to watch it twice to realize it was him.

And speaking of hockey, the Philadelphia Flyers got a new mascot, and it’s horrifying.

I’m SO GLAD the Blog Market is back, and I loved Angela’s take on micro-blogging vs. regular blogging. Gives you a lot to think about!

I really appreciated this article from the Simple Dollar about why it’s okay to value things over experiences. As an introvert and a homebody, it really struck a cord with me!

I always love reading Amber’s posts, and this one about being a plus-sized blogger was really moving.

Similarly, this was an interesting insight from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere about the responsibility of influencers was really interesting.

I’ve had my nail polish on for far too long, so I need to take Randi’s advice on how to get manicures to last a week!

In Case You Missed It…

How to Balance a Job, a Blog, and Your Family

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How to Balance a Job, a Blog, and Your Family https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-balance-a-job-a-blog-and-your-family/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-balance-a-job-a-blog-and-your-family/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10066 I’m a big supporter of having a blog as a side hustle and keeping it on the side rather than trying to turn it into a full-time gig. But when you work full-time, blog on the side, and have a family and social life, it can be really hard to balance everything. Over the past few years

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How to Balance a Job, a Blog, and Your Family

I’m a big supporter of having a blog as a side hustle and keeping it on the side rather than trying to turn it into a full-time gig. But when you work full-time, blog on the side, and have a family and social life, it can be really hard to balance everything.

Over the past few years as my life has evolved and my responsibilities have changed, I’ve learned some things about balancing a job, a blog, and a family. It’s not an easy task, but when you keep a few main things in mind, it gets much easier.

Know That You Can’t Do Everything Every Day

I recently read about the supposed “Pick Three” mentality on Lovely Indeed, and, like Chelsea, I agree with some of it and disagree with some of it. The idea is, there’s a list of overall categories of things you can work on (work, sleep, family, fitness, and friends) and you can only have three of those things in any given day.

I don’t think reality is quite so rigid, but I wholly agree with the idea behind it: you can’t accomplish everything every single day. You’re not going to be able to work an 8-9 hour day at work, crank out a blog post, spend as much time with your family as you want, make a homemade dinner, take care of your hygiene, and get 8 hours of sleep that night.

But you know what? That’s totally okay. Because that means you get some variety in your day, so you (hopefully) don’t get bored.

The biggest thing is deciding what your priorities are for the day, and don’t feel guilty when you don’t get to the other parts of your life.

Don’t prioritize your job and your family, and then put “draft a blog post” on your to do list and feel guilty when you don’t cross it off. That’s just setting yourself up for failure. Accept that your blog isn’t a priority that day and keep those tasks off of your list, until you decide it can be a priority.

Communicate

Once you’ve decided on your priorities, communicate what they are with your significant other, your family, and whomever else it might impact. That way they know how much to expect from you on a given day.

If you decide that you’re not going to work on your blog today, so you want to spend your entire evening with your family, let them know so they don’t plan other things for that time. And similarly, if you are planning on working on your blog for an hour or two this evening, communicate that with them so they don’t get their hopes up for a family game night.

Plus, if you’re struggling to find time to work on your blog, let them know that it’s bothering you. If you don’t tell them, they have no idea! And chances are, they’ll want you to find time to work on it so you’re not silently resenting them for it.

Schedule Time for Things

One thing that has helped me and Sean a lot is scheduling time for things like blogging, house projects, and date nights.

We’re creatures of habit, so we’ve designated certain days of the week for certain things. For example, every Tuesday we go to a movie, and every Thursday we go rock climbing. Having this schedule means I know not to expect any blogging work to get done on those days.

If your family is like us, it could be really useful for your family to have designated times or days when you prioritize your blog over family time. Maybe your kids already have practice on a certain day, so you know you won’t be missing out on time with them. Or maybe your favorite Mexican place has an unbeatable special every Monday, so you can get takeout instead of cook at home, and everyone can fend for themselves.

Having it on the calendar helps you mentally decide what your priorities are for the day, and helps prevent anyone from making you feel guilty about prioritizing your passion project every once in a while.

Stay Organized

Once you’ve determined how best to allocate time to all of your priorities, the next thing you need to do is come up with an organizational system for your life.

