A Day in the Life: Q+A with Lindsey Billingsley


In the latest installment of our Columbus Creatives: A Day in the Life series, we talk with Lindsey Billingsley, a Senior Digital Designer at DSW. She loves staying active whether it's rock climbing, running or playing ultimate frisbee! 

Hello! I’m Lindsey Billingsley and I’m currently a Senior Digital Designer at DSW but have worked at various agencies in the past. I live in Grandview, but I’m hoping to buy a house in Clintonville in the next year or so.


I’m a big advocator for breakfast! I make sure to eat a solid breakfast every morning, usually including some homemade bread. On the weekends I love to venture to Knotty Pine for breakfast, but Big Mama’s breakfast burritos are my heart and soul. I can’t focus if I’m hungry so breakfast is a must. I’m the resident coffee hater in my office but I still love caffeine. Once I’m in the office I always crack open a Diet Coke before starting to sift through the unavoidable bulk of emails. Once I’m through those I always make a to-do list for the day (I love having a do-list). 



I generally try to pack my lunch but sometimes I’ll grab a Mediterranean chicken wrap from my office cafeteria. I like to pack lunches with lots of protein and healthy fats to keep me full longer. I usually hit my stride in the afternoon and can accomplish a lot right after lunch.  



Evenings are different every night for me. I’m involved in a lot of sports and every night I can be found either playing ultimate frisbee (my first love), soccer, running, rock climbing at Vertical Adventures or working out at OrangeTheory Fitness. I love spending my free time designing jersey’s for my teams and helping Columbus Ultimate Disc Association organize their leagues as their Social Media Coordinator. I usually have at least once freelance project going on and sometimes even paint pet portraits on the side. I try to make dinners too but I more often have dinner out with friends. I’m addicted to Bibibop, Big Mama’s Burritos, and Yats. Eventually, I crawl into bed to dream until I do it all over again! 

The 5 Stages of Grief When Losing a Job

By Catherine Lang-Cline

At one time or another, everyone has the unfortunate opportunity of dealing with the 5 stages of grief. Typically this is connected to death, but it can really be applied to just about all kinds of loss. That includes the loss of a job. These are the 5 stages of grief applied to losing a job and how you can get past each one and get back on track with your career. I know all of these to be true because they have happened to me.

Denial - You have just left your boss’s office or the HR Director’s office and you absolutely cannot believe what just happened. You are stunned. You can’t comprehend that you are now standing at your desk and putting all of your office possessions in a box. You are asking yourself “why did I bring to much to work?” You are packing photos with the disbelief that you will have to tell these people you don’t have a job. “What just happened again? I didn’t just get asked to leave. This must be some mistake.” This is no mistake and you did just get fired. Regardless of how this has been decided, you are no longer employed here and you need to get out and get out fast. Your reputation is on the line and your dignity will quickly expire before you move on to...

Anger - Now you are in the parking lot. Denial may still be lingering but anger is quickly approaching because you gave 100% of yourself to this company! “I worked long hours! I gave up time with friends or family! How DARE THEY do this to me?!!” Thing is people get laid off all...of...the...time. It can be for just about any reason. It could be performance, trimming down of staff, resizing, and about 100 other reasons, but it happens. This time, it was your number that was drawn. Give yourself a moment or two to be angry but I will tell you that anger is not going to help you. Anger can turn into a prison. Don’t let this get to you because the longer you are angry they longer they have control of you. Don’t give them that! You stay in control by keeping cool. Still angry? Take a run, workout, go talk to someone that really cares about you to help sort out your thoughts. Want to bad-mouth your former employer? Trust me, you only look bad doing it. 

Bargaining - The last thing you want to do is call your former employer and try to strike up a bargain of some kind. “Hey, I am sure that was a mistake or if you bring me back I’ll do better. I’ll work for less!” Don’t be that person. If the situation has come to a point where HR has been called, paperwork has been filled out, and you have been asked to clean out your desk, chances are that this has been in the works for a while and there is no going back. Fun fact, keep moving forward and you won’t want to go back.

Depression - It is very normal to get a little depressed about this situation. For now, your identity seems to have been stripped, you have to file for unemployment, and let’s face it, that was a bit humiliating. Again remember that everyone has experienced this once in their lives. If this is your first time. Yeah, it hurts. If you have never been let go, you are either lucky or your turn is still coming. Give yourself the chance to feel a little depressed by this. Just a little. It is your right, but don’t let it consume you. If you find yourself binge-watching shows for more than 3 days in a row fine, but day 4 put on some real pants and get off the couch and get to….

