Nautical Weekend

Summer in New England is my favorite.

I can’t get enough of salty ocean air, endless blue skies, and the buttery glow that settles in around dusk, when it’s still warm enough– and bright enough– to sit outside past 8pm sipping some ice tea and listening to oldies.

Growing up in the Ocean State, and married to a guy from Cape Cod, it’s no surprise my home and my personal style reflect the rustic nautical cool of New England that I love so much.

Give me sailboats and beach days, cookouts and lazy weekends spent reading in the sun, and I am happy.

This weekend we met our friend Carlye for drinks on Main Street at our favorite coffee shop & bar. She had just finished a 150 mile bike ride to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (go Carlye!!), and we had some drinks and toasted her accomplishment.

Afterwards, Matt and I strolled downtown East Greenwich a bit, peeking into the closed shops (it was after 7pm on a Sunday), and enjoying the mild summer evening.

Matt snapped a few pictures of my ensemble, which is, as you can see, totally nautical. You don’t grow up by the ocean and let a summer pass you by without wearing some navy and white stripes (I am guilty of owning far too many navy and white striped articles of clothing, actually). And to make this classic trend entirely me, I added a huge orange purse. Perfection.

The deets (in case you’re feeling nautically inspired, too): 

Jacket, American Eagle. Tee, J. Crew (old). Skirt, Target. Purse, Target (old). Shoes, Payless (old). Bracelets, Alex & Ani. Necklace, Tiny Devotions.  Cape Cod Ring, Cape Cod Jewelers.

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Where Writers Write: Dave Ursillo

This week’s Where Writer’s Write post comes to us from Dave Ursillo, a fellow Rhode Island native &  writer. If you have a rockin’ writing space you’d like to share with us, email me at kristinoffilerwrites@gmail.com.

I love to write on a subject I call, “alternative leadership.”

Alternative leadership is at the crossroads of self-realization (beyond the stigmas of self-help, not personal development, but genuinely realizing the power and beauty and limitless capabilities we all possess) and leadership (redefining what it means to be a leader and helping people reclaim the title of leadership for themselves, in any walk of life, to genuinely help people).

My writing tends to take a very personal tone, sometimes drifts into either a very poetic/prose form or, conversely, can take up a strong edginess. It evokes a lot of emotion in readers, and often treats topics of social behavior, group interactions, and how we lead our lives.

What is your writing space like?

Simple, practical. Peaceful, zen, ohm. Whether at home or on the road, at my desk or in a coffee shop, I always seek out a writing space that is an environment that serves my writing frame of mind: giving, open, sharp, poetic, creative, valuable. 
At home, I like to keep sparse reminders within eye-shot like notes-to-self (currently notes like, “Feeling precedes, then facilitates, action.” and “Serve strengths, measure in ease, simplicity, joy.”) and inspiring books (poetry from Hafiz and Rumi, Emerson and Thoreau, works from the Dalai Lama and more), which always litter my desk. I like to have brilliant words surround me. They serve as great queues for my writing: pushing myself to up the ante and truly serve others with the words I write.
 

Do you keep writing routine? If so, what is your routine?

I keep a very strict routine of keeping no writing routine at all. Like Orwell’s 6th rule of writing, break any of your own rules when they don’t serve you. Routines make me feel boxed in, and with an art form like writing I believe that you need to go when the flow strikes. 
I try to write every day, but often there are stretches when I don’t write for a few days. I really enjoy writing when I feel it, instead of trying to “will” it. I don’t subscribe to the tortured artist routine or believe in writer’s block — writers tend to keep to many self-imposed rules, restrictions, preconceived notions about their craft which only complicates things. Just be open, clear your mind, and flow.
 

What’s something unique and interesting about your writing space?

Today my writing space is pretty make-shift and made to travel: to move, to breathe in new scenes, to experience new faces and see life being lived. That fuels my writing. I’m a nonfiction writer so experiencing people and regular, ordinary living situations serves as incredible and endless inspiration to me.
  

If you could have any writing space in the world, what would it look like and why?

Writing overlooking the water — or any scene that screams “life.” A New York City street currently screams life to me when I write these days. I love the scene of a quiet beach just as much — different views, but they all serve my writing purpose: give, give, give.
Dave Ursillo is a former politico insider turned alternative leadership writer, author and speaker. His debut nonfiction title, Lead Without Followers, is a personal tale and political analysis of what it means to be a leader in today’s desperate world. He speaks, offers 1-on-1 leadership coaching and blogs at DaveUrsillo.com.

Just Another Writing Blog? Nahhh.

It seems like everyone has a blog, doesn’t it? So why am I creating yet another one to add to the heap?

Because I hope mine will be different enough to interest you.

My name is Kristin Offiler, and if you’re reading this, you’re either interested in my work and want to harness my amazing talents for your business, you’re a lover of the written word, or maybe you’re someone I’m related to (hi mom!). Whatever the case,  this blog will be different, and here’s why:

  • I’m a writer with a hand in many, many cookie jars (I love cookies, by the way). I’m just about done with my creative thesis for my Master of Fine Arts program at Lesley University (let’s hear it for fiction writing), I’ve done quite a bit of freelance writing for local newspapers in southern Rhode Island, I’m a social media intern for the cool website YourTango.com, and now I’m trying to get my short stories published. I’m also working on a novel that may or may not be the next Great American Story.
  • I recognize my talents, but I also understand that I’m still new to the writing industry and have lots to learn.
  • I’m ambitious and motivated and usually take on multiple projects at the same time (i.e. planning a wedding, buying a house, and working on a graduate level thesis, ahem)
  • And, most importantly, this blog will be different because I want you to be a part of it. Yes, you. Whoever you are. If you’re a writer, let’s talk. Tell me your story. Talk to me about writing and what it means to be a writer today. If you’re an aspiring editor, a voracious blogger, a PR maven, or anyone else– share your journey with me here. I want this blog to reflect my writing style and career goals, my voice, and my journey, however, I know that there’s endless knowledge to be gained from the experiences of others, so I want your input. I want us to learn together, to figure out how to start our own businesses, be successful, and maybe even define what exactly success means. The point is to learn from others and be open and receptive to knowledge.

You might be wondering why you should care about this blog. I don’t blame you– there are so many blogs in the blogiverse that it’s impossible to give a hoot about too many of them. But if you stick with me and keep checking back in, I think you’ll like the journey we’ll take together. If you have a blog that you think I should feature in this blog, tell me! If you know someone who is interesting and has paved a way for themselves and you think it would be beneficial for others to hear about it, shoot me a line.

So that’s what’s up over here. This little ole blog is joining the rest of the blogosphere in hopes that you’ll contribute thoughts, ideas, and information about writing, freelancing, publishing, and being a living, breathing human in general. Leave me some comments or email me at kristinoffilerwrites (AT) gmail.com, tell me what you’re thinking about today, and let’s see if we can build connections that will help each other succeed.

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