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Life Updates


Things have been quiet here on the blog, and I’m sorry for not giving more of an explanation. I needed to take a break and I wasn’t sure how long I was going to be away. I’ve had lots going on and my focus was split into a million directions. I needed to take some time to work on some other projects, but I’m happy to be back to blogging again! So here’s a little bit of what’s been going on over here:

I started my own law firm!

If you’ve read Dana Renee Style for any amount of time you probably know that I’m a lawyer. Well, earlier this year I decided to leave my job as the Supervising Attorney of the Small Business Division at a Baltimore County firm and go out on my own. I started my practice DM Law, LLC in Pasadena, Maryland. My practice focuses on serving artists and creative entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses.


I’m studying to take the bar again

As part of my efforts to grow my practice and move forward in my law career, I’m studying to take the bar again in February. I’ll be taking the UBE for admission to New York and New Jersey.


I’m becoming a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist

I’ve decided to take my love of aromatherapy to the next level and enrolled in a Certified Master Clinical Aromatherapy program through Heart of Herbs Herbal School. To document this journey, I’ve started a separate blog where I’m sharing information about my journeys and all my DIY recipes. You can check it out at Aromas for Life.

So that’s the highlights of what I’ve been up to. I’ll be sharing here again more regularly. You may see a little more in terms of personal posts, but there will still be plenty of beauty and fashion!


Creative Overwhelm

Creative Overwhelm

For the last few weeks I have been in a state of what I can only describe as creative overwhelm. Having a creative project is my get-away from the day to day. It’s my balance to what is otherwise a very technical and academic profession. Having something creative to fill my spare time helps me to relax and work through my stress.

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out what my next project will be and I’ve been lucky enough to be inundated with ideas. And that’s never a bad thing! The problem I’m having is how to pick which idea to pursue and develop. These aren’t the type of projects that could be completed in an afternoon, but some bigger undertakings that would takes months to develop. I don’t know why but I’m scared of picking the wrong one!

I’m in love with all of these ideas and prioritizing them is proving to be a major challenge. So I thought I’d share a little bit of insight into my process and see what tips if any you all would have to add to the list.

  1. Do a brain dump: I have an idea book that I keep with me and when I have inspiration I start writing and filling it up. I’ll jot down ideas as they come to me, flesh them out as best I can, and make a list of questions I have to look into.
  2. Do a little research: Next I’ll look into the ideas to see if anyone else out there has already done it. I don’t want to reinvent the wheel and I don’t want to just rehash what someone else has already put out. If I can’t find a comp, then it makes the short list.
  3. Outline, outline, outline: For those that make the short list, I start outlining what all it would entail. What are the pieces, the chapters, the elements that would have to come together. I’ll do this for each idea.
  4. Trust my intuition: Ultimately, I go with my gut and whatever project feels right. What inspires me, what do I find myself wanting to work on, which one am I daydreaming about.

The problem is my intuition is torn between 3 really amazing projects. I need to make a decision soon. How do you decide which path to follow when inspiration strikes multiple times?

The Single Biggest Mistake I Made as a Blogger


You may have noticed that there haven’t been posts on Dana Renee Style for a while. Unfortunately, I didn’t! It’s not because I haven’t been writing awesome content for you guys. I have NOT abandoned this blog. The truth is I made a really stupid mistake. I have been playing around with templates and making tweaks to the blog and when I do this I put Dana Renee Style in maintenance mode. This is so when I totally FUBAR everything, you don’t have to see it. Basically what this does is keeps the front end static and let’s me play on the back end. Well, after I was done tweaking, I may have forgotten to take it off. So when I was posting, I could see, but you–my most important VIPs–couldn’t. FML. So now I have a bunch of posts queued up and ready to share. Instead of blasting you with two months of content, I’m going to space it out a bit. I hope you understand. This blog is a fun creative outlet for me and it breaks my heart to have gone totally MIA. I made a commitment a few months ago to breathing some new life into this space and I intend to stick with it!

Big hugs on a lazy Sunday, Dana

Focus – My Word of 2016

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You might remember that last year I decided to join the One Little Word workshop with Ali Edwards. In case you’re not familiar, it builds on the premise of choosing a single word to guide you throughout the year. Ali puts together a series of monthly prompts to help you reflect and engage with your word.

Although I didn’t complete all of the prompts, having a word to guide me through the year really helped me to hone in on opportunities that I otherwise might have let slip by. My word last year was “engage” and using that one word to guide my perspective really shifted my perceptions throughout the year.

