Author: Jen

…thoughts on staying creative

Hey Everyone! Can you believe that it’s already December (edit: MID-December)? Where has 2017 gone? I was looking at some old photos that popped up in my editor and I found a photo that said the same thing about 2016. I was always told time goes faster when you’re older…never thought it would be true!

Anyway, I’m here today to make my yearly, thought filled post. Warning: It may be long and drawn out, but luckily it only comes once a year. I saw a draft of my yearly thoughts that I started in March, which clearly I never posted. A lot has changed in my life since then, so I figured I would start from scratch and save that one for next year.

In March, I reflected on 2016, overall I thought it was a really great year for me (yes, I was broken up with, but it was for the best). I vowed to myself to make 2017 even better. I had all these plans about projects, recipes, and places visit that I would eventually share. If you could see the number of draft posts I have, you would think that I was a crazy person. Things all changed when I applied for a new job and my free time shifted. If you’ve read any of my previous posts or watched my videos, you’ll see that in August I accepted a new job which required me to relocate to Columbus.

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“Jen, the title of this post is ‘thoughts on staying creative,’ why are you sharing all this background.” Slow your roll, voice-inside-my-head, I’m getting there!

It became really hard for me: balancing new job, organizing a move, and still wanting to be creative. This is how my YouTube was born. I still wanted to share my life and my experiences, but had to think of a different medium. There are still a few videos I wanted to shoot but never got the chance, but I am still happy with what I have produced thus far.

I’ve always considered myself a creative person. However, there have been two times in my life I’ve been in a creative slump. Once was when I was in college as an art major. My third year in, the creativity was sucked out of my through countless studio classes, art history papers, and working a full time job. It took me a little bit to bounce back, but I made it through.

The second time is right now. Moving has taken a toll on me, mentally and physically. I didn’t think it would be this hard.

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I’ve always been an independent person who prided themselves on figuring it out alone. What I learn since I’ve moved is that it’s okay to ask for help. I kept telling myself that I could do it on my own, but sometimes you just can’t. Lots of tears (and unfortunately dollars) later, I’m starting to get my creativity back (I won’t waste your time on this story, if you want to know then leave a comment!). So, why am I talking about this when the post is about staying creative?

I’ve decided to take the rest of the year off from posting. Mentally, I’m spent. It’s hard having a full time job, running a blog and Etsy shop, and still maintaining a social life. I was too caught up in still trying to live the life I lived in Akron without thinking about the fact that I need to establish myself in Columbus. I want to start off 2018 right. As stupid as this sounds, it’s a milestone year for me. It’s my 10 year high school reunion and marks five years I’ve been out of college. If I’m lucky enough, my one year anniversary with my BF will be in January. I’ll have been blogging for four years and my Etsy’s been open for three. I need to take some time to reflect on my mission and goals.

So what does this mean?

I am sad to say that my Etsy will not be open for this Holiday season. I am saving the little creativity I have for family and friend holiday gifts. I will be taking the month of December to start planning posts for 2018 (I’m already excited and have started on a few!!). Ultimately, I need this time for myself. I’m trying to get my feet on the ground and make friends in Columbus. The Pinball community down here has already been so welcoming and I am very thankful for all of them.

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Final thoughts: It’s okay to admit you need help. If you are naturally a creative person and feel uninspired, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Just talking to someone lifted 15 pounds off my shoulders. Talk to other creative people, chances are they’ve been through what you’re going through and have advice to help.

Alright boogers, I’ll see you in 2018! Happy holidays and have a safe and happy new year!

Talk soon,

Update #15: Why am I Relocating? (+vlog)

Hey Guys! I hope everyone is doing well! I’m writing this post in the past, so I hope my day is going well too! (update: it was okay, it was my last day at my old job!)

Today I wanted to share why I have chosen to relocate.  I will be honest that this is going to be a very lengthy post, so grab something to drink and get cozy because you’re going to have a lot to read!

It all stated when I went on my business trip in May to home office. I did a lot of networking while I was there and learned so much about professional growth. I attended a seminar where we talked about our professional development and I learned that sometimes you have to take risks. I really like the company I work for (which, for personal reasons, have chosen to keep anonymous). I really wanted to stay with the company and hopefully advance, but in my current role, the path of advancement was not what I was looking for. My feelers were always out but I didn’t really want to move outside of where I was currently living.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I came across a job post that would require me to move and applied on May 30th. It didn’t quite happen that fast. I talked to a few different people (some I knew in the department to which I was applying) as well as friends and family. I will be honest, I needed encouragement. I was intimated about applying for a job where I would need to relocate. I had never done it before. It’s a big life decision and wanted to make sure that it was something that in the long run would be worth it.

