The Permission to Kick Ass Blog

Misadventures to Make You Feel Good About Life

I believe in eating your own cooking… most of what I’ve learned about how to live a “fearless life” (in quotes because there’s no such thing – people only THINK I’m fearless) comes from making choices (some of them pretty dumb) and taking action. And I’m sharing what I learned (plus any adventures I have along the way) in my blog.

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Kick Monday’s Ass: can I eat that?? (April 5, 2021)

April 5, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I have an Easter mystery for you… Yesterday I had a Hello Fresh box delivered to my doorstep. Yay, food! Except… I didn’t order this. It wasn’t addressed to me. The address on the label was correct, but I’m mostly sure my name’s not Lyndsey. Mostly. I had a few options… 1) enjoy the…

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BEHOLD

April 4, 2021

My best sunset pic yet. BEHOLD: the sun sets over a Kroger grocery store. Be honest, this is what you really follow me for.

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Stella – settling into Nashville

April 3, 2021

She’s found her new happy place at the Nashville Airbnb…

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last night in Memphis

April 2, 2021

Last Memphis adventure before Stella and I head off to Nashville… PHENOM steak dinner at The Majestic Grille with excellent company courtesy of Raven Followed immediately by the hunt for a shower curtain liner to replace the one Stella suddenly decided she needed to conquer. *sigh* this is traveling with a cat, folks.

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Memphis: Bass Pro Pyramid, because I’m touristy AF

March 29, 2021

I almost skipped this one. Glad I didn’t though – it was way cooler than I expected:  

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Mud Island – a scale model of the Mississippi River

March 29, 2021

First I had to have a picnic, and of course it was another round of Gus’s Fried Chicken: This was beautiful – I really wish the water had been flowing so you could see the awesomeness and get the full effect. It took me about half an hour to walk from the “start” of the scale model Mississippi to the…

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Memphis: the boat ride edition

March 29, 2021

I always seem to find a boat. I am happy with this tendency.  

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Kick Monday’s Ass: the fried chicken that haunts my dreams (March 29, 2021)

March 29, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… This weekend I found myself on a 3-hour waiting list. The culprit: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken in Memphis, where I’ve got one week left to cram in as many Memph-ian activities as humanly possible before I move on to the next adventure (Nashville!). (Note: I will not be held responsible for intense cravings…

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Memphis highlights

March 27, 2021

Managed to hit up multiple museums plus a foodie legend in one weekend. Here are some snaps from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music: And here’s the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: And then there was the Memphis Music Hall of Fame: And then walking around Beale St + a stop at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken:

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my heart hurts

March 27, 2021

Today I visited the birthplace of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. I am sad.  

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cake for dinner = peak adulting

March 24, 2021

Power’s out at the Airbnb so I took myself out for dinner and something called a “Memphis Cream Cake”. This is a banana cake with peanut butter frosting, topped with chocolate ganache. It is goooooooodddddd. It was GOOD. Not nearly as sweet as it sounds. Kinda like banana bread in terms of flavor and the frosting/ganache combo was WOW. I…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: save the day or start a war? (March 22, 2021)

March 22, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Ever find yourself sucked into someone else’s drama, and despite your best intentions… it totally consumes you? Yeah that was me last week, except it was a TV drama… nothing personal. And people were literally being consumed in this drama (The Expanse on Amazon, if you’re curious). What strikes me about the show is…

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I walked from Memphis to Arkansas

March 16, 2021

It’s been ages since I went out to greet the sunrise. This time I walked all the way to Arkansas and back to do it.  

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Kick Monday’s Ass: eating an elephant (March 15, 2021)

March 15, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I want to give you a number. It’s 5. As in 5%. This is fresh in my head as I look at my to-do list and realize that I’ve got a 77k+ word manuscript to edit. Every time I find a few hours in the schedule to sit down and get it done, my…

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Memphis exploration

March 13, 2021

Finally got out and about to do some exploring. Wound up eating some sweet potato pancakes at Arcade Restaurant, where Elvis used to eat. I found some funky local shops and picked up some interesting stuff to commemorate my time here. Then I walked to the Civil Rights Museum, at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated. I don’t…

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Memphis misadventures

March 13, 2021

Lost a little faith in man when I walked out to my car and saw this. Faith restored when I took it to the body shop and the dude did some sort of magic move to pop it back in place (believe me, that was the first thing I tried but he has magic, I swear) and refused to take…

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she kinda sorta sold her husband?

