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New Beginnings

hellohelloIt seems fitting that my first post ever should be on New Year’s Eve – fresh starts and all – so here goes! I have been wanting to start a blog abstractly for years, and recently I finally decided to make it happen – we have to make things happen for ourselves, non? It is a bit daunting, putting myself out there, but I think with practice it will become easier and hopefully even rewarding. That said, although I am not a big New Year’s Resolutions person, I am really going to try and put into practice a few ideals for 2014 and beyond: 1) Be more mindful and present. It is easy to spend mindless time on our phones or watching TV, or wishing we lived somewhere warmer (hello Chicago winters!) and not truly enjoying the moment. I am so grateful for the friends and family I have and do not want to ever take that for granted. 2) Be open to new experiences and take more risks both professionally and personally. With these goals in mind, I think 2014 is going to be a very good year.

My hope that this little blog becomes a place for inspiration, conversation and fun. I’ll be posting my favorite home/beauty/fashion finds, personal updates and musings, fun links from the web, and more!

So, as a goodbye to 2013 before we head into the new year, here are snapshots of the past year, because it was a good one folks.

549955_10102471106175279_1681873083_n^The Hoosiers had a great season last year and we had fun watching the games with friends each week!^

 IMG_3125^My college roomie got married in a gorgeous ceremony at the Waldorf in Chicago^

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^We went to Bloomington to celebrate my grandparents’ 75th wedding anniversary – wow!^

IMG_3279^In June we spent a week with my family in New Buffalo, MI – it was so fun and relaxing (side note: this area of Michigan has amazing antique shops filled with midcentury modern goodness)^

Our apartment - beforeOur apartment - after^In July we moved from River North to the West Loop/Fulton River District – it is looking great but still a work in progress (yes to the corner unit!)^

Birthday dinner^I turned 29 on August 17th and Dan threw me my first ever surprise party (unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of the surprise, but here we are at dinner)^

Phoenix^Phoenix concert at the Aragon – awesome show!^

color run^We ran the Color Run 5K on a beautiful September morning^

Big Sur^We celebrated our first anniversary in LA and Big Sur…Here we are at Nepenthe (full travel post on that trip coming soon)^

Botanic Gardens^We visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens for the first time – how had I never been before? I can’t wait to go back in the summer!^

Bangin'^After too much deliberation, I got bangs. So far I am loving them.^

Chicago Theater^We saw Jerry Seinfeld at the Chicago Theater – HILARIOUS.^

Lulu Lulu^Best of all, I spent a lot of time cuddling with my sweet baby lulu.^

I hope you have a very happy New Year.

xoxo



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