After talking it out with everyone I knew, I decided to apply for the job. The job that I applied for was a facilitation position, and was something that was always my long term goal to do. I decided to take the leap because I thought that it would be a good move for my career.

It honestly was a very difficult decision. If I got the job, it meant I would be losing a lot. Not materialistically. I was born and raised where I currently live. My family is here. My friends are here. My boyfriend is here. I play in two pinball leagues and a trivia league. Almost all of my life is here in Akron. This may seem like silly excuses to stay for some, but I’m a very social person. Not that I wouldn’t be able to find a new pinball league, trivia, and make new friends, but my boyfriend is amazing and my family isn’t moving. Did the pros outweigh the cons?

I had many real deep conversations and emotional nights. I cried…a lot. As each week passed and I the got the call for another interview, I grew more and more anxious. The severity of what I had gotten myself into finally hit me one night after pinball. My boyfriend got off work early and met up with me. After league ended, we walked to our cars together. I told him I had received a call that day for a final interview. He congratulated me and kissed me goodbye. Before he walked away I stopped him. I told him that it would be the FINAL interview and that it meant I actually had a chance of getting the job. I mustered up the courage to tell him we need to have “the talk.”

We talked for what seemed like forever (well most of the time I was crying). I admitted to him that everything about this job was great except for the fact that this meant I had to move away from him, my friends and family…and I didn’t want to lose him. After an eternity of me trying to gain my composure, he looked at me and told me “you’d be crazy if you didn’t take this job.” This made me cry even harder. Just to know that I had the support of him made me know I was making the right decision, should I get the job.

The next few days were a blur. I interviewed on a Friday, and was told “we’re looking to make a decision quickly” when I asked when I would hear something. The following week I was prepping for a big presentation. The day of the presentation (it was a Thursday) I got an message from the manger of the job to which I had interviewed. He wanted to talk to me. I instantly filled with emotions. (Did I get the job? Are they turning me down? What does this mean?!? This is so nerve-racking!) Long story short (too late) I got the job!

I blew up my contacts with texts sharing the good news. I was honestly in disbelief. Each job I had interviewed for I honestly wanted the job, but if I didn’t get it, I wouldn’t have been upset. This was the first time I had ever interviewed for a job and had to prep myself to NOT be upset if I didn’t get it. The whole experience was very eye-opening. I learned a lot about myself, but I also learned how understanding people can be when you are honest with them.


So, where am I at now? Here is a quick video update on where I am at with my relocation. I hope you enjoy it!

Have you every had to make a tough decision like me? Not like when you’re at brunch and your waitress asks  “white or wheat?” A decision where you had to leave your friends and family? Maybe you left your job without having one to replace it? Don’t be afraid to leave a comment!

I’ll be back next week with another update!

Talk soon,


Update #14: Big Announcement (+first Vlog)!

Hey Guys! How is everyone doing? It’s been a really long time (almost five months) since my last post. There has been a lot of things going on with my life, which is usually how these update posts start. For real though! There really has a lot going on!

I have some awesome news to share with you, drum roll please: I’m moving! Not just moving down the road, relocating! To Columbus! Here is a quick video update if you don’t want to read my lengthy post:

I’ll try and make the writing quick and also recap what I talked about in the video.

I know what everyone is thinking: how can you be THAT busy for four, almost five, months. Here’s how: my last post was on April 8th. I went on my first real vacation in almost 6 years from April 19th through the 24th. I got home, unpacked, then packed up again for a business trip from April 30th through May 5th. All of May, I had a stretch assignment I was working on in addition to my work-work. Then, on May 30th, I began the interviewing process. Over the next seven weeks, I went through two phone interviews and three in person/virtual interviews (including a original presentation) until I finally found out that I got the job at the end of July and received my official start date. The rest of July and most of August has been spent looking for apartments, figuring out finances, and wrapping up my current work, in addition to my normal life. Needless to say, I haven’t had much time to create content and share with you. I’ve also had a few custom orders from my Etsy that I had to get done and mail out. It’s been an exhausting, but exciting, last couple months.

