Playlist 14

All I can say is wow…April was one hell of a month! I have some fun/crazy life updates for you guys, which I’ll write more about very soon. But in the meantime, I’m dropping in with my latest playlist. We’re going super pop heavy in this installment, but I’m really feeling all that vibrant energy as we head into the summer months. May is tomorrow, and I’m already talking about September travel. WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Paragraph for people who are really into the nitty gritty of the music: Standout tracks for me that I’ve had on repeat are “School’s Out” by Memba, which I first heard on the Foreign Family Collective Instagram some months ago (FFC is the label company founded by Odesza, and I love keeping track of the new groups they’re signing!). Memba also released this really heartfelt behind the scenes video about how they made the music video for the track, which I adore. And, I couldn’t get enough of WENS song “Take”—her vocals in this are really something. And of course, everyone and their mom is on that Lizzo beat right now. You might enjoy this fun interview she did with the Times last week about the making of “Juice” (which isn’t on my playlist, but another from her latest album is!).

Checking in with you guys—are you in disbelief April’s over? How’d your month go? Hope your week is off to a lovely start!



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6 easy tips for more effective to do lists

At any given time, I’m managing between 9 and 12 client accounts, two volunteer/pro-bono clients, <em>press, my own blog, plus all the general admin stuff that goes along with running a small business. Add on personal tasks and appointments, and it’s no surprise I live and die by my daily to do lists.

I’ve written about ToDoist before and it’s still my digital task manager of choice. I’ve tried other methods—good ol’ pen and paper, Asana, Airtable—but for my particular needs (namely how many different clients I keep track of, and where corresponding project management stuff lives), ToDoist has been my favorite.

BUT. Even if you find a system that works for you, how you tackle your to do list becomes just as important as where you’re writing it. Over the last few months, I’ve been experimenting with a couple different ways I could get more effective with my to do lists, primarily because I hit a period where I was punting tasks on the daily. After giving it some thought and trying out a few simple approaches, I thought I’d share my fave tips for more effective to do lists! Here they are: View more


Joe had turned ESPN on in the background, just as a reporter began a long voiceover about an upcoming NFL recruit.

“This is it, this is his time,” the reporter said, almost salivating, “He’s 22 years old. He’s in his prime, and this is his moment.”

I was listening in the kitchen, while I prepped dinner. “When were we in our prime?” I shouted over to him in the living room. “Or, are we still working on getting there?”

A beat, then he shout-mumbled back, flummoxed, “I’unno.”

It got me thinking more about that phrase—being in your prime or in the prime of your life. View more