Happy Anniversary, Jules!

It is hard to believe that Jules du Travail is 1 year old. But on the other hand, this has felt like one of the longest years of my life. So, I hope that she's really 1.

I'm proud of her and thankful to YOU for contributing, cheerleading, and sending me notes to say, "Yes, I wear a backpack!" or teasing me because you're not reeeeeally convinced that my closet is color-coordinated (it is, thank you very much).

I don't know what the blog looks like from the outside, but from the inside, it feels risky, exposing, and like a very vulnerable leap. It's the ultimate practice-what-you-preach. I'm saying, "Let your whole self in at work," yet I still find myself scared of posting ideas that may teeter on showing "too" much personality (like getting married and changing my name). 

But I can tell you with certainty: I've loved revisiting my abandoned creativity. I've loved learning from my brilliant cousin Carolyn. And I've loved thinking critically about important issues and having new conversations about them with those of you whom I admire.


I have some big ideas for Jules for the future. They both scare and excite me, but I think that's how you know you're on the right track. And I'll start here, with this small and humble request:

Please join in the conversation. Repost on Social Media. Share with Friends, Colleagues, and those from your own networks - Anyone who Works. Subscribe for New Posts. And Leave Comments on old posts.

But once again, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support, love, and intelligence that you share with me. We have a lot to do over the next year...


Photo from This is Glamorous


Posted on October 24, 2016 and filed under Personal.

A Year in Review

I'm getting ahead of myself, BUT...

Next week is Jules's 1 year anniversary.

I think that at points in our life, it's important to pause, take a deep breath, and say: 


There have been a few cool things on the blog this year (45 of them, but who's counting?). And here are four posts that knocked it out of the park with YOU, dear friends:

Julie Plake McMinn on Self-Promotion 

My Organization Tips, along with revealing an alarming obsession with my Day Designer

A profile of my dear friend Emily and her work at the Prospector Theater. PS, we must do an update soon, as she's taken another exciting career move.

And lastly, this beautiful Mama Series, created from women who are experts on this important work that happens in and out of the home.

Thanks for your incredible contributions, which have made this blog come to life.


Photo by Colin Monteath, found on fine art america

Posted on October 17, 2016 and filed under Personal.

Professional Do or Don't? Changing Your Name

If we're connected on LinkedIn, Facebook, or (heaven forbid) real life, you may have noticed that this summer, I changed my name. In May, this guy and I were married in a low-key, intimate celebration in Mykonos, Greece.

For as long as we've been in this relationship, it's been crucial to me that I maintain elements of my independence - whether through keeping up "man" chores around the flat like taking out the trash - or through more serious life matters, like intense dedication to my career. After all, I've been single for a greater part of my life than I've been devoted to someone else, so dependence has historically felt like a 4 letter word (not that I condone that mindset - I'm working on it!).

Dave and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to our views on traditionalism. Even when it came to our wedding, it felt like he'd been reading back issues of Martha Stewart Weddings, while I begged to wear a colored dress, skip the cake, and elope at city hall. And although my anti-traditionalism often sends his linear-engineer brain into a confused spiral, he respects that part of me and allows me to march to the beat of my own drum (most of the time).

I have been career-inclined, shall we say, since the day we met. And that too is an area where he could not be more supportive. This Facebook post reveals all my feelings about his support for this side of my personality, and he continues to do more and more that makes my home life easier so that I can devote precious energy to my ambitions. For example, when I arrived home last week from an intense 8 days away, he met me at the train station, had the fridge stocked with food, and lined up a color-coded Excel sheet of movies for a brainless weekend at home (I never said that we were cool).

You get the picture: traditional guy who's adapted to the 21st century woman. 


So leading up to our marriage, we'd occasionally asked about the other's expectations about our last names. I told him that Dave Walsh (my maiden name) had a nice ring to it. Btw, if you want to see an unflappable guy, um... flapped, call him "Dave Walsh" the next time you see him.

But in all seriousness, he told me that he'd love it if I took his last name for my personal life but had no expectations that I'd adapt a new name professionally. He understood that I'd already spent 10 years building my personal brand as a Walsh. 

But then one day it dawned on me: the perfect wedding gift. I'd become a Sellers in my personal and professional life. It's the type of tradition I typically loathe. But then again, this guy has gone against every traditional bone in his body to support my career.

Am I slightly worried about my personal brand? Yes. Am I concerned that it's an excuse for an employer to think: "Hmm.. Woman. Marriage. Woman. Kids soon?" Yes. Am I dreading all the legal and logistical work associated with a name change? Yes.

But do I regret my decision, after seeing this guy's face when he opened his wedding gift from me: a business card that read Julie L. Sellers? 

Sometimes personal wins over business.


PS - Megan Cahn received 1,000 responses when she posed this question to the Cup of Jo audience!


Photos from the beautiful and talented Anna Pumer Photography

Posted on October 10, 2016 and filed under Family Life, Personal.