So you want to start a podcast? Great! I highly recommend it, as it’s the most rewarding process I’ve ever been through. Let me unpack that real quick. It’s rewarding, yes. It’s a process, yes. …


  1. I stopped making important business decisions based on my emotions.

In the past I waited until the absolute last minute to outsource something because I felt like I failed if I couldn’t do everything myself. Instead, I simply look at where is my time best spent and go from there…


I started this list in March about things I learned in quarantine. It’s been so long, we don’t even call it that anymore.

I was quarantined within myself the majority of this year. So many transitions — geographically, emotionally, relationally, financially, professionally. Not that interesting, I know. We all were…


Stop paying debts you don’t owe.

You don’t owe anyone anything unless two things:

  1. You actually do owe them as in money, or…
  2. You already committed with a “Yes” statement

Anything on either side of that is your choice. You only owe people when YOU say you owe them, so stop feeling guilty because you show…


“Yes” is the answer, what was the question?

When I struggled two years ago with not being able to transition out of the service industry, I took career into my own hands and launched a wine tasting business. I had only 2 free nights a week and I spent them…


So you’re a soul without a mate, a Jill without a Jack, or your other half happens to be out of town? What to do on this pressure-cooker of a holiday when you are sans Valentine? Plenty!

All photography by Ryan Doerr & styled by: WineUp

Here are my favorite things to do for a solo date night:

  1. For the homebody:

Get some old vinyl records cued up, buy the best bottle of Champagne your budget allows (my budget-friendly “fake champagne”), buy yourself some flowers, and read your favorite classic book, or try a new recipe…


Courtesy of Ryan Doerr

No one I wait on needs to know that serving them the 7th Corpse Reviver #2 of my night isn’t the dream job I had hoped I would have by thirty-three. I do it for the cash, and I make a good amount of it, yet still, I want more.


You are out at a restaurant and in charge of ordering the wine. You feast your eyes on the extensive wine menu and carefully select a bottle that you find to be a crowd-pleaser for your accompanying guests. You order your chosen selection and await while your server marks your…


Photo by Ryan Doerr

With every serving shift I have ever worked, there is a minimum of two times in the night where someone will ask for a wine recommendation by the glass. I will then ask them “What kind of wine do you like to drink?” …

Lauren Volper

@thelaurenvolperlife. Culinary school grad. Professional Wino. Retired amatuer bodybuilder. Jill of all trades, master of pun.

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