I’ve become one of those bloggers who blogs once in a blue moon. I’ve been itching to get back, its such a great outlet. However, I’ve been so consumed in work, trying to get ahead and put all my time into my job. As rewarding as its been, I’m starting to burn myself out. So I’m making a goal to work no more than 10 hour days, and take time for myself. Instead of work, eat, sleep, I need to do something I enjoy besides catching up on the latest Chicago Fire episode. So I’m back, and I can’t promise to post every day, but I do promise to be better to myself by putting my creativity to use on this page!

Explore insightful quotes from creative spirits such as Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, John Steinbeck, T.S. Eliot, and others at http://www.examiner.com/article/travel-a-road-of-literate-quotes-about-the-journey

I think it is really important for people to take time for themselves. It keeps you sane. Many of my coworkers are in the same boat as me where they find it hard to work less than a 12 hours day (welcome to retail). It completely baffles me to see the day fly by so fast, I have to set a goal time to leave work every day otherwise in the blink of an eye I’ve already worked 12 hours. And while I do love my job and everyone I work with, I don’t feel its fair to my family or my friends that I have not had time for them. I feel horrible when I come home from a long day of work, cranky and ready for bed and I haven’t spoken to Nick all day. I feel guilty when I cancel my weekly dinner with my parents because I’m just too exhausted or because I couldn’t get out of work early enough. I’m learning how important it is to not stress yourself out so much that you can’t live your life. Whatever it is at work can wait until tomorrow, it doesn’t all need to be done immediately.

Whether you are a hard working student, crazy overtime worker, or doing both school and work, I’ve been there. And don’t get me wrong, hard work is great and it pays off, but you will burn yourself out. Listen to me when I say taking time for yourself will be better for you in the long run. You’ll be happier! I promise.

Until next time :)

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Meeting some friends at a bar this weekend,I realize how out of place I am at bars. Most people my age probably go out to bars all the time, but it just has never really been my seen. I think I’ve only been to a bar (that isn’t a bar at a restaurant) just a handful of times. So when I was the first one to arrive at a bar that I had never been to I was the definition of awkward. I felt like everyone was watching me and judging my awkwardness as I sat at the bar to wait for my friends. I immediately pulled out my phone and texted them, scolding them for not being here when I was showing up 40 min late and still the first one there ha. Then, like a true dork, I started playing Clash of Clans at the bar… Why? Because I just don’t know how to act at bars! Its that bad.

The bar tender took a while to come over to me, when he did I have no clue what to order! So of course I awkwardly asked if they have any gluten-free beers to which I just got a blank stare. When my friend arrived, she joined me at the bar while we waiting for everyone else. She jumped up to the bar, ordered a Redbull Vodka and immediately the bar tender and the guy next to her started flirting with her. I felt like such an amateur!

Every once in a while I wonder if I would like going to bars more often. Bars are definitely fun when you’re with good friends! And then I put on jeans and a tee and go out to dinner and a movie with my boyfriend and I realize that is my preferred night time outing.

Would you rather go out to bars or go out somewhere else? Where are you most comfortable?

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This past weekend I sadly took down my Christmas tree and Christmas decorations. I decided to becon warmer weather by making a spring wreath for my front door!

My initial thought was to buy a spring wreath because to be honest nothing I make looks like it does on Pinterest. But when the cheapest spring wreath I could find was $50 and it wasn’t even cute! So this wreath cost me $18 and took my about 5 minutes to put together!

Its probably the prettiest DIY project I’ve ever made! I’m very proud of it ha. Have you pulled out the spring decorations yet?

This was such a great weekend! It was a 3 day weekend for me so it was even better. I took advantage of Friday to reorganize and clean. Then Saturday I had some friends over for a jewelry party which was fun. My only comment is when you create events on FB such as my jewelry party girls night, people either don’t respond or they say they’ll come and then they never show up! How do you invite people to parties these days because apparently FB invites just don’t do the trick! Ugh rant over.

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Then Sunday I met up with an old friend from high school at Starbucks! Its great to reconnect with people! I then spent the rest of the day relaxing/napping/eating on the couch which watching movie and movie with my man. It was so relaxing!! I couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling weekend. Nick even surprised me with more flowers!
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So I’m sure you’re wondering why I am a prisoner in my own home… below is the video. This is how I spent my Saturday morning. And after I lost the little guy I spent the rest of my Saturday with the bathroom door closed and towels covering the crack of the door to insure no further infestation! To my luck Nick ended up killing it, I must warn you the video might give you the heebeegeebees!

For a better view of this video click here! Sorry, WordPress is not the best at posting videos!

