21 July 2014

Leroy's Fourth Birthday!

I can't believe my little man is freaking four years old!! Ahh! Well we followed tradition and threw him a party. This year's theme was jungle. His name does mean "King." Get it? King of the Jungle? Alright alright.

Check out some of the pictures below.

I chose a color palette a little different than the rest. I stuck to three animal prints (leopard, zebra and giraffe) along with metallic gold and turquoise. It sounds a little unconventional though I really liked it.




As for snacks, I combed Pinterest and found some I really liked. Tiger Tails (Cheetos), Twigs (Pretzel Sticks), Snakes (Sour Worms), Wild Animals (Animal Crackers), Mud Hole (Pudding Cups) and Waterfall Shots (Blueberry flavored shooters).


I then made some blue velvet cake with chocolate frosting! YUM. That made sure the cake was only for the hoomans.


For the guests there were goodie bags filled with things that also went with the theme. Mud masks, travel journals and dog toys. The dog toys included a toy called Silly Bums, wild animal bums that fit ridiculously perfect with the theme!


So all in all the party went fantastic! Thank you to Auntie D and MoMo for the generous cards and gift cards!

14 July 2014

The Rooster's First Birthday!



I was able to break away from the ball and chain (work) this past weekend to head to Austin to visit my amazing friends and celebrate the newest addition to the family's very first birthday. I couldn't miss this.

The little Rooster only turns one once and as I watch my friends get married and build families, I am seeing how important life events are. I'm even seeing how important shutting work off every day to work on yourself.

Anyway, Talley and I helped Frank and Smitty set up the party. They had a delicious cake that I swear weighed 20 pounds and Talley and I almost ate because we thought we were waiting for Frank and Smitty to lead and realized they left us. We have to do some serious catching up. When in doubt eat the cake.

After the awesome party, we headed over to The Black Sheep to watch the World Cup finals. We all were pretty evenly split 50/50. The Black Sheep was packed, we had this corner area next to the video games. We slowly infiltrated a table full of hipster bearded men. They were drunk and let us sit down for the second half of the game.

Doug was the guy I sat next to. He was super weird but kind of awesome. He gave us his German flag so we could support our team in fashion.

So much fun with some great people. When you have friends that are so amazing they are more like family, you can't go wrong.

23 June 2014

Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Friday was take your dog to work day! I can't wait until the day where dogs are just a normal part of companies. There are so many benefits to taking your dog to work with you. Check out this video that clearly lays why dogs should be allowed at work all the time!



Check out why dogs will always be allowed in my office » 

18 June 2014

Another Ad2sday in the Bag!

I can't express the incredible amount of love and pride I have for my current Ad2 board. We are doing a lot to continue the club's improvement and growth. This past Ad2sday is no exception.

We invited and were privileged to have Brandwyn Coleman from Gannett come and speak to a healthy crew of 30 peeps. She spoke on stereotyping your audience and how it is necessary to get the results you need!

There are a lot of things coming this year including Ad2sday and a special screening of Sign Painters. You are going to want to become a member to join in on all the fun!!

02 June 2014

Accomplishing A Goal


I was introduced to graphic design when I was little. My great grandpa and grandfather were sign painters. When I began formal design training at 15, I knew the work that it would take to get to what I wanted and how long it would take me to get there.

I set a goal when I was 18, that by the time I was 30 I would be in a Creative Director role.

Fast forward to 12 years later, I have just accepted a job as a Creative Director with an advertising agency. It's kind of a surreal feeling, something that I've worked my entire life or at least half of my life for and it's really happening.

Because I've always had this goal, I've diligently watched the leadership I've worked for over the years, and kept a journal of the things I liked and the things I want to implement. Though I've also kept notes on the things I want to not do, why and how that made me feel when I was in different agencies and positions within those agencies.

Nothing's ever perfect. That's a lesson I learned very quickly, though with hard work, team work and a positive attitude, you'd be amazed at what can be accomplished.

Here's to the next chapter.

