January 16, 2017

Monday Links & the Weekend

Happy Monday! I’m off today (whoo hoo!) and have a whole list of things planned. Most importantly, I am planning on taking a massive stack of clothing to alterations (it is so out of control right now). I’m also looking forward to trying a new coffee shop with a friend, and picking up my law degree from the framing shop.

Our weekend was fun. If you follow me on insta, you saw that we had a romantic date night at Whole Foods on Friday night. Honestly, we love grabbing wine and walking slowly through the store without the weekend crowds. Are we pathetic???

We met up with friends for brunch on Saturday morning, and sat and chatted until the restaurant closed. Afterwards, we walked home down Michigan Avenue (and made a few purchases), before going to dinner at a friends house. My step counter logged 7 miles – and that did not including my run that morning! My poor little feet sure take a pounding with all this walking.

How was your weekend? And goals/plans for your Monday? 


Monday Browsing

+ I was looking for some tips on roasting a whole chicken this weekend and found this guide on the NYT. Its awesome.

+ Similarly, bon appetit magazine has a new cooking without recipes section that is so helpful.

+ I bought this tote as a lightweight travel/office bag and I am obsessed. I don’t know if I can ever go back to my heavy leather totes!

+ As a new Chicago resident, this article on making new friends hit home.

+ Tonight’s dinner: Thai Peanut Chicken with broccoli and brown rice!

January 11, 2017

5 Ideas for a Happier, Healthier New Year

I know everyone is over new years resolutions – I keep reading about setting new year “intentions,” and “words for the year.” I really love the idea of setting big picture goals and mindsets for the year, but I also think there is value is setting up small milestones of success along the way.

For example, one of my words of the year is “present.” I want to be present – not stressing about work, not looking at my phone, not thinking about what is next. However, I need some milestones along the way to help me reach this goal. Mine? 1) Set the phone in the bedroom at 8pm and don’t get it back out. I’ll check my work email once again before bed, but thats it. 2) I’ll leave an action plan at work each night when I go home, so I can shut my office door confidently.

If you are looking forward to a healthier, happier year, here are a few milestones to consider:

Take a walk each day: Maybe its around your office at 2pm. Maybe you go walk as soon as you leave work. Find time to take a walk before moving from your desk to your sofa.

Count your fruits & veggies: Counting calories isn’t worth it, in my opinion. Why? Because your body uses 200 calories of peanut butter differently than it uses 200 calories of buttercream frosting. So count your fruits and veggie servings each day, and aim for 5-7 servings.

Shut the lights off by 10:30 or 11pm: It may take a few weeks to get in a solid sleeping rhythm, but going to bed earlier will set you up for success.

Put your phone away: Set you phone to airplane – or off – when you get home at night. When you go out with friends, resist the urge to put your phone on the table and leave it in your bag.

Find a workout you love: If you hate working out, pick a new workout. No one said we all have to be runners/spinners/yogis – whatever. I hate spinning, so I don’t go. Even though its an awesome workout. keep trying things until you find something that works for you. And avoid what you don’t like, guilt free!

What are your goals for the new year?
January 9, 2017


Happy Monday!

First, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who responded to my post last week. I appreciate the encouragement and welcome back! 2017 is going to be a fantastic year 🙂

I thought I would catch up with a bit of a Lately post and share whats been going on in my life. 2016 is still a blur. It was a fantastic year, but it was a crazy year.

Chicago: We are loving our new city. Leaving ATL was very hard for me, but I absolutely feel like Chicago is the right city for us. I love walking every where (bye bye car!) and I don’t miss the ATL traffic one bit. We really enjoy how many stores, restaurants, and coffeeshops are right outside our door. I walk 2 blocks to the train each morning and pass 3 coffee shops on the way! We’ve started making friends and its been a good few months.

The Weather: So thats been an adjustment. For those who don’t know, I grew up in Wisconsin and went to college in Chicago. The winter weather isn’t my favorite, but I’m used to it. Poor AR though. This is his first winter in the north and its a bit of a shock. Right before Christmas we had several days with a windchill around -25*. Ouch. I’m living in my snow boots right now and wearing long underwear under my clothes when I go to work.

Our Apartment: Y’all – I love our space. It is still coming together, but we’ve made some furniture purchases and settled on some art. I can’t wait to share a full post on it soon! We hosted our first party in the home right before Christmas and it was nice to finally feel that settled. We still need a new living room rug, and our office space needs some love. But we are well on our way!

My job: I told AR the other day that I feel like I’ve been 3 different people during our relationship. I was a first grade teacher in Texas when we met. A few years later, I was a law student in Atlanta. Now, I am a lawyer in Chicago.

I really like my job and enjoy the people I work with. Its only been a few months, so I am still figuring everything out, but its good. I think people tell a lot of horror stories about Big Law, but my experience has been positive. I get to work around 8:30 most mornings and am home for dinner most nights.

The hardest part has been transitioning from my less structured life to my very structured life now. I spent the last 3 years being able to run to Target at 2pm if I wanted to; I could unload the dishwasher in the afternoon or throw a load of laundry in the wash. Trying to adjust to my new schedule is a process.

Have you ever been to Chicago? 
Any advice for someone making the transition from grad school to working full time? 

(thanks for hosting the link-up, Biana!) 

January 2, 2017

Oh Hey, 2017

Hey. Long time no chat.

I feel kind of like that terrible friend who ghosts on you for 3 months and then suddenly shows back up. My extended break wasn’t planned…. it just happened. And I can make a few guesses on why: I’m busy exploring a new city (hello Chicago!), I’m still trying to juggle this transition from student to lawyer, and I’m not sure what blogging looks like for me in the future.

I think last year my blog (and I) got a little lost. So much about blogging has become about making it a career. And no judgement on that – thats awesome. But I have a career. Blogging for me is an escape and a hobby, but I don’t plan to use it to make an income (and let’s be honest, that would likely be a failed venture for me 😉 ). I’m not necessarily concerned with amassing a significant following. I’m happy just loving my little corner of the internet.

So here we are – 2017. I’m making a goal to jump back into the part of blogging I love. Without sponsored content or crazy affiliated links. Just little bits of my life and city. Favorite recipes. Race recaps. Fun finds.

So thanks for reading and thanks for the break.

Happy 2017,