I just wanted to give a quick update and let you know that my posts over the next month or so are going to be dedicated to my relocation experience. I’m going to start making short videos to go along with my move experience for those of you who don’t like reading my not-so-greatly written posts. Let’s face it, I’m no Shakespeare. I’m also very awkward in videos…

This blog, my blog, has always been about me sharing my projects and experiences in the hopes to inspire others. I try and make the content as relateable as possible and relevant to what is going on in my life. As much as my dad tells my I’m special, I’m an average person. I have a 40 hour/week job and I don’t have an endless bank account. I’ve got student loan debt that I’ll be paying on for the next million years and I still have to call my mom if I don’t know how to do adult things (like picking out medical insurance). If you can related to this, then you’ve come to the right place!

As I said, over the next month or so I’ll be sharing all the important milestones along my relocation journey. If you’ve taken this journey before or you’re thinking about taking this journey, don’t be afraid to leave a comment! Let’s share the excitement and frustrations together!

I’m feeling so many emotions! I’m nervous and excited. I can’t wait to share!

Talk soon,

Crochet Fox Ear Headband

Good morning! Are you awake?? Go grab some coffee!

Back in December I vended at an event for small lady businesses. A last minute decision prompted me to make what I am going to share with you today. My only regret is that I didn’t make more! These crochet fox ear FLEW off my display, I sold out within an hour of us opening. Lucky for you, I’ll show you how to make your own!

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Here is what you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver Orange
Red Heart Super Saver White
Red Heart Super Saver Black
Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm)
Plastic Sewing needle
Orange Headband

Project Time: 1-2 hours (depending on how fast you crochet)
Project Difficulty: Medium (depending your skill level)

SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet two together


SC around the headband. There is no set amount that I would recommend.

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As you continue around the band, keep sliding your stitches together. I did this every 10 or so, until you reach the end. Once you reach the other side of the band, tie off. Sew in your ends.

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Use a marker to gauge where you want the center of the ears. Count three spaces to the right of your marker, slip stitch.

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Row 1: In the same space as slip stitch, SC; SC in the next 7 spaces. Chain 1 (8)

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Row 2: SC in the next 8 spaces. Chain 1 (8)

Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in the next 4 spaces, SC2TOG. Chain 1 (6)

Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in the next 2 spaces, SC2TOG. Chain 1 (4)

Row 5: SC in the next 4 spaces. Chain 1 (4)

Row 6: 2 [SC2TOG]. Chain 1 (2)

Row 7: SC2TOG. Tie off (1)

Repeat on the other marker. Instead of counting three to the right, count four to the right. Once you tie off the second ear, sew in your ends.

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Around the ears:

In the space next to first stitch from the ear, slip stitch.

SC in next 5 spaces, however before you finish the final stitch, change color to black. Here is how I change colors:

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Insert you hook into your stitch, yarn over and pull through. Before you yarn over again, switch to the next color.

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Yarn over and pull through. this will give you a cleaner color change rather than completing your stitch and changing colors.

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SC in the next stitch. At the top of the ear (row 7) [SC, chain 2, SC]. SC in the next space, again before you finish, change color to orange.

SC in the next five spaces. Slip stitch in the next stitch and tie off. Repeat on the second ear. Sew in your ends.

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I also made just plain cat ears with this pattern. Instead of using orange and switching colors, just use black. It will look just as good!!

Talk Soon,

Painted Days: You Can’t Scare Me!

I started to get back into painting about a year ago. I haven’t painted much in the last few month due to other projects and commitments.

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However, I started seeing someone new. I think he’s really great.

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I painted him this picture, to let him know that there is nothing he can do to scare me.

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Between our nightly phone calls and late night rants, I grow to like him more and more.

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There’s nothing he can do to scare me aware.

Talk Soon,

Places to Play: Ohio Pinball Show

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (or know me in real life), you know that one of my interests is pinball. I have to be honest, I started a post about pinball in Ohio MONTHS ago, and (obviously) it has not gone to “press.” I have gone back and edited the post SO many times and every time I think it is so hard to talk about pinball in Ohio in just one post.

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Buzzin Arcade: Canton, OH
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Arcade Super Awesome: Columbus, OH

I got to thinking, why do I need to limit myself to just one post? I don’t! This is when I decided to scrap the idea of just showcasing ALL pinball in Northeast Ohio and spend an entire post about some of my favorite places to play!