Whether that means digital, paper, or a combination of the two, find a system that works best for you so you know where everything is. Appointments, tasks for all of the facets of your life, notes from meetings and webinars, mail… there should be a process for taking care of and organizing everything.

When you have a lot going on in your life, it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks. Having a solid system will mean you know where you’re supposed to be at all times, you don’t over-book yourself, and you know what projects you need to work on.

Take a Break When You Need To

Self-care is incredibly important. It doesn’t matter if you crank out all the things for two weeks straight while sacrificing sleep and your mental health, because you’re likely going to burn out and spend even longer recuperating.

There are plenty of ways you can take a break if you need it. Take a sick day or a vacation day from work. Schedule “me time” away from your job, blog, and family. Take a hiatus from your blog and/or social media.

Whatever that break looks like to you, make sure to do it if you need to. There’s no point in pursuing a blog if it gets in the way of your mental health.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

And finally, cut yourself some slack. You’re only one person, and you have to be your own advocate.

That quote about how you have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce? It’s just not true. Sure, you both have 24 hours, but she’s got a whole team of people helping her, so she has a bunch of other people’s 24 hours, too. You don’t.

So don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get everything done or need to take a break. Do what’s best for you, including cutting yourself a little slack.


Balancing a job, a blog, and your family isn’t easy. But with some prioritization, communication, and self-love, it can be at least a little bit easier.

Good luck!

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Sunday Scratches #46 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-46/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-46/#respond Sun, 23 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9990&preview=true&preview_id=9990 intro The Week in Review This week has been crazy busy! On Monday, Sean and I decided on a new weekly tradition: he gets tacos on the way home from work, because they have a Monday special: $1 Mexican-style tacos! Yes, please. On Tuesday, Sean and I spent the evening in downtown Kalamazoo, which was

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

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The Week in Review

This week has been crazy busy! On Monday, Sean and I decided on a new weekly tradition: he gets tacos on the way home from work, because they have a Monday special: $1 Mexican-style tacos! Yes, please.

On Tuesday, Sean and I spent the evening in downtown Kalamazoo, which was super nice! We hit up Kalamazoo Candle Company and I treated myself to one of the jar candles. After smelling literally all of the candles they have, I went with Morning Market, which I love.

We then grabbed tacos (we’re predictable) before heading to the movie theatre to see Searching. Highly recommend. I was really stressed out because I imagined it to be a high-suspense movie, and therefore that it would give me panic attacks, but it wasn’t! Still super interesting.

On Wednesday, I got dinner with one of my friends from high school, Bailey, who also lives in Kalamazoo now. We tried out Texas Corners Brewing Company, which means I got another stamp on my Give a Craft passport!

And then on Thursday, after the next session of the nonprofit management workshop I’m doing at my local library, I stopped by a really cute shop called Curate + Co, where I finally picked up a Girls Support Girls t-shirt! Hello new outfit staple. They also have a light pink couch (above), which I’m obsessed with.

After being out and about so much during the week, my homebody nature is freaking out a bit. So this weekend is all about staying in. I’ve been relaxing, reading, watching Netflix, blogging, and trying to convince myself to do some work around the house.

Around the Web

I believe Christine Blasey Ford, and I still believe Anita Hill.

Fully buying into this mentality this weekend.

This article really resonated with me. Now if only I can get my anxiety to start listening to my brain.

You don’t need to quit your job or buy a one-way ticket to India to find yourself.

We ordered Sean this raincoat, and I’m seriously considering getting one for myself! Hello, actually waterproof.

It’s normal to feel burnt out at the office. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be productive still.

This is such a smart use for old tissue boxes.

Someone else’s health is none of your business.

In Case You Missed It…

5 Signs You Should Invest in InDesign

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5 Signs You Should Invest in InDesign https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/5-signs-you-should-invest-in-indesign/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/5-signs-you-should-invest-in-indesign/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10059 InDesign is an amazing program, and being able to use it with confidence is an awesome skill to have. But at $20 or more per month, it can be quite the investment, especially if you’re on a small blogging budget. How do you know when it’s the right time to invest in InDesign? In my opinion,

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InDesign is an amazing program, and being able to use it with confidence is an awesome skill to have. But at $20 or more per month, it can be quite the investment, especially if you’re on a small blogging budget.