19 May 2014

Home Away From Home

via Etsy
I spent last week in Santa Monica for work. I love that place. I loved living there are seeing the ocean every day. There's something so calming about the ocean to me. Though there is a spirit about Phoenix that bleeds possibility. It's full of people who have an idea and then go for it.

The last few few years have intensified my love to travel and see new things. Meet new people. Learn new things. From this there are a few places that feel like home to me, Phoenix, Santa Monica, Austin. . . maybe it's because at one time or another they were my home so there is this level of familiarity?

Where are some of your favorite places to go, see and explore? Where is your home away from home?

07 May 2014

Veinte de Mayo: A Piñata Extravaganza



It's Wednesday, your Cinco hangover has wore off and it's back to the grind stone. Not so fast my lovelies. Ad2PHX is holding Veinte de Mayo, where you and your company can come and party your asses off again. 

Here are the deets: 

WHO 
Ad2 and You

WHAT 
Piñata Design Competition

The rules are simple. Your company makes one (1) piñata. You bring it to Veinte de Mayo and compete in a bracket like competition for best design. The losing piñata gets busted and the winners get a prize. 

Enjoy Happy Hour Specials extended exclusively for A2PHX
$4 House Margaritas, Well Drinks, House Red or White Wine, 32oz Coors Lt
$3 Corona or Corona lt bottles
$2 Coors and Coors lt bottles

Grub on some delicious appetizers including Mini Chimis, Quesadillas, Salsa, and Guacamole

Ad2 Members are FREE and Non-Members are $5. 

WHERE 
Salty Señorita’s 
3478 N. Scottsdale Rd. 
Scottsdale, Arizona

WHEN 
May 20, 2014

WHY 
Do you really need a reason to have a good time? 

05 May 2014

Ad2PHX Board Retreat



This past Saturday, I spent the weekend with some awesome people. We spent most of the time planning what we want to happen in the upcoming year and how exactly we were going to get there.

There are so many great things coming this year and if you're not already an Ad2 Member, you should seriously consider becoming one.

Not sure about becoming a member? Head out to our May Ad2sday "Veinte de Mayo" to take a club test drive. We will be hanging out and extending Cinco de Mayo for a few more weeks!

29 April 2014

Agency Easter


I had this master plan of hiding eggs around the office with goodies inside for people to come find the morning after Easter. Apparently I need to check the calendar before I hatch plans like that. I was on the tomboy road trip over Easter. Womp. Womp. 

Well this morning I decided that it doesn't matter. I'm going to hide them any way. I thought I might get in trouble but then decided I was going to do it anyway. I'm really happy I did. To see grown adults find eggs around the office, the same eggs they had walked past for hours it's about the same joy as watching a child do it. 

Even though I was a bit belated, I'm happy that on this beautiful Arizona Tuesday, my coworkers got to have their own egg hunt and enjoy delicious candy. 


25 April 2014

The Tomboy Project Update

Last week I engaged in a 10-day 10-state road trip. It was ridiculously ambitious but it was also ridiculously successful. I have completed the 48 continental United States. Alaska and Hawaii here I come . . . sometime.

Check out the infographic of my last trip!


Amazing view in the White Mtn National Park. 

Boston Marathon was coming up!! 

Little chalk drawing I did for friends that are now ENGAGED! 

I'm a bit obsessed with Anchors. 

Duke Farms is another gorgeous place I got to visit. 

One of my dearest friends parents hid Easter eggs for me. 


20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone is sitting around the house enjoying their families this holiday.

Here are some of the shots from my lovely weekend of coloring eggs!




08 April 2014

Making Time


There are never enough hours in the day, and sometimes I wish our bodies didn't need eight hours of sleep a night. There are so many things I want to do. Do you ever run into this?

I find myself making lists upon lists of new ideas and things I want to try, learn or complete. Though life sometimes gets in the way. I recently read a few articles about what successful people do in the morning, typical habits etc. I wanted to see if I could employ some of those habits into my own life to become a bit more successful in the things I'm looking to accomplish.