Acceptance - This may take a day, a week, or a month. That time frame can probably be linked to how long that you have been at a company. Regardless of the time it takes, welcome to Acceptance, you made it. You can now plot your comeback! If you find that the road to get here was a challenge, let me clue you in on some shortcuts. 

  1. Really understand that people get fired every day.

  2. Understand that the company you left was probably not the best job for you and it was not the only job in the world.

  3. Take everything that you learned from that former company and update your resume, your LinkedIn and really plan your next role. Stay busy and get a plan together. At least for a while, your job is to get a job.

  4. When updating everything, really re-evaluate your skill set, your job title, everything based on everything you learned at your former employer. Where can you take those skills now? Who would pay you more for this? You might just be giving yourself a big promotion soon!

  5. Get out and get back with people in your industry. Connect with all of the people that understand your expertise. Connect with a recruiter. Ask everyone if they know who is hiring. Let them give you a little pep-talk as to how awesome you really are. People really do love to help. You don’t have to get into the circumstances just say, “Things changed at “X Company” and I am no longer there. I am seeing this as an opportunity to advance so if you hear of anything...”

Like I said, 3 days on the couch but then get back out there and get plugged back in. The most successful people have been fired or face-planted or failed at least once. Almost always when a person gets “kicked out of the nest” it was for their own good and it forced them to fly. Accept this “new and improved you” and soar.

Will New Tax Laws Mean More Independent Contractors? It Depends.

By Kristen Harris

Recent changes to US tax law have started a whole new round of conversation about independent contractors. The line of thought is that some of the provisions will cause many more people to leave their jobs and work independently. Is that true? Maybe. Like most things, it depends. 

First of all, let’s be totally clear...I am not an attorney, accountant, or tax law expert of any sort. This is purely my opinion and reaction to recent conversations and articles.

Now, back to the topic. Will these changes to the tax law create a whole new wave of independent contractors? While some provisions may seem to encourage it this trend is already happening, and I believe it will continue with or without government involvement.

When the Affordable Care Act was first proposed there was a similar level of conversation about how it would push many more people into being independent contractors. The theory was, if people had access to healthcare on their own, they would be much more likely to work for themselves instead of an employer.

The conversation around these tax changes is similar. One provision allows sole proprietors (in most industries) to deduct 20 percent of annual revenue from their taxable income. Some people believe these tax savings will entice employees to go out on their own. 

And, for some people, it might. For a certain person saving on taxes could be the tipping point, the last little thing that encourages them to start something on their own instead of being an employee. But, just like the ACA healthcare issue, I believe that someone who makes that choice was already considering it anyway. 

Rather than forcing people to become independent contractors, these tax law changes are just removing one more barrier that may have prevented someone from making that choice. I don’t believe it’s suddenly creating a flood of people starting their own independent businesses who never considered that option before. Starting and building a business is hard, it has to be something you actually want to do. And there are still other tax considerations, like tracking expenses and being responsible for both the employer and employee portion of the federal payroll tax. 

There has been a consistent shift to people working independently for years and that trend is likely to continue. Three key factors are driving this shift–employer choice, employee preference, and access to information–and they’re not going away.

Companies are evolving the way they build their workforce, and most use some percentage of non-employees (independent contractors, contract workers, SOW firms, etc) allowing them the flexibility to manage work in the way that is best for their business. On the other side, some people prefer to work independently for a variety of reasons–the ability to work on a variety of projects, flexibility in schedule and location, work/life balance, family considerations, or the ability to build a lasting business–just to name a few. The catalyst that has helped bring the employer and employee sides together is access to information. Many people can work anywhere, anytime.

Even jobs that involve some level of physical work or presence may have the ability to be independent due to information access (ride-share drivers, for example).

So, while the changes in tax law may make it easier or slightly more attractive to be an independent contractor, might encourage someone to go ahead and take that leap, I believe the trend towards more independent work will continue with or without government involvement. The more access we have to information, the more possible it is to have and be an independent worker. My two cents (earned independently).

Personalizing Hiring Processes

By Brad Middleton

If you've searched for a job in the past decade you know the drill. You hop online, do some keyword searches on a number of websites, and start applying for roles you find attractive. Next comes the part that the job seeker really loves - waiting. I like to call it proactive waiting. Each day that goes by includes refreshing your email (to make sure you don’t miss a note from one of the lucky companies with which you shared your information.) You check your phone repeatedly (just you don’t miss an important call.) You start to stalk people at the companies that you think could be involved in choosing your resume. And you think of all of the reasons why they should call you - and why they potentially are not.

