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Bridget Forney  | Forney is the name/PR is the game | PR+food+lifestyle correspondent | Mother of dragons (boys) | all my PR secrets are @thepressmarket

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Dear Diary:
I read that if you want something bad enough, you have the power of intention to make it happen. That if you really want something, you should be able to come up with 100 reasons why. I started this exercise thinking, "how could I possibly come up with 100 reasons without repeating one" and "this is ridiculous; you really only need five *good* reasons." But once I started writing them down, they just started falling out of my mind, down my arm, through the pen and onto the paper. One after the next after the next, all of a sudden, I had 101 reasons why and I could probably have kept going. Reason #85: Because I have all the tools to be successful. Reason #58: Because my dad believes in me. Reason #50: Because I'm a FORNEY. Reason #37: Because I don't belong in a box. Reason #17: Because I'm not afraid of a big idea. Reason #47: Because I know where I want to be in five years and I want to do it in two. Reason #48: Because I don't give a fuck what people think. Reason #99: Because a goal not written down is just a wish.
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I do believe. And I am blessed. @notestoselfsocks got it right. I couldn't pick just one note, one reason, to wear. So I wore one of each. And they reminded me today to keep going. To remember my 100 reasons. .
Most people won't know what my socks look like inside the black army-style boots I stomp around in. My 100 reasons are on paper and in my heart. And today, at least, I'm wearing two of them right on my feet. Do you have 100 reasons, too? They probably live inside you and you don't even know it. Start writing them down, see what happens and report back. #100reasonswhy

Dear Diary:
This little dude is giving me a legit run for my money...and my mind...and my everything. I knew my second baby would be different. I knew he'd be his own special, unique kind of awesome. But I never knew he'd be so freakin' cool, lovable and fun. This past weekend included him both scream-crying at me for over an hour and then the best cuddles, affection and love ever. I wear my heart on my sleeve and my emotions on my face. So does he. I have an idea a minute. So does he. I love to create things and chase things and love things. So does he. I have great hair. So does he. We're in right now I'm sure what most would call a phase: he's obsessed with me. He follows me, listens to me, loves me and sleeps on the floor by my bed because he doesn't want to be without me (trust and believe, I tried!). I know it won't last forever, and it's a challenge when he demands only I be the one to put him in his car seat, pick him up, get him his drink, etc. This favoring of me isn't without its challenges when he rejects others in the family doing things for him or trying to hug him even (permission from him must be granted prior!). But for now, I'm taking the bad with all of the amazing, remarkable, loving and adorable good. It's not always pretty, but it's always filled with absolute love. I'll take it. And I write this so I'll remember it.

Dear Diary:
What makes someone an Instagram expert? Is it someone who isn't afraid of the platform? Is it someone who pushes the boundaries and experiments with new ideas, images, words on Instagram? I think it's the person pioneering new strategies, stories, filters and formulas. It's the person not only trendspotting but trendsetting as the game constantly changes before our very eyes. It's the person who wakes up to an Instagram update and doesn't cower, but can't wait to test and innovate. I had the honor of moderating a panel of Instagram experts last week including @jesdbieber @rizzchong and @m.herzing all representing brands on Instagram who average thousands of likes and comments per post, and hundreds of thousands of followers. These women impressed the audience and me with their Instagram insights about tools, strategy, audience, analytics, visuals, collaboration and more. And I got to do what I love to do: ask all the questions. Was I nervous? Every time. Were my hands a little shaky? Yes. Does holding a microphone feel weird? Always. I've never moderated a panel before, but I'm so glad these women were part of my trial run. Smart. Poised. Knowledgeable of the craft and incredibly professional. They made my job easy and I'm always learning from them with every question asked. Instagram experts aren't afraid to share what they know with the masses. Instagram is changing every day and speaking with the panel made me feel like I was a half a step ahead of it. And the journalist in me still has a long list of follow-up questions to keep the conversation going.