Here's five things I'm now doing:
  1. Wake Up Early - 90% of CEOs polled said they were up before 6AM. Ugh, I don't think that will be me in the near future. Though I have been getting up earlier than before and making it into the office earlier as well. 
  2. Eat Breakfast - This is something I've been doing really well at. Just taking the extra time to feed my body has made a pretty big difference. 
  3. Tackle the Toughest Thing First - This is not always the easiest but something I try to do before I get bogged down with all the other interruptions I have on a daily basis. Making a to do list before I leave for the next morning usually helps me complete this task. 
  4. Exercise - Right now I am doing this after work, though I would like to transition this to first thing in the morning. It's a work in progress. 
  5. Personal Passion Project - Right now it's The Tomboy Project. If you would like to check it out please visit fb.com/thetomboyproject
These five things might seem like they are adding more to my workload, though they have really helped me be more productive, awake and motivated. It's nice. 

What are you doing to be more successful with your hopes and dreams? Share them in the comments. 
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07 April 2014

Shelter Dogs

I had made a video for the viral video competition a while back though I never shared it. I thought you all might like to see it. Hope you enjoy.

01 April 2014

Equality Arizona Shirt Design Competition

I've been holding off on this post to see if I won, but I just found out I lost. So I'm going to share my design with the world anyway.

One of my coworkers who I really think knows everyone in the entire world, asked me to design a shirt for Equality Arizona's shirt competition. Since they aren't really known I knew it was important to stick to the letters of the organization and give it a bit of umph.

Comment and let me know what you think of this design!


28 March 2014

Two Paddles. One Ball.


Phoenix is hosting the R&R "Two Paddles. One Ball." Ping-Pong Tournament starting Friday, March 28th. This 32 person tournament is a single elimination battle to the death (insert echo here). We will be live streaming throughout the tournament. The quarter, semi and final rounds will have scheduled times and dates so anyone can tune in and watch the action here: http://rrpartners2.com/rr/pingpong/. We will also be live tweeting and instagramming at #RRpong.

Who is ready to get paddled?


26 March 2014

Bananas Studio

I am super excited to share that one of my awesome friends Ana B. Cordova is opening an Etsy shop. This girl is ridiculously talented and deserves lots of praise. She has a fine arts background and creates some of the most amazing artwork. Below is a mixed media print of Leroy. Someone on Facebook said, "Hey that looks like the dog you are always posting pictures of." Enough said. I will keep you updated when she has her Grand Opening!


24 March 2014

Weekend Recap: Birthday Shenanigans

Yes, I turned 30 this year. Whee!! But Saturday was pretty fucking awesome.

The day started out with sleeping in. Then breakfast with my favorite pup Leroy, followed by lounging on the couch and taking a nap.

That was the first half of the day.

The second half got a bit more interesting. First event on the list, the 2014 ASU Women's Rugby Alumni Game. This happens once every two years and is something you never want to miss. Aime plans it and does a ridiculous job. She feeds us, provides alcoholic beverages and gets everyone in line. The alumni won again, of course. We are undefeated.


After the game, I went to meet up with three of my work lovelies. We had dinner at The Dhaba, it's real punjabi food and simply amazing. We had this like three course meal of salad, tandoori chicken and mango rice pudding. There was enough food for three meals.


Ana drew Leroy for me!! 
Food in our bellies, we moved on to the movie theatre, where we saw Mr. Peabody and Sherman. It was really cute and funny.


That simply was a great birthday. Here's to my thirties.

22 March 2014

Dirty 30

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I made it to 30! Sometimes I didn't think I would make it, but here I am. Birthdays are always a bigger time of year where I do more reflecting than New Years. It's a time that I think about all my accomplishments, failures and future goals.

Last year I had made a goal that I didn't even come close to meeting. I had too many things that I made a priority over that goal. This year, that will not happen. This goal will be accomplished.