Doesn’t seem like the best use of time or energy, does it? When you look at this scenario, at least from the perspective of someone who deals with the hiring process daily, it is not ideal. It's far from personalized and is the complete opposite of what we would experience as a customer of these companies. There is one big difference though. Companies want to attract as many potential customers as possible. Companies want to attract the one perfect candidate for that specific job at that specific time. But what happens to everyone else? What do today’s job seekers feel about how companies are treating everyone but the perfect fit?

The American Staffing Association conducted a Workforce Monitor survey of more than 2,100 Adult job seekers using the Harris Poll online. According to their research, 69% believe the job search today is too impersonal while 8 in 10 candidates say that applying for a job feels like sending their resumes and applications into a black hole.  

If you have looked for a job recently this probably is not a surprise. It also would not surprise you to know that 83% of people polled think the very technology that is limiting the personalization is also making finding a job easier. I would agree that the access to finding openings with technology is easier but not necessarily landing an interview or the job.

Companies are taking steps to improve the personal nature of their hiring. A lot of this is going to be done digitally.  The companies that have adopted the “Candidates are Customers” approach are ahead of the game. Taking the time to reach out either via highly-customized automated messages or by phone will be half the battle. But candidates can also help improve this issue.

Unfortunately, the sheer number of people applying for roles makes it very difficult to personally respond to each and every applicant.  These personalized, automated tools help some, but someone needs to manage the who and when with these tools. Getting a nice rejection email from a company you applied to 6 months ago does more harm than good. My advice is to be very selective in what you apply to. The days of attracting a potential employer by your aptitude and “quick learner” persona are gone. If you are not at least 80% of a fit to their requirements you probably shouldn’t apply.  That shouldn’t stop you from inquiring about the role in other ways (networking, LinkedIn) but the very system you are using to apply is built to disqualify you. Unfortunately, if you are not remotely close to what the company is looking for you are not considered a true candidate and probably will get nothing but the above-mentioned rejection note.

How does all of this improve? Setting candidate expectations right at the beginning can help. Telling folks that they will only hear back if they fit a certain amount of the requirements is a start. A timely, personalized response via email is even better.  The area that companies can really improve their personalized approach is after the candidate has human contact. If a candidate takes the time to talk live with a company’s recruiter or hiring manager it is basic common courtesy to inform the candidate that they are not moving forward and why. This is a huge area of concern and we as recruiting professionals need to do better. 

A Day in the Life: Q+A with Shane McCleery


In the latest installment of our Columbus Creatives: A Day in the Life series, we talk with Shane McCleery, a Senior UX Consultant at Cardinal Solutions. When he's not in front of a computer, Shane enjoys playing video games and spending time with his girlfriend, and his dog, Typo! 

Hey there, Shane here. I’m a multidisciplinary designer in Columbus, Ohio. Fancy word meaning if it has needed to be designed I’ve done it.

I’m a Senior UX Consultant at Cardinal Solutions. I’m a loving dog Dad, retired line cook, and caring future husband, Husker in the land of Buckeyes (GO BIG RED), awesome uncle, favorite son, avid gamer (both tabletop and console). I think it helps in the problem-solving situations UX is constantly being put up against. I’m currently living in Minerva Park, but have jumped around town, everywhere from New Albany, to South Clintonville, to Old East.


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A typical morning for me is fighting the urge to go back to sleep because I have the comfiest heating source of a dog that needs to be cuddled at all time, Typo the bullypit. After I grab a cuppa coffee and take out the little brindle boy, it's checking the calendar, browsing dribbble, designer news and other inspirational sites to get me psyched for the day while listening to whatever new All Girl Korean Math Rock exists, cranked to 11. If I have time, I’ll be making some ‘Toads in a Basket’ for me and the pre-wife, but that’s usually reserved for the weekend.


After a filling lunch from Chipotle or anything that North Market has to offer, it’s time for some self-reflection. I always like to take 20 or so minutes out of the day, away from screens and do some personal thinking about how the day/week/month/year is going and if I believe I am happy with what I am doing, and if not, what I can do to change that. I should probably pay more attention to these thoughts, but it’s more of a free thought writing exercise, but without the pen and paper, and more of mental gymnastics.After attending to matters at hand and trying to meet deadlines and a couple meetings later, it’s time that I lay the hammer down on some colleagues with a game or two of Mario Kart. In the immortal words of Mario’s best rival “IMA WARIO, IMA GONNA WIN”

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Driving home, listening to 99% Invisible or Your Mom’s House podcasts, all I can think about it how happy Typo, my dog, will be to see me. Nothing beats the feeling of a companion who is always happy to see you no matter what.