How do you know when it’s the right time to invest in InDesign? In my opinion, there are 5 clear signs that you’re ready to make the leap and start using Adobe InDesign.

You’re ready to make an ebook.

Do you have a kick-ass ebook idea that you want to create for your audience? Whether you’re going to sell it for a profit or use it as a list-building tool, ebooks are really popular with bloggers, and with good reason! They’re an awesome way to show your expertise while helping out your audience on their own time.

And you know what the best program for creating ebooks is? InDesign. It’s specifically designed to let you integrate illustrations, photos, text, and more into one long-form document.

So if you’re ready to make an ebook, InDesign is the way to go. But I recommend waiting until you already have the book written, or at least mostly written. Because you pay for InDesign via a monthly subscription, you don’t want to be paying for it during the months when you’re sitting in Microsoft Word writing out all of your content.

Use InDesign to take your blog to the next level. Enroll in the InDesign Adventure Guide!

You want more customization than other programs offer.

Speaking of Microsoft Word, it’s a great program for writing your ebook… but when it comes to designing your ebook, it’s got a ways to go.

Apple Pages is an awesome next step, but there are some limitations to what it can do. If this is your first rodeo, I’d say stick with the lower-cost option of Pages. But if you’ve tried Pages and are ready to take the next step with some more customization and options, go with InDesign.

You’re interested in learning a new skill.

InDesign proficiency is an incredibly marketable skill. It’s a versatile program, so having the confidence to open it up and create something is highly sought after in certain professions.

If you’re interested in learning InDesign to develop a new skill that you can put on your resume, I recommend it. It’s a great reason to invest in InDesign, because you’re also investing in yourself!

P.S. Interested in learning more about InDesign? Enroll in the InDesign Adventure Guide for just $247!

You’re already comfortable with Photoshop or Illustrator.

Adobe has set up an amazing suit of programs that work really well together. If you’re already familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator, adding in InDesign is a natural next step.

Plus, if you’re comfortable with more than one program in Adobe Creative Cloud, it makes the $50/mo investment for all of the programs that much more reasonable. It’s one thing to pay $50/mo and only feel confident enough to open one program. It’s another when you’re able to open two, three or even four.

Plus, any one of these programs won’t solve all of your issues. Photoshop is great for photo editing, but it’s not great with large blocks of text or multi-page documents. Illustrator is great for creating illustrations and logos, but doesn’t really do anything with photos. InDesign is great for composition and creating long-form documents, but not photo editing.

Having access to all of these programs will greatly expand what you’re going to be able to accomplish.

InDesign intimidates you a little bit.

And finally, if the program intimidates you a little bit, it might be a sign that you should invest in InDesign.

It’s great professional development to try things that scare you, because they show you that you can overcome your fears and improve your confidence in the meantime.

Don't forget! Enroll in the InDesign Adventure Guide to become an InDesign master!


The relatively high monthly cost of InDesign and Adobe Creative Cloud intimidates a lot of bloggers and small business owners and prevents them from investing in it. And for a lot of people, that’s a great choice!

But if you’re ready to take your blog and your design skills to the next level, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re ready to invest in InDesign.

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Sunday Scratches #45 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-45/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-45/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 07:00:44 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9988&preview=true&preview_id=9988 Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve been having a great weekend. Here are the scratches from this week. The Week in Review Sean and I made quick work of Season 2 of Iron Fist on Netflix this week. We started it last week Friday, when it originally premiered, and finished it by this past Tuesday. Highly recommend!

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Sunday Scratches #45

Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve been having a great weekend. Here are the scratches from this week.

The Week in Review

Sean and I made quick work of Season 2 of Iron Fist on Netflix this week. We started it last week Friday, when it originally premiered, and finished it by this past Tuesday. Highly recommend!

I’ve picked up what feels like 50 more books from the library lately (in reality it’s only 3). Next up on my list are The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay McKesson, and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. One of these things is not like the others…

We’re slowly but surely making progress on turning the pink bedroom in our house into our master. So far we’ve uncovered a fireplace, and I’ve started clearing out some of the items we’ve been storing in there. Next up: paint over the pink and purple walls!

