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Day 29: Final Countdown – 3 days!

It's the final countdown to convention! How will you connect?! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogWe are just DAYS away from convention! Everyone is starting to arrive, excitement is in the air – thousands of SLPs and Audiologists are about to take over the Orange County Convention Center!

Wait… thousands?! How are you supposed to FIND anyone?!

I’ll finish off this series with a few of my favorite tips for finding friends and feeling a part of the group!

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Maps!

Each year we create a map to help us find not only each other, but also important locations near by! I’ve made it editable, so please be careful not to undo anyone else’s work.  You are free to add your name to a hotel marker so we know where you are staying. Recommend a place for lunch. Mark the spot for your dinner meet-up. Get busy “pinning” my friends!

If you want to add your name to the listing of an already “pinned” hotel:

  1. Be sure you are logged in to Google
  • Click the blue “edit” button in the white box on the left side of the screen
  • Click the existing hotel pin
  • Select the “pencil” icon at the bottom of that box
  • Type your twitter handle into the description box!
  • Click “Save”
  • If you want to add a pin to the map!
    1. Select which “layer” it goes in (within the white box on the left) – fun, food, etc.
    2. Make sure the “pin” is selected below the search box (not the hand)
    3. Place a pin on a spot by clicking on the appropriate location
  • Click “save to map”/”add to map”
  • Select the pin you JUST placed on the map
    from the white box on the left
  • Add your name or a description as needed
  • Hover over the name of the pin (in the white box on the left) – click the paint can. Now you can change the style of pin!
  • Click here to go to the map!

    – Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

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    Tara Roehl owns and operates a private telepractice clinic in Colorado focusing on social cognition, executive functioning and the use of technology in therapy. Previously she has worked in Illinois, California, Rwanda and the Philippines in both public schools and private practices.

    Be sure to hear Tara during her four presentations at ASHA ‘14!

    • Session 1115: Camp Confidence: From Zero to Hero
      [Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]
      This presentation will address current bully/shame cultures and introduce participants to therapy techniques for building self-confidence in students dealing with speech and language delays while addressing their therapeutic goals using active and engaging activities including games, iPad apps, and life skill tasks.
    • Session 1212: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Preschoolers
      [Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]
      This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills and behavior modification. Applicable for preschoolers and adaptable for older clients.
    • Session 1441: Get Out of That Box! Four Creative Mold-Breaking Models of Private Practice
      [Friday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm]
      This presentation will introduce participants to four unique models of private practice. Four clinicians will share their history, mission, and their unique service models. This session will encourage participants to develop professional resilience and shift service-delivery patterns as we face healthcare reform and other trends that affect reimbursement.
    • Session 1768: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Elementary Through Middle School
      [Saturday 2:30 – 3:30]
      This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills, and behavior modification. Applicable for elementary to middle school clients.

Day 28: Tip #6 – Upon Arrival

Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogMy final tip of Pack and Prep week! We are just DAYS away from the convention! Tomorrow starts the countdown to opening session. I cannot wait to meet you – please come up and say ‘hi’! It’s totally acceptable to shout out “SpeechyKeen!” as well. I respond to both *grin*

So, what should you do upon arrival to the convention? Here are a few ways I set up for a successful weekend of convention-ing!

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Plug and Play!

Set up your charging station ASAP! Find an outlet, plug in your power bricks
and set up everything to charge! This will make it a quicker process to plug
things in and crash into your bed each night!

Bonus: If you don’t have enough outlets, pull out that power strip I told
you to buy in week one and use it to keep things charged!

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Unpack!

This may sound crazy for just a few nights away, but trust me! Hang up
your dress clothes, toss casual clothes and “unmentionables” into a
drawer, set up toiletries in the bath and put your pillow on the bed.
You are about to have long days and late nights, make your room
work for you!

Bonus: Repack your convention bag and place it against the door at
night, and put your badge INSIDE! DON’T FORGET YOUR BADGE!

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Pick Up!

Trace your path to the convention center, grab a friend, practice your route
and pick up your convention materials! Things are crazy on Thursday, so
picking up Wednesday is the best bet! The practice the route home again!

Bonus: Don’t forget to walk your first day around the convention center
to decrease the amount of time you are lost and wandering!

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What day to you arrive??

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 27: Convention “Carry-All”

Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogPacking your convention bag SMART is critical to it being a tool, rather than a burden, at the convention. Here are some tips for packing (and re-packing) your bag to make sure it works for you and not against you…

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Everything has a place!

Decide ahead of time where everything goes! Lay out what you’ll be
bringing each day and then compartmentalize it appropriately.

Bonus: Leave a space for “stuffing” freebies/purchases so it
doesn’t interfere with your process during sessions

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Wrap It Up!

Use a hair tie, rubber band or even some of these to keep those cords
under control! Don’t waste your time untangling things!

Bonus: Make sure you have 1 cord for every piece of tech. Don’t
plan on sharing cords between devices! They may choose to die
all at the same time!

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Repack Nightly!

Each night of the convention, when you return to you room, spend five
minutes dumping out your bag and repacking it. This ensures you don’t
lose things, can find what you need the next day and get the most out
of each day in Orlando!

Bonus: This saves you time on the final day as you attempt to pack
your bags  to go home – you won’t have to sift/sort or take up
room with trash accidentally!

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So – what goes in my convention bag each day?
  • Pens – and quite a few!
    They always seem to die, or be permanently “borrowed” by a neighbor
  • Pad of paper
    Sometimes you just need to draw it out, scribble it down or give out information to someone else!
  • Battery Pack
    Don’t get caught ‘dead in the water’ with your tech! Be able to charge while you race between sessions!
  • Cords
    My power strip (of course) and one connector for my phone, battery pack and  iPad. I also pack some headphones in case I need to take a call or for listening to my iPod…
  • iPad
    This is my note-taking powerhouse for the weekend! Plus, I’m presenting from it for multiple session!
  • Keyboard and Stand
    For blasting out live tweets and propping up my iPad on flat surfaces!
  • Cellphone
    Not only is it my phone, it’s also my camera, internet connection, social media center, mobile hotspot… need I go on?
  • Flip
    I love my little Flip camera. It records video without slowing down a device such as my phone or iPad! You never know when you’ll see something funny or inspirational to record!
  • iPod
    Yep, my iPod! I voice record all of my talks and listen to them non-stop until I walk on stage! So feel free to tap me on the shoulder, even if I have my headphones on 😉
  • Business Cards
    I hand them out like candy – and often get a lot in return. Hint: Snap a picture of a business card BEFORE you put it in your bag! You never know when it might grow legs and walk off!
  • Chapstick, Water Bottle and Lotion!
    The A/C will be pumping something fierce in the convention center! Keep yourself hydrated with water, chapstick and some lotion for your hands!
  • Wallet
    For food, Starbucks and Exhibit Hall purchases of course! I also ALWAYS renew my membership at the convention – therefore I never forget!
  • Sweater and Scarf
    Pumping A/C also means cold drafts in rooms where you are sitting!
How are you packing your bag for convention?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 26: All About Apps!

Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogThe tech you bring is only as good as the apps you have! Below are some of the apps I can’t live without when it comes to convention week(end)!

Notability

This is my favorite note taking app on my iPad. There are plenty out there and everyone seems to like something different. This just happens to be my go-to app of choice! Whatever app you decide to use, practice BEFORE you walk into your first session! (for Android check out Papyrus or LectureNotes)

Hootsuite

I love Hootsuite for tweeting form multiple accounts, following hastags (like #slpeeps and #asha14) and scheduling tweets in advance! My only complaint is that I no longer get push notifications on my phone, so I also have Twitter running to get alerts.

RedLaser

QR Codes are prolific at the convention, and the ability to scan and go is key to gathering information without slowing down your progress. Be sure to have an app to capture the information different people are sharing with you!

Google Maps

Navigating a new area, no matter how close to the center you are, can be a nightmare! I love Google Maps because it will give me driving, walking AND public transit directions! So, depending on the time of day and my mode of choice, it always has an answer for me. It also downloads the route, so if I lose cell coverage I’m not left stranded!

Google Drive

Remember back when I told you about how I set up my schedule? Well, Google Drive on my device gives me quick access to my schedule! I also have another spreadsheet on my drive that is my “shopping list” for the exhibit hall! I preload some items in, then take note of products I want to “come back for” as I browse!

Yelp!

Finding a good restaurant can be tough – it’s like Russian roulette with your GI tract! Yelp is where I always go to find a nearby restaurant that has good reviews. I also love that many list whether or not they are ‘child friendly’, since the #ASHAbaby will be along as well!

The ASHA App

If I have downtime, want to find out more information, need a map, etc then I turn to the ASHA App. This app has had some significant upgrades (along with the program planner) and is much more user friendly than in years past. I love it as a “backup” for all my pre-planning!

What apps will you be using?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 25: Tip #3 – Prepare Your Tech!

Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

Your tech is going to be your lifeline at the convention! A place for notes, pictures, access to social media and finding friends. Make sure it’s in tip-top condition to improve your chances of it holding up. Here are a few things I make sure to do before the first day of ASHA…

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Clean Up!

Take all those downloads, images, videos, etc off of all of your tech.
Leave a cute picture or two to share with other, but get the rest
backed up and off your device! It’ll protect them in case (heaven
forbid) your device is lost/stolen, and frees up space for quicker
processing and all the pictures and video you’ll be taking at ASHA!

Bonus: No one can accidentally find THAT picture…. oops!

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Update!

Make sure you have the latest operating system and that all of your
apps are up to date! The last thing you need is an app crashing on
you when you need it most! And, you’ll ensure you can get the apps
you are learning about in all the techie sessions!

Bonus: Less alerts on your main screen! Boo yah!

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Dirty Tech – Gross!

Clean up your tech! As in, physically clean it! Make sure it is free from
client germs and sticky residue. Use a soft cleaning cloth (like you may
use with glasses) and a gentle cleaning agent. My favorite is lemon
essential oil – leaves my iPad and phone smelling yummy too!

Bonus: You’ll feel like you got brand new tech for ASHA! Winning!

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Tomorrow we talk “must have” apps!

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 24: Tip #2 – Packing Up!

Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blogI am the queen of packing my suitcase for maximum capacity. I always teeter on the edge of that 50 lbs limit! But I know I’ll be bringing a lot home with me, so I have to be super smart about how I pack up my suitcase for ASHA. Here are some tips I’ll be following…

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Roll and Stuff!

I roll all my “casual” clothes! This removes any extra “air” and makes
them as compacts as possible! This gives me room for bigger things!

Bonus: Stuff your shoes with your “unmentionables”, socks, etc.
The inside of a shoe is such wasted space in a bag!

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Air Packed for Liftoff!

I take smaller clothing items (scarves, tank tops, etc) and put them
in a small ziplock. I push out all the air and create mini “packs”!

Bonus: Use the ziplocks for repacking items, or for bringing home
spillable items you collected on your trip!

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Leave Room for Goodies!

Pack as little as possible, so you have plenty of room to bring home
some ASHA Swag! Does your airline allow you two bags? Do it!

Bonus: I plan on packing a smaller suitcase, then placing it inside
a larger one and checking it! Less to haul there, more room to haul
goodies back home to Colorado!

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How are you packing your bag for convention?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 23: Tip #1 – Toiletries

Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

When packing, toiletries can be the bane of my existence. I’m not even being overly dramatic here. They spill, they add weight, you can not longer carry them on unless the bottle is under 3 ounces. Ug!

But if you know me, you know I travel a LOT! Typically once a month at least. So, I’ve had to come up with some strategies for my toiletries. Here are a few of my favorites…

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Hit Up Target!

Go to the travel bins in the pharmacy at Target (or Walmart) and pick
up some $.97 travel bottles. Transfer only as much product as you
think you will need – don’t over pack, and don’t overfill!

Bonus: Throw out any bottles you emptied! This will save in weight
on the way home – freeing up space for some conference purchases!

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Double Seal!

Take some plastic wrap, lay it over the top of your bottle, then screw
the lid on! Drop it in a small ziplock, and you are doubly protected!

Bonus: Stack the plastic wrap and put it in the ziplock while in the hotel.
It’s then available to reuse if you choose not to toss a bottle or two!

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Stay Organized!

Organize your smaller ziplocks by types of products! This keeps
everything easy to find and easy to unpack then repack!

Bonus: I write what goes in the back on the outside. This makes
it easy to make sure I have everything when I head home on Sunday!

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What is your best toiletry tip?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 22: Pack and Prep!

Tips for packing and prepping for convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over on the blog at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

Wow! Week four already?! ASHA is a little over a week away! Time to pull out the suitcase, prepare your tech and pack that convention bag we discussed yesterday. (Hint: I included links to my three faves in the comments of yesterday’s post).

This week will be just quick tips and tricks, as I am busy prepping to leave as well! I arrive this Friday, and will be in Orlando through Sunday afternoon following the close of convention.

What will be tip #1? Come back tomorrow!

Follow along as we prepare our suitcases for a weekend of fun in the sun!

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

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Tara Roehl owns and operates a private telepractice clinic in Colorado focusing on social cognition, executive functioning and the use of technology in therapy. Previously she has worked in Illinois, California, Rwanda and the Philippines in both public schools and private practices.

Be sure to hear Tara during her four presentations at ASHA ‘14!

  • Session 1115: Camp Confidence: From Zero to Hero
    [Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]
    This presentation will address current bully/shame cultures and introduce participants to therapy techniques for building self-confidence in students dealing with speech and language delays while addressing their therapeutic goals using active and engaging activities including games, iPad apps, and life skill tasks.
  • Session 1212: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Preschoolers
    [Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]
    This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills and behavior modification. Applicable for preschoolers and adaptable for older clients.
  • Session 1441: Get Out of That Box! Four Creative Mold-Breaking Models of Private Practice
    [Friday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm]
    This presentation will introduce participants to four unique models of private practice. Four clinicians will share their history, mission, and their unique service models. This session will encourage participants to develop professional resilience and shift service-delivery patterns as we face healthcare reform and other trends that affect reimbursement.
  • Session 1768: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Elementary Through Middle School
    [Saturday 2:30 – 3:30]
    This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills, and behavior modification. Applicable for elementary to middle school clients

Day 21: Totes Ma Gotes

21 days marks the end of week three! Convention is right around the corner! We are SO close! Can you feel the anticipation and excitement? I’m bursting at the seams over here! Ok, enough gushing and on with today’s post!

Totes Ma Gotes! What Totes will you be bringing with to the convention hall? Here are some tips for picking the right one! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

You’ll need a convention bag for ASHA. It’s just a must for all of your swag, tech, and daily accessories. So what are some things you should consider when picking an ASHA bag?

Style

When it comes to bags, there are so many styles to choose! I always suggest something that can be worn as a backpack or rolled behind you. Between the weight of your daily convention items and what you’ll pick up along the way, your bag will feel like 100 lbs by the end of the day. Be nice to your back and make sure you can distribute your weight evenly. Messenger bags, large purses and briefcases typically put all the weight on one shoulder. By the end of the convention there is always quite the line for the masseuses in the exhibit hall from silly bag and shoe choices!

Size

While size can be “relative”, I recommend a “medium” sized bag. Something that holds your tech, and “accessories” comfortably while giving your wiggle room to stuff in some papers and swag that you gather along the way. Too small and you end up picking up a bunch of free bags from vendors to accommodate your load. This leaves you looking like a bag lady on your way to dinner! Too big and you are likely to over stuff it with unnecessary thing. Plus, it doesn’t fit by your feet in the tight rows in sessions. You may also want to pick a bag with a lot of pockets – when everything has a place (cords, business cards, pens…) you won’t spend as much time digging for what you need!

Stick to One

Don’t bring a different bag for different days. Switching between bags means you are bound to lose something – your business cards in that hidden pocket, the extended battery, chapstick or pens. Instead, give yourself a few minutes each evening to “reset” your bag – re-stock business cards, clean out swag, recharge all of your electronics and select a few pens to use. Be loyal to the bag of choice!

What bag will you be using at ASHA?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

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Tara Roehl owns and operates a private telepractice clinic in Colorado focusing on social cognition, executive functioning and the use of technology in therapy. Previously she has worked in Illinois, California, Rwanda and the Philippines in both public schools and private practices.

Be sure to hear Tara during her four presentations at ASHA ‘14!

  • Session 1115: Camp Confidence: From Zero to Hero
    [Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]
    This presentation will address current bully/shame cultures and introduce participants to therapy techniques for building self-confidence in students dealing with speech and language delays while addressing their therapeutic goals using active and engaging activities including games, iPad apps, and life skill tasks.
  • Session 1212: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Preschoolers
    [Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]
    This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills and behavior modification. Applicable for preschoolers and adaptable for older clients.
  • Session 1441: Get Out of That Box! Four Creative Mold-Breaking Models of Private Practice
    [Friday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm]
    This presentation will introduce participants to four unique models of private practice. Four clinicians will share their history, mission, and their unique service models. This session will encourage participants to develop professional resilience and shift service-delivery patterns as we face healthcare reform and other trends that affect reimbursement.
  • Session 1768: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Elementary Through Middle School
    [Saturday 2:30 – 3:30]
    This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills, and behavior modification. Applicable for elementary to middle school clients

Day 20: Beautiful Bling!

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“Bling” is a part of any outfit! But what’s “in” with SLPs this year? And what should you leave behind? Here are a few of the faves and some experienced “don’t do it!’ advice!

Watch

Not every room will have a clock, technology dies and the time change can mess with your head. A watch is a great way to make sure you’re on time without draining your phone battery or being too blatantly obvious that someone is a total bore! I love my Pebble watch, as I can get my phone alerts on it – another great way to preserve my battery life!

Necklaces

The favorite necklaces of many SLPs (myself included) are Origami Owl – they let you tell a story with a clear locket and specific charms! They have even come out with a lanyard! How cool!? Even if you don’t have one of these in your jewelry box, pick a necklace that tells something about you. People will be looking at your face, so compliment your outfit while making a statement about yourself. This is especially important if you are interviewing or networking – wear what is expected while saying something about who you are as an individual. I love this image for helping me pick the right necklace for my outfit!

Earrings

I feel like my outfit is more complete with a pair of earrings. This also gives me another place to “personalize” my outfit. A great set of earrings draw attention to your face and can be a fun conversation piece too! Pick something with an interesting shape or some extra sparkle – have fun! Having not pierced my ears until I was a junior in college, I’m a bit of an earring addict now..

Nails

You’ll be shaking a lot of hands and, if you’re anytihng like most SLPs I know, talking with your hands all weekend. Clean up your nails so you can use those paws with confidence! Jamberry nails are all the crazy currently, and some of our SLP friends even sell them! An everyday manicure will work perfectly well, or even just some filing. I’ll probably get my rings cleaned too – they accent my finger bling! Whatever suits your fancy. Any it’s Florida, so you may want to give your feet some loving too! Spa day anyone?

The “Don’t” List

There area few pieces of “bling” you should leave behind. The biggest being bracelets! This may sound crazy, but hear me out. You will be shaking hands, digging in your bag, typing on your devices… they get in the way, bang against surfaces, have to be ‘shook’ out of the way to shake a hand or write a note, etc. People sitting near you will be less than thrilled by the sound of them slamming against your tablet and they will end up tossed in your bag by lunch. Lessen your frustrations and chance of losing them by not even wearing them in the first place.

Next on the list? Dangly earrings. This one is only a concern if you choose to wear a scarf or hug someone. What can I say? I’m a hugger! And a scarf wearer! And I never seem to stop and think about the potential that my earrings will get snagged all.day.long. on my scarf or in the hair of my friend who I haven’t seen in a year. I have decided to pick shorter earrings as one of my statement pieces this year, to save myself some serious frustration.

What “bling” will you be sporting?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP