Time for a Change

For those of you who have been followers of my blog, you’ll notice that after quite an extensive writing hiatus, I’ve changed both the name and layout of my blog. I’ve been writing on and off for about four years now, and I realized that as I grow, I need a blog that will grow…

What’s after 30?

I just hit my 30th birthday in November and so far, so good.  Everything they write about really is true – 30 isn’t that bad.  When you are in your late twenties, the looming big 30 seems scary, and then once it hits, you really don’t have anything scary to look towards for another decade….

A football win in Columbus, Ohio

I graduated from Virginia Tech, so when one of my fellow Hokies asked me if I wanted to make the trip down to Columbus, Ohio for the Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State football game I was all for it.  It was a great excuse to watch my Hokies play in the third largest college football…

Quote Of The Summer

Summer is winding down and my last set of visitors are set to come to town this weekend. Although I’m looking forward to a quieter next couple of months (and fall football season!), looking back I’m so thankful for the amazing friends that have stuck with me after I made the move to Chicago and care enough…

Why I Love Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

I just heard Taylor Swifts new song, “Shake It Off” today and like all her hits, I’m into it. Here’s why: 1.) Her lyrics are always spot on with the story of my life. 2.) She’s getting back at all the haters and just ‘shakes off’ what gossip gets thrown her way. 3.) There is…

Chicago Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show makes for one of the best events in the city and my favorite weekend of the year. My friend owns an events company, and every year we go out on a yacht for a few hours and watch the show from lake Michigan.  It’s so great being out on the…

World Elephant Day – Foster an Elephant

I love elephants.  I am so intrigued by their excellent memories, that they have one mate for life, and that they have real feelings – they get sad and cry too! It always breaks my heart to see stories about rescued elephants that were abused and I’ve been wanting to find a way to help.   It turns…

Nothing like a morning run on the lake

One of my favorite ways to start my day off right is to wake up before the rest of the world, the rush of the day, and go on a nice run.  I’m out there with the few other people who know this secret, soaking up the necessary endorphins to enjoy the rest of the day.  Right as…