One Hour

Productivity at its finest.  One hour can be enough to wear you out for the day.  One hour in New York.

One afternoon while in NYC this summer, we took a sightseeing bus tour around the city. ¬†We sat on the top of a double decker bus for hours and hours, getting off here and there to see the sights. ¬†During one hour, we visited the World Trade Center Memorial and the new One World Trade Center, and then caught the Sightseeing Ferry to go see the Statue of Liberty, the New Jersey coast on the river, and more. ¬†While this wasn’t a ton of stuff done in an hour, we certainly covered a lot of ground and saw a lot of what NYC has to offer.

One hour can show you a lot, if you make the most of it.


My life 2 years ago, a 50-word story.

Sunshine. Wake up. Stretch. Get ready. Eat breakfast. Play on phone. Pack bag. Grab keys. Drive to school. Class. Class. Class. Lunch. Work. Drive home from school. Change. Work. Come home. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Do homework. Talk with family. Do more homework. Have some ice cream. Go to sleep.

What I Do When I’m Not Writing

When I’m not writing, I’m doing everything else. ¬†I work part-time at a dance studio teaching tumbling to students ages 5-18. ¬†It is a passion of mine that I don’t take lightly. ¬†I enjoy teaching at the studio and love seeing my students understand things and learn new tricks. ¬†I also spend a lot of time on my small business, Chloe + Isabel by Jen Marks. Through Chloe + Isabel, I sell beautiful jewelry, and work on/create all my own marketing materials and social media accounts.

Besides those two large parts of my life, I do a lot of cleaning and organizing around my home.  I also love DIY projects and crafting.  I love watching Netflix and just hanging out with my family.

This is about all I do when I am not writing.  Spending time with friends and family, and doing  recreational activities is what I do when not writing!

Dear Walt Disney World

Dear Walt Disney World,

You have been a facet in my life ever since I can remember. ¬†Granny and Poppy would take the family to Disney World every few years ever since I was a little kid. ¬†I can remember meeting characters and going on rides in the Magic Kingdom when I was very young. ¬†But now that I am older, I’m still just as in love with you as the first time I visited.

It is something about the atmosphere, and the kindness of everyone you meet. ¬†Something about the way it smells, and the way it makes you feel. ¬†My body aches for Disney, something I feel whenever I hear someone talking about their upcoming visit or see someone post on social media about a trip they took. ¬†It’s weird right?

Well I don’t think it is weird. ¬†I am happy to spend days upon days at the Happiest Place on Earth, and will gladly accompany anyone who wants to go. ¬†When people ask me where my favorite place to vacation is? ¬†Walt Disney World is at the top of the list.

It isn’t even just the parks. ¬†I could go to Disney and not step foot in a park and still feel the overwhelming Disney spirit. ¬†Just staying in a Disney World Resort is enough to do me in. ¬†Visiting Downtown Disney is the icing on the cake.

So Disney World, you rock don’t ever change. ¬†Well, do change. ¬†Good changes. ¬†Not some new-Avatar-land kind of changes though okay, I’m not psyched about that.

Thanks for everything,


Tips for List-Making

If you know me personally, you know I am an organizer.  I love organizing myself and taking time to write things in my planner, and I enjoy helping others with this too.  Heck, my dream job is to be a Professional Organizer.

So by this nature, I am a list-maker. ¬†I’m the one who makes a to-do list everyday, and swears by “write it down so you can cross it off.” ¬†It just helps me feel productive and successful.

Here are my top tips for list-making:

  • Give your lists titles. ¬†This will help you keep lists separate, and know exactly what you are trying to accomplish.
  • Write down everything. ¬†No task is too small when it comes to making lists. ¬†Write down tiny tasks so that you can have that accomplished feeling upon crossing them off.
  • Start a new list everyday. ¬†Starting a new list everyday will help you focus and understand what needs to get done for a given day. ¬†Transferring items that didn’t get finished the day before will help put the current day into perspective and keep items from being forgotten.
  • Keep ongoing lists. ¬†Make lists that will take time to complete, and maybe even date items as you complete them. ¬†This helps to complete larger tasks in more manageable steps.
  • Switch up where/how you make lists. ¬†I make lists in all kinds of ways: using stickers, checkboxes, with washi, crossed-off, etc. ¬†Make all kinds of lists in many different ways – you will find that some ways are better suited for one kind of list.

These are the most relevant and applicable listing tips that I use and live by, and I hope they help you too!

Quote Inspiration

‚ÄúWorry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.‚ÄĚ – Corrie Ten Boom

I’m a chronic worrier. ¬†I worry about everything, big or small. ¬†I’m getting better about it – but still worry about things I have no control over, and things that don’t really matter in the big picture. ¬†I’m getting really good at telling other people not to worry about things, and I think that that comes¬†with my slow journey back from over-worrying.

I found this quote a few years ago when I was going through a tough time. ¬†The more I read it, the more I identified with it. ¬†I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worried and worried and worried about something (which took a ton of energy), only to realize that everything turned out fine and I shouldn’t have worried in the first place.

I wish I could just get rid of my worrying all together, but I know it won’t happen like that. ¬†For now, I will continue to try to worry less and to remember this quote whenever I do start to worry.

Where I Write

I’m not picky about where I write, but I enjoy being able to look outside. ¬†For some reason I think that this helps clear my mind and allows me to think farther than just my normal thoughts and ideas. ¬†I also always have a bottle of water near me to keep me on my game. ¬†I normally write in the morning, before I get stressed out about work or everything I need to get done – sometimes I write while eating breakfast.

I long for the day (in the not too distant future) when it is cool outside and I can sit on the screen-porch and write.  The weather here in Cincinnati is still stuck between Summer and Fall, taunting me with cool days here and there.

I use my Macbook Pro (17in) and occasionally some Pandora classical music.  I need to be in a somewhat comfortable chair, but not so comfortable that I think about taking a nap.  I love to write at a table, or sometimes use a lap desk.

What do you want to see me write about? Post in the comments below!