Why I can totally relate to everyone hanging out without me

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Let me just get straight to the point. I love Mindy Kaling. Like absolutely freakin’ adore her…her wit, humor and caramel princess charm (you have to watch The Mindy Project to get that last one). And I’ve been having Mindy Project withdrawals since Fox took the show off the air. My only option now is Hulu, but my savvy rural Internet speeds don’t play nicely with streaming services like Hulu, so that’s a no go. My solution. Unfollow every Mindy Project social channel that exists. Stop having recap texts with my fellow Mindy-loving friends. And wait. Wait patiently for Season 3 to hit Amazon long after Season 3 actually concludes. Buy it, put the kids to bed early, and watch my Mindy marathon…next summer. If you haven’t already gotten on the Mindy Project bandwagon, you need to. But you first need to read her book, appropriately titled Is Everyone Hanging … Read More

Inside Lazy K Creative | The story behind my personal brand

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Inside Lazy K Creative | The story behind my personal brand | The Lazy K Creative blog

In a nutshell, branding is your identity packaged into a little visual present for the world. It’s you – your quirks, your beliefs, your expertise, your passions, your goals and your values – integrated into your biz. Your brand should be a realistic reflection of who you are as a person, and that visual message should be easy for potential clients to recognize, comprehend, and relate. It’s not complicated. And it shouldn’t be. So, curious what goes into building, or reinventing, your own brand? Let’s look inside my own business – Lazy K Creative. What’s in a name? I dreamed, and struggled, for years about what to call myself. I hated my last name – Kujawski – because really, who can say it let alone spell it. I didn’t want to go down that road. I played around with variations of my first name – Jenna – and almost settled … Read More

When my little girl grows up, she doesn’t want to be like Mommy

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When my little girl grows up, she doesn't want to be like Mommy

My daughter is only four, but she’s seriously the smartest kid ever. And I can admit that because I’m not the only person that says it. Strangers tell me she’s smart, so I know it’s true. It’s probably because I treat her like an adult. We have adult conversations every day, esp. on car rides or around the kitchen table. Like yesterday for example. K: “Mommy, let’s talk about what I can be when I grow up.” Me: “Ok. Well, you can be a teacher like Daddy. Or you can build things like sandboxes or treehouses or big tall buildings.” K: “I want to be a builder.” Me: “Or you can be like Mommy. You can be super creative and design and take photos and…” K: “I don’t want to be like you Mommy. I don’t want to work on a computer. I want to do something fun.” Me: “Well, … Read More

I’m sorry for being sorry

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I'm sorry for being sorry

You know that moment in a job interview where you’re asked, “What’s your greatest weakness?” and we all blurt out something generic like, “I’m a perfectionist.” Well, it’s only taken me 33+ years to realize it, but I honestly have a major weakness – I’m a chronic apologizer. I’ve been doing it my entire life, apologizing for getting good grades in high school, for being smart, for knowing the answer, for having self confidence, for being damn good at my job, for having a well-mannered dog, for having two adorable children, for having a beautiful home. All of it. I’ve said I was sorry for all the good things in my life before saying anything else. Well I’ve had an epiphany. I’ve realized I apologize because I don’t want others to feel bad or for them to think I gloat. But the thing is, the majority of the people that … Read More

Why investing in a creative expert always matters for your business

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Why investing in a creative expert always matters for your business

Guys, here’s the honest truth. If you want it done right, hire an expert. Period. If you just want it done (sometimes years later) hire anyone. Better yet. Don’t pay them if they aren’t an expert. You’re wasting money. As a #bossmom who helps clients build their brand presence and market themselves professionally, I’m not naive. There’s a bunch of “experts” in my field, with prices ranging from “starving to death” to “I could buy my own island.” I find myself somewhere in the middle. But, the truth is that doing the work – and doing the right work – isn’t something that a novice can do. Creative bosses, those who are truly experts at what they do, don’t just do it for the paycheck. Far from it. They do the work because they are passionate about what they can offer their clients. They are motivated by life-long learning, change … Read More

A day in the life of a #bossmom

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A day in the life of a boss mom

Or in my case, just a morning. As someone who’s still trying to figure out how to work from home and care for my child, let me be perfectly clear. It’s not easy. Being a full-time working Mom isn’t easy. Being a stay-at-home Mom isn’t easy. And trying to work from home isn’t easy either. All take sacrifices; all have their benefits and drawbacks; and all just take some time for everyone to get into a groove. And I’m still trying to find mine. My groove that is. So that brings me to this morning. I had signed up for a webinar over the weekend that I really wanted to attend. I’m a big proponent of professional development no matter your discipline; just ask anyone who’s ever worked for me. I’d send them all over the country just to learn new skills or develop existing ones. I’d like to think … Read More

The life of a first-year teacher

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Yes, I’m alive. Promise. But in transitioning to the new job, I have realized that every day, I am more and more behind. And every day, I better get my butt moving so that I can mold the youth of America the following day. So, I’m a little over two weeks into teaching, and I must admit that my experiences have been pretty dang interesting. I never understood why teachers wore those lovely lanyards around their necks. I mean, they’re not really a must-have accessory. But, on Day 2, after a certain teacher — ummm, Mrs. K — locked herself out of her own classroom, I quickly decided that lanyards were not only fashionable, but functional. And, it only took less than two weeks for me to get my first poem from a student. Granted, he had gotten into trouble with the rest of the class, and he wanted me … Read More

Matching lunch boxes would be so darn cute

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As of today, the opportunity to walk into school together with my husband carrying matching lunch boxes increases exponentially. What, you say? Oh, yes. It’s true. After seven years with Texas A&M, I am leaving. Leaving to teach a bunch of 16-year-olds in Franklin. I am about to become a sophomore English teacher, which means I am going to change the world one grammatical error at a time. Or at least try. And I am going to make sure my students know that it’s okay to begin a sentence with the word “and.” And that you don’t have to stick with the five-paragraph rule when writing. And I plan to post a lot (not alot) of English-related cartoons and funnies around my room. Who says you can’t make learning fun? Gosh. My poor future students have no idea how much I love my red ink. And I just bought a … Read More

Friday Ku-Tip: Let me direct you

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About five days ago my office phone started ringing. A lot. A lot more than usual. And with some of the most random questions. “Yes, I’d like to make an appointment to spay my cat.” Nope, not for me. “I’d like to verify employment for {insert name other than people who actually work in the CEHD}.” Never heard of them. “I’d like to order a transcript.” I don’t handle transcripts. “Yeah, uh, I need to book a racquetball court.” This is not the Rec Center. “Do you know when Texas A&M’s homecoming is this fall?” We have homecoming? I could go on and on, but I won’t, because this post would never end. I finally had enough gumption to ask one of the callers how they found my number. Random Caller: “I Googled it.” “You Googled it?” I asked. Random Caller: “Yes, when I Google Texas A&M University, this number … Read More