I’ll feed Typo and then he usually brings me his after-dinner toy, affectionately referred to as “The Pickle” which I stuff with peanut butter and treats while we wind down and I put on the comfies (shorts and a hoodie.) After catching up with the love of my life, Bekah, and binging whatever shows we need to catch up on-- Last Man on Earth, Parks and Rec (for the 7000th time), Game of Thrones, Westworld just to name a few.

You’ll always be able to catch me on Xbox Live wrecking scrubs on Overwatch, killing massive beasts on Monster Hunter World, or flying off the ceiling in a ballistic missile on wheels trying to pull off impossible trick shots and being salty while spamming What a save! On Rocket League.

When it’s time for bed, we put on the best show ever made, Star Trek Next Gen and drift off to sleep to the voice of the most perfect human in the world Cpt. Jean-Luc Picard. As I think about the next days to come, I keep Picard as a mantle of positivity and as my moral compass, and when I need to get something done, I’ll always finish a thought that needs action with a quick fix of my shirt, a point of a finger and an exclamation of “Engage!”

Viva Nica! The Power of Peer Groups and Getting Away

By Kristen Harris

My entrepreneur peer group took a trip to Nicaragua last week.

This one sentence and trip touch on three things I believe to be important in my life: time away (a trip), new experiences (to Nicaragua) and finding a tribe (my peer group).

Time Away

Today information is always available in the cloud and on our devices. We have the ability to work 24/7/365, but should we? I say no, and there’s evidence to back me up.

Over the past few years, there have been several studies and articles in publications like Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Inc Magazine touting the benefits of taking time away from work. Stepping away from work, taking a break, and going on vacation all have been shown to improve both the quality and quantity of work done when we are back.

Taking time out of the office allows me to gain clarity, changes my perspective, helps me see the bigger picture, and leaves me refreshed mentally and physically. Taking a trip is great, but I also try to enjoy the weekends, take a short walk during the day and step away from my desk for a few minutes during the workday. Even small breaks can have a big impact.

New Experiences

A lot of the work we do today is not physical labor, it’s mental labor. We have to figure out issues, solve problems, build relationships, research information and develop new concepts, then we might physically build something (or not). There is a lot of thinking done every day where we’re drawing upon prior knowledge and experiences.

Having a broader range of experiences gives me a deeper well to draw from. New experiences add more data, ideas, visuals, thoughts, and perspectives to my mental database.

New experiences also allow me to get out of my “bubble”. When I do the same things, talk to the same people and go the same places, my ideas tend to stay the same as well. When I do something new my potential ideas and solutions are expanded as well. In Nicaragua, I surfed (not well) and saw an awe-inspiring active volcano, two completely new experiences.

Finding a Tribe

While it’s good to expand horizons it’s also important to find your peer group, your tribe.

Humans are social and tribal. We connect with others where we have something in common and seek support from those who understand us. This can be done formally or informally through family, business groups, social clubs, neighbors and special interest organizations.

Like most people, I have different tribes related to different parts of my job and life. I’m a member of formal peer groups, like the one that took this trip, and informal groups that share a common connection, like all the dog-owners who live on my street.

These groups allow me to share issues and challenges with people who understand what I’m going through. They may have had the same experience, can share an idea or solution for me, or just be supportive as I figure it out. And, because we usually share one interest but are different in other ways, I find that I often become friends with people I would never have met otherwise.

Together all three of these things–time away, new experiences and finding a tribe–help to expand my perspective and enhance my work. Who knows what new idea that active volcano might inspire!


A Day in the Life: Q+A with Haley Boehning

In the latest installment of our Columbus Creatives: A Day in the Life series, we talk with Haley Boehning, the Co-Founder of Storyforge. In her spare time, Haley keeps busy with all of the events Columbus as to offer. She's a great example of all the creatives in Columbus who work hard + play hard! 

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 I’m a transplanted New Yorker who moved to Columbus in 1997 thinking I’d stay for a few years … but fell in love with Columbus and the Short North specifically. I was fortunate to make my home in such an open, vibrant and creative neighborhood just as the rest of the city discovered that walkable, dense urban living was the way to go. It’s been fun watching the neighborhood, and our city, evolve. I came to Columbus to work for L Brands, and after 16 years left the corporate world and co-founded Storyforge, a purpose agency that works with businesses to forge meaningful stories so they can have a greater impact and build a brand that matters. I can’t imagine a better, more supportive community to start a business in, especially one as ambitious – and specialized – as ours. 

