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May 23, 2012

Hi, I’m Leah of Leah’s Thoughts. Remember me? I used to blog several times a week?

Needless to say life’s been a bit crazy since I left my job and started my own venture. I miss writing my steady blog posts and conversing with all of you on a regular basis. This is probably the least structured post I’ve written. But I wanted to give you a few updates as to what I’ve been doing (since I’m clearly not blogging as much). I hope you’ll hang in as I figure out my new rhythm.

What has Leah been doing? 

WORKING and WORKING MORE. I am busier now as an entrepreneur than I ever was when I had a full-time day job. My day consists of taking Sophie to preschool, which I love because I can actually bring her to school instead of morning care. Then I’m either at home working, at my co-working space working, meeting clients, attending events to meet prospective clients, or at training events. I then pick Sophie up from school, fix dinner, and have family time. I then put Sophie to bed and work more hours until about midnight. It’s crazy. But I love it.

Learning and building my new website! I took an amazing four-day workshop where I learned how to create my own self-hosted WordPress website. I am now a huge proponent of and self-hosting.What do you think of my new business website? HUGE shout-out to my amazing graphic designer and friend, Courtney, for creating my slider images.

Reading. When I’m not working, I am reading books. Right now, I’m obsessed with finishing Room by Emma Donoghue. I cannot put it down! I read half of it in the car the other day (not while driving, mind you). Check out Bookshelf for what else I’ve read lately. I also read your blogs, but I save them up and read them over the weekend. It’s my weekend treat.

Spending time with Sophie. Sophie has ten days of preschool left until summer break. So we’ve had lots of school activities the last few weeks and the next few weeks ahead. Last weekend we had a beautiful San Diego May weekend. Sophie and I had a “chill out” day at home. We (translation: I) blew up an inflatable pool and she swam in the backyard. We had lunch outside and enjoyed the simple things in life with my crazy pets keeping us company. There’s just something about reading in the backyard with content animals around that makes me happy. By the way, here’s how the inflatable conversation went:

ME: Blowing up this inflatable pool is going to be a lot of work and take a while.

SOPHIE: Well, it’s a good thing you have a snack.

Honing my writing skills. I was chosen as a writer for the Millionaire Girls Movement. Here’s my first post that was published last week, entitled Money Does Not Grow on Trees But of Childhood Roots. It may sound familiar to some of you long-time readers. I was also fortunate to participate in the OpEd Project, which seeks to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the media.

What have I NOT been doing?

Not blogging as much. Not reading any magazines. Not watching TV (with the exception of the House finale). Not cooking as much (shocker, I know!). Not exercising, yet not eating as much either. Not wearing make-up. Not spending as much on gas money. … Not too bad!

Thank you, my loyal readers and friends, for hanging in with me. I promise to be back with more regular posts, recipes, photos and thoughts when I get my groove together. Until then, I hope you keep reading and know that I am still reading your blogs too!

Here’s something I did recently: Met THE Jack of Jack in the Box restaurants as part of a client’s special event.

 Here’s a picture I took of a windmill … because it looked calm and peaceful.
36 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2012 2:03 am

    I’m exhausted just reading this. Congratulations, Leah.

  2. May 23, 2012 3:34 am

    This is a wonderful post! I love reading all about what you’re doing, and I am especially JEALOUS of the wordpress workshop — I really need to do something similar because I want to make the switch, too! Would love a blog post about some tips, etc. I’ve had a similar month, too — lots of this and that, busy stuff, but mostly family (virtually NO writing), so I know what you mean!

    • May 28, 2012 11:02 pm

      After reading your recent post, I realized I was in the same boat in terms of writing. Glad I’m not the only one! Great idea about a WordPress blog post. I’ll work on that soon.

  3. May 23, 2012 4:03 am

    Congrats on the new work and website! Glad it’s all working out so well.
    I saw the posts on FB so haven’t missed your writing! Love the pool conversation, such wisdom. Have a great summer!

    • May 28, 2012 11:02 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! Looking forward to writing something for your anthology too.

  4. May 23, 2012 4:08 am

    The business website is AMAZING, Leah. I love it. Great job!
    Life sounds totally on track and wonderful for you these days. Kudos for being so brave and just going for it. 🙂

    • May 28, 2012 11:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! It’s tough, but it’s great too.

  5. May 23, 2012 5:27 am

    Love your business website — really well done! Kudos. I have also not been blogging as much, it comes in waves. Life just gets in the way, doesn’t it? It sounds like you are on quite an adventure, but I can imagine one that is much more satisfying when it is for YOU. My husband owned his own business for along time and said there was nothing more gratifying and motivating than doing it for yourself. Good luck and blog when you can, we love it!

    • May 28, 2012 11:03 pm

      Life DOES get in the way! But I’m so glad you like reading it! Readers like you really help me keep going too.