I know what you may be thinking…is there really that many places to play pinball? Answer: Yes! My friends and I often talk about how we never thought we would say “there is almost too much pinball!” I digress…

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Super Electric Pinball Parlor: Lakewood, OH

Where is a place to play this month? Currently this weekend is the Ohio Pinball Show! Only happens in North East Ohio twice a year.


The show started on Thursday and goes through tomorrow at 5pm. It’s $20 for entry, but well worth the price (cash only). There is over 150 tables all set to free play for your enjoyment. You can also take you hand in the tournament, $10 for 4 entries and $20 for 9. More details on entry and rules on the Ohio Show website.



Don’t feel like it is too late to go! The show is open today from 11am to 11pm and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm! You can totally pay at the door. Local to Northeast Ohio? Check it more details at the Ohio Pinall website! Maybe I’ll see you there!

Talk Soon,

Thrifty Life: Six Dresses for under 20

I would like to think of myself as a thrifty person. One of the things I don’t like spending tons of money on is clothing. Not that I don’t like to treat myself here and there, but I really don’t like spending hundreds of dollars on my wardrobe. Here’s my dilemma: I LOVE clothes! I find myself in a catch twenty-two. How do I get the wardrobe I want and not spend my entire paycheck? Solution: second hand stores!


I started shopping at second hand stores when I was in high school. My first job was at Plato’s Closet, a teen resale clothing store. Working there made shopping for clothes so easy! I would usually shop after I got off work on days I didn’t close. Plus, I got a nice discount! After I quit there, I started working at a coffee shop so my outfits shifted to jeans and black polos. I worked there for YEARS so I didn’t deviate much. This was also my band t-shirt phase, so I wasn’t purchasing much clothing.

Finally, after graduating college and getting my first big girl job, I had to learn how to dress “business casual.” Being on limited funds (thank you student loans), I had to reteach myself how to dress nice inexpensively. I quickly found myself at home again in secondhand stores!


One of my favorite places to shop is the Village Discount Outlet. I found the best time to go is Saturday morning right when they open. It’s not crowded and they often have early bird discounts. The secret is the half-off colors of the day. I always make note of the colors as soon as I walk in that way when I am picking out clothing I stick to those color tags.

I also stick to a budget. I keep in mind how much I want to spend and once I have picked out enough clothing to hit that budget I stop and that’s when I head to the fitting room.

My last trip I wanted to stock up on dresses. My budget: $20. I was able to find six dress and still be within my budget! Here is what I scored:

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Cost: $2.00

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Cost: $2.50

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Cost: $3.00

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Cost: $2.00

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Cost: $2.50

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*Favorite!* Cost: $4.00

I was very pleased with my finds from my last trip! Remember to thoroughly wash the clothing before wearing! I think my next trip I’m going to try and score some jeans.

Do you have any tips to thrifty clothing shopping?? I would love to know!!

Talk soon,

Update #13: Oh, how the goes by…

Well, hello there. I have to admit that I have by very bad about keeping track of the time these days. I was so amped for 2017, I had so many plans to kick off the year. I took my annual “start of the year vacation.” Then, I have no idea what happened! I’m staring at my calendar and it currently says “February 2nd.” Is this a joke? Obviously not. Time just really gets away from me these days. Not to mention I have been SO sick this week. I literally slept…for 24 hours. I don’t think I’ve done that, ever!


I really am looking forward to this year. I had a great 2016 and planned on making the next year even better. It started off great with a super hero pinball tournament a few weeks ago. Bucket list: Get gas for my car dressed like a super hero. Check. Although the night took a turn when I got a flat tire on the way home and my phone was dead. At least there are still decent people in the world. Thank you mysterious Jason who helped me change my tire at 1 in the morning. You are a life savior.


Anyway, I’m going entering into a new phase in my adult life right now, which I hope is going to help for the best. I need change. I’ve been stuck in a rut I feel like for the past couple weeks. Time for me to be on my own again (but not without the support of my friends and family). Unfortunately, good ole’ Punxsutawney saw his shadow so I have six more weeks of winter, but I make my own luck and spring cleaning will be coming sooner.


Tonight is casual pinball night. Got to get all the practice I can get if I’m going to make states next year!

Talk Soon,