thoughts on the election.


At this point, I’m hardly the first to add my voice to the dialogue started by this week’s election — in fact, it feels like I might be one of the last.  I decided to take a beat to absorb the weight of the last two days before making any sort of bigger statement.  I’ve laid low on social media, alternating between trying to stay away from it entirely and then obsessively scrolling through my feeds trying to make sense of every post, relate to every opinion.   I’ve spent the last two nights – each emotional in a very different way — surrounded by friends who feel like family, drinking wine, crying, and having intense conversations about what it means to be in our mid-twenties in these crazy times.  We talked until it felt like we had genuinely stepped back and looked at things from every angle.  My brain hurts from spending so much of the last two days thinking.

Yesterday was the first day in almost two months that I’ve HATED working from home and spending so much time alone.  All of the news from late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning was so raw.  I stayed up all night to watch the election coverage, so when I woke up yesterday morning (after just an hour or two of sleep), I initially decided that I needed a total break from the media.  The problem is that I was by myself and felt incredibly disconnected in the midst of such an historic moment.  It seemed like I had no choice but to turn on the news again, just to check back into humanity.  As soon as I did, I couldn’t turn it off.

I know I’m not the only one who feels like there’s been a bizarre shift in time and space.  Life here in my sweet little Brooklyn feels like it’s moving in slow motion.   Everything just seems surreal, and I’m comforted by the fact that so many others also aren’t quite ready to be OK just yet.

This is not a space where I want to get too deep about ideology and political affiliation.  I have too much respect for everyone’s freedom of opinion for that, and I think that one of the biggest lessons of these last two days for all of us is that sometimes, what happens in “politics” has absolutely nothing to do with being a Democrat or a Republican.  Some of the people I care about most in this world are Republicans.  While it’s never fun to be on the losing end of something, under other circumstances, it would have been a lot easier for me — and many other people, I’m sure — to accept the results of this election and move on.

All that I really want to say is this:

What upsets and worries me about recent events is the way it has empowered hatred and negativity in our world.  Do I think that every person who voted for Donald Trump is extreme or hateful or negative?  No.  Although there may be plenty of more moderate conservatives out there who voted for Trump simply to align with their party, I think the real problem here is the ugliness that his campaign has brought to light, and the way it seems like that ugliness is now somehow acceptable because he has been elected our president.  Hate begets hate, and my greatest fear is that this week’s results have changed the course of history well beyond what happens in the White House.  I feel that the more extreme voices of sexism, misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and more now have a stronger platform because their candidate has won.  This has absolutely nothing to do with your “typical” Republican, but I do think that all of us — no matter how liberal or conservative, moderate or extreme we are — will now have to bear witness to the inevitable shift in the mood of this country.  It has less to do with Donald Trump and more to do with what his candidacy, campaign, and now election have represented.

I’m not out there in the streets of New York City protesting.  The way I see it, demonstrations  happening right now are against the election itself, and that’s not what I have a problem with.  We all had the opportunity to make our voices heard on Tuesday, and while I am disappointed that so many others misunderstood what I believed so clearly to be hateful rhetoric, the decision has been made and we all do have to learn to put one foot in front of the other for the time being.  I respect what Hillary Clinton said yesterday about having an open mind, and even though I’m still working my way through my feelings about all of this, I hope I can get there eventually.  If the time does come when predictions about extreme policy changes affecting our rights and equality should come to fruition, however, you can bet that my protesting voice will get a whole lot louder.  I will stand up for what I believe in.

As challenging as all of this has been to understand, I know a few things to be true this week: I am unfailingly proud of my convictions, and of the way I express them.  I am proud to be a free-thinking American who is curious abut my country and the people who wish to lead it.  I am proud to be a WOMAN, especially within a community of equally strong, spirited women currently showing so much support for one another.  I am proud of the people who I surround myself with, who challenge me and question me and comfort me and feel things as deeply as I do.  The messages out there right now about unification and coming together in love are well-taken, but hard to absorb.  I do think that our collective nation will have regrets about what’s happened, but I also KNOW that there are massive forces out there of respect, kindness, and progress.  I only hope that as our county negotiates our way toward positive progress, the voices of hatred and exclusion lose power and we somehow keep each other feeling safe and valued.


sleep (or no sleep).

About two years ago, I suddenly stopped sleeping.