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I wake in the morning to NPR and before breakfast roll out my yoga mat to practice or head to Yoga on High for a class. I walked into the Yoga on High studio last year knowing next to nothing about yoga – and having a life-long aversion to gyms and “working out” in general – and found that I absolutely loved it. It’s a supportive and open environment, combines the mental and physical in one experience … and is a five-minute walk from my house so I have no excuse. On the way back, I sometimes stop at Mission Coffee for a decaffeinated pour-over or a chai to reward myself or have a partner meeting with my co-founder Barry Chandler (who also lives nearby.)



We’ve recently moved Storyforge offices to the Columbus Idea Foundry, a wonderful community of like-minded people with a passion for making things, and doing things, that matter. It also works perfectly for our unpredictable schedules and the way we like to work. I try to block my Wednesday lunchtime for the Columbus Metropolitan Club forums to connect with new people and ideas. After lunch you might find me back at the Idea Foundry facilitating an off-site strategy session for a client in the classroom, coaching a leader over coffee downstairs at Stauff’s or finding a quiet corner to review research, meet with my Storyforge teammates and write. 


The weekly calendar of events in Columbus – music, art openings, performing arts, lectures and talks, culinary events, etc. – is remarkable. There are never enough evenings to fit it all in! I always try to make time for two purpose-driven organizations I am passionate about. I am vice chair of the board for Conscious Capitalism Columbus, the newest chapter of an international movement to advance the crazy idea that business can, and should, be a force for good in the world; and I’m a proud founding member of The Matriots, Ohio’s first nonpartisan political action committee dedicated to electing more women to public office who will promote a healthy economy in which women can thrive and prosper (and have equal opportunities and rights!).


Networking Ninja: How Introverts Can Get the Most Out of Any Event

By Kristen Harris

Some people love networking. They really like meeting new people, chatting in the grocery line, making friends on the airplane. When they walk into a room full of strangers they just see potential future friends. These people extroverts and they are not me.

I like people, I really do. But I want to have the chance to get to know them, to understand who they are, what they think and where they’re coming from. I’m an introvert but I’m not anti-social. I just need to apply a few tactics that make networking work for me.

These are my top tips for how introverts can get the most out of any event or networking opportunity.

  1. Just Go. To get something out of an event you have to attend. I know it seems obvious, but this is actually a challenge for me. Something sounds interesting, I sign up, I plan to go...then the day comes and the idea of attending sounds exhausting. To overcome this I simply make myself go, and I never regret it. Once I’m there I have a great time, it’s usually way more fun than I expected, and I’m so happy I attended. Don’t second-guess yourself, just go.

  2. Arrive Early. This seems counterintuitive, but it’s better to arrive early to an event. You may think it’s better to arrive later and quietly slip in, but it never works that way. When you arrive later people have broken into groups and are engaged in conversations. Now you have to try to join an ongoing conversation or feel like you’re interrupting. I hate that! When you arrive early it’s easy to start chatting with the few other people who are there and keep adding people to your group as they arrive. Plus you’ll get to meet the leaders of the event or organization which leads to…

  3. Get Involved. I get involved with organizations I like and events I want to attend. It’s much easier for me to meet people one-on-one or in small groups, and I like having something to do. When I have a responsibility or am volunteering on behalf of the organization, part of my job is to greet people and engage others in conversation. It’s also a great way to meet people who are well-connected...

  4. Meet the Influencers. There are influencers in any group or organization. Identify one or two people you’d like to know and make a point of meeting them. It’s much less stressful to focus on a few particular people rather than feeling as if I have to make friends with the whole room before I leave.

  5. Follow Up. If you truly enjoy getting to know people like I do, follow up after the event. Reach out to someone that you chatted with to continue the conversation. Send them an article or connect them with someone else they should know. Networking might happen at an event but real relationships are built over time.

For more tips on networking for introverts, check out our article Networking for Introverts: 10 Tips to Survive and Thrive at Events.

Local Love: Ten Reasons We Support Local Businesses

By Kristen Harris 

Portfolio Creative is a local business that strongly believes in supporting other local businesses. Why? Because the owners and employees of local businesses are our neighbors. Whether they literally live next door or in a community across town, we all contribute to and support the same community.

