CURRENTLY // MARCH 2020

Reading // Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero, Governor Mike DeWine’s tweets for Ohio COVID-19 coverage

Planning // the first posts of my new blog, Goodwill donation (never happened), to vote in the primaries absentee ✔, to complete the 2020 census online ✔

Watching // Tiger King on Netflix, classic Disney movies (Beauty and the Beast, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella), Patrick McDonald’s “Coronda Chronicles” on Instagram (article by Travel + Leisure here), COVID-19 news coverage, DeWine’s daily 2PM press conferences, Tik Toks (fell down that rabbit hole real quick during self-quarantine)

Cooking // Half Baked Harvest 5 ingredient beer bread, The Defined Dish tomato basil soup from her cookbook, The Food Lab lasagna (similar recipe here)

Eating // all of our meals at home, meatloaf, chicken stir fry, corn beef and cabbage, salmon, soup on Sundays

Drinking // iced coffee from Biggby, Key Lime La Croix, Black Cherry Waterloo, my own creation of vanilla almond milk foam with cinnamon poured over hot or ice coffee with a drizzle of honey

Pinning // content about starting a blog, Whole30 foods and recipes, color palettes

Crafting // coloring Paige Poppe printable coloring pages, blog posts, weekly happy planner layouts, at home workouts

Going // only to work, Kroger, Biggby and Arby’s drive thru, on lots of walks around the neighborhood, also Oak Openings and at the local reservoir

Loving // time spent with Kyle, art journaling and writing, stretching after my at home workouts, the consistency and accountability of my daily habit trackers, bubbles and bath bombs, finding hand written notes from Kyle around the apartment, inspirational quotes and art throughout Instagram

Dreaming // for the end of COVID-19 and quarantine, of traveling locally and regionally, of going to my favorite local coffee shops (Maddie and Bella Coffee Roasters, Black Kite Coffee) and restaurants (Fleetwood’s Tap Room, The Heights, El Vaquero) post-COVID

Feeling // scared, anxious, uneasy, fear but also hope, pride, strength, solidarity

Listening // Music: Pumped Pop playlist on Spotify, Alec Benjamin, The Fray, Adele’s album 25. Podcasts: The Financial Confessions, Live Free Creative, NPR’s Hidden Brain, The Goal Digger Podcast, The Latte Factor Podcast, Craft a Life You Love, Crafty Ass Female

Celebrating // starting new daily habits (flossing, dishes at the end of the day), purchased my first individual stocks and index funds, starting my blog!

Supporting // Paige Poppe, Worthwhile Paper, Kammock


Until tomorrow, Meryn


Image Sources:
Mike DeWine press conference
#InThisTogetherOhio
Patrick McDonald and Coronda the Mannequin
Painted letter D by Steffi Lynn
Happy Planner quote

TOP 20 INSPIRATIONAL + INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

While preparing to launch this blog, I spent some time exploring the blogs and websites of some of my favorite artists, small business owners, bloggers, influencers, recipe developers, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle youtubers. Inadvertently, this list was formed. I hope this post serves as a jumping off point for inspiration – from weeknight dinners to watercolor botanicals to beauty and skin care recommendations, the best of the best are below.

Note: the following top 20 are listed in alphabetical order by first name, this list is not meant to represent a ranking system


Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish

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Allison Anderson of photoallison

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instagram

youtube


Andrew Glenn

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instagram


Chelsea Fagan of The Financial Diet

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TFD website

TFD instagram

TFD youtube


Elise Blaha Cripe of The Get to Work Book

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instagram

GTWB website

GTWB instagram


Jessica Braun

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youtube


Joanna (and Johnny) of Letterfolk

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instagram


Kelly Gooch

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youtube


Kristen Drozdowski of Worthwhile Paper

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instagram

WP website

WP instagram


Leigh Ellexson

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instagram

youtube


Lindsey Schwenn of the blushing script

etsy

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Madison Lavey of Madaleigh

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instagram


Melissa Urban of the Whole30

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W30 instagram


Miranda Anderson of Live Free Creative

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instagram

youtube

LFC instagram


Morgan Harper Nichols

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instagram


Sarah Herron

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Steffi Lynn of haveanicedayy_