It really was (almost) as dramatic as it sounds.  I had never experienced sleep issues, and then one night I just could. not. fall. asleep.  The next day, I brushed it off as a fluke.  “Guys, I literally had zero minutes of sleep last night,” I texted my roommates, worried I had kept them awake with my hours of Netflix.  Unfortunately, that first night was NOT a fluke, and ever since then, I’ve been fighting my body’s unpredictable sleep routines.

I go through phases when I can’t fall asleep, phases when I can’t stay asleep, and — these are my least favorite ones — phases where I can do neither.  It’s a pretty miserable situation, and not one I would wish on my worst enemies.

My bed is as dreamy as it looks — but I spend a lot more time there staring at the ceiling wide awake than I do asleep.

When I was working at my office gig, I was able to adapt pretty easily.  Luckily for me, I think I may be genetically predisposed to run on a low tank.  My dad is a surgeon who misses lots of sleep on nights when he is on call, and my mom has also struggled with sleep for the last few years.  Even when I was exhausted, I was usually able to pull myself together, get to the office, and go about my day without other people noticing that I was struggling.  I found that sticking to an early wake-up time for the gym helped me stay motivated and kept my energy up.  Even though I was functioning pretty well in my day-to-day routine, I knew that what I was dealing with was unhealthy.  I would regularly experience three day periods during which I would get just nine hours of sleep TOTAL.  I was making my schedule work, but I felt like I had been hit by a truck most of the time.

It’s been my experience that when you’re not sleeping enough, people tend to assume that you are somehow putting off sleep, or prioritizing work, TV, or other things ahead of the rest your body needs.  Because my former company published Arianna Huffington’s book The Sleep Revolution, I was lucky enough to attend a presentation of hers during which she talked about her mission to help Americans get more sleep.  Appropriately, I had slept for only a few hours the night before, and I was DYING for the fabulous Arianna to fix my problems.  While her book is amazing, her message was mostly about how to make sleep a priority in your life — and believe me, it’s a MAJOR priority in mine.

One of my biggest goals when I left my job to go out on my own was to get myself healthier, with sleep being a major focus.  I’ve read too many articles about the long-term consequences of not giving your body enough rest, and I am way too active to not be able to shut down and relax on a regular basis.  Taking care of myself through good nutrition and exercise is so important to me, and it has been beyond frustrating that something that feels out of my control is making me feel so unhealthy.  Since I’ve been working for myself, I’ve been able to adapt my work routines to allow for bizarre sleep patterns (when they happen) and still sneak in a nap if I need it.  It beats dragging myself to the subway like a zombie, but it’s still not where I want to be.

Unfortunately, the only thing that’s been consistently helpful over the last year has been an over-the-counter sleep aid.  I’m not proud of it, especially as someone who tends to avoid taking a lot of medicines, but it’s been almost necessary through all of the ups and downs of the last few months.  At my doctor’s recommendation, I tried several more natural remedies (melatonin, etc.), but I have very sensitive skin, and I had terrible allergic reactions whenever I took them.  Ultimately, taking an over-the-counter pill every few nights was a whole lot better than feeling miserable, especially when I was planning a wedding or trying to figure out what to do next in my professional life.

I had hoped that leaving my old job and finding more contentment in my daily work would magically solve my problems, and while I do tend to fall asleep a lot more easily these days, I still only get 3-4 hours per night most of the time.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been in a cycle where I alternate one rough night with one night of my medicine.

Managing my exhaustion with medication is not something I want to continue doing, and now that I’m more fully adjusted to my “new normal,” I’m ready to FINALLY get my body back into a natural sleep cycle and throw the pills away.  I’ve decided to stop taking my sleep aids cold turkey.  Four nights in, things are going okay  — not great, but okay.  My hope is that over the course of a few weeks, my body will start to fall back into a healthier rhythm of rest.  Although there is always plenty of work to be done these days, I now have the luxury of making my own schedule, which I hope will go a long way in making this happen.