Dear Diary:
The orange-infused hollandaise sauce on this eggs Benedict dish was both citrusy and satisfying. There are few things in this life one wants to fill a pool with and Scrooge McDuck-dive into. This sauce may have been one of them. Just so you know, I usually order the eggs Benedict, AS WELL AS a side pancake or waffle. I didn't today. And I really regretted it for several hours after. Why did I hold back? Was I trying to be ladylike? Was I thinking about the calories? Was I worried my friend would think I was a glutton? I'm not sure. Maybe all of the above. But I'll be back. And next time, I'm having that side pancake along with whatever else. Because when faced with a choice of sweet or savory, I usually choose both. I should have gotten that pancake. Maybe next Sunday. No, probably. Probably next Sunday. #latergram @alchemy_elements #brunchlife #brunchregrets #brunchclub #cleanplateclub

Dear Diary:
I knew there was a reason God gave me long legs. Now I know what they were meant for after all these years: having enough space for both a dog AND a toddler on my lap at the same time! #epiphany Glad we cleared that up finally.

Dear Diary:
I missed my sister. She's a pretty cool chick. Scratch that. She's a completely kick-ass pal. We did an aerial yoga thing (thanks @yogaonyorkmd) and got to experience Hanging Potted Plant and an inverted star/splits (hello, motion sickness) and, my favorite (as @culturallyfit knows), floating savasana (because legit, you just lay on your back)! ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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I realized after that, I couldn't stop talking about it, and about her. We don't get to spend as much time together as we used to (dang kids), but this felt like getting back to center (and not just in a yogi way). Plus, she gave me this completely awesome recipe for overnight oatmeal (as I'm trying to get away from my standard donut-a-day practice ๐Ÿฉ). I was totally skeptical, but man this oatmeal gets it so right. And every time I eat it, I think of her. Every time I share it with someone new, I get to talk about her. And that's how comfort food is built, people. So today, I share with you what I'm calling Sister Oats (actually derived from a @toneitup recipe shhhhhhh ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ)... 1๏ธโƒฃStep 1/ buy mason jars from @target dollar spot (it just tastes better in mason jars)
2๏ธโƒฃStep 2/ Put in 1/3 cup of raw oats
3๏ธโƒฃStep 3/ Add 1 cup of almond milk
4๏ธโƒฃStep 4/ Add 2 TBLSP peanut butter
5๏ธโƒฃStep 5/ Add 2 TBLSP maple syrup
6๏ธโƒฃStep 6/ Add 4 tsp chia seeds
7๏ธโƒฃStep 7/ Add sliced banana on top and who are we kidding add another splash of the syrup
8๏ธโƒฃStep 8/ shake, sit in fridge overnight - eat in morning ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป Take it from someone who mostly prefers donuts over all other food items, SisterOats is a home-freaking-run. And I love her so much for sharing it with me and keeping her top of mind every morning this week as I work out this crick in my back from aerial yoga.

Dear Diary:
When it comes to style, I pretty much feel like I'm dressing as someone else every day. I put on clothes that match, look nice and are generally on-trend. But I rarely feel like myself in them. ๐Ÿ‘ 
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Growing up, i remember having most of the latest trendy styles: bell bottoms when they came back in the 90s, layers and polos when Hollister was all the rage, and a few nice dresses for church I felt super uncomfortable in. As a military brat desperate to fit in, I never really had a style all of my own. I just emulated what I thought would help me blend with the other kids. ๐ŸŽ’
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Doing just that over the past 30 years and two pregnancies has left me kind of style-less. Even when I recognize something I like in a piece of clothing from @letote or @stitchfix, it's never the same as the thing I liked before. The one constant in my closet seems to be things that are black. Wearing all black just seems like the easy answer when I can't find an outfit to put together or have no style vision. In fact, my morning routine is usually searching Pinterest for outfits that I can copy so I don't have to think about it.๐Ÿ‘š
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Until this weekend when my mom commented of my son: "Tucker, like you, is already (at only 5!) recognizing what clothes are most comfortable and wants to wear pieces that *feel good.*" For those of you who don't know, that means stretchy pants (what we call sweat/yoga/leggings pants). And she's right; why can't I just wear clothes that feel good!? #stretchypantnation (Thank God "athleisure" is trendy right now.) ๐Ÿ‘–
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I still don't really know what my style is other than (with the help of Pinterest) to be stylish. But I'm learning more about myself through the eyes (and style) of my son, who, like me, has an affinity for stretchy pants. ๐Ÿ•ถ
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So if he wants to wear stretchy pants to school, and they make him feel like himself, and they help him develop his own unique style, I guess I'm cool with that. I, at least, have Pinterest...

