October 9, 2014

Newly Married: To Change My Name Or Not?

Filed under: Married Life,Personal — Emily Reeves @ 12:53 pm


I just got married. Again. This one is forever, of that I am sure. I could not be happier. But, it has been eight years now that I have been using my maiden name again, and those eight years were critical growth years for my career. I feel like I would be discarding my professional brand identity if I were to change my name to my newly married name.

On the flip side, I am so happy to be married. And so proud of being “Mrs.” I want the world to know and I want to represent us as a family. Then, of course, there is the three-letter monogram that I have been craving for years! (My parents did not give me a middle name on the premise that when I married, my last name would become my middle name and I wouldn’t have to drop any part of my identity.)

Professionally, I want to use my maiden name. Personally, I want to use my married name. The question is: what do I do legally? Change it or keep it the same?

Legally changing a name is a painful process – social security card first, then driver’s license, then passport. Then credit cards, bank accounts and mortgage. I know the process — I’ve done it twice now. After my divorce, I swore I would never change my name again regardless of love and marriage that might be in my future.

But now that I have met the true love of my life and know we will be together forever, I think the hassle is worth it. And I will be legally adding that third letter to my monogram. It might be old-fashioned of me, but after weighing all the options I am ready to jump in and claim my married name.


July 30, 2014

My Kind Of Party

Filed under: Girl Gets Geeky,Personal — Emily Reeves @ 1:00 pm

To quote my Godmother when planning a beach vacation, “You can snorkel, boat, or beach-comb. Or sit inside and read like Emily.”

I found this phrase on a sweatshirt in my Pinterest feed. I was so me, I had to recreate it as a poster.

I like to PARTY.And by -party- I

December 31, 2013

My Favorite Books of 2013

Filed under: Book Review,Girl Gets Geeky,Personal — Emily Reeves @ 10:25 am

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In 2012, I read 60 books and set my 2013 goal at 75. In 2013, I read 89 books (and I just might finish one more today to make it an even 90). I am not going to lie: I am pretty proud of myself for this accomplishment and will likely brag about it for the next 12 months.

As with last year, I am sharing my top five reads in each of three categories. The links are to my reviews on Goodreads.

Business books (or, what I consider books that I can apply to my business):

  1. Epic Content Marketing by Joe Pullizi
  2. Get Lucky by Thor Muller
  3. Without Their Permission by Alexis Ohanian
  4. A/B Testing by Dan Siroker
  5. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Other non-fiction books:

  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
  2. How To Be Interesting by Jessica Hagy
  3. Die Empty by Todd Henry
  4. Haiti: A Shattered Nation by Elizabeth Abbott
  5. The First 20 Hours: How To Learn Anything Fast by Josh Kaufman

Fiction books:

  1. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  2. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  3. The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs
  4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  5. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

For 2014, my goal is 120 books. Ten books a month: I don’t know if I can do it, but I will have fun trying. If you follow me over on Goodreads, you can keep up with the books as I read them.

November 28, 2013

101 Things I Love

Filed under: Personal — Emily Reeves @ 11:00 am

When I was a teenager, my mom gave me a book titled 14,000 Things To Be Happy About. Since that time, I have always kept a list of things that make me happy.

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The original book my mom gave me in 1991, 22 years ago.

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She put an inscription in every book and on every gift that she gave me. And always dated it.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are 101 things I am thankful for (in no particular order):