Not sleeping is HARD, and I am so jealous of all of you who can close your eyes and doze off without a thought.  If you have any tips for me on how to overcome this, please send them my way!  And if you see me looking a little extra sleepy these days, please be kind : )


gratitude diaries #3

I’ll be honest — this week has me feeling just a little disoriented.  I spent the majority of the week working from Pennsylvania where my family lives, and while I was able to use that time to get lots of work done and also do a little fresh-air-reboot outside of the city, the mid-week travel has set me off of my game.  The regular deadline cycle I’m now working on means that the weekends require work and research and Monday through Wednesday are the most intense days of writing, so I’m also adjusting to a bizarre-feeling schedule where Thursdays and Fridays are naturally a little quieter.  Add in a brewing cold virus and I’m just not quite myself.

What better way to perk up than a little Gratitude Diaries?  Here are a few things that I am feeling especially thankful for right about now:

  • Matt.  While I’m working hard to respect the privacy of my loved ones and avoid sharing TOO much about them here, it’s basically impossible for me to leave my husband out!  He jokes that he’s become the “star of the blog,” which is particularly funny given the fact that he’s about as removed from social media as you can possibly be in 2016.  I’m pretty sure that this is the only thing he reads online other than the news, which I guess I should take as a major compliment : ) ANYWAY, I’m going to embarrass him just a little bit today because he is at the top of my gratitude list.  We spent the majority of the week apart while I was working and spending time with family, and being away from him really reminded me of how much I value our little life here in Brooklyn.  Matt is my truest friend and such an incredible cheerleader for everything I do.  I’m pretty sure we both laugh about ten times more often when we are together than when we are apart, mostly about the silliest things.  I appreciate all of our weird conversations (last night, we may or may not have talked about the movie Babe for about 30 minutes) and inside jokes.  I feel really lucky to have him as my husband.
My current favorite wedding photo (it changes weekly, thanks to the genius of Bri Cibene Photography).
  • Semi-sick days.  My throat started hurting while I was in Pennsylvania, and I’ve been feeling increasingly crummy ever since.  One of the awesome benefits of my old company was an amazing sick day policy, and I’m seeing that one of the both advantages and disadvantages of working for yourself is not having “official” days off when you’re not feeling well.  Especially in this early stage of building my business and body of work, I’m not comfortable taking a full day off just because I’m sick, but I’m also far from operating at 100%.  It feels weird to be taking breaks to relax and watch TV throughout the day, but I’m trying to be kind to my body and remind myself that, even though I may lose a few hours this week, I’m still getting a lot more work done than I ever did when I was sick at my corporate job.  I’m grateful for the flexibility I have to take better care of myself these days.  Feeling under the weather has also been a good reminder of how much I enjoy what I’m doing for work now, because it makes me sad that I’m having to scale back while I get better.
  • Good Girls Revolt.  Matt and I tend to have a really hard time finding TV shows that we can agree on, so most of the time we end up binge watching our old favorites over and over again.  I’ve never watched any of the Amazon original shows before, but “Good Girls Revolt” caught my eye last week, and we finally got around to watching the first episode last night.  I would absolutely recommend it!  I’m a big fan of music and fashion from the ’60s and ’70s, so the setting totally appeals to me, PLUS it’s about a bunch of fierce female magazine writers who I’m kind of obsessed with.  I’m especially grateful that we stumbled on this show just before the weather starts to get cold so we can start working our way through it as winter hibernation sets in.
  • My new laptop.  Somehow, my old MacBook Pro was still hangin’ in there from my college days, but it was realllllly starting to slow me down now that I’m working full-time from my home computer.  Thanks to contributions from my family members as my birthday gift, we were finally able to pick up my new MacBook Air this weekend!  Since I’m pretty frugal, it’s rare that I make big investments like this, which makes me all the more appreciative when it happens.  My old laptop was wasting even more of my time than I realized, and working on a better system is making it a lot more fun to come to work.  (PLUS, I ordered a really fun girly case that makes me smile every time I see it.)


  • Lemongrass Grill.  Because we treated ourselves to take-out when I got back from Pennsylvania and this is my absolute FAVORITE place to order from, especially when I’m sick.  Thank you, Lemongrass, for magically making my throat feel a little better!

Happy weekend, everyone!  Is there anything that you’re feeling extra grateful for this week?


working from PA

When I decided to become my own boss, one of the things that most excited me was — no surprise! — the ability to work anywhere.  Given how easy it is these days to work remotely, it always fascinated me that my corporate gig didn’t offer any of this flexibility.  When you’re working on a more traditional team, it’s obviously important to spend plenty of face time at the office, but many of my friends have been able to work from home or traveling offices for years (even in more corporate organizations!), so I often felt frustrated that my company wasn’t on board.

As I’ve written about before, I like to take my little show on the road to a coffee shop in the neighborhood every once in a while, but this week, I’m experimenting for the first time with working from my parents’ house in Pennsylvania.  On Saturday, we had family visiting in New York to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday and see Waitress on Broadway, and Matt and I followed them out of the city that night.  Matt had to head back to Brooklyn on Sunday, but I decided to stick around for a few extra days to see how productive I can be out here in the ‘burbs.

I am incredibly close with my family, so having the chance to spend some bonus time with them while still getting a lot of work done is more rewarding than I can describe.  It all ties into those reflections I had last week about high school, and it makes me feel a lot more like myself  🙂

Yesterday, I spent nine hours with my mom at her office, making myself comfortable in her workspace and knocking out a ton of the work I currently have on my plate.  My mom recently started working for a new company, and their offices are in an old farmhouse that is all kinds of cozy.  They even have a feline mascot named Enzo!  I’m a pretty serious animal lover, so it was fun to have Enzo nearby.

Just another day at the office for Enzo the CFO.
Yesterday’s office view — Mom hard at work!

Last night, I drove to the opposite end of our town to my dad’s house, and today I have the chance to work from my other home!  As I write this post, I am sitting in our TV room with a PB&J next to me and a fleece blanket at my feet, waiting for my little sisters to get home from school.  PLUS, I get to work with my dog bestie Jake in the next room.  (All in all, life would be a lot better if our workplaces ALWAYS included pets.)

Jake, our golden oldie.

One particularly sweet part of my time in PA this week is that I got to celebrate my first official piece of published work with my family!  I can’t tell you how much it meant to FINALLY see my byline and bio posted after six weeks of hard work lining up freelance gigs.  I’m so excited to be working as a contributor for Brit + Co, and there will be a lot more content ready to share with you just around the corner!  If you want to keep track of all of my published work, you can check out my CLIPS page right here on the blog anytime.  Thanks again to all of you for your continued support.  This is a huge milestone for me in this journey and it has been fantastic to have you cheering for me!


Thanks also to all of the new blog subscribers from last week!  The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified via e-mail, but don’t worry — there will be plenty of other chances in the future  🙂



high school time.

Now that I’ve more or less settled into the flow of my new routine, I’ve been thinking a lot about time — not in an intense, existential kind of way, but in the way of, “Isn’t it interesting how life changes so much when your schedule shifts?”  Schedules are important to all of us.  In my life pre-September, I was in the typical corporate structure — working from about 8 AM to 5 PM with an hour for lunch, Monday through Friday.  Now that I’m working for myself and managing my own time, schedules are equally important, even if they’re a little less rigid.

In any case, time feels TOTALLY different in my new world, and I’ve been trying to figure out for the last few weeks how to best explain it.  I had an epiphany yesterday and I’m excited to finally have a comparison that works.  Here it is:

My time these days makes me feel like I’m back in high school.

I know, I KNOW this sounds a little ridiculous, but I promise it’s not.

An important part of this explanation is that I was a pretty big nerd.  I absolutely LOVED school, and I put a lot of pressure on myself to take challenging classes that often had me spending four or five hours on homework each night.  Because I wasn’t the most social teenager and preferred to spend time with a few close friends instead of going to parties, I also tended to work on assignments on the weekends.

See?  I told you — a totally stressed-out nerd!

Given my studying habits and generally low-key social life, the seven days of the week often felt pretty fluid to me.  I spent a few hours a day at school Monday through Friday, then had the bulk of the afternoon and evening to flow through the list of everything else I needed to do, plus other things that I wanted to do.  It was the perfect mix of structured and flexible time, which I had to learn to manage at that younger age because I was so competitive with my grades (and pretty much everything else).

Life these days feels a lot like that.  For about six hours of the day, five days a week, I’m working with my head down in a very focused way, which I would compare to the time actually spent “in school.”  Beyond that, for a few hours later into the weeknights and also on the weekends, I’m adjusting my schedule based on what projects are still unfinished and what “life stuff” still needs to be accomplished.  That part of it feels a lot like homework back in high school, because its more flexible — I can write while dinner is in the oven or late into the night, or clear out my inbox and catch up on the news while Matt and I watch TV.  Sometimes I don’t have any homework, and sometimes I really feel like I need to cram.

