10 Things I’ve Learned From Working in an Ad Agency

Everyone says time flies as you get older and I’m finally starting to realize it. No matter how much you enjoy each day and make the most of it, there is never enough time. I honestly can’t believe it. One year ago I was fresh out of college and ready to start my first job at the only agency I wanted to be at.

This means today is my one year anniversary at LEAP. In my opinion, agency life might possibly be the only way of living. I work in a kickass agency with crazy talented people and I’m kind of addicted to my job.

Just to give you a little history, I started at LEAP as an intern in Feb 2013. After being very persistent to get hired, I was brought on full time right after graduation. Since then I’ve taken on all of our social media clients, email marketing, PR, some light SEO work, and a lot of blogging. I thrive through my work and absolutely love what I do.

With that being said, I want to share some things with you that I’ve learned over the past year:

1.) It’s next to impossible to actually work 9-5. It’s more like 8-6.

2.) Your coworkers are more than just coworkers. They very quickly become some of your best friends. Or as we like to say, “real world friends”

3.) You literally learn something new everyday. And by new, I mean, “mind-blowing new”.

4.) It’s totally acceptable to drink at work. I’m a fan.

5.) 96% of the agency will be wearing jeans and a t-shirt everyday. (This was a huge shock for me.)

6.) You’ll see a lot of people come and go. This is a good thing though. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many talented people in the past year because of all of the change and movement.

7.) It’s very easy to go out to lunch everyday and forget that it’s not healthy. Beware.

8.) Be prepared for spur-of-the-moment projects and meetings. You never know when a new task or meeting invite will pop up.

9.) Also be prepared for people to be late for meetings. Agencies run on a different kind of clock.

10.) Lastly, you better love where you work and who you work with. After all, you’re going to spend the majority of your time at this place, with these people.

My advice… open your mind, share your ideas, and enjoy the ride.



Paleo Chicken & Spinach Red Curry Recipe


Today was a very busy day.

Actually, this week has been very busy. Things probably won’t slow down until, you know, winter… haha! I’m okay with staying busy though. Between work, my commute back and forth to the office, Whole30’ing, and maintaining a personal life it’s hard not to stay busy.

If you aren’t following me on Instagram then you missed the picture I posted a few hours ago. I love making red curry variations. They are easy, quick, and very tasty. I usually put chicken + squash or pineapple or red bell peppers in my curry. Tonight I’m bragging about a new version I made. I chose chicken and spinach 1.) because I always have spinach 2.) because I can eat anything in coconut milk and curry paste. This recipe is super simple and only takes about 15 minutes to make. Please note: I shamelessly ate the entire bowl. I probably could’ve saved half for lunch tomorrow, but whatevs!

P.s. You can also try my Thai pineapple chicken curry recipe. It’s delish!

What you need:

  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • Your fav red curry paste
  • Chicken
  • Spinach
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and  garam masala (optional)

How to:

  • On medium heat, in a skillet, warm up the coconut milk and curry paste
  • Stir until combined
  • Once it starts to boil, add the chicken and spinach
  • Cook for about 10 minutes (or until your chicken is fully cooked. I cut my chicken into pretty small pieces so it cooks faster.)
  • Eat!



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I’m Doing Whole30 #3

keep-calm-fb-cover-660x244 You’re not crazy, but maybe I am.

I know I  just finished my second Whole30 in February but it’s never too soon to get back to it. Yesterday was day 1 of my third Whole30 and I’m very excited about my spontaneous decision to start again. Through my previous experiences I learned new things about myself and made huge strides toward my goals. Well, Derby week just happened (no excuse) and I’ve been going out a lot and socializing (re: drinking, a lot.) My only solution for “excessive fun” is Whole30.

After totally dominating two Whole30’s without any slip-ups or cheating, this one will definitely be fun. I don’t feel pressure to meal plan or adjust my social life in order to be successful. I’m just doing it. And, since I have a good hold on how to stick to Whole30, I’m really going to focus on setting and achieving meaningful goals for the next 30 days that will carry over into my everyday life.

I’m going to focus more on recipe development, blogging, and allowing more time for self-exploration. I need to cleanse my life of unnecessary things and get a little more organized. I will be trying out some new workouts, which means I might finally try CrossFit *gasp!*. I’m going to be challenging myself and pushing my self-control to its limits over the next 30 days in order become a better me. And of course, per many inquiries and questions, I plan to educate you all on my view of healthy living and how I do it.

Until then, follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see what I’m doing and eating.



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