I started attending a free workshop series at my local library about management for nonprofits. It’s 100% free! I highly encourage you to check out the programs and benefits offered by your local library. It’s more than just books!

Yesterday we had our friends Josh and Ashley over, and they brought along their dog Spot so they could spend the night. We ended up staying in all evening and playing board games and card games. It was a blast! Plus, I think Stanley likes having a new dog friend.

Around the Web

Carly offered two really interesting perspectives on the blogging industry this week in her posts The Tipping Point and Mom & Daughter Looks. I really encourage you to read both.

On a similar note, please get rid of your popups.

I definitely need to utilize this strategy to work on my big ebook project…

I’m all about improving my time management, so this list was a fun read.

I talked a little bit this week about how working from home can be lonely, so this article was very timely for me.

It was a big week in hockey! First, the Humboldt Broncos played their first game since the bus crash that claimed the lives of 10 of the players back in April. It was televised in the US and Canada without commercials.

Then, it was announced that Erik Karlsson, captain of the Ottawa Senators, was traded to the San Jose Sharks. The next day their second-line center tore his Achilles and is out for 6 months. The poor Senators…

Also, Steve Yzerman, or as he’s better known in Detroit, The Captain, resigned from his role as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and now Red Wings fans are theorizing what this could mean for the Red Wings.

And, most heartbreaking for me personally, on Friday Henrik Zetterberg, captain of the Detroit Red Wings, announced his retirement due to chronic back injuries.

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What No One Tells You About Working from Home https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/what-no-one-tells-you-about-working-from-home/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/what-no-one-tells-you-about-working-from-home/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 07:00:51 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9850 Since moving back to Michigan at the beginning of June, I’ve been working from home 5 days a week. I thought I was prepared for the change—after all, I’d been working from home 2 days per week for almost 2 years, and for a few months last winter I worked from home 4-5 days per

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What No One Tells You About Working from Home

Since moving back to Michigan at the beginning of June, I’ve been working from home 5 days a week. I thought I was prepared for the change—after all, I’d been working from home 2 days per week for almost 2 years, and for a few months last winter I worked from home 4-5 days per week while our office was under construction.

But there can be quite a big difference between “having a space in the office but you work from home regularly” and “you work from home every day and rarely see your coworkers outside of video conferencing.”

In today’s day and age, working from home is becoming more and more normal. And while more people are talking about it, there are definitely some things that no one tells you about working from home.

It Can Be Really Lonely

When you’re used to seeing your coworkers regularly and socializing in the office, working from home can be quite the adjustment. At first it’s great! You don’t have anyone distracting you, so you can sit down and crank out your work.

And that productivity continues for the first week or two. Maybe if you’re lucky, you feel like that for a month! And then… you realize you never leave the house. And you never actually see anyone. And you start to get really lonely.

This is exaggerated if you, like me, start working from home around the same time that you’re moving to a new city. When you move to a new city and work in an office, you have people to talk to who will give you recommendations of places to check out. You might even meet some work besties who will meet up with you outside of the office. But when you work remotely, those built-in social scenarios just don’t happen.

It’s Really Easy to Adopt Unhealthy Habits

Because you don’t see anyone, working from home provides a really good opportunity to let your positive habits fall to the back burner.

Who cares if you smell? No one is around to notice. Showering and brushing your teeth feel like monumental tasks with no real benefit (other than, you know, general hygiene and fending off cavities).

Plus, you’re likely sitting all day and not moving around. When you’re in an office, you have to stand up and move to another room when you have a meeting. At home, you just keep sitting in your chair and call someone.

This is especially true if you have a blog or side hustle, because as soon as you’re done with work… you keep sitting at your computer. You don’t have to get up and walk to your car or walk to the subway to get home.

Plus, when you never have to leave your house, the very thought of doing so becomes a burden. It can get really hard to convince yourself to leave for other reasons, like being social or exercising.

It’s More Difficult to Find a Work / Life Balance

When work and life happen in the same place, the division between the two gets a little blurrier. You’re always a few steps away from your computer, so you’re always able to do “just a few minutes of work.” Which turns into… way more than a few minutes of work.

When you work in an office, there’s a clear wind-down time between work and life. Whether you commute by walking, a car, or public transit, there’s a gap between the two when you can mentally decompress and shift from work mode to life mode. Without a commute, that transition doesn’t really happen.