For a nerdy high schooler like me, there was never really a “quitting time,” because I was always doing homework or busy with other activities.  That’s how my life works now.  When I was working in corporate America, I would pretty consistently shut down my computer at 5:00 and be out the door by 5:02, and that never happens anymore!  Even though my time is more flexible these days, I can catch myself working until 9:30 PM on a Friday night, or peeking at my laptop on a Sunday afternoon and suddenly realizing that it’s two and a half hours later and I’ve gotten involved in a new project.

The good news about all of this is that I really liked high school — and the even better news is that I’ve lived another decade of life since then, so I actually know how to manage my time now without turning into a total stress-case (mostly).  I really love the way my “work life” and “personal life” are blending together with this schedule as an adult, because I think it makes me a lot more passionate about what I do.  Regrouping has also been good for me socially, and I’m connecting with friends more authentically.  In that way, it feels like I’m back to my real self again, which has been totally refreshing and makes me feel a little more like that Pennsylvania girl in the mid-2000’s  🙂

To go along with these high school vibes — and to celebrate #throwbackthursday, of course — scroll down for some classic (and slightly embarrassing, not entirely flattering) photos!










(And don’t forget — if you want a chance to win one of my favorite necklaces from The Shine Project, check out all the giveaway details and instructions here.  I’ll be drawing the winner on Monday 10/31, so there are only a few days left to subscribe!)


a birthday and a giveaway!

This weekend was a special one in our home because it was Matt’s birthday!


We had planned to take a road trip to upstate New York to do some hiking and exploring, but the bad weather forced us to reconsider.  I love the beginning of fall and cooler temperatures as much as anyone else, but we were not excited about the idea of taking a long drive in the rain only to be stuck inside!  Instead, we opted for a little Brooklyn staycation, doing whatever Matt wanted to do– which included take-out, a few movies, and a whole lotta football on TV.  I’ll admit that I’m usually not a great sport when it comes to watching sports, but as part of the birthday celebration, I promised not to complain at all, and I think I did a (mostly) good job.  We ventured out for dinner at one of our favorite local spots, Frankie’s 457, which is a total must-visit if you are in the area.  I also discovered the best gluten-free pizza I’ve tried yet at Sottacasa (if you couldn’t tell, Matt really likes Italian food).

Most importantly, the weekend gave me a chance to celebrate Matt!  He’s a pretty laidback guy who doesn’t love attention, so I’m always grateful for an excuse to make him feel special.  He really is the best, and I’m so lucky to have him.  🙂  Happy birthday, husband!

This weekend also marked one month since I launched the blog!  I know I mentioned this already, but I really am so grateful to all of you who read and share it.  Finding Plan A has been a special place for me to share my successes and struggles, and I’m excited to keep growing it!

To celebrate this one-month mark, I am excited to be sharing with you one of my favorite causes, and a giveaway to go along with it!  I got involved as an ambassador for The Shine Project almost a year ago.  You can read the whole story here, but essentially, Shine supports inner-city American students on track to be the first in their family to go to college by teaching them to make jewelry and offering them employment and mentorship.  Student employees at the Shine centers have the opportunity to work hard to earn money for their higher education, so the purchase of Shine products supports their academic goals.  A portion of the profits also goes toward a scholarship fund that benefits the Shine kids.  I absolutely love this organization– and I’m obsessed with the jewelry, too!  It’s easy-to-wear, affordable, trendy, and supports a really awesome cause.

Sooooo, to spread a little Shine love, I’ll be giving away a white triangle druzzy necklace to one of my subscribers!  I own this necklace myself and wear it literally every day.  It looks great on its own or stacked with other bling.


You’ll be eligible for this giveaway if you are a Finding Plan A e-mail subscriber, so if you already receive those updates by e-mail, consider yourself entered!  If you’re not signed-up yet but want to be, here’s how you enter:

On the right-side of the blog home page, you’ll see this widget:


Click YES! SIGN ME UP!, enter your information, and you’ll be subscribed and in the running for the necklace giveaway.  Don’t forget to give your friends a fair shot at the giveaway by sharing this with them!  There will be other giveaways in the future, so you’ll have more chances 🙂

I’ll draw the winner randomly one week from today, Monday 10/31.  The winner will be notified by e-mail early next week.  Good luck, and Happy Monday!





nyc workspaces.

