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let's discuss: dinner for one...

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Last month, I took a quick 36-hour work trip to New York. I had a packed schedule and didn't make any plans to see friends because I didn't know how my days would go and how tired I would be after my day-long meetings. So, one night I needed to eat and went to a nice restaurant for dinner...by myself. I used to dread eating by myself in public and would opt to just stay home instead. I worried people would think I was on a blind date that never showed. Or that I wouldn't know what to do with myself with no one to talk to. But after 39 years on this planet, I just didn't care anymore. I had a lovely dinner out by myself. I people watched...I thought about life. It gave me a chance to really savor the food and know that I didn't have to stay in my hotel room just because I didn't have any social plans with others. And it felt great.

Do you guys go out to dinner by yourself? Would you?

Oh, and PS. Have a great long weekend! We'll see you back here on Tuesday!

{Photo by Lily Glass}

Q&A: Oh Joy! x Erin Condren

 Q&A: Oh Joy! x Erin Condren

Thank you SO MUCH for your support and excitement for our Oh Joy! x Erin Condren LifePlanner™ cover designs! I've loved reading your comments and seeing all your photos on social media since our launch last week. These planners are AMAZING and are so customizable, so read below and then let me know if you have any other questions in the comments! We've gotten a few questions about them, so today, I wanted to dive deep into all the details...

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a painted spot to sit...

DIY Painted Chair... / Oh Joy!

Seating is often something we're lacking when guests come over...especially in smaller spaces. So today, we're making a perfect little seat that's great to have on hand for when guests stop by. We used simple, abstract brush strokes that are super easy and impossible to mess up that were inspired by the Gray Malin painting shown above...

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Pattern Adventures: Oh Joy Wears Floral!

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I love floral prints, so I was extra excited about this month's pattern adventures...all dressed in florals! Here are a few easy ways to rock both bold and more subtle floral prints that are all perfect for spring and summer...

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pinterest 101...

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Raise your hand if you LOVE Pinterest! Back in 2010, I was one of the first people to try out the then new site before it was available to the public. Since then, it's been a go-to tool for me both as a designer and content creator. My team and I use it daily to seek inspiration and to share ideas and images with one another. Now, more than 200M people use the platform every month find and save recipes to cook, products to buy, home decor and other ideas they want to try. As a business owner, I use Pinterest not only to find new ideas but also to share the images and products we create with 5 million Pinners each month. Since I always get a lot of questions about the platform, I thought it would be fun to share some tips with you for using Pinterest to build your brand and grow your business. 

People on Pinterest are actively looking for ideas to try tomorrow or someday—whether that’s a fresh recipe or a twist on an outfit. That makes them the perfect audience for whatever new ideas you’re cooking up. And Pinterest can help you grow your business because it works differently from other sites...

  1. More traffic for you—When people find an idea they want to try, they can click through to the specific page on your site to learn how to make, do, or buy it. 
  2. Reach beyond your followers—On Pinterest, your followers are the first to see your ideas. And the more they engage with your content, the more it gets shown in other places on Pinterest—like search results, feeds, and recommendations—for hundreds of millions of Pinners to discover.
  3. Your ideas live on and on—People can discover your ideas the moment you post them or months from now. It all depends on what they’re looking for and when they post them. People can discover your ideas the moment you post them or months from now. It all depends on what they’re looking for and when they need it. Your Pins keep delivering value for years to come—not just the first day you post them.

If you're looking for a deeper dive into the nuances of Pinterest, here are some common questions I often get asked...

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