You Have to Keep the House at Least a Little Clean

I do a lot of video meetings for work. It was part of the deal when I started working remotely—in order to keep the connection I have with my coworkers, I need to still have some face time with them. Any time I schedule a meeting, it’s done via video conference.

Because of this, I have to keep my house at least a little clean. Anything that can be seen behind me needs to be tidy. I can’t throw dirty clothes on the couch in my office, and I can’t have papers strewn all over the floor.

This is both a nuisance and a blessing, because I know I always have at least one room in my house that’s mostly clean!

You Have a Bunch More Time in the Day

Now that we’ve talked about the negatives, let’s get to the fun part—the positives! Because really, being able to work from home is a blessing, not just because I was able to keep my job, but because…. I get to work from home!

The biggest change I’ve seen in my day-to-day life? I have a bunch more time in the day. I no longer have to commute to the office. My “commute” is walking across the hall from my bedroom into the office.

This change is much more apparent if you live in a big city or have an especially long commute. It used to take me about 30 minutes to get to work in the morning, and anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half to get home in the evening. That means I have at least an hour and 15 minutes back in my day that I didn’t have when I worked in the office.

This is your opportunity to offset some of those unhealthy habits you’ve adopted since beginning to work from home. Use this newfound time to create positive habits, like reading, working on your side hustle, exercising, or taking your dog for a walk.

You Spend Less Money

And finally, you spend less money when you work from home! You obviously spend less money on gas because you’re no longer driving to the office. But there are so many other little ways you’re able to save money, too.

For example, there’s less temptation to go out for lunch or make a coffee run with your coworkers. Because your kitchen is down the hall or downstairs, you have more opportunity to have a solid, home-cooked meal for lunch, so you’re eating from home more often.

Plus, you don’t need to spend as much money on professional clothes. I still get dressed every day for work, but I’m rarely wearing my nice pencil skirts or button-up shirts. Most often, you’ll find me in a pair of jeans and a v-neck t-shirt or a nice sweater.

Because I’m wearing my professional clothes less often, they’re getting less wear and tear, so they last way longer and I don’t need to replace them nearly as often. Plus, I’m not trying to keep up with the latest office fashion trends, so I’m not spending a bunch of money on clothes I can only wear to the office.


In general, working from home is an absolute blessing. I get to start every morning at my own pace, and I have a lot more control over my day. There are definitely some downsides that people don’t consider when beginning to work from home, but with some forethought and intention, you’re bound to find success.

Good luck!

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Sunday Scratches #44 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-44/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-44/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 07:00:39 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9986&preview=true&preview_id=9986 Happy Sunday! It’s been a hell of a week. Let’s get to the scratches! The Week in Review Last week Sunday, Sean and I continued our anniversary weekend by seeing a double feature at the movies! We have AMC Stubs A-List, which is basically the less volatile MoviePass, so we can see up to 3

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

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Happy Sunday! It’s been a hell of a week. Let’s get to the scratches!

The Week in Review

Last week Sunday, Sean and I continued our anniversary weekend by seeing a double feature at the movies! We have AMC Stubs A-List, which is basically the less volatile MoviePass, so we can see up to 3 movies every week at any AMC Theatre, for $20 per person per month. Our local theatre recently brought back both Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World, so we saw both and loved them!

We had about 3 hours in between the movies, so we walked around the corner to Olde Peninsula Brewpub and had some dinner and drinks, while getting another stamp on our Give a Craft Passports! It was a lot of fun and a beautiful day to sit outside enjoying some beer.

Monday was our actual anniversary, and we started it off with another punch on our passports, this time at Brite Eyes Brewing, a local brewery that serves breakfast, too! We didn’t get any beer this time, but the breakfast was delicious.

On Monday evening we planned to go to Maru Sushi, our favorite sushi restaurant in town, but it started pouring, so we decided to have a pizza delivered instead! We sat around and drank champagne and ate pizza while playing some board games, which was a bunch of fun and perfect for us.

Not wanting to give up on our sushi plans, Sean and I had dinner at Maru on Friday and it was wonderful. Expensive, but the most delicious sushi I’ve ever had.