I had a conversation today with someone who has a harder life than I could ever imagine. Its not my place to tell their story but there were a few things I took from it for my own life that I feel I need to share. They had such a simple view on life and it really made me reflect my own…

Life Lesson #1:

Family is who you make your family. It doesn’t matter if you are blood related or not, the way you treat each other is what makes you family. I have family members who, after learning the hard way, I would never actually consider my family. I also have people who I have become friends with and who I now consider family. Family is not who you are related to, it is who you love unconditionally.

Life Lesson #2:

So many people do crazy things to obtain money. People steal, cheat and lie just to get money. But when your time comes, you can’t take the money or the shallow possessions with you. All you have in the end is who you have become in this world. I don’t care whether you believe there is a Heaven or not, no one can deny that those petty and shallow things in life are not transferable when you die.

Keeping these two life lessons in mind is there anything in your life that you feel you need to change? I know I will be doing some reflection! At the end of the day, it is important to keep in mind that your personal relationships and your family is more important than having money. I think that’s a lesson many Americans need to learn!

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Clash of Clans… its truly and obession, I can’t stay away!

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TWO//
Exercising my brain by competing with friends.

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THREE//
My wonderful boyfriend who has been spoiling me lately by cooking dinner, bringing me many flowers, and always surprising me with things like a live Christmas tree that I refuse to take down until its dead. Seriously, no one could ever compete!

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FOUR//
Lastly the beautiful snow that we finally got even tho its deathly cold! (Also I’m obsessed with sending my friends who live in the south the insane below temperatures in Chicago)

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Life is like a jar of Prego. Even when you feel like you have a good grip on it, it can slip right through your hand. If you don’t have a good hand rag ready to steady your grip, you may never open that jar, no matter how hungry you are. Lately I don’t feel I have that hand rag to give myself the grip on life I need. Every time I feel I have a good grip, I slip. Every time I feel I have everything under control, or I have a steady pace going, something throws me off.

And maybe that’s just life. Are you ever handed that rag to help you better grip the jar? I start getting myself on a healthy diet, and I end up getting a wheat allergy and breaking out in hives. I get into a habit of working out every day and I ended up getting so sick I needed 2 zpacks, handfuls of vitamins, and 3 weeks of rest to finally feel better. I finally feel like I have a grip on life, but I’m half expecting to slip again! All I’m saying is I skipped my workout today half because my knee was hurting and half because it was a blizzarding below zero mess outside. But I’m hoping tomorrow I will still have a strong grip on the jar and something else doesn’t happen to get in the way of my goals. Someone hang me a rag already!

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New year’s resolution numero uno? Check! I’ve been drinking so much water lately and I feel great!  My only complaint is that I have to pee A LOT. Does that ever go away onve you body is used to always drinking a lot of water? I sure hope so.

To motivate myself to drink more water I put frozen fruit in my water to flavor it! My favorite is frozen raspberries. Tastes DELISH!

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Yes I know we are 8 days into the new year but Happy New Year! Holy crap its 2015! 2014 was not my year, I was faced with many challenges and  I’m ready to leave it behind. The picture above is the first picture Nick and I took this year! Know how I know its going to be a great year? Because we started the year near friends and family while laughing all the way. I feel so much hope when I think of 2015 and it gives me butterflies in my stomach!

So normally I make a list of new year’s resolutions that I never keep, just like everyone else. But I decided to only make ones that are very achievable (plus getting in shape and eating healthy are always my goals).

My new year’s resolutions are (drum role please):

  1. Drink more water
  2. No more hangovers

That’s it! And I’ve kept them so far, including New Year’s Day! So I’m feeling pretty accomplished.

What do you have to look forward to in 2015? What new year’s resolutions did you make?

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Holy cow it’s cold! I know it was colder last year but I think since we were spoiled with warm winter up until now, the -2 actual temperature and the -35 with the wind chill is just such a shock! I have never been more ready for summer! PLUS I bought a super cute swim suit and I’ve been working out so when Chicago thaws out I’ll look fabulous! CANNOT WAIT.

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Nick and I spent the weekend doing the tourist thing in Chicago! It was cold but definitely worth it since we had coupons and it was all free! One thing neither of us had ever done was go up in the Sears (technically Willis) tower and stand out in those scary glass boxes! I almost couldn’t do it! I looked down (big mistake) and I was instantly dizzy. Such a weird feeling, but I’m so glad we did it. It was a very cloudy day since it was snowing but we were lucky that it cleared up at night so we could see the beautiful city lights and the moon on the lake.

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I could have been dressed much warmer (next time I’ll wear a thicker jacket) but I was wearing my new favorite scarf given to me by my friend, a not thick enough Columbia jacket, skinny jeans, and knee high socks rolled over Hunter Wellies to keep my feet dry!

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Hope wherever you are its warmer than Chicago!