The "Bear in Mind" blog project is meant to be my outlet to put thoughts of all aspects of my life into a digital form.


You'll find a wide array of content here as I write whatever is on my mind from my family, to different passion points, to how I go about my career in the world of digital advertising, and more!


All thoughts are my own. :)

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In the past week, I celebrated my 29th birthday. This year was a little bit different. Given the pandemic and the new baby addition, we weren't able to do much except the usual home routine we have settled into however I wouldn't have it any other way. I did receive lots and lots of cake from near and far. With my sweet tooth, these were the best gifts!

While at home I decided to put together a list of 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn the big 30. All of these goals are written down and I hope to hold myself to complete them all before the next May 20th!

  1. Get a Tattoo

  2. Book a Family Photo Session

  3. Read 5 Books (and go to Book Club)

  4. Do at least 3 Volunteer Events

  5. Go on a Girls Trip

  6. Donate Blood

  7. Continue to Update this Blog Regularly

  8. Lose the Pregnancy Weight

  9. Declutter and Organize the House (especially the garage)

  10. Go on a Weekend Getaway with Ken

  11. Start Climbing and Yoga at Summit Gym

  12. Rekindle an Old Friendship

  13. Excel at my Career and as a Mother

  14. Send out 3 Personal Cards a Month

  15. Continue Investing and Expanding Financial Portfolio

  16. Form a Political Opinion

  17. Participate in a 5K

  18. Create Another Income

  19. Learn to be More Patient

  20. Get a Cartilage Piercing

  21. Go on Coffee Dates with Friends

  22. Watch all the Star Wars Movies in Order

  23. Learn to Make Different Types of Coffee + Tea

  24. Learn to Keep Plants Alive

  25. Meditate More

  26. Go on a Wine Tasting

  27. Attend a Conference or Networking Event

  28. Cultivate a Gratitude Attitude

  29. Party One Good Night Away

  30. Create and Follow a Budget

I have never been the best gift giver, however, it's become one of my own personal goals to be better at. A thoughtful gift always goes a long way! I've even started to compile a list of ideas to grab from whenever needed and wanted to share what I have so far. Most of these are pretty personalized and can be customized as needed.

I'd like to keep adding to this as I go, so always check back or bookmark this post for new ideas! :)

Personalized Minimal Necklace from GLDN: This has become one of my favorite jewelry brands where I find myself browsing their collection quite often. I love the minimalistic and clean aesthetic they have to offer. Their personalized necklaces include engraving initials with various designs, perfect for any gal friend!

Custom Home Decor from Smallwoods: Have you ever looked for an affordable, beautiful framed sign where you can use any image you like? Smallwoods is just the place to create this! They create wooden framed signs with different sizes, including even a way to create a gallery wall with smaller square images. This is great to spice up a home and in a personal way.

Custom Notebook or Planner from Golden Coil: If you're like me, and love a well-designed planner or notebook, then Golden Coil would be just the place to look. You can edit the content and layouts for any friend and it will be beautiful no matter what!

Custom Illustrated Pet Portraits from West & Willow: Got a friend who's a huge pet lover? This custom gift will surely be a great one. Simply upload an image of their pet, and you can create a custom portrait that becomes a framed sign or even a phone case.

Cute Soy Wax Candle from Lit Candle Supply: I came across this candle company on Facebook and found it very unique. These candles are not only soy-based but also the design and naming of these candles are creative and relatable.

Greetabl: Need to give something small but still personable? Greetabl lets you create a small box that fits one small cute gift and a gift card. The box is completely customizable and you're able to upload your own photos that can later be torn off and used.

BoxFox: What about a more comprehensive gift box? BoxFox is the next best option with many different box themes with unique, cute products in them. These gift boxes are purposeful, thoughtful, and above all else personal!

I've been a bit MIA from the blogging and that's because we had a whirlwind major event happen earlier than expected. Our daughter, Kaylee Riesz, has officially arrived! She came into this world on May 4th at 12:05 PM weighing 5 lbs and 1 oz at 17.5 inches long. She's very tiny, and healthy. We are so lucky to have her here 3 weeks early.

As for her birth story, it was surprisingly fast and easy. And I know that's not something a typical first-time mom would say, but honestly the whole labor and delivery went so smoothly. Of course, at times it was painful with contractions at 10 cm dilation yet once the epidural kicked in, I was finally able to bear the pain and bring Kaylee into the world. Ken was right there by my side. He was patient with my frustrations and held my hand all the way through it. When they placed Kaylee on my chest for the first skin to skin contact, it was a moment that we wouldn't forget. Both Ken and I went silent. We could only admire what we had created and truly bonded with her at that time.

Now that it's been about 10 days since her birth, we have been at every beck and call that Kaylee has. We're trying to set a better routine but with a newborn that kind of goes all out the window. She's by my side 24/7, and I've started to see what she loves.

She's quite a flail-er. She loves to move her arms and legs, and she's quite strong! We have a swaddle pod that keeps her super contained, and although she doesn't quite like it - it has helped a ton in getting her to stay asleep for longer periods of time. Also, she loves to be held, especially by Dad. Dad has already spoiled her and carries her around as much as he can. I think she loves the warmth and comfort of his body.

Only time will tell us more about her, and we can't wait. We want to know her personality, which features she starts to settle on from mom and dad, and how she will learn and develop. This is an entirely new adventure. We're so excited to see what's next and take the journey together as a family.