  6. May 23, 2012 5:55 am

    I haven’t been blogging much, either, but I haven’t been busy like you. I have no excuse. 🙂 Still, I’ve found that when I do post, my online friends are still out there. I’m sure yours will be, too.

    Your business website looks so clean and fresh. Lovely! I’m with Julia… I’d love to learn some tips and tricks for

    • May 28, 2012 11:04 pm

      Thanks, Shary. I’ll put together a WordPress “how to” post for you all shortly. Thanks for the encouragement.

  7. May 23, 2012 6:55 am

    Leah, your website looks great! I’m so happy for you and what a blessing to be so busy with your new business! I look forward to your posts however frequently or not-so-frequently they come about. I enjoy reading about the new adventure! And I also got consumed by Room. It’s so hard to be busy when all you want to do is read!

    • May 28, 2012 11:05 pm

      Thanks, Caryn! And while I was reading Room, I didn’t even want to work. Just read that book. It was riveting!

  8. Lorena permalink
    May 23, 2012 8:25 am

    I LOVE your website, Leah! Courtney did a great job (as always).

    As far as blogging goes, I always like to think “no news is good news” and that you were happily busy being your own boss. Glad to see my optimistic assumptions were correct!

    • May 28, 2012 11:06 pm

      Thanks, Lorena! I like your assumption and will have to remember that. Hope you are well. Miss you!

  9. May 23, 2012 10:57 am

    ..”It’s a good thing you have a snack!” 🙂 Can it get much better than this?

  10. May 23, 2012 12:01 pm

    Leah!! I have been wondering about your whereabouts. Glad to hear you’re busy with good stuff. I checked out the new site and it’s fantastic. Really–I see tons of sites and it’s GREAT. I sort of dream about leaving but it’s so dang easy here.

    Good luck with all the start up stuff. That takes tons of energy and I’m so impressed with you. We’re still here for you whenever you post!

    • May 28, 2012 11:06 pm

      Thanks, Nina! Hope I didn’t worry you while I was AWOL. I’m lucky to have such supporters like you.

  11. May 23, 2012 2:19 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so pleased that things are going so well. I’m especially glad that you and Sophie are getting to be together more.

    I really like your new website. You’ve put alot of work into it. It looks professional and welcoming. is awesome. I had a blog for years, but I had to let it go. I was thankful that they had and I could continue blogging with the great support and blog engine that I’m familiar with.

    Wishing you & Sophie a fun filled Summer.

    • May 28, 2012 11:07 pm

      Thanks so much! I have nothing against either. It’s super easy and it’s gotten me where I am today. Can’t complain about that!

  12. May 23, 2012 8:44 pm

    Wowie! Love the business page – it looks fantastic and it’s easy to navigate, and it’s impressive! Wishing you lots and lots of success in your endeavors! Yay!

  13. May 24, 2012 1:41 am

    Wow, you are one busy lady Leah! Good for you for working hard to make your dreams come true, I applaud your positive attitude and rockin’ schedule!

    • May 28, 2012 11:08 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! It’s rockin’ all right. I just need to keep up with it!

  14. May 24, 2012 7:19 am

    You sound happy and busy and excited. I feel happy and excited for you just reading this!

    • May 28, 2012 11:08 pm

      Thanks, Colette! Miss you, though. Hope you’re well.

  15. May 24, 2012 10:27 am

    LOVE your new business website, Leah! Oh my gosh, I want to learn how to do that, too. My blog is currently my one-and-only online hub, but I’d like to eventually transfer it over to a self-hosted website, and make it more robust. Include my professional portfolio AND blog on the same site. Good for you! I’ve been very busy too, so I haven’t been as submerged in the blogging world, either. I’m happy to hear you’ve cut back for such great reasons! Enjoying watching your journey to success.


    • May 28, 2012 11:09 pm

      Thanks, Shari. Seems like many of us have been busy with other things than blogging. Which is probably a good thing, right? I will work on a post about the building. It’s not that daunting as you’d think.

  16. May 25, 2012 3:04 am

    Writing loses its purpose when it becomes an obligation. That’s how I feel. I’m glad you wrote a post, but I’m also glad you have other interesting tings to fill your day with <3

    • May 28, 2012 11:10 pm

      Thanks so much! I still enjoy writing the posts. I’m just finding that I have to give the “paying clients” first priority with my time!

  17. May 25, 2012 8:28 am

    Leah, I am so happy for you! I somehow missed your post back in March about quitting your old job and starting off on this exciting new adventure. You will not regret it. Your website looks amazing.

    Wishing you all success in your new endeavors. You are inspiring!

    • May 28, 2012 11:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Michelle. I already love it and don’t regret a thing. For as though as it can be at times, I do love it and love my freedom.

  18. May 28, 2012 9:00 am

    Hey Leah…congrats! Your new website is awesome:)

    • May 28, 2012 11:10 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! I appreciate your nice words.

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