What is the goal you ask? It's to take care of my health. It's to make time for me to give my body the nutrients and exercise it deserves. It's as simple as that.

I sit in a chair for 8-15 hours a day. Don't get me wrong I love my job. I love working in advertising and coming up with cool shit to influence society, but if I don't take care of myself, I won't be able to continue doing that.

So here's to the next 365 days of shifting priorities and making myself better.

20 March 2014

4th Annual Phoenix Portfolio Review


I can't believe this year was the 4th Annual Phoenix Portfolio Review. I am proud to say I have been involved since the beginning and wouldn't have it any other way. Jason and Michelle organize the shit out of this event and should get massive kudos.

The idea is simple, get the Valley's creative folk to review a bunch of students books.

This year's turnout was amazing. Every reviewer had people waiting to talk with them, it felt like a portfolio review at The One Show in New York. I went to the One Show portfolio reviews as a student, I would stand in line and the one CD I wanted to talk to left when it was my turn. I know he probably had somewhere to go or just didn't want to be there anymore, but I will never forget that he couldn't give me 15 minutes of his time. Now, I make it a point to stay the entire time and plan to stay a bit afterwards in case anyone wants to talk to me.

We normally get 10 minutes to talk to the interns but I didn't let the lights being turned off and back on distract if a student kept talking. Of course that lead to me meeting with less students, but the ones I did meet with were pretty awesome. Here they are below:

Justin - He has a great personality about him and he said he came to talk to me because he heard I was a straight shooter. I like this guy already. His work is crisp, clean and beautiful to look at. As he learns to evolve an ideas arms an legs, he's going to be dangerous.

Shelby - I would love to see her push her work a bit more. The branding work is great, though how would you market those brands? What would they look like in-store, on a shelf? How would you get someone want to purchase these baby clothes over a more established brand? Also, her last name is Spoon, seriously how awesome is that?! Can you imagine how many self promo ideas are going through my head right now?

Tomoko - She was a little quiet, though she had very clean work. Though that wasn't what intrigued me. This lady thinks about things differently. All of her projects had a slight twist to them that gave you a bit of an aha moment.

John Doe - I feel really bad that I don't remember this guys name BUUT if you know it let me know. He's more of an animator and a decent one at that. He has this book called The Eye Book where he compares animal eyes and human eyes and then illustrates them. I really want to see this animated and see the transitions through each of the eyes. So cool.

Jane Doe - I can't remember her name either . . . She had branding for unitea and some cool posters. My favorite is the poster for the Spring Show, the photography and the angles. Ugh, just gorgeous.

I love this and really want to start up my internship program again. I love learning from them as much as I hope they learn from me.

17 February 2014

Agency (Viral) Video Competition


My agency is hosting a competition. A competition to come up with a video that has potential to go viral. There are eight offices and only one prize. You know I'm going to try and win this. It's just my nature to compete.

To compete, you are required to develop a video three minutes or less, focusing on a charity of your choice. The only thing is you must include our agency's website and a provided end card. The strategy is pretty wide open, drive people to help.

This weekend I spent concepting an idea, getting all the supplies and finalizing the storyboards. It really took me back to Grad School when we were competing to be accepted into the program.

Making a video that "goes viral" is not easy. It's like guerrilla marketing, it could be wildly successful or it could fall on it's face. Here are some things that help a video go viral:

  1. Connect with the viewers - People are more likely to share something they can relate too. People in the midwest and east coast are going to relate more to a video that has someone stuck upside down in the snow than someone in the southwest.
  2. Evoke an emotion - It doesn't matter which one, but some of the best to work from are happy (funny or feel good), anger (expose something bad that people don't know about) or impressed (something that is just too good to not share).
  3. Be easy to share - This is probably the most obvious. Provide quick share buttons because if you don't the next button they will probably choose will be the close button. 

Basically everything you do for this video is a calculated risk. That's why you have to commit. Go big or go home. Be willing to embarrass yourself or be willing to do something that people are going to remember and talk about.

And at the end of the day, have a lot of fun.