Finding the Glass Slipper!


Yesterday I spent part of the day walking up and down and up and down and up and down the aisles of ginormous shoe stores in New York looking for the perfect wedding shoe. I have to find something before my next dress fitting (April 19th) so I’m kind of under the gun 🙂

Since we’re getting married outside and I’m not much of a high heels kind of girl I’m looking at ballet flats – silver, powder blue, or powder pink. I tried on a few contenders but none of them were quite it. I’m going to surf on Zappos a little this afternoon and other sites and hopefully I can find something!

Anyone have any other ideas for places I can look??

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UPDATE!

Two kind blog readers gave me recommendations and I think we’ve hit the jackpot 🙂

I’m going to stop by FS/NY this weekend when I’m in NYC.

I also cruised around on Piper Lime – thank you Emily and Sandy!!

Spinning Spinning Round and Round

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I just finished up my first spinning class (my first one was in college…this was my second one). My friend Paige is the instructor and because there are extra bikes I get to go for free so there is really absolutely no excuse for me not to go. So until the end of May hopefully I’ll be spinning three times a week 🙂

In other news Jeff and I are having our anniversary (six years) dinner. I guess after this year we’ll probably start over at one and our anniversary will be in July but it’s a good excuse to go out! Our actual anniversary was actually the 12th but poor Jeff was sick in bed so we ordered Pay Per View and hung out at home. Tomorrow is also Jeff’s birthday so I guess it’s a combo deal 🙂 Tonight we are dining in style – at Max’s Downtown in Hartford…..YUM. Right when Jeff and I started dating we went there with his parents to celebrate his Brother’s graduation but I haven’t been there since. We got a gift card for Christmas so that should soften the blow but I am so pumped to eat really amazing food…and save room for dessert 🙂

Jeff and I are also trying to get our registries in order this week as very organized people (if I wasn’t the bride I’d be one of them!) have started to ask where we’re registered. Back in January we registered at Crate and Barrel but now we’re putting together an additional one through “My Registry” which allows you to register for items from multiple stores. Of course they don’t have ALL the stores we’d love to register with, so we’re getting creative.

The other thing is we have a lot of the household/kitchen items that people usually register for. So…..anyone have any ideas? We have a few but are very open to suggestions and creative ideas.

Off to pretty up and then we’re off to dinner!

Getting to Zero: A Task Management Tool

Since December I’ve been using a free online tool that I can honestly say has multiplied my productivity by a zillion ☺. Liana Lehman turned me onto it and it is called Vitalist. You can pay for the service, but I find that the free features suit me just fine for what I need to do.

Vitalist is the secret behind my empty mailbox and calm feeling each and every day and is built around the principles of Getting Things Done.

Wikipedia defines GTD as:

Getting Things Done (commonly abbreviated as GTD) is an action management method of The David Allen Company, and the title of the book by David Allen which describes the method. Both Getting Things Done and GTD are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company.

GTD rests on the principle that a person needs to move tasks out of the mind by recording them somewhere. That way, the mind is freed from the job of remembering everything that needs to be done, and can concentrate on actually performing those tasks. What distinguishes GTD from other time- or action-management systems is the idea of grouping tasks by the context (defined as a place or set of available resources) in which they are to be performed.
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Now everyone has to adjust the system to suit their needs, so I actually organize my tasks by projects instead of context.

Examples of contexts are: Errands, Computer, Phone, Home, Studio, etc.

The tools that I utilize within Vitalist are

Projects: Administrative, OC Weddings, Marketing, Misc, Personal, Website Update, My Wedding
Dashboard: Each day you can visit the Dashboard and see what tasks you’ve assigned to that day. Beyond that I get my Dashboard emailed to me each morning so I can see a snapshot of what I have to accomplish that day
Ticklers: This is where all my to do items go – each attached to a date so they pop up and remind me what has to get done!
Someday: Ideas or thoughts I may want to pursue in the future go in here
Star System: Red stars absolutely have to get done that day. To me they say: “Do me first!!”

