Compliments

Over the last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about compliments and how (no matter how small) can brighten someones day. It’s been my goal to give one compliment each day and so far it has felt great. One day it was telling a coworker that a color looked great on her and another was telling a friend that I was proud of her for not getting down even though she’s had a rough couple of weeks. It’s amazing how easy it is to do this yet how often we forget to. Today I’ve received two very random compliments – one professional and one personal and it made me feel like a million bucks!

As women we need to stick up for and support other women. We spend so much time putting each other down or putting ourselves down that it’s important to remember the good qualities.

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2014 resolution

Happy New Year! 2014!

This year I only have one resolution that takes multiple shapes. A lot of people are into choosing a word for the year, and mine is SIMPLIFY. The most important item I would like to simplify in my life is my debt. I have a little consumer debt, but the vast majority of it is student loan debt and I’m starting to feel it eating at me. I’m not exactly doing a spending fast, but more of a spending diet. I’m not going to be the person who says no to going out to eat once in a while with a friend or buying a bottle of wine for at home. I am bringing my lunch to work, not buying extras that I don’t need, and utilizing what I do have.

Simplifying also means: keeping up with the dishes, laundry, and cleaning at home. My apartment is small – there is no reason I shouldn’t be able to keep up with cleaning it.

This feels good, it feels right, and I can feel myself learning and growing already.

Here’s to a happy and successful 2014!

high five for friday!

Yesterday at work we were all talking about how this week in particular has gone by so stinking slow. At first we tried to blame it on the gloomy weather, but when half of the days are bright and sunny you know that’s kind of cheating. So! Like everyone else, I’m so, so happy that it’s finally Friday!

Today I’m linking up with Lauren today for High Five for Friday!

1. When my dad came to visit this past Sunday we went to a cute German restaurant in Lincoln Square. After our (huge!) meal, we decided to walk around for a bit and stumbled upon this adorable French cafe, Le Cafewhere my dad ordered a chocolate eclair and I ordered freshly baked (and piping hot) beignet’s… complete with powdered sugar. The whole afternoon was lovely and this little cafe really tied it all together. I highly recommend it!

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2. On Tuesday I wore my favorite fall outfit, even if it did decide to be 80 degrees in Chicago. A dress and boots. Swoooon! Later that day a coworker told me my outfit looked like I should be out in a meadow with bright flowers taking professional pictures and I can totally see that… might need to  do that one of these days!

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3. My sweet friend, Roxy, had her baby!! Mr. Dylan Christopher was born on 9.27 and I cannot wait to meet him and snuggle him and love on mama too!

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4. Last night was the perfect night for softball! The temps were just amazing and the rain held out long enough for us to play… and we didn’t lose! Or win. We tied. But we didn’t lose! It’s a step in the right direction.

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5. I’m wondering if Netflix heard me bad mouthing it the other day for not having season 8 of HIMYM, because later that night I got an email from Netflix saying it’s on there now! I’ve only gotten around to watching the first episode, but I’m preeeety sure I know what I’ll be doing all weekend now.

Happy Friday!

take a deep breath

Breathe and enjoy.

If you ask any of my friends, they’ll tell you that I’ve been stressed lately. The past month or so has been so busy and hectic that it has been hard to take a moment to relax. I’ve started to outgrow my job, I’m applying to grad school, studying for the GMAT, trying to plan for some pretty big things coming up… all while trying to make sure I eat, have clean clothes, and get enough sleep at night. The worry I’ve been feeling has been creeping up quickly. What if things don’t go the way I hope they will? I’m sad that I don’t have my mom to lean on and get advice from. When will the hard stop piling up?

But then I sit down, take a deep breath, and remember that life is meant to be enjoyed.

Between family and friends I feel very supported and encouraged in all that I do. I like that I have friends that tell me the GMAT is hard and will take a lot of studying and preparation, but that it will be worth it. They send me encouraging messages at what feel like my breaking point. I am so thankful for them.  And even though my job isn’t exactly what I’d like, I have a job. I have a job that pays my bills and allows me to plan a weekend trip to Michigan. That’s pretty cool.

There is just too much good in my life to let the worry overtake it.

Devil’s Ball 2013

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Friday night my girlfriends and I got all dressed up and headed downtown to the Devil’s Ball. It’s a silent auction/charity event that is held at the Roosevelt University Auditorium Theater – which is stunning! We spent the evening drinking the flowing champagne, eating the delicious food, and dancing the night away to the best DJ  I have ever heard. He played a 10 minute 90s mix that brought all of us back to middle school. The best part of the night though?? The photo booth!

But when ISN’T the photo booth the best part of the night?!

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fall ball!

Over the summer a few friends asked if I wanted to play on a rec softball league in the fall with them. My first thought was “YES! Where do I sign?!” Then I realized that I have never played a team sport in my entire life. I spent hours in the backyard with my dad growing up throwing the ball and batting, and I like to think that I wasn’t half bad as a kid, but this would be a whole new ball game… haa.. puns!

Last night was the first game I was able to make it to and sadly my team lost for the first time. I’m going to pretend like I wasn’t the reason we lost. Here’s to hoping.

But seriously, SO. MUCH. FUN! I was able to play 3 different positions in the field and I hit the ball both times I went up to bat! I even made it to first base on the second hit. 😉

After the (7-2 loss) game, my team, The Grassholes, went to a bar around the corner and shared a few pitchers of beer. Given that I only knew 4 people going into this, I feel like I know them all so well now. New friends!

Nobody on the team could believe that I had never played a team sport before and were oh-so proud of me when I actually did what they told me to do!

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Here’s to hopefully pulling out a win next week! #grassholes

current reads

After a short summer break from reading I’ve been more than happy to get back to fall, winter, spring reading. Summer is hit or miss for getting in a lot of books – this summer was a major miss. I can’t exactly say I’ve had the most riveting list of books read since the summer break, but it’s getting me back in the habit.

One book that really surprised me was Divergent. I got through the almost 500 page book in 3 days. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t say I’ve ever really leaned towards a favorite genre, but right now I’m really into the young adult dystopian novels. The Hunger Games kicked things off a couple years ago and I’m anxiously awaiting Insurgent (the second book in the Divergent series). The third (and final) book in the series Allegiant comes out in October. It’s rare that I’m caught up before the next book comes out so I’m pretty excited! 

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I’m currently reading The Maze and am about 1/3 of the way finished. This isn’t holding my attention quite the same as others, but it’s still good. I feel that The Maze really is intended for the younger of the Young Adult. Given that it’s not really catching my attention, I’m not convinced that I’ll finish the series. But I also said that about 50 Shades of Grey #sorryimnotsorry

My list of books to read is really long, so I’m looking forward to knocking out a fair number of them over the next 9 months (winter in Chicago lasts until May/June some years). This might be the winter I read all of Jane Austen’s novels… I think it’s time. 🙂