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!) 


  1. I’ve never been to Chicago, but I really want to try deep dish pizza lol! I can’t imagine what a shock true winter would be after living in the south! Have a great week and good luck figuring out a new schedule!

  2. You’ve had a lot of changes and they have all been amazing!! I’m with you and love that we don’t own a car here in Boston! Can’t wait to see more of your apt! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  3. Chesson @ Magnolia & Main says:

    Going from unstructured to super structured days sounds like a pretty difficult transition! Can’t wait to see more of your new space in Chicago 🙂

  4. Your apartment looks so big a spacious! What part of Chicago are you in? I lived in Hyde Park for a while, but now I’m in Austin, TX. I miss certain parts of Chicago, but definitely not that -25 wind chill, girl!! Brrr!!

    Good luck as you continue figuring out your job! Wow, you’ve been through some big transitions in the past few years!

  5. I have never been to Chicago but have always wanted to go. I could totally see how the weather would be a shock for him! I basically have a set time for when I do everything. And most of the chores get done on Saturday because I can stay home in my jammies and get caught up on dishes, laundry, tv, etc. It helps me to keep a grocery list on my phone too. That way whenever it works out to go, I know exactly what we need. Love that your back in the blogosphere!

  6. Chicago is such a fun city!

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