Last time we spoke about email management. So many people leave messages in their Inbox to remind them of things that need to get done. The problem is new ones come in and bury the old tasks. Thus you open your email program and see you have 900 messages and immediately feel overwhelmed and wonder what you are missing.

Each time I get an email that has to be addressed I decide whether it’s something I can get done quickly (the GTD system measures quickly by 2 minutes or less but I’m not usually quite that strict). If not I put a tickler in my Vitalist for later that day, tomorrow, whenever. The important thing is I know it’s scheduled and a note will pop up and remind me what to do. I then move it into my “Pending” file in my email and put a “P” at the end of the tickler so I can easily find the email when I’m ready to deal with it.

If you are more of a pen and paper person you can print the Dashboard out each day and work off the list that way. The important thing is that each morning when I wake up I have a task list that I can get to work on right away, instead of hundreds of emails to sort through and determine what needs to get done. Vitalist has eliminated post it notes on my desk, notes in my calendar, all excess bits of paper because every item gets put it that system and I know I’m not forgetting anything.

One thing to keep in mind – assign tasks to days as you take a glance at your calendar. I.E. if you know you will be busy all day on Tuesday (like me today!) don’t assign yourself a lot of tasks for that day.

I have tickler items that will pop up as far away as August of this year, but I can sleep well at night knowing that they are all accounted for and I’m not trying to remember everything by myself.

A tool that goes hand in hand with Vitalist is Jott. Jott is a phone based tool – if I’m in the car and remember something that I need to do instead of driving off the road while trying to write something done I will call Jott (wearing my headset of course!) and “Jott Myself” with whatever needs to get done. Ex: “remember to talk to Jeff about registry stuff tonight,” “call Mom,” etc. That voicemail will get transcribed and emailed to your Inbox in both text and voice form. When I get home I go through any Jotts I have left myself when out and……..put them into Vitalist. The two work very well together!

Try it out and see what you think, and don’t forget that it usually takes at least a month to get used to a system before it becomes a habit…..so don’t get discouraged if you fall off the wagon a few times – just get back on and get to zero.

Good luck!

Vegas!


Sorry for my absence this week – I’ve been in Vegas for the annual WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) Conference and have tried to resists paying $12 per day for Internet!

Last year was my first year at this conference so it’s nice to be back and be familiar with the layout, schedule, and overall tone of the event. This conference is HUGE – I’ve heard some say that there might be up to 10,000 people here – pretty wild.

The good thing about such a large conference is that it attracts people from all over the world who run their businesses in hundreds of different ways – great for learning! I spent a lot of my time this week sitting in lectures or visiting booths on the tradeshow floor learning about the newest products on the market.

The other really important thing that happens at a conference like this is you make a lot of new friends. Lucky for me there is a strong Connecticut contingent here so I had fun hanging out with them for long stretches at a time which I don’t get to do that much, but I also talked to people from Texas, Austria, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Washington, Indiana, North Carolina, Maine, and many many more.

Yesterday Carla and I spent a bit too much time poolside so when I get the photo from my friend I’ll post it…..we are a wee bit burned!

Las Vegas is a very fun place but seems a bit like an alternative universe sometimes – you lose track of what day and time it is frequently 🙂 It will be nice to get back to normal life in New England and I can’t wait to see Jeff and the pooch! Hope everyone has a great easter!

xo

Beatrice – 1 Week Old

Before leaving for Vegas I got to stop by and meet Beatrice who was one week old the day of my visit. This little one was SO well behaved and hardly made a peep throughout the whole session. She fell asleep for a little while at the end but I think she liked the sound of the camera – she kept looking straight at me!

Enjoy these next few days and weeks – they will fly by!

In love with her Mom.

Tummy time!

Baby froggie 🙂

There is little in the world cuter than baby toes

Catching some zzzz’s

Ok well maybe babies yawning are cuter 🙂

More feet!

I loved how the pink and brown blanket matched the ottoman

Good night!

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