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HAND website

Until tomorrow, Meryn


2020 ONE LITTLE WORD — DOCUMENT

Introduction
According to her website, in 2006, Ali Edwards began a tradition of choosing one word for herself each January – “a word to focus on, to live with, to investigate, to write about, to craft with, and to reflect upon” as she went about her daily life. Since then, she has turned this concept into a creative project that centers around a year-long workshop “designed to inspire that offers creative prompts and encouragement as you let the word into your life.”  

I believe the first time I heard of the concept of One Little Word (OLW) was in 2014 during my college CHAARG days. It wasn’t until 2019 when I started listening to the Crafty Ass Female podcast that I was inspired to participate in OLW. I had just started listening to podcasts during my daily work commute when I came across this episode (originally posted in 2017) where the hosts discussed their OLW history and thoughts on picking a new word for 2018.

Selection
In late 2019, when I decided I wanted to pick a OLW to focus on for the coming new year [and decade – holy cow], the word document immediately jumped out at me. At the time I had already decided I wanted my brother to purchase me a One Line A Day: 5 Year Memory book (inspired by Elise Joy, linked here) for Christmas, so the thought of daily documentation and journaling was at the forefront of my mind, or at least my Christmas wish list. I had been journaling daily since November 2018 and was really enjoying this practice. In November 2018, I was 1 month into my first job as a new grad physical therapist and I started using my Happy Planner to journal about the ins and outs of my job – the patient successes and failures, the good days and the really really hard days, a habit I have continued but has changed along the way.

Irony and Intention
Quite frankly, this is an ironic OLW given my career as a physical therapist where there is so much emphasis on daily documentation, both the accuracy/attention to detail and the time commitment. If my memory serves me, I think both members of my #girlgang (also in healthcare) chuckled when I announced the selection of my OLW. Irony aside, I also recognize how monumental this next decade of life will be. Between the years of 2020-2029, it is likely the following life events will occur: adopting a pet, changing jobs, getting engaged, purchasing a home, getting married, going on a honeymoon, starting a family – to name a few. What better time to document and have record of my life?

Initial Goals
When I sat down at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 to set some intentions and goals surrounding my OLW, the following 5 categories and plans emerged:

1.
Meryn Made blog

2.
Happy Planner daily fitness planner
Happy Planner daily journal

3.
Card/invitation ring book
Beer stickers pocket pages
Travel stickers pocket pages

4.
One Line a Day (OLAD) journal

5.
Letterfolk passport update
2018 South Dakota/Wyoming road trip Mixbook
2019 Denver, Colorado trip vacation Mixbook
2020 Breckenridge ski vacation Mixbook

OLW goals page in my 2020 Happy Planner, created with Amy Tangerine collaboration insert paper

There you have it, a look into the history of OLW, my selection, and expectations for the word document in 2020.

Until tomorrow, Meryn


photo source: AMXO

I’M LIKE, ‘HEY WHAT’S UP, HELLO’

Name: Meryn (it’s like ‘Karen’ but with an ‘M’)

Location: Toledo, Ohio

Education: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science [2015] and Doctor of Physical Therapy [2018] from The University of Toledo

Career: physical therapist in skilled nursing facilities, geriatric population and adult behavioral/mental health

Hobbies: lettering, art journaling, decorative planning, cooking, exercising, hiking, exploring national parks, breweries, and coffee shops, reading, listening to podcasts, watching beauty and planner youtube, collecting local art, going to craft fairs and markets, traveling, strolling the aisles of Target, personal finance (e.g. Freynancial Freedom)

Favorites: coffee, donuts, pistachio ice cream, craft beer, flowers, the fall season, candles, wombats (like Wilbur), Disney movies (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aristocats, The Princess and the Frog), Target , Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians

Until tomorrow, Meryn


title reference: “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap