Melaina Johnson – We Write Things http://wewritethings.co Levity Not Brevity Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:49:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i2.wp.com/wewritethings.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-We_Write_things_Regular.png?fit=32%2C32 Melaina Johnson – We Write Things http://wewritethings.co 32 32 The New Breakfast of Champions http://wewritethings.co/2016/12/10/new-breakfast-champions/ Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:53:35 +0000 http://wewritethings.co/?p=3551 The underrated PB&J just got a makeover. The sammie we all loved as kids is back and kicking some serious ass — at breakfast.  As adults, we have responsibilities. As much as we might love to stay in bed all day on Saturdays, unfortunately, it’s not usually an option. Case in point: Wake up at 7:15am (from the dog jumping on the bed), continue to lay in bed for another 30 minutes with the pooch and hubby, finally get up because you know why the dog jumped on the bed in the first place, take the dog for a walk in the whopping 20° weather, come home and get dog’s breakfast ready. Pause. Start dusting, clean the bathrooms, sweep the floors, mop the floors, vacuum. Breathe.  What better way to reward your oh so adulty-ness behavior than a PB&J… #amiright? Although, this time around, your beloved PB&J has been upgraded for an appropriate adult breakfast. [Read on.] Step 1: Brew coffee Step 2: Spread crunchy organic PB on both sides of bread Step 3: Top PB with organic orange marmalade Step 4: Slice blackberries and strategically place on one piece of bread Step 5: Slap your sammie together and place it […]

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The underrated PB&J just got a makeover. The sammie we all loved as kids is back and kicking some serious ass — at breakfast. 

As adults, we have responsibilities. As much as we might love to stay in bed all day on Saturdays, unfortunately, it’s not usually an option. Case in point: Wake up at 7:15am (from the dog jumping on the bed), continue to lay in bed for another 30 minutes with the pooch and hubby, finally get up because you know why the dog jumped on the bed in the first place, take the dog for a walk in the whopping 20° weather, come home and get dog’s breakfast ready. Pause. Start dusting, clean the bathrooms, sweep the floors, mop the floors, vacuum. Breathe. 

What better way to reward your oh so adulty-ness behavior than a PB&J… #amiright? Although, this time around, your beloved PB&J has been upgraded for an appropriate adult breakfast. [Read on.]

Step 1: Brew coffee

Step 2: Spread crunchy organic PB on both sides of bread

Step 3: Top PB with organic orange marmalade

Step 4: Slice blackberries and strategically place on one piece of bread

Step 5: Slap your sammie together and place it in a hot pan

Step 6: Flip to cook other side (your an adult but I can’t ruin the step process here okay?)

Step 7: Slice diagonally (cuz we fancy huh)

Step 8: Set coffee next to breakfast and read said adult weekend paper

adult pbj

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The Wall…A Metaphor http://wewritethings.co/2016/11/10/the-wall-a-metaphor/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:34:01 +0000 http://wewritethings.co/?p=3017 In life, at some point, you will run into a wall. While that wall could very well be literal (e.g. you were texting your BFF about Friday plans and walked face first into a block of brick) or in this case, a metaphorical wall that somehow got in the way of your plans. When you hit that wall you have two options (and yea, this IS that black and white). You can stare at that wall and proceed to cry and moan and seamlessly turn around to go back where you came from. OR you can look to the very top of that wall, really give it a once-over and decide right then and there, that wall is about to be your bitch. If you’re lucky, the wall might be one of those half-wall statue-like things from Mario and all you have to do is change your direction and you’ll get around it, sweep up those points and give yourself a high five. In most cases however, the wall will be big… like dinosaur-status, Andre the giant, green hulk big.. have no fear though, this will just require a little more brain power than your Mario situation. Stop. And think. […]

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In life, at some point, you will run into a wall. While that wall could very well be literal (e.g. you were texting your BFF about Friday plans and walked face first into a block of brick) or in this case, a metaphorical wall that somehow got in the way of your plans.

When you hit that wall you have two options (and yea, this IS that black and white). You can stare at that wall and proceed to cry and moan and seamlessly turn around to go back where you came from. OR you can look to the very top of that wall, really give it a once-over and decide right then and there, that wall is about to be your bitch.

If you’re lucky, the wall might be one of those half-wall statue-like things from Mario and all you have to do is change your direction and you’ll get around it, sweep up those points and give yourself a high five. In most cases however, the wall will be big… like dinosaur-status, Andre the giant, green hulk big.. have no fear though, this will just require a little more brain power than your Mario situation.

Stop. And think. Put a plan together, maybe 2 or 3 (it never hurts to have a backup) and think through the pros and cons, the additional obstacles that might pop up (ya know because that wall alone isn’t enough) and then set your expectation that one of those plans will work. With your plan, start climbing (that means GET TO WORK)… put on your adult-ish power suit, one foot in front of the other and climb. At some point you might be lucky enough to hear someone on the other side… who has a rope.. a strong rope [like the one from Princess Bride] that can hold an unsurmountable amount of weight, and with that rope they will take some of the load. You’ll get closer, and closer, and almost there to where you can see the top, and SO close where you can see beyond the top onto the other side. When you get there, STOP.

Because at this point you’ve made it, the fourtneener-esque climb has succumbed to your willpower and it’s an easy jump down. STOP and thank yourself, pride yourself, truly smile at yourself knowing that through the agony you made it and now you are where you want to be.

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Screw the ‘Shoulds.’ Go with the ‘Feels.’ http://wewritethings.co/2016/10/13/screw-the-shoulds-go-with-the-feels/ Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:16:06 +0000 http://wewritethings.co/?p=2266 As a self-proclaimed athlete (okay… that might be a stretch…) it’s easy to fall into the trap of the never-ending Facebook feeds and Pinterest posts that tell you the “should’s” of training, eating, sleeping, etc. — essentially the bible for your life as an actively-driven human. You should run at least 4 times a week when training for a race [of any distance]. You should not drink while you are training, nor should you eat sweets, or snack on anything but the optimal fuel [really, don’t enjoy anything you consume for the next 6 weeks]. You should take active recovery days. You should train for every type of weather that might occur [so mid-summer I should set up a ice and sleet machine? Just in case I run into it during my race?] You should get 8 hours of uninterrupted every night [HOW?] .. … …. While I make fun of these, and while I could go on with so many more should’s that I myself get sucked into every day, the real one, the truest one, is simple: you should go with what your body feels.  If your body feels like ditching a hefty gym day you planned for every day for a full week — skip it. If your mind feels like you want that second margarita — […]

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As a self-proclaimed athlete (okay… that might be a stretch…) it’s easy to fall into the trap of the never-ending Facebook feeds and Pinterest posts that tell you the “should’s” of training, eating, sleeping, etc. — essentially the bible for your life as an actively-driven human.

You should run at least 4 times a week when training for a race [of any distance].

You should not drink while you are training, nor should you eat sweets, or snack on anything but the optimal fuel [really, don’t enjoy anything you consume for the next 6 weeks].

You should take active recovery days.

You should train for every type of weather that might occur [so mid-summer I should set up a ice and sleet machine? Just in case I run into it during my race?]

You should get 8 hours of uninterrupted every night [HOW?]

..

….

While I make fun of these, and while I could go on with so many more should’s that I myself get sucked into every day, the real one, the truest one, is simple: you should go with what your body feels. 

If your body feels like ditching a hefty gym day you planned for every day for a full week — skip it. If your mind feels like you want that second margarita — have it. If you are semi-looking forward to a running hiatus once you get this next race in the books — that’s okay.

Life is short, and we are all self-proclaimed somethings. So if for 3 months you are rocking it, killing it, and the epitome of what you’ve always wanted to be, then suddenly hit a wall and want to switch gears,  go for it and try that old-lady dance-swimming class (#sorrynotsorry), or the Zumba class where you’ll look like a fool but totally love it, or the couch potato you’ve secretly wanted to be for a full week, go for it! Let yourself BE THE SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BE and be okay with the feeling that it gives you.

FEEL happy.

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Give Her Coffee And She’ll Go Away: Gilmores’ Experiential Marketing http://wewritethings.co/2016/10/05/give-her-coffee-and-shell-go-away-gilmore-girls-and-experiential-marketing/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:19:35 +0000 http://wewritethings.co/?p=2168 You might have heard that Gilmore Girls is returning — kind of — in November with a series of 4 episodic movies on Netflix. Big news to those of us who were fans of the Stars Hollow duo in the late 00s. Today, the marketing team at Netflix devised a fun way to experience the town’s charms and quirks in hundreds of pop-up “Luke’s Diners” across the country. Free coffee and backwards baseball caps were promised. Only one was located in Denver proper, so we set out to see what this whole thing might be, hopefully get some complimentary java and maybe a picture or two. Two hours later, we did have some cute pics, but the free coffee ran out at 10:30 and so did the GG coffee cup holders. Fortunately, the Denver location was Purple Door Coffee, which is a great non-profit that has great coffee, and also helps run job training aimed at homeless who want to leave that life behind. So I’m far from mad that I spent $4 on a latte there. Back to the Gilmore Girls promo. Aside from clearly underestimating the sheer amount of interested parties (mostly women) in the show, who would gladly take […]

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You might have heard that Gilmore Girls is returning — kind of — in November with a series of 4 episodic movies on Netflix. Big news to those of us who were fans of the Stars Hollow duo in the late 00s. Today, the marketing team at Netflix devised a fun way to experience the town’s charms and quirks in hundreds of pop-up “Luke’s Diners” across the country. Free coffee and backwards baseball caps were promised.

Luke's Selfie

Only one was located in Denver proper, so we set out to see what this whole thing might be, hopefully get some complimentary java and maybe a picture or two. Two hours later, we did have some cute pics, but the free coffee ran out at 10:30 and so did the GG coffee cup holders.

