Currently Vol. 10

Chrystina Noel Currently Vol 10

Another Monday currently post. It gives me a chance to live the entire weekend before telling you all how it went. Aren’t you excited?

Catching up with friends around the city getting tea and drinks together.

Lonely. Just feeling a little bummed out about the fact that there really aren’t that many people in my life on the day-to-day anymore. If somebody had told me that most of the friends that I had throughout the years would eventually fade away a few years ago I wouldn’t have believed them. My team isn’t in the same office. There’s very few people I see anymore where I don’t need to be “on” or planning something. Definitely something I need to work on. Hence the catching up with friends.

Signed up for the classes that I want to take at Craftcation in April. (A conference where you learn about small business and crafting.) Will anybody else be there?

Reading about wedding planning for a project I’m (considering) working on. (No, I’m not getting married.)

Traveling to Rhode Island for The Lady Project Summit. I had the chance to be on the blogging panel again this year. I met Ann Shoket. She solved my Mastermind Group problem. I heard a really awesome keynote from Lisa Jakub. She reminded me of the importance of authenticity. I also attended some really great sessions where I got two business cards from ladies I’m going to try to stay in touch with.

Visiting the parents for approximately 18 hours. This gave me time to sing with the church choir, have two meals around the table, and play the piano for an hour.

Watching 30 Rock.

Taking some very much needed PTO. Maybe I’ll be feeling back to normal by next week.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

PS. Our podcast is launching this Saturday. I’m super excited for y’all to hear it.

Currently Vol. 09

Chrystina Noel Currently Vol 09

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a wonderful week last week, weren’t too bothered by the clocks switching back, didn’t get too cold in the northeast snow, had a lovely St. Patrick’s day, and got a chance to enjoy the weekend. Here’s a little bit of what went on in my world last week –

Glad the heat started working during the snowstorm. No idea why it started working. I’m not going to ask questions right now.

Lucky to have really awesome friends who offer to cook me dinner when I tell them I’m doing the Whole30. That meal in the upper left was cooked for me by my friend Ryan and was definitely one of my favorite meals I had while doing the Whole 30.

Dancing at Philly Dance Fitness’ Cardio Pop class. This week I brought my friend Marie, and she had fun too! As an extrovert it was great to have a friend there because I feel like I process everything externally and haven’t had somebody to really talk about the class with in a long time. So that was cool.

Quitting the Whole30. Once I started to feel faint after dance class I realized this diet just wasn’t going to do it for me. I needed some kind of grain or starch to feel full, so I decided that the Whole30 was going to have to go. There’s a blog post to come later this week on my thoughts.

Played tourist in my own city. My cousin and his fiancée came to visit and we walked over 15 miles on Saturday. A lot of what we did came from my post about Planning Your Trip to Philadelphia, but they also suggested that we do the Urban Adventure Quest game for Philadelphia. It a scavenger hunt game you play through your phone – and gave me a way to see a bunch of places in the city I’ve never seen before and focus on a lot of details I’ve walked by a million times. This is definitely something I’m going to be considering doing in more cities I visit.

Working on an episode of The Gatherings Podcast. Stay tuned for the launch on April 1. Jessica and I are super excited about it. If anybody knows how to make people sound like two people are in the same room when recording over Skype, that’d be great if you can tell us.

Behind on birthday cards again. Hoping to get another round of cards out this week. March is a huge birthday month, it’s ridiculous.

Collaborating with the best group of ladies for The Blog Connect. If you’re a blogger in the Philadelphia area (or even not in the Philadelphia area) we would love to see you there.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. We’re just a few days away from spring. (or fall!) Here’s to new beginnings and constant changes. They always make things a little more interesting.

Currently Vol. 08

Chrystina Noel Currently Vol. 08

Another week has gone by. Another week of the Whole 30. Another weekend vacation in Lancaster. Another trip to New York. My life is apparently just on repeat at this point. (I could use a day off in case that was unclear. So close, I have three days off later this month.)

At least I’ve gotten to hang out with some cool people. That always make the chaos a little better.

Spending time in New York City for work, where I got to see the lovely Harper Yi, spend a lot of time at salad bars, and walk a heck of a lot of miles.

Exploring Lancaster again, this time with a few ladies for a creative retreat weekend. There will be a post coming up about that soon, it was definitely a lot of fun.

Hungry/Hangry. I now feel like I’ve been hungry for 12 days. (I’m sure y’all can’t wait for this Whole 30 recap post.)

Working on the new podcast. Can’t wait to release it to y’all. Unsurprisingly, it’s about parties. Get ready for the go-live on April 1.

Wishing my heat was fixed. And that the weather would make up its gosh forsaken mind. I’m 100% sick of cold. (Although I’m definitely not quite ready to need to start shaving my legs again.)

Jaded. I need a change in life. Life has been almost exactly the same for the past 4 years and I’m going to need something to spice it up soon or I’m going to snap.

Splurging on myself just a little bit. Last week I bought myself two pairs of Toms and another pair of Madewell jeans because my Gap ones got a rip in them after only a few months.

I wrote the whole post this weekend and then never pushed publish apparently. Oops. So this week it’s currently on a Tuesday. Happy Pi Day, y’all.

Currently Vol. 07

Currently Vol. 07

Last week started off very stressful and ended much more calmly, which was appreciated. This upcoming week will probably slap me in the face thanks to my few days of relaxation, but that’s a problem for future Chrystina, so here we are.

Finished with the big audits that we were doing at the office. There are still many more to go, but the big ones that were taking up the majority of my nights and weekends were finally finished.

Stressed out about a mentor/mentee networking event. We did an Iron Chef competition here in Philadelphia where everybody is given a team of ingredients and you have 30 minutes to cook a course, whether it is an appetizer, entree, or dessert. This is not my jam. I am just genuinely programmed wrong for it. First of all, I’m a planner. To the extreme, that is how I deal with my anxiety of cooking, I spent a lot of time planning and prepping so I know what I’m doing. I’m also an Integrator, which means that I like consensus among a group. There’s no time for consensus in Iron Chef competitions, only doing. So that was stressful. It turned out fine though, and my mentee spent a lot of time calming me down, so that was nice of her.

Loving the feeling of acting as a mentor. I’ve gotten the chance to do it a few times recently. It feels good to offer wisdom I’ve learned and some of my connections to really cool folks I’ve been meeting.

Exploring Lancaster with Ben. Every since visiting Lisa last summer in Lancaster I’ve said I wanted to take Ben back with me. It’s such an adorable city. It’s so walk-able. There are so many coffee shops. And the farm-to-table mentality is wonderful.

Surviving the Whole30. I did indeed start the Whole30 on Wednesday. (There will be a blog post at the end, don’t you worry.) Surviving might be too harsh of a verb. It’s happening. It’s eh. My mouth is a little bored. I’m always a little bit hungry. I’m a little over-anxious about messing up. But it’s happening. We’ll see how the amount of traveling I’m doing in the next few weeks interferes with this. Five days in I’m still doing okay (I think).

Looking forward to touching base with everybody next week. Enjoy!