March 12, 2021

Day 5 of the Permission to Kick Ass Podcast launch… First, happy Friday and a quick gratitude… for YOU! For everyone who’s listened, liked, shared, or replied to tell me they’re loving the show, and for all the love and support. It’s been an epic, at times hectic experience… but you really made my week, just by being here. You…

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please pass the bourbon…

March 11, 2021

Day 4 of the Permission to Kick Ass Podcast launch… It’s not often you have the chance to train someone and then later work for them. That’s exactly what happened with me and today’s guest, Chris Orzechowski. Once upon a time, when we both worked for one of the biggest names in internet marketing, I wound up training Chris for…

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making corsets cool before Bridgerton was a thing…

March 10, 2021

Day 3 of the Permission to Kick Ass Podcast launch… When I first started coaching newer entrepreneurs, one of my favorite “stopping blocks” was when people would say, “oh but I can’t do THAT, you can’t make a living at it!” Today’s guest, Cathy Hay, is my go-to excuse buster for anyone who says that to me. I’d usually say,…

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let me show you my “cookie face”

March 9, 2021

Day 2 of the Permission to Kick Ass Podcast launch… So I know it’s kinda early in our relationship, but let’s take this to the next level. Meet my mom, Mary Philio! Today’s episode is a special one, because it’s her birthday, and I’m releasing our recording as a celebration of all she’s taught me throughout the years. Click here…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: today’s the day!!! *squee* (March 8, 2021)

March 8, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… It’s finally here… the first official episode of the Permission to Kick Ass podcast! I’m joined by my friend Rachel Mazza, to talk stepping up into new and challenging roles, figuring things out on the fly, and trusting yourself to become even better. Click here to check it out! Don’t forget to subscribe and…

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I did a thing…

March 8, 2021

The Permission to Kick Ass podcast is now live. And it’s got its own special section on the site: Podcast You can listen to episodes there, or through your favorite streaming service!

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Memphis: more food porn

March 4, 2021

Hot “Scotty” at the local Irish pub. This was the right choice. Today’s adventure… A delightful something called “Take Me Back 2 Cali” recommended by the lady on staff. It was a good recommendation Turns out my midday waffle break was right next door to the place where Johnny Cash first performed live.

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Memphis: the Stelladventure edition

March 1, 2021

I still don’t understand how she reconciles “hates being squirted with the water bottle” with “loves sitting in a just-rinsed sink and getting my ass wet”. Seems to work for her though. Later in the day: I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: I’m not freaking out, I’m not freaking out… (March 1, 2021)

March 1, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… T-minus one week until the launch of this podcast, and I gotta admit… I’m a tiny bit overwhelmed. Not to mention occasionally freaking out about OMG WILL THEY LIKE IT?! But I had an interesting realization last week, while my worries about whether folks will like it had me spinning my wheels and resisting…

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Memphis adventures: Beale Sweets Sugar Shack

February 28, 2021

Subtitled: “My nuts are poppin’ today!” “dessert near me” A few words typed into Google Maps and that’s how I happened upon Beale Sweets Sugar Shack. I’d just wrapped up lunch and had a hankering for something sweet, so might as well find something in walking distance, right? I look for local places, wherever possible – so this one, not…

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Memphis: lunch in a COVID bubble

February 26, 2021

This little place is located walking distance from where I’m staying. It’s called The Beauty Shop restaurant and it actually was a beauty parlor once upon a time. They still have remnants of its past days leftover inside. And apparently this is where Priscilla Presley used to get her hair did. I am way too excited to be eating in…

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Memphis day 5: marching of the ducks

February 25, 2021

I just barely missed the marching of the ducks. I’m gonna catch it at some point though…  

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Memphis day 3: haunted closets and murder

February 24, 2021

Is my Airbnb haunted? I’ve got a closet door in my bedroom that pops open at random, and it always manages to startle me. I kinda like to imagine it’s haunted… Only this ghost only opens this particular door, for mysterious ghostly reasons. Is it inviting me to Narnia? I like the ghost explanation too – more mystery. Why THIS…

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walkin’ in Memphis (and adjusting on the fly) (February 22, 2021)

February 22, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Hello from sunny-still-snowy Memphis (holla if you’re nearby!). Let’s talk about driving on ice and snow. For most of my friends in the Southern US, that was a new or unfamiliar experience as a hard freeze blew in and took out all of Texas last week. I’d had my trip to Memphis planned for…

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on the road again: destination Memphis

February 20, 2021

Her highness and I hitting the road to Memphis… Her song is loud and proud. And continuous. We’re taking a quick food break so I let her out of her backpack prison. She’s being surprisingly chill. I took 55 and there were some parts of MS that are still pretty icy. If the roads weren’t still crappy I’d probably have…

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Last day in New Orleans

February 19, 2021

Unanticipated digital nomad challenge #7532: Never thought I’d be rationing toilet paper so I didn’t have to buy a new pack before I check out of my Airbnb. Try as I might, didn’t make it. Had to buy a 12-pack from the Walgreen’s around the corner with less than 24 hours to go until check out. At least it was…

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NOLA: Mardi Gras, day of

February 16, 2021

Today I’m learning Mardi Gras beading at an event called “Sew and Brew,” down at a local coffee shop. Wish me luck!  