Dear Diary:
I wore my Pat Benatar (faux leather) leggings to the bouncy place. They didn't slow me down. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป
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In fact, I jumped off the top of the biggest slide with two very thrilled little boys. ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป#fridaynightlive
I survived. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ
They laughed.
We all lived. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
And I think there was an important lesson in there somewhere about spontaneity or shamelessness or seizing the day or something? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
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Though leather-style leggings were originally made for the stage, I think Pat would have been proud.

Dear Diary:
We still got it. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป
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Thank you, @citronbaltimore for the lovely party๐ŸŽˆand the delicious short ribs. The bananas foster crepes were my FAVE part (dammit why didn't I get seconds??!). ๐ŸŒ
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Beehive in honor of #savegoodgirlsrevolt and @goodgirlsrevolt, a show that deserves SO much more time in the spotlight. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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๐Ÿhive by @spaontheblvd and outfit by @francescas (I thought I might be too old to shop in there, but alas there are gems to be found still.) ๐Ÿ’Ž
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Last but not least, I WON A $2,500 vacation at the party. If you need me, I'll be Googling getaway ideas. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ

Dear Diary:
This is what #reallife life-training three boys looks like as we #TBT on Netflix to The Santa Clause tonight post chicken pot pie feast. ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ
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The 55 degree weather made the 5yo insist on wearing lax shorts. (Hope he doesn't freeze tonight) ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป
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The little one was thisclose to falling asleep on me, but forgot to finish nodding off. Now he's "getting comfortable" by leg-kicking his bed neighbors (aka me). ๐Ÿ’ค
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And I've been recovering from a long work day and just now felt my shoulders relax from the tension build-up. .
Overall, everyone had dinner, is wearing something stretchy and watching Tim Allen. So I think we won at life tonight. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป
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#deardiary

Dear Diary:
We're a few days into this whole 2017 thing and the "I'm gonna effin' rock this sh*t ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ" sentiments have somewhat slightly faded into, "meh. Maybe next year."
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Not to be all anti-resolutiony (#realornotreal?) on you, but I'm over this "new year, new me" bit. When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, no one *actually* changed in any way, that I could see at least. The New Year - I hate to tell you - did not in fact result in a New ANYONE. From where I was sitting on New Year's Eve (in my bed watching Buffy ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”ชโšฐ๏ธ), people pretty much stayed the same. It was more "New Year, Same You."
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But I respect the commitment to self-improvement and embrace the idea of positive change. So just in case the "New Year, new me" thing actually *does* work, here's what the "new," 2017 me is working on this year:
1๏ธโƒฃI will not let my cage be rattled. When faced with unreasonable and doubtful and hurtful and opposing things, I won't let them rock my whole world. I will keep my own cage.
2๏ธโƒฃ I will find balance in being feminist and being fair. Not everything is fairly judged through feminist glasses.
3๏ธโƒฃ I will learn from my friends, instead of teach them. They have so many learnings to impart. I want to absorb them all.
4๏ธโƒฃI will honor those who have passed by being less angry at the world's shortcomings and instead, sucking in all of its wonderful offerings as much as I'm aware to do so.
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If you're doing a "New Year, New Me" thing, I guess I'm doing it, too. #newyearnewyou #newyearnewme #newyear

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