Flannel and Baseball Caps

Fortunately, the Denver location was Purple Door Coffee, which is a great non-profit that has great coffee, and also helps run job training aimed at homeless who want to leave that life behind. So I’m far from mad that I spent $4 on a latte there.

Back to the Gilmore Girls promo. Aside from clearly underestimating the sheer amount of interested parties (mostly women) in the show, who would gladly take off from work to stand in a coffee line, the entire thing was pretty fun.

No Cell Phones

The shop had a Luke’s Diner sign out front, the order taker dude was dressed just like Luke (too smiley to be totally authentic, but I appreciated the friendliness) and our cups came with a Lorelai quote. (The title of this post makes sense if you watch this, by the way). We may or may not have been on the news, too. Hi Mom!

Shot of Cynicism

Experiential marketing with social tie-ins still feels more like an “experiment” than an “experience,” but I think brands (even those with ALL the cash like Netflix) are afraid that no one will show up. Their worst-case scenario is hosting a party and no one comes. But my advice to every company or brand is this: trust your fans, give them the tools to share and post and have fun, and they’ll show up for you. Even if there wasn’t free coffee.

Coffee Success

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Runner’s Diary: Trials & Tribulations of My 1st Marathon http://wewritethings.co/2016/08/07/runners-diary-trials-tribulations-of-my-1st-marathon/ Sun, 07 Aug 2016 19:00:33 +0000 http://wewritethings.co/?p=714 It was my second half marathon; I trained hard and ran harder. I literally sprinted across the finish line trying for a few seconds quicker of a time… I bend over with my hands on my knees trying to catch one full breath, stand back up, look around and think to myself…. “Alright, now I just have to do that twice.” At that very moment I decided the next spring in the year of 2016 when I’d be 26 years old, I would run my first full marathon… 26.2 miles. HOLY $H!T. Now, there are a handful of folks (my very dear husband being one of them) who cannot even fathom the possible joy in voluntarily running that distance, but there are the spare few who share the need for personal challenge. SO, for my kindred spirits, the things I learned from my first 26.2… Runner’s high… that shit is real and it is completely utterly glorious. Your body will go 10x further than your mind is telling you. Get past that initial block and you’ll go miles (literally). Whatever you use as your “gear hold” while running, be it a backpack, FlipBelt, one of those horribly awkward looking water […]

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It was my second half marathon; I trained hard and ran harder. I literally sprinted across the finish line trying for a few seconds quicker of a time… I bend over with my hands on my knees trying to catch one full breath, stand back up, look around and think to myself…. “Alright, now I just have to do that twice.”

At that very moment I decided the next spring in the year of 2016 when I’d be 26 years old, I would run my first full marathon… 26.2 miles. HOLY $H!T.

Now, there are a handful of folks (my very dear husband being one of them) who cannot even fathom the possible joy in voluntarily running that distance, but there are the spare few who share the need for personal challenge. SO, for my kindred spirits, the things I learned from my first 26.2…

  • Runner’s high… that shit is real and it is completely utterly glorious.
  • Your body will go 10x further than your mind is telling you. Get past that initial block and you’ll go miles (literally).
  • Whatever you use as your “gear hold” while running, be it a backpack, FlipBelt, one of those horribly awkward looking water bottle fanny packs… As long as you’re stocked with a few Band-Aids, tissues and chapstick you can make it through anything. [Even falling flat on your face whilst staring at the ocean on a vacation run. Oh you bet that’s a true story.]
  • You will eat more than you ever thought possible, and despite that eating you will always be hungry.
  • The weekend weather forecast will be the most important thing on your radar from Wednesday on, until you check that long run off your training plan.
  • While you’re training plan may seem like the holy bible, it is not. Small puppies and children will be okay if you have to take a break due to an injury, vacation, late work nights or the occasional bottle of wine.
  • When your significant other offers you a foot rub, regardless of the time or place, say yes.
  • Regardless of how often you typically do laundry, you’ll do it at least once a week just to have those “special socks” and the “good sports bra” for your weekend long run.
  • Family and friends will be annoyed at first when you refuse to meet for drinks or stay out late, but trust me… when they see you cross that finish line, they’ll take back anything they ever said.
  • Your mom will worry about you, the stress you’re putting your mind and body through. But she’ll also brag to all her friends that yea… her daughter is running a marathon.
  • Don’t always run the same routes or trails and purposefully train in varying weather. You’ll never be prepared to run the first 16 miles in 38-degree weather with sideways winds, BUT, variation will help.
  • Let your mind go. When you reach the point where you’re out running hours at a time (for a measly training run) you might as well use it to your benefit and daydream about the wonderful things in life.
  • Be proud. Be happy. Be ecstatic. You are a part of the mere 0.5% of the U.S. population doing this crazy of a thing. And despite how you finish – YOU. KICK. ASS.

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