Yesterday, Sean and I were in Grand Rapids doing some grocery shopping and meal prepping for my parents. My dad injured his hand earlier this week, so we put together a bunch of meals to make life a little easier for him and my mom!

On our way out of town, Sean and I stopped by Founders and… CBS was on tap! This was only my second time having CBS (it’s super rare, and the first time I stood in line for about 45 minutes and got one of the last bottles at the store), and it was such a nice surprise.

The Links

I finished The Hate U Give this week and damn… I didn’t know you could both love and hate a book so much at the same time. I hated it because it pointed out everything wrong with society, but I loved it because it made me feel those things. Highly recommend.

I really appreciate this roundup of money-saving investments that cost $20 or less. And now I feel guilty that I basically let summer go by without line-drying any of my clothes. Next year!

Similarly, here are 12 hobbies that might save you money. I’m happy to report that I do several of these things!

Back-to-school season makes me miss actually going back to school, especially now that I live right across the street from an elementary school! I’m trying to use this as motivation to stay smart without having to take any formal classes.

I’m a BIG fan of composting. If you’re interested in getting started, Trash is for Tossers has an awesome overview for you.

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What Day Should I Post? How to Find Out with Google Analytics

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What Day Should I Post? How to Find Out with Google Analytics https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/what-day-should-i-post-how-to-find-out-with-google-analytics/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/what-day-should-i-post-how-to-find-out-with-google-analytics/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9960&preview=true&preview_id=9960 When you first start blogging, it can be really hard to figure out the best blog post schedule. What day should I post? How many times per week? It can all get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly. Luckily, there’s a way to find out what day of the week your blog is most popular! And that’s

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What Day Should I Post? How to Find Out with Google Analytics

When you first start blogging, it can be really hard to figure out the best blog post schedule. What day should I post? How many times per week? It can all get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly.

Luckily, there’s a way to find out what day of the week your blog is most popular! And that’s a pretty good indication of when you should publish a blog post, because it means your readers are ready and waiting for you to publish content on that day.

So how do you find this elusive information? With Google Analytics!

Start with an Inconsistent Schedule

Yes, really.

Consistency is key when it comes to blogging, so it seems a bit weird to tell you to post inconsistently, right?

The thing is, if you’ve chosen arbitrarily to publish a blog post every Monday and send an email to your list every Wednesday, your traffic is going to spike on those days because you’re giving people a reason to go to your blog.

We want to find the day that’s most convenient for them to visit your blog, not the day that you want them to visit it. To find that out, we have to flatten out your data a little bit.

To do that, spend a few months publishing blog posts every day of the week (even the weekends). I don’t mean that you have to write 7 blog posts per week for several weeks (though if that’s your jam, go for it!). Instead, be consistent with how many blog posts and newsletters you publish each week, but change up the days they go live. That’s going to give you a more even spread of traffic, since there isn’t one day every week that you’re pointing people to your website more than others.

Then, Ask Google Analytics

Once you’ve been publishing inconsistently for a month or two, it’s time to consult Google Analytics for your most popular day of the week!

To do this, log into Google Analytics and go to Customization > Custom Reports and create a new Custom Report. Title it something like Most Popular Day of the Week.

For Metric Groups, add a metric. Type in and select Pageviews (just plain Pageviews, not Pageviews with another value). Once you have that selected, go down to Dimension Drilldowns and add a dimension. Type in and select Day of Week Name. You can also select Day of Week, but it’s going to give you a number instead of the name of the day, so Day of Week Name will be easier to understand.

Once you have those two selected, click Save, and it will redirect you to your custom report! From there you can change the timeline of your data and sort by most and least popular days of the week.

I recommend seeing the results for the length of your inconsistent blog schedule, so it gives you a really wide range. Then sort the results by Pageviews (it should already be sorted this way), and it will tell you what your most popular day of the week is!

Take the Results with a Grain of Salt

Once you have your most popular day of the week figured out, decide whether or not that will be the day you publish a new blog post.

Does that day of the week work well for your content creation schedule? Or would it be a pain in the ass to publish a blog post on that day of the week?

In the end, do what’s best for you and your schedule. Google Analytics is a really helpful tool, and you should absolutely keep the results in mind, but don’t let them dictate your blogging processes.

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