Work Wear Challenge

As I’m writing this post, I realized that I’m a bit addicted to blog challenges. Not only is there a sense of community, but they can be super fun! This time around, I’m trying something a bit different by trying a business casual wardrobe challenge.

Specifically, I’m participating for the first time in the Work Your Work Wear Challenge from Alison of Get Your Pretty On. I’ve been following Alison’s blog for a while and I love it! She has so many good style and fashion tips for the woman on the go that I jumped on the opportunity to take part of this challenge.

Updates will be coming over the next few weeks!

Early registration has closed, but you still have some time to register. See this post if you would like to take part too!

AIGA Baltimore | Event Recap: Adobe Responsive Design Workshop

Back in June I got the opportunity to attend one of AIGA Baltimore’s workshops on Responsive Design. For four hours on a Saturday, we got the rundown on responsive design techniques using Adobe Edge programs, specifically Reflow. Admittedly, I was skeptical, since I’m a code-everything-by-hand type person, but this workshop made want to explore what Edge and Reflow can do.

For a recap of what I learned, check out the full post on AIGA Baltimore’s blog:

Event Recap: Adobe Responsive Design Workshop

The Short Version

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over six months since I’ve posted here. I know, I know, that’s terrible of me, and there is really no excuse for it other than life just getting in the way.

In the past six months, I’ve dabbled in UX design, become well versed in what works and does not work in responsive email design, bought a motorcycle and…probably a thousand other things I can’t remember at the moment. Looking back, I feel like I’ve done a lot of things, but I haven’t shared a lot of things.

And I want that to be different now.

I’m really, really passionate about what I do, both at work and in my spare time. In one way or another, design is pretty much my life and I want to explore that a bit more. Life’s too short not to share more of what I spend a big chunk of my time doing.

Sharing is hardly a bad thing, right?

Shannon’s January Cure | The Room in Which We Live In

For those who haven’t heard of it, the following post in part of the January Cure liveblogging challenge. If you’re new to the January Challenge, see my starting off post for an overview.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room & Lighting

Funny, now that our second bedroom has an up and running tv, we’ve been using the living room a lot less. Don’t get me wrong, stuff still gets piled up here when it shouldn’t, but perhaps not lounging in their as much made me not notice. In any case, Sunday and Saturday morning’s are usually spent on a caffeine fueled stupor on the living room couch, so it was due for some attention.

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Shannon’s January Cure | Bathroom & Medicine Cabinet

For those who haven’t heard of it, the following post in part of the January Cure liveblogging challenge. If you’re new to the January Challenge, see my starting off post for an overview.

Today’s Assignment: Bathroom Cabinets Cleanout

Oh, I had been looking to tackle the space under our bathroom sink. It was getting pretty crazy. I was guilty of just tossing things in there and closing the door, hoping wouldn’t notice. What stuff I did use on a regular basis I left in an embarrassing pile on the sink’s edge. But no more! It’s the smallest, contained space in the house so I’d be through this challenge in no time.

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Shannon’s January Cure | Goodbye Cord Clutter

For those who haven’t heard of it, the following post in part of the January Cure liveblogging challenge. If you’re new to the January Challenge, see my starting off post for an overview.

Today’s Assignment: Clear Up Cord Clutter

Ah, I love it when I check the assignment for today to find that it’s already done. Whoo hoo! The main cord cluttered we had for the second tv, but I managed to resolve that over the weekend. We needed an extension cord with a ground wire (the ones we brought the weekend before did not have them) and since we already had a surge protector it was just a matter of running the new cord around the corner and into the tv cabinet. Voila! Instantly better.

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Shannon’s January Cure | Paper, Paper, Paper

For those who haven’t heard of it, the following post in part of the January Cure liveblogging challenge. If you’re new to the January Challenge, see my starting off post for an overview.

Today’s Assignment: Getting Your Paperwork & Files Organized

Paper. Got to love it. Got to hate it. Funny, in such a digital world, how paper can still clutter our lives so much. Don’t get me wrong, paper is awesome, some things just need to be on paper, but it so easy to go overloaded.

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Shannon’s January Cure | Bedroom & Wardrobe Purge

For those who haven’t heard of it, the following post in part of the January Cure liveblogging challenge. If you’re new to the January Challenge, see my starting off post for an overview.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Flowers, Bedroom Cleaning & Wardrobe Organizing

Ah, the wardrobe. It always seems to overtake the surround areas doesn’t it? I’m sure everyone can relate to leaving PJ’s on the floor in the morning, or dropping socks where they fall in the evening. Bleh. Lucky for me, it’s been a longstanding project to downsize my clothing so this weekend’s assignment was second nature.

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Full Bucket, Empty Bucket

Earlier this week, I had this brief conversation on Twitter which made me think. How many post ideas to I have stashed away? I’m a notorious list maker, so anytime a post idea comes to mind, I jot it down in my to-do list appso I can come back to it later. Does later ever come? Sometimes, but more often than not, I just don’t seem to get back to them. I am curious though…how many unfinished post ideas are in my bucket?

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Shannon’s January Cure | Blogging About Unplugging for an Evening

For those who haven’t heard of it, the following post in part of the January Cure liveblogging challenge. If you’re new to the January Challenge, see my starting off post for an overview.

Today’s Assignment: Unplug for an Evening

Imagine for a second that wi-fi, cable tv, 3G didn’t exist. Not permanently, but just for the span of an evening. Could you survive? I didn’t think I could at first, but, I welcomed this challenge all the same. After getting home from work Wednesday evening, I went outside of my usual routine by not turning on the tv or booting up my laptop. Instead, I avoided technology up until it was time to get ready for bed which ended up being a solid three or so hours. The experience was truly enlightening.

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