Tammy Bjelland

The Business of Language

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New Project: New Build

Since I needed another huge project, I’m adding another one to the list: new build. Bryan and I are building a house. This has been a plan in progress for a little while, so I’m excited to share that we’re making some real progress. We’ve been working with an architect, the fabulous Leesa Mayfield, and we’re at the stage where we are getting pricing...

Time to Wine Down

This post contains affiliate links, which means I get compensated if you make a purchase using the links below. You can learn more about affilliate links here.  It’s finally Friday It’s been a very, very long week. Nothing particularly bad happened and my work is certainly not at Olivia Pope’s but it’s been event and work-filled and I am beyond ready...

More Funny, Please

No, not funnier. More funny. My writing tends to be serious. I mean, when I write it’s mostly for business purposes, so it’s going to be pretty dry. And the majority of all the writing I’ve ever done (if you count number of pages) has been academic writing, which is the definition of dry, and mostly about super heavy contemporary Spanish literature....

Creative Change

Last week was the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, our household’s favorite time of year. There are parties, parades, a midway featuring every kind of terrible fair food you could ever want… And there are also luncheons—most of them are just daytime parties, but the Business at the Bloom event is held the Wednesday of Apple Blossom week...

Latest Favorites

My latest favorites: just a list of some of the things bringing me joy these days…   The Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard I like humor and I like interviews. I also like Dax Shepard and the people he interviews, like Kristen Bell, Zach Braff, and Lauren Graham. Funny, insightful and real, this long-form podcast makes me smile.   The Immortalists...

Shiny New Things

I get distracted very, very easily by new things. New gadgets (hello, Apple Watch), new tools, new systems. And above all else: new ideas. I don’t actually buy many actual things (Apple Watch being a notable, big, exception) but I absolutely do buy into new ideas. They’re just so shiny and pretty! As you might expect, focus is one of my biggest...

And finally, spring

Spring has an amazing power over people. And places. When the temperature sneaks past 60 degrees, and a gentle breeze carries birdsongs through open windows, this town transforms into the best version of itself. We start to see our neighbors, who for all we know could have been in another place entirely for all of winter. Discarded New Year’s Resolutions...

*Not My Christmas Tree

Please Note: This Is Not My Christmas Tree In fact, we don’t have a Christmas tree. And we haven’t put one up since our first Chrismas together 5 years ago. The tree in the picture here doesn’t belong to anyone we know— it’s by Evelyn on Unsplash (Unsplash is where I get a lot of the photos I post on here and elsewhere on the internet). I love Christmas...

A Year, Some Changes

It’s been a minute… Actually, it’s been a year. The anniversary of my last post is as good a time as any to introduce some of the changes that have happened since then. Some projects ended Stories of Growth: I stopped the Stories of Growth podcast after 13 episodes. I still love talking with people whose own growth stories inspire me, but the planning...

The Problem with Conferences

I love conferences. I like the excitement around them, the energy from the people attending and presenting, and the creativity that’s sparked from so many people in one space, and I enjoy being able to share my own thoughts and learn from others. But there’s a big problem with conferences. To be honest, there are quite a lot of problems with conferences....

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