Over the last couple of months I have fallen out of my simple, yet effective, routine. It most definitely started happening when I started my new job and I had to get used to a lot of new things. First, I had to get used to my new job. I was tired at the end of the day and couldn’t find the energy to do anything. Not only that, but I had to get used to taking the train to work, which essentially meant that errand running during lunch was out. I had to leave a little earlier for work and now don’t get home until a little later than I used to. 

Plus, I just liked going out with my friends more than doing laundry, dishes, cleaning, anything that an adult should normally do. 

That being said, I’m tired. I’m tired of not having a routine that I can fall back on. I liked my old routine because I was so on top of things that if I missed a day because I went out or just didn’t want to do it that it wasn’t the end of the world. I just picked up the next day. I’ve been at my new job for 2 months now, so it’s high time I get into another routine. 

I want to focus on getting my apartment back in shape, laundry completely done (seriously can’t even remember the last time it was all done… oh the shame), meal planning, my Etsy shop, and getting plenty of sleep. 

So, tonight? I’m doing my laundry. ALL OF IT!


30 before 30

This is a list I have been so excited to make and for some reason thought 26 was too early and 28 too late… so 27 it is! Below is my official 30 before 30 list that I’ve given some thought to, but also won’t worry if later I think of something that “should” have gone on here.

I started this blog as a way to track my spending and my debt repayment (which is the ultimate goal), but I thought it would be fun to track a little more of my life than I currently do; read: instagramming a photo once a week. (Also, see #20 below) I fully intend to write more about what I’m doing to pay off my debt so I can travel more (second ultimate goal), but for now this is just a fun little thing I’ve always wanted to do.

Without further adieu, my 30 before 30 list!:

  1. Travel to 2 new places each year
  2. Take a self-defense class
  3. Make my apartment feel like a cozy grown up home
  4. Go vegetarian for one month
  5. Read 52/52
  6. Pay off credit cards
  7. Have a successful Etsy shop
  8. Train for and run a ½ marathon
  9. Take a solo trip
  10. Prepare
  11. Take care of myself
  12. Volunteer
  13. Go to each of the Chicago sports teams games
  14. Write letters, really interact with loved ones
  15. Celebrate my golden birthday- 29!
  16. Travel to 5 new countries
  17. Really take advantage of the city I live in
  18. Get a tattoo
  19. Not care about what people think about me
  20. Journal – keep track of what’s going on in my life
  21. Learn to cook
  22. Play hooky and do something fun without feeling guilty
  23. Backpack somewhere
  24. Go one week without any social media at all
  25. Watch more movies
  26. Stick to a budget
  27. Show up
  28. Don’t be afraid to say no
  29. Spend a day at a spa
  30. Find true love


Today I am 26

Today I am 26. Tomorrow I will be 27, but today… right now… I am 26.

I don’t quite know why, but this feels like a big jump for me. This past year has been one of the hardest yet one of the best. I have learned, grown, fallen, and laughed my way through it.

I can feel myself becoming the person I am. Or rather, accepting the person that I am and that feels so damn good.


I’m in my last few weeks of being 26. That feels weird. I feel weirdly old, yet still so young. Is that how most people feel? My friend sent me this article yesterday, which rings so true.

If you had asked me a year ago what my life would look like now, I can with 100% certainty tell you it wouldn’t have looked like this.

While I never would have guessed that my life would be what it is today I can say with complete honesty that I am so very happy. I am thankful for all of the amazing experiences I have had and for the love that I feel in my life. I’ve learned so much in the past year that I can hardly even say I’m the same person. Three days before my 26th birthday I broke up with someone I had dated for 18 months. I am basically a serial monogamist and didn’t quite know what to do with myself for a couple of months. Then I decided it was time to strengthen my friendships and relationships. What a whirlwind it has been with that! I have met some of the most incredible people. I cannot even begin to tell you how good it feels to be surrounded by people that love you and appreciate you for who you are.

Now that I’m nearing 27 I am starting to think about those 30 before 30 lists that are everywhere. I’m pretty sure it’s time that I write my own. I have so many things I want to do and maybe it will help keep me on track. I am actually getting excited about entering my late 20s. (27 is late twenties, right?)

Holy cow. If 27 is late twenties, that’s crazy. When did this happen?? Writing that out makes it feel so much bigger. Like, a bigger responsibility, yet also more room for big experiences!

Here’s to making the most of 26 for the next 3 weeks!