7 quick takes about Pecha Kucha, pumpkin pie, and branding

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I’m linking up with Jen of Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes today!

1. We were exposed to Pecha Kucha last week. Pecha Kucha is in over 700 cities, and it is meant to bring together local creatives. The event itself is a series of 6:40 presentations. This particular event, Pecha Kucha 20, featured the six favorite presenters from the previous 19 events. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it.

2. I made three pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving because the first two flopped. On past holidays, I haven’t handled kitchen mishaps well emotionally. This time, I don’t think my blood pressure went up at all. I soothed myself with pumpkin snickerdoodles, but I didn’t link my pie failures to my value as a human, which is a huge improvement.

3. I recently took an Influence Network class about building a cohesive brand. Hayley taught the class, and the class was like “picking her brain.” She shared so much useful information for blogs and small businesses but like everything she does, with the heart behind the strategy.

She shared her ebook, The No Brainer Blog: Casting your Vision, Defining your Voice and Refining your Voice as part of the class. If you’re just getting started at this blogging thing or if you feel your blog needs more focus or a change, I highly recommend Hayley’s book as an accessible guide.

4. I’ve been on a search for my 2014 planner. I think I’ve found it: Whitney English’s Day Designer. It shipped before we left town so I’m hoping it will be waiting for me when I get home so I can start filling it – in pencil, of course. I’m a big fan of writing goals and plans in pencil to leave room for spontaneity and God.

5. Out of all the changes I made during Whole 30, the one that has become most permanent is how I drink my coffee: black with a little coconut oil and vanilla extract.

I know it sounds strange, but I found this recipe for bullet proof coffee when I was searching Pinterest for Whole 30 ideas. The coconut oil makes the coffee rich and luxurious, while the vanilla flavors it nicely.

6. I do still love a little creaminess in my life, so I was delighted to learn that Kudu (the best coffee shop in Charleston which is to say the WORLD) has almond milk. I got a large Cafe Au Lait with almond milk and it was delicious.

7. A little factoid from a book I was reading before Thanksgiving week:

“A mere 20 minutes of moderate activity could significantly improve your mood for the next 12 hours.” Eat Move Sleep

Since I haven’t exercised in a week, I’m not as excited to share this as when I originally noted it, but I am feeling more inspired to get the blood pumping again. It’s worth it for the mood boost alone!

How do you drink your coffee? How do you respond to cooking failures? Which planner do you use?

4 thoughts on “7 quick takes about Pecha Kucha, pumpkin pie, and branding

  1. What a beautiful planner! I was just looking around for my 2014 planner the other day. I love your approach to penciling goals in and leaving room for God’s plan – very wise.

    PS – I completely second your take on Kudu. I loved going there when I was teaching @ CofC.

      1. I taught at CofC for a few years as an adjunct & on a Visiting line after finishing my MA. We relocated to the Midwest this past July in order for me to begin my Ph.d work. Charleston is my hometown, so I love your posts that talk a bit about the lowcountry – we certainly miss it!

  2. I take my coffee with a splash of whole milk. Mmmm…. Cooking failures are very frustrating to me, usually because I realize too late what I’ve done wrong. I don’t use a paper planner, but there some things (long term goals, mostly) that just fall by the wayside in my digital system. Maybe I should treat myself to a nice planner… Or maybe there’s a good app I could use on my early Xmas gift iPad mini! =)

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