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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Speaking at Blogging for Makers

Well. I did it ya'll! I faced my fear of speaking in front of people and delivered my speech at Blogging for Makers this past weekend. And actually, I think it went pretty well!

A couple weeks leading up to the event I wrote my speech and started practicing. I recorded myself. I even sent a sample video to a couple friends to get their feedback. I knew that the more I practiced, the more prepared I would feel. And therefore, the less nervous I would be when the time came to get up in front of those people!

It also helped that I was part of a panel that spoke right before I was supposed to speak solo. So I was already up there, and was able to get used to multiple sets of eyes in my general direction.
The time I spent speaking is kind of a blur but I know it probably involved a lot of hand gesturing and possibly some pacing. And, yes, the occasional swearing. Like I said, I feel good about it, and I really hope that the event's attendees did too.

I think that a lot of my nerves stem from self-doubt. "People won't like what I have to say." "They won't learn anything from little old me." Taking the opportunity to do this really challenged myself to stop thinking this way. It reminded me that I should be more confident in myself and what I have to offer people. That in itself made doing it all worth it. I would totally speak at an event again (ya hear that, SNAP?) ;]

This week I have been preparing for Renegade LA! Always a great show so I'm looking forward to it. Locals, will I see you there?? Hope so! xo JA

Friday, July 18, 2014

Skinny Blueberry Lime Margarita

I have still been going to my cardio barre class regularly. It's kind of a big deal because I have never managed to keep a consistent work out schedule for this long. It ain't cheap that's for sure, but it's effective and even a bit addicting. And of course, it's good to be active and exercise. It is helping me try to live a more healthy life.

The location I take my classes at always sends out a monthly newsletter (hey, a monthly newsletter, maybe I should try that....considering I have not sent out a newsletter since February) and the most recent one included a fruity alcoholic beverage recipe.
 And you know how I love my fruity alcoholic beverages.

Even better, this one is only 125 calories!


2 cups ice
1 cup blueberries
1 cup blueberry nectar
1/4 cup seltzer
2 tablespoons frozen limeade
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 ounces tequila, optional
1 lime wedge
Coarse salt
Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Pour that shit and drink up! xo JA

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


I feel like I've been so quiet lately! Sometimes I worry that being quiet will leave me to be forgotten. Do you ever worry that? The handmade industry moves fast, and, as you know, rarely sleeps. I think it's a little too easy to feel like you could get left behind if you're not constantly "on."

But, just because I'm not as active online as I have been in the past does not mean JAA is in a lull. I have been working on my new website pretty much daily for the past month. It is definitely making progress but the details that go into this project are making my head spin. Especially for some one like me (indecisive mofo)....I feel like I am constantly changing my mind. Back and forth. Yes and no. Yep, if I was someone's client I would be annoying the shit out of them. Good thing my trusty husband is the one helping me with this, because obviously I am not annoying him at all. Obviously.

Ok, so maybe the questions of "Where do I put this link?" and "Do I really need that page?" are being treated as life-altering decisions. But, this is my baby. This is a big deal. And yes, perhaps I am critical. But being critical produces quality. You're with me on this right?
Also, I have a couple summer shows coming up that I'm going to start preparing for. I'm excited to be taking JAA to some new locations and am hoping to meet some more of you. I'm talking to you Chicago and Arizona! Put these dates on your calendar and come say what uppp.
 What have you been working on lately? Anything fun? xo JA

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