Honestly, I would love to use this post to rant about the TWO hours I just spent (that’s right, TWO HOURS) circling my little Brooklyn neighborhood to find a parking spot for that car we were so excited to buy (whose brilliant idea was that? oh right, I think it was mine…).  I’m grateful to have a car in the city, but keeping it safe (and keeping parking tickets to a minimum) can be a nightmare.  Now that my schedule is more flexible, I’ve taken on the responsibility of moving the car based on the timing of street cleaning.  So far, I’ve had two VERY bad experiences doing this, and I’m hoping to get the hang of it soon.  After two hours of effort today, the best I could do was a metered spot a few blocks away, which means that I’ll still have to venture out in a little while to give it another shot.  If any of my fellow city dwellers/car owners have tips about how to keep your sanity in check AND your car parked, I would totally welcome them.

BUT, I will resist the urge to spend more time on that because I wanted to write a little today about some of the experiences I had this week working in spaces outside my home office.  I’ve talked about this a little bit in the past, but since I logged more time out in the world over the past few days, I thought I’d share it, especially as it relates to being in New York City.

This city tends to get a bad reputation.  I think that people who haven’t spent a lot of time here assume that New York is filled with nasty, impatient people who don’t have the patience for nice conversations, and that as a result, the whole island feels cold and unwelcoming.  Like anywhere else, we certainly have our share of difficult personalities, and perhaps the difficult New Yorker is a BIT more challenging to deal with than a difficult person in another place.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, NYC is also home to some of the warmest people I have ever met.  I think most of us have an implicit understanding that we’ve all opted to live in this completely overwhelming, sometimes challenging, and often wonderful place, which gives us the “we’re all in this together” mentality (cue the High School Musical— it is Friday, after all!).  Even if they’re not the warmest right off the bat, New Yorkers do look out for each other, and when you find your community here, you totally forget about all of those mean stereotypes from movies and TV.

I had two marathon writing sessions this week outside of my usual work space, and they totally reflected the extremes of NYC personality.

  1. On Tuesday, I spent the afternoon writing at a Panera Bread in midtown.  In high school, Panera was a cool place to hang out, and I’ve always liked their food, but I’m not a regular customer.  I know plenty of people who LOVE bringing their work there, so I figured I would give it a try since I had a long list of pitches and posts to get through and I was in the area, anyway.  I set myself up with a chai latte and a corner table and minded my own business.  Later on, I looked up to see a store employee staring me down.  With zero attempt at being nice, she explained that they like to enforce a 45-minute limit, and since she’d “noticed I’d been here for about four hours,” I needed to leave to make room for dinner customers.  I looked around at the DOZENS of empty tables around me and said in my nicest Pennsylvania-girl voice, “Do I have to leave even if there are spots open?”  She glared at me and nodded, and watched as I packed up my bag to leave the restaurant, as if daring me to stay.  So, to the woman who kicked me out of Panera, I would just like to say: Maybe you thought you were just doing your job, but it wasn’t necessary, and your attitude is the reason the rest of us New Yorkers get a bad name.  
  2. I may have mentioned this in a previous post, but my friend and former roommate and I have this fun new routine where we meet up to work together, since she can also work remotely in her job.  Yesterday, we went back to 61 Local, which happens to be around the corner from my apartment.  Matt and I have always been big fans of going there for dinner and drinks, but I may be an even bigger fan of using it as a workspace!  The owners have set it up to encourage people to work there for hours at time.  It has a really laidback and friendly vibe, and although it can sometimes be so busy that you can’t find an empty seat to work in, there are also no limits to how long you can stay (ahem, Panera lady, ahem).  They also happen to serve delicious peach tea, which is a nice perk!  Even though I’m mostly happy to be alone in my quiet home office, it’s good to get out every once in a while and be surrounded by the buzz of other people working, and I think 61 Local is going to become my go-to place.  Plus, if you’re in the area, you should definitely stop in for a peach tea (or Bloody Mary if it’s brunch-time!).



As my assignments pile up, I’m definitely finding it helpful to switch up my surroundings and work in different places.  Any thoughts you have on spots that inspire you or make you feel extra productive would be much appreciated!