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I was born with a serious case of wanderlust that grows stronger the older I get. To help plan my travels, or just day dream about exotic locations, I head over to Pinterest and pin away. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know I spend a lot of time pinning travel. (And coffee. Let’s give one up for transparency on that end.)

I’m sharing some of my travel boards today to inspire your own sense of  adventure. I also have questions. Where do you like to travel? Do you have a travel list you’re working on? What has been your favorite trip?

Seeing adventures through the eyes of others is a joy. I know great travel. Every trip is great, but there are experiences I could stand to forget. The Italian mothers following me to my room for their sons was a little unnerving. There have also been a few flights I’d like to forget. Driving in certain cities still gives me flashbacks worthy of a Stephen King novel.

Traveling and exploring the unknown is what you make of it. I prefer to go off the beaten path, while others prefer the tried and true. There are also times I prefer to keep myself on the straight and narrow, visiting all the spots every guide book that has ever been printed says you should visit.

As I work on travel plans for the rest of the rear and into next, I wanted to share a few of the places I find inspiration on Pinterest. This is where I gather ideas, fuel my wanderlust and strategically map where I want to travel. Of course, I also just Pin pretty pictures that inspire me as well.
Follow Lisa Frame {adailypinch.com}’s board Wanderlust on Pinterest.
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What I’ve Learned — Week 21

What I've Learned -- Week 21.

I’m a little late this week with “What I’ve Learned,” but I needed a little more time and some quiet to sit back and really process. I’m not sure I learned so much this week, as I did peel away and discover parts of me that I try and hide. While I won’t be sharing those things here, I can share what I do know.

It doesn’t matter how invisible you feel or try to make yourself, there will be people who truly care that notice.

I’m thankful I have those people in my life. You see, I’ve been trying harder and harder to disappear. It’s much easier when you feel like your invisible. So I go deeper and deeper into myself and get quieter and quieter. I’m not sure if it is hiding, or an act of self-preservation. More of the former, much less of the latter.

But that’s neither here nor there. What really matters is that while I’ve been burrowed deep, someone has noticed and that has made a world of difference in my life. And it’s a reminder to go forth and let people know they matter and you notice their absence. It will touch a part of their soul.

Sometimes lunch is just lunch.

When did lunch stop being lunch?

I sat down with a friend last week for lunch where we discussed all manners of things in the writerly world. At one point, he asked me what I could do for him. I had invited him to lunch and am pretty sure he was shocked when I said “nothing.” You see, sometimes lunch is just lunch.

In this world of blogging, freelance writing, social media, etc., we’re inundated with requests to “grab a cup of coffee” or “let’s have lunch and catch up.” A great deal of the time it turns into “We’re going to meet for this coffee/lunch and I’m going to drill you with questions for two hours.” We will call it the “pick your brain” scenario and it is an awkward position to be in.

This happens all too often. So often that I rarely go into town to avoid this type of ask. When I am in town, I don’t let people know as I just want to get whatever is on my to-do list taken care of. If I do meet people, it’s like-minded souls who like me for me and not what I can do for them.

When did lunch stop being lunch?

There are many of us working in the collaborative community who need support and companionship. And there are times we need the advice of those people when we are up against road blocks. Like many others, I work time into my schedule to mentor people. But when running a small business there are days you ask, “What will be better for me, dinner or a shower?”

How do I help? I provide resources and offer 10 minutes on the phone. I  will offer to meet with people, but I’m usually  booked two months in advance. Depending on the request, I respond with “I consult on this and my rates are xxx” which has been met with swear words and blocking on social media.

How do I handle requests? I have set rules, which includes an exempt list. If you’re on the list, I’ll sit down with you any time of the day, no matter what I’m doing and will talk to you.

Rules are unique to each person and their situation. Mine are for my sanity. I only have so many hours at this point I can set aside, and it has been my saving grace. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be sleeping and no one wants to see me when I’m short on sleep.

In this “always on” world, it’s nice to sit back and have lunch with a friend and there be no expectations.

What I’ve Learned — Week 20

What I've Learned Week 20

I’ve been thinking a lot ago that I’ve learned this week. Some weeks don’t require thought and some need much more effort. This is one of those weeks where I have to dig deep to find the lessons that are part of my own personal growth.

1. Sometimes lunch is just lunch. There will be more to that later, but there will be days that you think it will be one thing and find a surprise at the end.

2. No one sees the work I do, but I know it has value. For someone who works online and behind the scenes a great deal, finding the people who value my work has been key.

What do I do that you don’t see? I do corporate social media strategy consulting with my key focus being on Pinterest. My brain is awash in data, pretty pictures and snappy blurbs. It’s not all fun and games, as I’m elbow deep in best practices documents for three clients, but I am good at what I do.

3. Nature is a balancing force in my life. I have been craving the outdoors more often than not. Being outside, in nature, keeps me sane.

My family isn’t always too fond of this new discovery. I’m not sure you’d be fond of me waking you up at 5 a.m. to get ready for “Outdoor Adventures with Lisa.”

4. Stephen King is a genius. While I don’t like the horror genre, his way with prose is too irresistible for me not to read his work.

This could also explain why I’m not sleeping. And why number 3 has been a little more heart racing. I also refuse to stay in a bed and breakfast any time soon. My husband thanks you, Mr. King. You’ve saved him a wad of cash and on the days I’ve read your work a little too much, he gets to sleep in on the weekend as there are no outdoor adventures.

5. The Charlotte Observer liked the name of this column so much they’ve decided to host their own “What I’ve Learned” on their website! My friend Michael is writing it and what I’ve read is geared for the Baby Boomer set. But they will be missing out on my quirkiness, which could be a good thing. I’ve been here for a year and will continue to fill the pages with knowledge. Don’t think you’re getting rid of me!

My Vanity and an Invite to Learn about Kybella™


I have been looking in the mirror more often as of late. What is normally an act of personal growth and inner connection has become one of “who is that woman in the mirror?” My own vanity has been kicking my rear, and for once, I’m okay with it. I’ll never look like I’m 20 again, but I can do things that will help me slow down time on her eternal march across my face.

My name is Lisa and I’m a mid-life woman who has a notebook filled with things I can do for my skin and face. These include cosmetics that “blur,” fill in the wrinkles and help give my skin, and albeit temporary, dewy look and procedures done in my dermatologist’s office.

The aging process has also resulted in things “shifting” on my face. I’ve always had a full face and extra weight has given me the dreaded “double chin.” A recent consumer survey revealed that 68% of consumers are bothered by fullness under the chin. To that I say, well, yes. Known as submental fullness, the appearance of double chins or neck fat is a condition that can negatively impact the overall appearance of the face and can result in a person feeling older and heavier.

My friends over at Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas heard about my mirror time and invited me to their open house and seminar to introduce me to Kybella™, the first and only approved non-surgical, injectable treatment developed to address this common complaint. Kybella™ reduces moderate to severe double chins and neck fat with no surgery no downtime and no sedation required. Now, I have yet to undertake any injectables or fillers in my face, but I do have serious curiosity about what they can do for me.

So I’m heading over tomorrow night to check out Kybella™ and see if it’s a good fit for me in the future. I’ll add the things I learn to my handy dandy notebook and continue to learn more about the process. I’m sure that it’s going to be a popular option for both men and women who are fighting the middle-aged spread and want to avoid invasive procedures.


Tuesday, July 28,

Dermatology Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas

1918 Randolph Road, Suite 550

5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas Open House Schedule Includes:

  • 6:00 p.m. Dr. Munavalli will be holding a “What’s Next for the Neck” seminar
    • Learn about other new and alternative treatment options
  • 6:30 p.m. Dr. Munavalli will be performing live demonstrations of the Kybella™ treatment
  • Free consultations offered throughout the event
  • From Good Morning America, meet one of the first patients to receive the Kybella™ treatment from DLVSC and see her results http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/fda-approves-injections-treat-double-chins-30696856
  • Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served


Dr. Gilly Munavalli is the only Charlotte physician to serve as a principal investigator in the clinical trials for the development of Kybella™, making him one of the most experienced Kybella™ injectors in the nation and DLVSC one of the first practices to offer this groundbreaking treatment.

“In my dermatology practice, I see many patients who have undesirable fullness under the chin, even though they may have an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearance and be in great physical shape,” he said.


Kybella™ is administered by injections into the fat under the chin, tailored to the treatment goals of the patient and the physician. Each in-office treatment session is typically only 15-20 minutes and many patients experience visible results in two to four treatments for long-lasting effects.


Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures increased 3 percent, to more than 13.4 million procedures in 2013, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“The demand for plastic surgery remains strong,” said ASPS President Robert X. Murphy, MD. “Facial rejuvenation procedures were especially robust last year, with more Americans opting for facelifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, fillers and peels. With new devices and products hitting the market each year, there are more options and choices available to consumers wanting to refresh their look or a little nip and tuck,” he adds.


For more information or to make an appointment, clients should call 704.375.6766 or visit http://www.carolinaskin.com RSVPs are encouraged and both women and men are welcome to attend and schedule a free consultation.

About Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas:

Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas was Charlotte’s first Mohs Surgery Center when it opened in 1990 and remains the busiest Mohs Surgery practice in the area. Now with their team of board-certified physicians, DLVS offers additional services, including face lifting surgery, blepharoplasty (eye lifts), laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, endovenous laser ablation, sclerotherapy, tattoo removal, laser resurfacing and many fillers. There is also a medical aesthetician on staff who performs skin care and facial treatments, and several lines of skin care products are available for sale. The practice also offers the most advanced treatment options available for general dermatology, skin cancer, varicose veins, laser surgery and cosmetic surgery. Physicians are in the office every day and personally perform or directly supervise all procedures done in the office. For more information visit: http://www.carolinaskin.com or call 704-375-6766.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I’m a curious consumer who is considering future options for the sake of my own vanity.