Pinch me, I must be dreaming

When I ventured away from my job at Starwood Hotels to co-found a new marketing agency, I was terrified. I’m a creative person by nature and one of my fears was the work – what if the work wasn’t as sexy as the work I was doing for W Hotels and St. Regis.? Would I be happy if it wasn’t? These questions, amongst others, were replaying in the back of my head.

Fast-forward a few weeks and my work-life balance has never been more in sync. Not to mention, the clients that we’ve had the privilege of working with FUEL my creativity. They are amazing, talented, and so incredibly good at what they do for a living that when our talents collide, it’s pure magic. We didn’t start this agency for money. Or for ourselves. We started it out of a love for marketing. A joy we get when we are able to help a business navigate the digital landscape, to support a business need or reach customers in ways they didn’t think possible.

I chose our agency name SEE IT SIDEWAYS for the simple reason that sometimes all your business needs is for someone to see things differently. Sideways, if you will. As I sit here today, I have been reflecting on how liberating it is to get out of the corporate rat race and to enter my own kind of race. A race where I get to have breakfast with my kids every morning, without rushing them out the door to book it to work. A race where I love my clients. A race where every day I want to be a better marketer than the last.

What could be better?

These next few photos might not make a whole lot of sense to you, but they are photos I took from the past few days on the job. Photos of leisurely mornings home with the kids. Photos visiting clients. Photos of a mid-day coffee (alone!). Photos from brainstorming meetings with my partners and new clients. Photos that mean a lot to me because they represent an entirely new world for me. A world filled with possibility.

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SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

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SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

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SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

Mimosas + a Million Dollar Listing

We attended our first client event today! Real estate agent, Lauren Emig was having her first Broker Open House and asked us if we would like to attend. My marketing agency SEE IT SIDEWAYS created a website to help Lauren sell this Silverleaf home and created a social media campaign around the Broker Open House so we ran at the opportunity to come see this house in the flesh.

This house is unreal. Even the garage was nice! The owner furnished the home just for the sale (can you imagine?) and my little nosey self-peeked in the backyard to find Restoration Hardware boxes near the trash so you know this home is styled inside and out to the nines. Check out the 3D tour here (it’s a really cool tour, not one of those cheesy ones).  

Silverleaf Real Estate Marketing See it Sideways

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Silverleaf Scottsale Real Estate Marketing - SEE IT SIDEWAYS

Excuse me while I pretend I work here for a second. Could you imagine if this was your home office? I would never leave work.

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So far, this owning-your-own-business gig is off to a wonderful start.

Work (and play) in Las Vegas

I was just in Las Vegas for work and I would love to tell you that I snapped all kinds of photos, but I didn’t. I failed. We went to the Mob Museum (Goooo! It’s that good), stayed at the SLS Las Vegas, strategized about Starwood, and had a night out on the Strip. Work life is a bit shook up right now with the Marriott/ Starwood merger, but we’ll get through it. It was so great to see my work family in person. We are spread out in different offices around North America, so getting together is a big deal. Going on 8 years with this company. Can you believe it?

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Winter in Aspen

On Tuesday, I flew to Aspen for business meetings. I was only in town 24 hours before driving to Steamboat Springs to meet with another hotel. Even though my trip was short, it was truly one of the most scenic business trips I have experienced.

I’ve been to Aspen before, except last time I visited in the fall. The town is so different in the winter months. It’s full of activity, adventure, skiing, fur coats, chilly nights, and some of the whitest snow and brightest blue skies that I have seen. .

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After the longest-shortest flight of my life (the flight from Denver to Aspen was 27 minutes, but we spent over 2 hours total on the tarmac and another hour waiting at baggage claim), I arrived at The St. Regis Aspen Resort. This was a monumental feeling. I had arrived!

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The perfect magazine to describe this resort, it was BEYOND beautiful.

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the st regis aspen colorado - many hats of a mom blog

Once I arrived in Aspen I met up with my colleague, Andrea. She loves to ski (and doesn’t have three kids) so she arrived on Saturday and got some time on the mountain. It was our first work trip together and I can’t tell you how much fun we had! It’s all about the people you work with, wouldn’t you agree?

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As we were walking to Justice Snow’s for dinner, we spotted this cute little donut cart. I mean … and yes, we did take one dozen donuts into the restaurant and devoured them before actually ordering dinner. They had peanut butter and jelly donuts, maple & bacon donuts, powdered sugar … see what I mean.

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the st regis aspen colorado - many hats of a mom blog

If you think the St. Regis Aspen lights up at night, you should see her in the morning. Just before sunrise, I woke up and looked out my window to see the most beautiful shade of gold shining through the resort’s windows. The town was so quiet; the only sound I could hear was a light breeze and snow falling off of the trees. What a great way to wake up. And so … after a morning of meetings, Andrea and I walked around downtown to get one last look at this magical town.

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the st regis aspen colorado - many hats of a mom blog

This doggie in the window! I couldn’t resist.

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On the drive to Steamboat Springs, we saw deer EVERYWHERE. Our friend, colleague and driver (thanks, Brian!) kept pointing out the animals to me the entire drive. It was like I was a toddler or something. I got so excited to see these amazing creatures. The fact that some people hunt them … well, that’s for a different post.

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This was my view of the sunset in Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The resort has ski-in/ski-out access so you really can’t get much closer than this. Until next time, Colorado …

Travel Inspiration for your Wednesday

My friend has a serious case of Wanderlust. She loves to travel, explore, embark on new adventures and invest in new experiences. Recently, she convinced her husband to pack up their life and travel through Southeast Asia for six months. Here’s a peek at their travel route. They covered so much ground!

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Even though she is now in Central America on another adventure, she took time to write an article for me on spgweekends.com, a site that inspires travel. The article (click here to read it) is about her six months trip. It includes the most commonly asked questions she was asked – How did you afford this? Why did you do it? Did you quit your job? It’s a must-read if you’re looking for a little travel inspiration (or if you have a case of Wanderlust yourself).

Enjoy!

A Day Spent Volunteering

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Today, my work family and I spend the day volunteering at our local Toys for Tots distribution center. Every year, we pick a day and spend the entire time giving back to our community. It’s a great way for us to work together for a great cause.

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We sorted through toys and toys (and toys!) and bagged them up for deserving families in need so they could have a magical holiday this year. It was amazing to see how many people donate items to Toys for Tots. Bravo, guys.

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many hats of a mom blog

One lady donated like 30 beanie baby … poodles! Poodles were all over this place.

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Don’t we look silly? It’s a good problem to have, surrounded by a gazillion donated toys for kids.

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Okay, I just had to post this. My friends are going to kill me because this was supposed to be a joke – I thought posing like we were taking Senior Portraits would be funny. I mean, look at Andrea’s heel point (far right)? Totally casual. I swore I wouldn’t post this, but then I did. Oopsy.

Get out and donate your time this season! Your community will thank you for it.

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I actually thought I would have more time on my hands than I do. Being on maternity leave, I had all of these grand plans to redecorate the house, practice my photography, learn graphic design, get my Christmas shopping done (ha!). But really, in between nursing, napping, doctor’s appointments and snuggling with my little baby every chance I get, I haven’t had the energy.

That said, I have had some mini accomplishments. I’ve cooked and baked, I bought Kelsey her much-requested Malifecent Halloween kids costume, got to every doctor’s appointment on time (a win!), enjoyed morning sunrises with Nolan and a warm cup of coffee, managed to grocery shop with a newborn, and I’m working with Kelsey’s school to help plan their Kindergarten fall party. Doesn’t sound like much … but truth is, I need to be okay with taking it easy.

I tend to forget how many days (weeks?) your body needs to heal itself from delivery. I’m still recovering from labor and need to come to terms with the fact that not every day is going to be filled with “things to do.” Also, it’s day 13. Thirteen, Steph. Less than 2 weeks since I delivered this 10lb miracle.

I am really enjoying this precious time at home with my babe. Time I’ll never get back. Time I’m so grateful for. Time to heal. Time to bond. And time to just sit back, relax and enjoy this incredible ride. Aaaand if that means filling my day with baby kisses, Sex & the City reruns, naps, pumping sessions and more time invested washing baby bottles than washing my hair, so be it!

After Work, You Just Wanna Relax

Am I right? After a long day at the office, you and your hubbie just want to relax. Maybe sip on a glass of wine, take in the nightly news, put your feet up, take a walk around the neighborhood or simply soak in the silence.

Well, as we know … when you’re a parent those days are over. Instead, your weeknight looks something like this.

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Your husband is bent over in the background picking up dog poop, your son is jumping off the slide instead of calmly sitting down and your daughter is giving you everything but a smile. You’re about ten seconds away from pulling your hair out, before it’s time for the bedtime routine (bath, teeth, books, bed, preparing for tomorrow).

In a household with two full-time working parents, you just have to find your own time to distress from the day. Ryan finds his at 4:45am. He gets up and works out. Bonus points for him. I’m trying to find my time in traffic. Yes, traffic. It’s the only 90 minutes I get a day where I’m alone. I’m thinking of taking up a pod cast or something to make the time driving home more enjoyable. Do you have any podcasts that you would recommend?

Thank goodness it’s finally the weekend!