My Life as E (And an Unexpected Videographer)

Often people ask me what I do for a living, and it’s not always easy to explain. Right now, I’m helping my sister to navigate all aspects of her career. (If you’ve seen Entourage, I’m basically the sports equivalent of E.) I help her through her decision making process like a business coach, keep track of partnerships and finances like a manager, coordinate travel and scheduling like a personal assistant, monitor deadline execution and flow like a project manager, and analyze social media analytics like a marketer (among many other things). Plus, on top of all that, I get to work with and learn from Paige’s incredible agent, Jeremy Aisenberg, and his team at Octagon (oh hey Ohan, Nicole, Alyssa, and Katie). Their experience in cultivating strategic partnerships and closing meaningful deals is second to none, and I am so grateful Paige chose to put her future in their hands.

But perhaps my favorite and most unexpected job responsibility has become videographer. Thanks to my trusty Nikon D3300, experience hustling as a content creator at startups/nonprofits, plus my highly developed skill of casually lurking in the background (can you lurk and not be a creep?), turns out I’m the perfect person to catch candid footage.

Check out Team Paige’s most recent video below from our trip to South Korea last October!

(Music by the incredible Joshua T Mitchell – thank you!)

In Pursuit of Positive Energy (Plus Tips from Preston Smiles)

One thing I’ve realized about myself over the years is that, despite my best efforts, I am indeed very influenced by other people. Whether that’s someone else’s bad mood killing my good mood, a negative comment on social media setting off a flood of anger, or a criticism from a coworker cutting into my confidence, there are far too many times where I make choices and feel feelings based on someone else’s energy.

It’s been something I’ve been working on especially hard since entering the working world, but it wasn’t until recently that I felt like I made any great headway (even though there’s still progress to be made). I’m currently entering a time of great transition in my life. A career transition that has set off something inside of me that’s made me realize what’s truly important in life, and has forced me to reevaluate my hopes, dreams, goals… My purpose. To get there, I’ve been spending a lot of time brushing off the pressures and expectations of the outside world, and that effort has started to pay off.

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Happiness, Harvard, & Achieving True Success

“What does a Harvard student possibly have to be unhappy about?” You’ve probably asked or have been asked this type of question at some point. I know I sure have (said in Will Ferrell Harry Caray voice)! The funny thing is that our external world is NOT predictive of our happiness level! We assume that if we make more money, have a better title, receive more accolades, then we will be happier, but in reality, only 10% of long term happiness is attributed to these external factors. TEN PERCENT! The other 90% of long term happiness is dictated by the way the brain processes the world. So when a good friend and informal life coach (hi Kasey!) pointed me to “The Happiness Advantage” TED Talk below, I was excited to see what advice Shawn Achor had for finding happiness outside of achieving success and reaching goals. Take a look…

If you’re short on time, here are my favorite takeaways from the video:

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San Diego State Women’s Golf Trick Shot Video

Paige Spiranac

Today I am a proud big sis! My baby sister Paige stars in the San Diego State Women’s Golf Trick Shot video that in just a few days has racked up almost 140,000 views. Featured on The Today Show, USA Today, Bleacher Report, and the Golf Chanel just to name a few, I think it’s safe to say this thing has gone viral!

So if you want your daily dose of awesomeness, watch away (she’s the one driving off another player’s sand shot)…

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014 Makeup Tutorial

The other day while perusing Into The Gloss I came across the Dick Page Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Makeup Look video tutorial, and since who doesn’t want to look like a VS model, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

How did it go? I’ll show you my results and the products I used!

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The Art of Face Washing

Washing your face seems like such a mundane task – until you actually start thinking about it. How long should I cleanse? In what motions? Do I wash my neck? What do I do after that? I’d always wondered if I was doing enough and if I was doing it the correct way, what ever “it” was.

That is until I found the below video on Into The Gloss from Isabelle Bellis. Watch below for the expert’s tips first on how to cleanse, and second on how to moisturize. When I’m not using my Clarisonic – which I highly recommend – I try to use as many tips from Isabelle as possible (except I do wash my face in the morning and I feel like the water where I live is very clean, so no fancy thermal water here).

My favorite tips are after the videos, but make sure to watch them so you can see her very important hand movements.

Read more for part deux!

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Miso Soup

As I mentioned in my last post, I love food and I love to eat – but I also really love to cook! And I’ve been a little sad that lately I haven’t been spending as much time in the kitchen. Aside from grilling here or there and making the odd smoothie or dip in the Vitamix, I’ve really been pretty boring. When my parents were here my mom did a deep clean of our fridge/pantry (she’s the best) and I was feeling inspired to make some more time to actually use our stove and oven.

So I made miso soup from scratch for the fist time yesterday! I bought bonito flakes and various seaweeds a while ago and just never got around to it. I used THIS recipe for the soup and THIS recipe for the dashi (base) – both are from Alton Brown and anything from Alton Brown is a-okay with me (if you don’t know Alton Brown, you can get a pretty good feel for his show below).

More after the jump!

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