For 2016, I decided that my word would be focus. Last year I engaged with my life and my surroundings, now this year its time to focus on what is really important. Focus on my health, focus on my career, focus on family, there are so many applications. This year is about filtering out the noise and the negative and focusing on positivity and opportunity. It’s about focusing on both goals and the journey to get there. It’s about seeing the big picture, but focusing on each small step along the way that will build into something great.

In addition, this word has a bit of a double meaning for me as I’m also working on further developing my photography skills. As part of my commitment to focus and photography, I started a new project on the blog releasing a photo pack of 10 photos each month that are free for bloggers to use.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 holds. Are you choosing a word to guide your year? Let me know in the comments.

New Year’s Resolutions – Day Zero Project (101 in 1001)

starry skiesHappy New Year everyone! I hope your 2016 is off to an amazing start so far. As always, with a new year comes new goals. This year instead of doing new year’s resolutions (which I’m not a huge fan of anyway) I decided to switch things up and join Day Zero Project. Instead of having resolutions, I’ve made a list of my 101 things I want to complete in the next 1001 days. Some of these are big things (read 100 books and volunteer for 100 hours) others are small but things I’ve always wanted to do (make salsa and send a postcard to Post Secret). So below I’ve copied my list and you can follow me along here on the blog and on my Day Zero Project Profile. Let me know if you’re doing this project too!
1. Take a yoga or meditation class
2. Make at least 10 recipes that I’ve pinned on Pinterest
3. Make a photography portfolio
4. Make pesto
5. Finish My Friendship Crochet Blanket
6. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
7. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
8. Read 100 books
9. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor
10. Send a secret to PostSecret
11. Get blog following to 2,500
12. Complete my Give 12 for 12 Project
13. Organize my office
14. Get a promotion
15. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
16. Go to a concert
17. Clean out my closet
18. Dye my hair back to blonde
19. Determine my love language
20. Make photo book of first 5 years of marriage
21. Recode website
22. Take a zumba class
23. Make/bake 50 different desserts
24. Expand my vocabulary by 100 words
25. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me
26. Launch 5 new products
27. Start a podcast
28. Finish draft of book
29. Get a massage
30. Make dim sum
31. Go ice skating
32. Complete 10 classes on SkillShare
33. Improve my Spanish
34. Participate in a Color Run
35. Buy a piece of art from a local artist
36. Host a theme party
37. Attend a play
38. Attend an opera
39. Visit a new winery
40. Learn to use watercolors
41. Eat at 10 new restaurants
42. Plant an herb garden
43. Learn to play poker
44. Visit Ocean City, Maryland
45. Blog at least once a week for a year
46. Crochet a scarf
47. Legally change my name
48. Complete 30 Days of Greatness Challenge
49. Complete Plank Challenge
50. Learn how to country line dance
51. Complete OLW 2016
52. Order prints of our vacation photos
53. Create 101 new pairs of earrings
54. Learn to make polymer clay charms
55. Write a book of poetry
56. Take my husband to visit my family in Florida
57. Take a salsa class
58. Update my resume
59. Write an ecourse
60. Start keeping a gratitude journal
61. Open an IRA
62. Invest in 5 new stocks
63. Learn to do styled photo shoots
64. Shoot 10 portrait sessions
65. Post 10 new DIY projects on my blog
66. Complete a turkey trot
67. See the lights at Miracle on 34th Street (Baltimore)
68. Go on a dinner cruise in the harbor
69. Visit Las Vegas NEVADA
70. Backup our computer hard drives
71. Complete 100 volunteer hours
72. Redecorate our bedroom
73. Finish landscaping the front yard
74. Learn the rules for darts
75. Learn to make mole chicken
76. Complete the 100 Happy Days Project
77. Complete the 365 Photo Project
78. Make fonts out of my and my husband’s handwriting
79. Attend a ballet
80. Complete a jigsaw puzzle
81. Make salsa from scratch
82. Make a complete meal using only local ingredients from the farmer’s market
83. Get color contacts just for fun
84. Leave 25 Operation Beautiful notes
85. Update address book (and also note birthdays and anniversaries)
86. Complete our wills, living wills, and powers of attorney
87. Renew my notary commission
88. Purchase a fire proof box or mini safe to store important documents
89. Start 3 new holiday traditions
90. Order my DAR pins
91. Put family favorite recipes together into a book
92. Buy a bicycle
93. Find a new flea market to shop at
94. Attend a storage auction
95. Pay off at least 1 of my student loans
96. Play chess with DJ on a monthly basis
97. Join our local community improvement association
98. Attend a blogger event
99. Grow a succulent garden bowl for my office
100. Learn to identify more constellations
101. Send more snail mail (cards, letters, etc)

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