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Kick Monday’s Ass: cakes, babies, and adventuring (February 15, 2021)

February 15, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Lately I’ve been feeling a little guilty. Here I am on this epic road trip, with lots of people tuning in to live vicariously through my adventures. And I haven’t been adventuring. In fact, for a good two weeks I holed up at home (as “home” as an Airbnb can be, anyway), escaping through…

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NOLA: weekend before Mardi Gras

February 14, 2021

So far I’ve been incredibly fortunate with my Airbnb hosts as I travel. Sending up big gratitude today! I have no idea how I’m gonna eat all this cake. But I’m damn sure gonna try! I learned this from a friend and former NOLA resident, Lisa Perk: You have until midnight on Mardi Gras Day. If you pace yourself and…

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New Orleans: food porn edition

February 8, 2021

We interrupt your feed with this breaking news: there is no “neat” way to eat a beignet. You will be coated in powdered sugar. The birds will follow you like you’re Snow White. Just embrace your Disney princess moment, and accept that generous dusting of sugar as avant garde fashion. If you haven’t yet experienced the pleasure of a beignet,…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: gettin’ all up in your ear holes (February 8, 2021)

February 8, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I’m so excited to share this… the trailer for my upcoming podcast is now live. You can listen (and subscribe!) here: Click here to get a fist-pumping dose of high energy YOU CAN DO THIS right in your ear holes. Today I’m submitting that feed to all the major podcast outlets and we’re gonna…

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NOLA: brunch at Muriel’s in Jackson Square

February 7, 2021

So grateful for a sunny day and fancy grilled ham and cheese. Can’t get enough of this croque monsieur. I had no idea what to expect when it said it came with a pickled veggie salad but they was goddamn delightful. I found my new favorite place  helps that it has a balcony, strong cocktails, and a séance room.  

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so uhhh… I’m starting a podcast, you guys

February 3, 2021

Yeessssssssss it’s all coming together… Click here and have a listen of the trailer: https://permission-to-kick-ass.simplecast.com/episodes/coming-soon-permission-to-kick-ass  (don’t forget to subscribe!) I dragged my feet on that damn thing for so long. But listening to the episodes I’ve already recorded with fresh ears has me all fired up again. I can’t wait to share!  Some of my friends and guests are already…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: feelin’ good as hell… (February 1, 2021)

February 1, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… I’ve been thinking a lot about internet weirdos lately. Once upon a time in my small Texas town, I felt like a total outsider. I didn’t run with any one clique – I hung with them all. I was a proud band nerd, and didn’t care if people thought I was a bookworm. I…

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New Orleans: when Mardi Gras is cancelled…

January 29, 2021

Instead of Mardi Gras parades (they’ve officially been cancelled because of the pandemic), locals are decorating their houses as “floats”. There are a lot of them along the usual parade route (which I’m near). Here are some I saw while out walking. Its nickname? Yardi Gras. It’s even more fantastic because most of the homeowners that participated wound up hiring…

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Kick Monday’s Ass: don’t “should” on yourself (January 25, 2021)

January 25, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… Storytime: journey with me back to elementary school, where Angie was already a voracious reader. Around that time the schools came up with an initiative, the Accelerated Reader program, to inspire kids to read more. Among the incentives? Your name written on a star and hung on the “wall of readers” in the library.…

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NOLA day trip to Oak Alley plantation

January 24, 2021

It was kinda surreal seeing it in person. I have such mixed feelings. This is the Oak Alley plantation. My family was intermarried/allied with the family that built this sugar plantation. I believe it’s been used as a filming location for several movies, including Interview with the Vampire. Sadly the human cost of this place has gone largely unaccounted for…

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Kick Tuesday’s Ass: live from NOLA

January 19, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday Tuesday’s ass… So Monday was yesterday? How about that… If you’re following along, I’m currently in New Orleans. First time in my life and I’m super excited. Here’s me in front of the “haunted” LaLaurie mansion in the blissfully uncrowded French Quarter. (you might need to enable images if you’re not seeing this super pretty,…

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NOLA day 9 cont’d: French Quarter exploration

January 17, 2021

More French Quarter exploration. This time, stuck to the awesomely less people-y Royal St and was happy to see all the artists out painting, set up on the sidewalks  

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New Orleans day 9: I’m on a boat

January 17, 2021

Today’s adventure… Jazz brunch aboard the steamboat Natchez.  

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New Orleans day 8: wandering around

January 16, 2021

Just walking around NOLA. Still not entirely sure how I set out to find a bookstore and wound up on Bourbon Street…  

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New Orleans day 5: in search of jazz and fried dough

January 13, 2021

Oh yeah, this is happening. I know you want some too – who wouldn’t want some world-famous stand-in-line-for-them beignets from Cafe du Monde? I learned the hard way that you have to hold your breath when taking a bite of a powdered sugar-coated deep fried pastry. The pigeons are LOVING me and the mess I’ve made I can mail you…

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stop 2 on the road trip of 2021: New Orleans

January 9, 2021

Despite growing up in central Texas and Houston, I somehow never made it to New Orleans. Decided to remedy that straight away… After 6 hours in a car with a yowling cat, I made it to New Orleans. I really like this little place… Well done, Airbnb.

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Kick Monday’s Ass (no, you’re not crazy… it’s Tuesday) (January 5, 2021)

January 5, 2021

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass… So I was doing a guided meditation this morning (words I never thought would come out of my mouth, I assure you) and the narrator mentioned this quote: In case you can’t see the image above, it says “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” It immediately…

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