The Fledgling Journey

Navigating a Good Life One New Experience at a Time

Author: Lauren (page 1 of 5)

Friday Favorites

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s been way too long since I’ve posted  and I’m not even going to bother to explain, but suffice to say I’m glad to be back and I’m jumping right in 🙂 So far it looks like this weekend will include signing a new apartment lease, having brunch, starting the (dreaded) packing to move, a DSLR camera lesson, and hanging out with some friends. Laundry will probably make it in there at some point too.


1. DSLR Camera

I am anxiously awaiting the camera I ordered last week. It’s a Sony a6000, which is supposedly good for beginners and easily portable. One of my goals before I turn 30 in the next six-ish months is to learn to use a DSLR camera. One of my more immediate goals is to be able to use it on a trip to NYC in a few weeks. One of my friends is teaching me to use the manual settings, but if push comes to shove, I can always use the auto function. He said the first 10,000 photos will likely be trash, but if anyone is going to prove that wrong, it’s me 😉 He’ll also be teaching me to use Lightroom, so I am intrigued to learn photo editing. That way I can make my first 10,000 trash photos at least look semi-decent. Haha.

2. Side Hustle School Podcast

I just started listening to this and while I don’t currently have side-hustle aspirations, it’s fun to listen. The concept isn’t to eventually turn your side hustle (which btw is a term that makes me cringe) into a full-time gig, but rather find something you enjoy that can allow you some freedom and flexibility. The projects described in various episodes range from the interesting (semi-passive Pinterest income) to the zany (saddles for chickens…which as I learned, protects them from injury when they’re molting). The business lessons seem pretty universally applicable, for example looking for a solution to a common problem or finding a niche.

3.  OPI The Berry Thought Of You nail polish

This color is my jam.

4. I’m considering going red

Emma Stone red. My natural color is brown with red undertones, so I’m sure my coloring will allow me to pull off most shades of red. I could go darker…more orange…more blonde…thoughts?

5. Numbskull Wine

This is a Mark Ryan red blend from Walla Walla, Washington, and I love it. At $38 it’s not  outrageously price.

6.  Travel Purses

I do NOT need another purse. But there are a few I’ve been eyeing…

Hammitt VIP Clutch – Alixandra Collections $195 (ouch)

Olympia Fold Over Saddle Bag $79 at Bloomingdales

3. Express Turnlock Crossbody Bag $39.90

Urban Originals Reckless Destiny Faux-Leather Bag $78 at Nordstrom




Have a great weekend!



How Mindful Should Your Relaxation Be?


When I relax, I trend toward doing something mindless. Some of these activities (like 2 hours of Gilmore Girls) are fine in moderation, but sometimes it’s just a method of escapism. Practicing mindfulness helps me engage in more intentional relaxation.  Unfortunately I can’t avoid every problem, uncomfortable thought, or stressful situation. The ability to calmly pass through these situations, thoughts, and feelings is something I aspire to.

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Favorite Blogs & Why I Read Them

My Favorite Blogs & Why You Should Read Them


Want to know how I got into reading blogs? If not, too bad.

If you’re reading this, you didn’t close out the window. Thank you and yes, my jokes are always this good 🙂

It all began one lunch break when I decided I was going to have an Odwalla smoothie instead of eating food because of a food allergy that made my mouth hurt. I thought a smoothie would be soothing and when I went to the drugstore to pick one out, there were about 20 options. I decided to google “Is Odwalla healthy” because I was having a nostalgic moment where I missed Ask Jeeves and that awesome butler who figured out how to turn my questions into reliable search terms. RIP Ask Jeeves. You are now and lame.

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Waiting for Inspiration is a Bad Idea


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I’ve been thinking about blog posts and feeling more than a little stumped. I want to write interesting things if nothing else. That’s tricky. I don’t think my life or ideas are particularly unique or refreshing. As a new blog, I lack a clear direction and a unifying theme, but it’s mine and I’m going to write what and how I want to. Even if I have zero readers, I figure getting into a writing habit is beneficial. Accordingly, here are a few things I’ve perused recently:

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It Has Been Awhile…

I’ve been a little MIA lately. Like 2 months MIA. The good news is that it’s because I got a new job! Man, new jobs are tough. The fact that that’s one of the first things I say might make me a pesimist. If I were an optimist, I would say, new jobs are challenging but exciting! I dislike the first few weeks (or months, depending on the job) because I constantly feel like I’m being evaluated and that they’re testing me out to see what I’m capable of. In reality, it’s also a test period for me. If the employer is going to be unreasonable, this is my chance to get out without wasting too much of my time and energy on a job that probably won’t be worth it. My anxiety has been pretty high lately and I forgot how taxing new jobs are. It takes so much more energy when you’re learning a lot of new stuff. You’re also stepping into figuring out who you ask about what and what the hierarchy is. Who is rigid and who’s easy-going. Who it is and isn’t ok to piss off. Seriously. At my last job I used to be so worried when a client would be irritated with me and it wasn’t until I worked there for a few months that I had the confidence to know that everyone was supportive and had my back with unreasonable clients. Looking back, I remind myself that even if they hadn’t had my back, I should feel confident enough to set reasonable boundaries. You can only do so much and with experience comes more confidence.

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