Here are our top ten reasons to show local businesses some love:

  1. Community Support. As members of the community, we support local causes that matter to us, our employees and our clients. Other local businesses do the same because we all have a direct connection to the community. We live here and want to contribute whatever we can–time, talent or treasure–to make it a better place.

  2. Hire Local. Most local businesses also hire locally, creating more opportunities for people who live in our community. As companies grow they hire more people, increase wages, provide opportunities for growth or advancement and attract people to our city. Supporting local business also supports our local workforce.

  3. Money Stays Here. When you spend money with a local business, more of that money stays in the community. Whether it’s $68 vs $43 of $100, or 48% vs 14% of each purchase, when you spend money with a local business instead of a chain store, more of it stays here and that’s a good thing.

  4. Relationships. When a business is local you have the opportunity to meet the humans behind the company. By interacting with the real people who work there every day you can build true relationships, find common interests, and support causes you both care about (see #1).

  5. Environmental Benefits. Buying locally can mean less transit and waste. Fewer miles driven and less packaging required are both good for the environment, creating less waste and unnecessary expense.

  6. Shared Resources. When businesses are located within a community they have the opportunity to share resources. Instead of each having a separate facility several businesses can share a warehouse space, or multiple food businesses can share a commercial kitchen. Sharing resources can help local businesses grow without taking on a high level of expense or debt.

  7. Taxes Stay Local. Local businesses pay local taxes. No one loves paying taxes but that is how we fund initiatives within our city, county, and state. Local taxes are directed toward needs specific to our area and help make our community better for all.

  8. Stay Interesting. With their own unique character and diversity, local businesses keep our community interesting. Based on the number of ‘Top Cities’ and ‘Best Communities’ lists Columbus has been on lately, clearly people outside of our city are noticing!

  9. Support Each Other. When local businesses grow, the whole community grows. Local businesses tend to support each other. A rising tide lifts all ships–when we do well the whole community does well. We believe in this and support local business whenever we can.

  10. Physical Presence. Local businesses are usually physical and tangible. You can drive by and see their shop, office or location so stop by your favorite local business and show them some love!

A Day in the Life: Q+A with Lauren Adams

In the latest installment of our Columbus Creatives: A Day in the Life series, we talk with Lauren Adams, a graphic designer at La Senza. In her spare time Lauren enjoys lettering, and traveling to new places with her husband.


Hello, Columbus! My name is Lauren Adams. I am a graphic designer who was born and raised in the cornfields and quiet towns of northwest Ohio. Country girl turned city savvy, I now reside and work here. After graduating from design school in 2015, I spent a year as an in-house designer for a small, local business in Columbus (shout out to The Candle Lab)! After that, I did a brief freelancing stint for about a year. Now I’m back on the 9 to 5 with a full-time gig as a digital designer, but I still freelance on the side.

In my spare time, which I find even less of these days, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, traveling with my husband, snacking, and lettering. 



My mornings are really nothing to get all excited about. They usually start with me hitting the snooze button too many times, to the point where I wake up in a panic that I’m going to be late to work. What can I say? I like my sleep! Once I’m out of bed and ready, I‘ll make a pot of coffee for the commute into work. My husband and I only have one car (I know, that’s such a millennial thing to do), but it’s really cost effective and works for us, so why not? I drop him off at his job at treetree agency and then head out to the L Brands campus on Morse Road, where I currently work as a digital designer for La Senza

On the rare mornings, I actually get out of bed at an earlier hour, I’ll skip making my coffee myself and head to nearby Pistacia Vera or Fox in the Snow for my morning brew and a sweet treat. Those are the best mornings, and in my opinion, the way every day should be started!


In the afternoon, you can find me having a late lunch, jamming out to Spotify, and editing photos or creating other digital assets for La Senza. Snacks usually happen in the afternoon too. Lately, my go-to’s have been pretzel thins or Girl Scout Cookies!



After I’ve finished my day at work, I head out to pick up my husband again. From there we either head home to make dinner or, more often than not, hit up a happy hour with one of our friends. I would list our favorite locations, but we are pretty adventurous and like to try places we’ve never been before. It’s always somewhere new and different with us! From there, I spend the rest of the evening working on freelance work, practicing lettering on my iPad Pro, and tending to my houseplant collection. This is pretty much my everyday weekday routine. 

On weekends you’ll often find me anywhere except Columbus. My husband and I LOVE to travel. Whether it’s going to new cities, new countries, or even just back home to visit family, if we have free time, that’s what we do! It’s a busy and crazy life, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!