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My name is Colleen Bordeaux, and I started this blog back in 2012 as a creative outlet to keep my right brain from dying a slow death due to lack of use in my management consulting career. My undergrad degree is in print-editorial journalism, and I've always had a deep love of writing and a passion for all things style and design. For a few years, I freelanced for several different (amazing, forever-indebted-to-them) print and online outlets on these topics, but wasn't proud of the writing I was doing, edited and framed to fit the tone of the publications and covering subjects I didn't really care about. It felt empty. So, I quit and focused my attention on finding my voice in the safety of my own little corner of the internet right here.

In tandem with helping me find my voice, this little blog has evolved with me over the past several years as I've grown personally, shifting and changing as I've figured out what matters to me, and testing where that may intersect with what matters to others, too. As a frequent flyer for my day job, I'm an avid reader and can list off on the spot ten titles of books that fundamentally changed my life, opening my mind to new ideas and ways of thinking at exactly the right times. One being 'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle, which I credit for my last promotion and also generate eye rolls because it happens to be on Oprah's Book Club list. This is the place where I tell you that I tend to get aggressively defensive of Oprah and am prone to questioning the accomplishments and life achievements of any of her critics who pipe up in my presence. ("Like, have you ever bought someone a car? How about 200 people?!?!") Some people near and dear to me think that my love of self-help books is corny and weird and annoying, and to them I say in the most self-righteous tone I can muster: if you're not improving, you're declining. (A concept I learned in a self-help book, of course).

Anyway, my point is that this blog is both a culmination of the things I'm passionate about and a tool for sharpening my writing skills. Each of my beloved readers find me and stick around for different reasons. Some seek ideas on developing personal style, others come for thoughts on finding purpose and building a career, a lot visit for the personal anecdotes and life perspectives, and all stop in because they love to read the kind of blog posts where you need a solid 15 minutes and a cup of coffee to get through the full thing.

If you want to follow along, you can join my monthly newsletter here. (I make no promises other than my vow to never spam my readers or try to persuade them do things I wouldn't myself.) There will be some good (like this postthis post, and maybe this one too), there will be some bad, and there will be some very, very bad. Take what you want, and leave the rest!


Still reading, are you? Well, since you've decided to visit this page and already invested this much time, here is a huge list of facts about me:

1. I have five siblings (three sisters and two brothers) who have done a really great job keeping me honest about my strengths and weaknesses over the years. Although they are currently scattered around the country, my mom and I have a secret strategy to woo them back to Chicago (and by strategy, we're really just trying to inspire FOMO with Snapchat... mixed results to date).

2. I'm married to a Southerner named Wes who is my perfect match. Except when it comes to laundry, tactics for avoiding jet lag, who has funnier jokes (he does, but I'll never admit that), appropriate timing to depart for the airport, level of spiciness for Thai takeout, etc. He is my biggest supporter, best friend, and the reason for any success I've had in life since age 24. The first year of marriage was, as they warned us, really kind of rough, but we slowly got better at it and now I dole out marriage advice like I am a 75-year-old woman. More to come on that...

3. There is a 35-lb boxer mix named Sophie that sleeps in my bed, eats my food, pees on my feet when she gets excited. She calls all the shots in the Bordeaux house, and usually outwits me at keep-away. I like to talk about her until I see peoples' eyes glaze over, then go on for five more minutes.

4. In my real job working as a management consultant, I travel Monday through Thursday which means that I'm an obsessive light packer and kind of a big deal at the Marriott. I also spend hours every week on planes reading my aforementioned self-help books on my well-stocked Kindle.

5. Bikram yoga changed my life, for real. I've been practicing for more than 8 years and it tones down my intense personality and also tones my body in general (in all seriousness, it's a great way to stay fit and I dare all you yoga-haters like my husband to try it and weep).

6. My friends are really amazing and am so thankful to each and every one of them. If you're my friend, there is a 100% chance that you are a closeted weirdo because those are the people I attract. You are also charming, witty, have a distaste for Lilly Pulitzer for inexplicable reasons, and are changing the world in your own way.

7. There are several alternate career paths that I contemplate on a regular basis: freelance writer, interior designer, Bikram yoga instructor, behavioral psychologist, or entrepreneur for one of my million-dollar ideas that many of my above-mentioned friends have told me already exist. (Haters gonna hate, right?)

8. Writing is something that I really love, and I am extremely thankful to a number of editors who went out on a limb for me and my pretty bad writing samples. The confidence I now have in my skills is owed to Refinery 29, the Washingtonian and Chicago's Sun Times News Group.

9. Most of the time, I have no idea what I am doing. Fail forward, right? 

10. Building on the point above, Photography, PhotoShop, HTML, SEO, and other skills involved in running a successful website still elude me. But there are many people who have helped me scrape by and get to a point where I can make some passable posts and to them, I am forever indebted.

If you made it this far, you're probably my mom. (For the record, her name is Mary Lou and she is the most wonderful woman ever.) Hope you enjoy the blog!
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