I’ve Got a Case of the Mean Reds

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with Audrey Hepburn. If I had to choose, one of my favorite lines from the movie is when Holly talks about her sadness:

You know those days when you’ve got the mean reds…. the blues are because you’re getting fat or maybe it’s been raining too long.  You’re sad, that’s all.  But the mean reds are horrible.  You’re afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don’t know what you’re afraid of.  Except something bad is going to happen, only you don’t know what it is. What I’ve found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s.  It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits… 

If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.

Today, I have a case of the mean reds. Writing has always been my Tiffany’s, my place of calm. What’s your place?

Another thing that helps me beat the reds is listening to “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M. It brings me back to the days of my youth when my dad used to blast the song in our Oldsmobile 442 convertible. I was only 11 or so at the time but I would sing my heart out to the song. It is one of my happiest memories.

Other things that make me happy:

Lambeau Leap. And my own version.

“Promise me one thing: don’t take me home until  I am very drunk. Very drunk indeed.” Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Gorgeous eyes.

Snowboarding and time with my family. My Dad really isn’t that scary.

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My dog Rusty. And this Puppy.

Anything yellow. Yes I am a flower child and made that flower crown.

Pictures of me and my friends.

The Chicago Blackhawks.


Wine. But of Course.

What gets you over a mean case of the reds?

An Attempt to Explain my Blogging Hiatus

As many of my wonderful friends, colleagues, family, tweeps and my own conscience have pointed out, I have not been blogging regularly. This post it my attempt to defend myself as well as a promise to my rock star colleague Carla (We both decided that we need to get back into our blogs) and all of you.

–Insert puppy eyes–


My attempt to defend myself- This summer I started a new job as a social media analyst at Sears Holdings Corporation. I couldn’t be happier and I really love what I do. That being said, it also took up a lot of my time. I was also training to achieve one of my life long goals, running the Chicago Marathon. That also being said, I did it! (Finished in a little over 4 and a half hours).


(My amazing friends @KEmilyCox, @jassencho and @black_brandon supporting me before, during and after the Chicago Marathon with hugs and Coors Light. Check out that medal!)

I also recently moved out of my lovely parents’ house and into an apartment in Wicker Park with my best friend Emily. I swear I’m alive! I told you I had reasons why I haven’t been blogging!

The reality- All the said excuses above have been wonderful events in my life, but the time has come and I have decided to dedicate more of the little time I have to blogging.

I think it is hard to keep up with blogging because we feel compelled to dish out a life changing post every time we write. My posts may not always be groundbreaking but I can almost always guarantee an opinion or a laugh (Maybe both if I’m really on my A-game).

Stay tuned- I promise to update more frequently!Much love and thanks to everyone who told me to get back to writing. I feel better already.

What Words Are You Using?


What words are you using to describe your life, your friends, your talents and your job? Are they positive or negative?

As marketers and on a more basic level, humans, we must master our words and our thoughts. They ultimately become our marketing campaigns, our actions and our lives.

Make your words more positive today. You never know what could happen.