P1020393

Ciao Bella!

I’ve been back from Italy for a week now. It has taken me so long to post about my trip because I’m still speechless. It was amazing. Just incredible. There’s so much to talk about, but for ease I’ll go in chronological order of our week in Italy. We spent time in Naples, Pompeii, Rome, and…

Everything laid out on my bed.

What I Packed For Italy

I need to take over a post and brag about how well I packed for Italy. We were there for 8 days and I had only 1 hiking backpack and a purse. Amazing, right?! I went into work the morning before we left and walked in with my luggage. A coworker caught me in the elevator and…

from "NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette" by Nathan W. Pyle

How to Survive in a Big City

Nathan W. Pyle created a series of animated GIFs for New York City, but it equally applies to Chicago and any major metropolitan area. To summarize a few key learnings: It doesn’t matter who you are, put it on your lap. Beware the empty train car. It’s empty for a reason. Do we need to be…

Birthday outfit!

My 4th StitchFix Box

Happy Summer, my friends! I’m heading out to Chicago’s Midsommarfest, but before I go have fun in the sunshine I want to update you on my latest StitchFix box. I received my 4th StitchFix a day before my birthday. As I opened the box, I was instantly excited. A little birthday present to myself, if…

I would post a meaningless "Stay Positive" quote or something, but I don't want to waste either of our time. Instead here's a picture of the bags that were given out at the United Center for Game 7 of The Hawks v. The Kings. No, I was not at the game, but this bag still makes me laugh.

My June Worry Vault

June is my favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, but wonderful things always happen in June. People start venturing out of their winter hibernation. Big decisions are made. Adventures happen. I have a lot going on over the next few weeks, but I’ll focus on that later. Right now,…

Scope End the Awkward

“End the Awkward” Campaign

As a copywriter in healthcare advertising, we work with a number of diseases and disabilities. Have you ever met someone with a disability and you’re unsure of what to say or even how to shake their hand? This is an amazing campaign titled, “End the Awkward.” Grey London worked with Scope (a UK group that works…

Will Farrell Streaking

I’m Going Streaking!

Not really, but kinda. Things have been crazy over here. To quote John Lennon, “Life happens when you’re busy making other plans.” That’s my life right now. Busy. Plans. I’m happy and blessed and… completely overwhelmed. But most concerning that I haven’t been working out. I don’t do well when I can’t make it to the gym. I don’t…

Writing (flickr:Pascal Maramis)

College Essays from the New York Times

The New York Times recently published four standout college admission essays. As a writer, I appreciate good writing—and in the case of one of these four essays, it’s not necessarily good writing but it focuses on an overlooked, yet important, everyday experience: a job. The essayists are teenagers, but the maturity in their writing is impressive. I still remember…