  1. My dogs, Betty and Blanche
  2. Ice cream
  3. Red wine
  4. Mom
  5. Dad
  6. Rob
  7. Wanda and George
  8. The kitchen table in my childhood home
  9. Books and reading
  10. Movies
  11. My iPhone
  12. The Big Chill soundtrack
  13. The color pink
  14. Laughter
  15. Packing a suitcase
  16. Unpacking a suitcase
  17. Comfortable hotel rooms
  18. Home
  19. My front porch
  20. My back deck
  21. Feeling confident when I walk out of my back door
  22. High heels
  23. Flip flops
  24. Pretty toes and feet
  25. Music
  26. Patagonia
  27. Keeping lists
  28. A shiny, new piece of technology
  29. My passport
  30. Eyeglasses
  31. Sunglasses
  32. Big hats, well, hats in general
  33. Jeans
  34. Tshirts
  35. Light blocking curtains
  36. Driving fast
  37. Big, bear hugs
  38. Taking self-portraits
  39. Waking up early
  40. Going to bed late
  41. Running five miles
  42. Cotton pajamas
  43. TOMS shoes, because they make me feel good when wearing them
  44. Family photos
  45. MOR marshmallow-scented body products
  46. Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle lipstick
  47. Nars Orgasm blush
  48. JCrew
  49. Madewell
  50. Anthropologie
  51. Purses and bags
  52. Shoes
  53. My emerald earrings
  54. Mom’s diamond earrings
  55. The Graduate movie
  56. Watching my dogs sleep
  57. Starbucks green tea latte with soy, hot or over ice with no sweetner
  58. Full lips
  59. Rain, when sitting on my front porch
  60. Rain boots
  61. A lamp-lit room
  62. My flat iron
  63. My dining room table
  64. My chaise lounge chair
  65. Opening my front door to find new packages delivered that day
  66. Learning/education/classes/lessons
  67. Louisiana
  68. Arkansas
  69. Takeoff
  70. Landing
  71. The Apple start-up bong
  72. Library bookshelves
  73. Blank notebooks notebooks
  74. Sharpie pens
  75. Reusable water bottles
  76. Fountain pens
  77. Really big purses
  78. Dinner with friends
  79. Audrey Hepburn
  80. Fingerless gloves
  81. Diptyique candles
  82. InStyle magazine
  83. Classic vanilla cupcakes with white icing
  84. Gummy bears
  85. Reese’s peanut butter cups
  86. Red Bull
  87. My iPad
  88. New Balance “big N” grey sneakers
  89. Yoga
  90. Lululemon
  91. The Boss Ladies
  92. The Global Orphan project
  93. Entrepreneurial spirit and energy
  94. Carry the Load
  95. Writing
  96. Brown Sugar Cinnamon PopTarts
  97. Audio books for long car rides
  98. A fire in my fireplace
  99. Being a godmother to a beautiful little girl
  100. Eye masks for sleeping
  101. Framily


May 21, 2013

Talking Carry The Load (@CarryTheLoad) with THV (@THV11)

Filed under: Carry The Load,Personal — Emily Reeves @ 7:20 am

This morning, I sat down with Ashley Blackstone of  THV in Little Rock to talk about Carry the Load coming through North Little Rock and Little Rock TODAY. You can view the interview below and click here to learn more about Carry the Load, sign up, spread the word or donate!

I got to meet Joey the cat while I waited for our interview to start!

I got to meet Joey the cat while I waited for our interview to start!

May 20, 2013

Carry the Load (@CarryTheLoad): Talking with KATV (@KATVNews)

Filed under: Carry The Load,Personal,Video — Emily Reeves @ 7:29 am

This morning I spoke with Chris Kane at KATV in Little Rock about Carry the Load and its mission to bring back the meaning of Memorial Day. The National Relay has been crossing the country this month and will hit North Little Rock and Little Rock tomorrow, Tuesday May 21st. Please go here to learn more, sign up, donate and help spread the word. Funds raised go to three great organizations that help support the families of those who have fallen while serving for us.

KATV – Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

May 15, 2013

Talking with WFAA (@WFAA) in Dallas about Carry The Load (@CarryTheLoad)

Filed under: Carry The Load,Personal — Emily Reeves @ 6:29 am

Last week, I made a quick day trip to Dallas (thanks to a dear friend who let me swoop in on her day and home for the interview!) to talk with Jim Douglas of WFAA in Dallas/Fort Worth about Carry The Load and its mission to bring back the meaning of the Memorial Day. You can read the WFAA article here and watch the interview here:

Talking with THV 11 (@THV11) in Little Rock about Carry the Load (@CarryTheLoad)

Filed under: Carry The Load,Personal — Emily Reeves @ 6:22 am

Last night, I was able to sit down with Craig O’Neill of THV 11 in Little Rock and talk about Carry The Load and invite all Arkansans to participate. To learn more go to the Carry The Load website. Here is a link to the TVH 11 article and you can watch the video here: