Weekend Recap: Girl Friend Time!

Goooood morning and happy Monday I just wrote Sunday!Β  It’s so beautiful out today and all I want to do is hang out outside!

I had a fantastic weekend and I’m so sad it went by so quickly! My friend Saige from Milwaukee came to visit Friday-Saturday and it was so much fun.

Friday we worked from home for awhile together, then she went out around lunch to meet up with her family. We met up again around 5, got ready at my place and headed to a little restaurant/bar called Charlatan near my apartment for a drink.

Drinks at Charlatan

We met up with “da boys” – aka Ben and her husband, Joel around 7:30, put in our name at Yuzu Sushi for dinner (hour and a half wait, come ON Chicago) and then headed over to Roots for a drink while we waited. Saige and Joel have met Ben, but it was in a huge party setting so this was the first time we all got to sit down and hang out. Also, it was my first “double-date” in like 5+ years?

Yuzu texted us awhile later and we headed over to grab out table. We shared a few apps, a bottle of wine (the restaurant was BYOB so Ben brought some over) and then got some sushi!

Yuzu Sushi

After dinner, Joel had to head out to his brother’s so he dropped Saige, Ben and me back off at Charlatan where we had ANOTHER drink. Let me just say – all three of us rarely drink, so it was a bit more than we were all used to.

Saturday morning was a slow start for us, but Saige and I took the time to do some face masks and then get ready slowly. It was GORGEOUS outside, so we headed out to Tuco & Blondie for a late lunch.

Tuco & Blondie

Tuco & Blondie

Our food was fantastic, plus it was so light and airy in there!

Tuco & Blondie

After lunch, we headed downtown to do a little shopping. We only got through Zara and half of H&M, but I managed to buy a few things. I’ll do a haul soon!

Saige ordered an Uber once we got home and headed out to spend time with her fam. Ben picked me up and we headed out to the suburbs. We watched the Blackhawks game (boooo) at Buffalo Wild Wings and then headed to his hockey game. Neither team won, but Ben was hilarious to watch… only because he got a penalty within the first 10 seconds of the game. He then managed to get out of the box and immediately score a goal. Fun game!

Sunday Ben and I got up and went to do some work at Starbucks. Do to unforeseen circumstances that hopefully I can tell you more about at some time (grrrr, why do I always do that?!) I didn’t go to Easter with my family or his. I did manage to step out of the apartment a little bit, though.

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

And now it’s Monday! I’m working from home today, but thinking about taking a walk to Starbucks here soon. Haven’t decided if it’s just to get a coffee, or to get some work done there for awhile. We’ll see… either way, back to the suburbs tomorrow!

How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap: IT’S SO NICE OUT!

And it’s Monday again! Time to go with the weekend recap. I did try to vlog a bit this weekend, but I’m not sure I got much footage so we’ll see. πŸ™‚

Friday I worked from home. I had a few conference calls and a few Dropbox emergencies (which is how we get my “client” their work…). Thankfully my stomach was much better on Friday, so I think the flu is finally over!

After work I spent a bit cleaning up my apartment and went over to Ben’s apartment around 7:30 p.m. to eat some random stuff we got from Postmates (it was good, but I only ate about 2/3 of it) and watch Harry Potter. SUPER exciting Friday night. πŸ˜‰

Weekend Recap: Postmates Food

Saturday we woke up around 8:30 and headed to Starbucks by Ben’s gym around 10. We worked together until he had to leave for his only client at 11:30 and I met him there for our lower body workout at 12:30. We took it slow and light (#tyss haaaaa) since we both hadn’t worked out much the whole week prior due to the stomach flu.

Lower Body Workout

After our workout, I went back to my apartment to cook up some lunch, shower and change.

You Better Have Tacos Door Mat

A couple hours later I headed over to Ben’s and we watched an episode or two of a documentary before we headed out to Ben’s friend’s birthday party at a bowling alley.

I haven’t been bowling in at least five years and it was so much fun! I even got a strike – wooooo. On accident, though. I have absolutely no form.

Sunday we got up, Ben made me breakfast πŸ™‚ and we headed to Starbucks for some serious work. I had to get a ton of work out to someone and Ben had a bunch of new client programs to write. It was so hard sitting next to the window, looking at people running around outside in the nice weather!

After Starbucks, I ran home to eat and change quick.

Trader Joe's Meal

We headed out to a beach (Montrose Beach, I think??) to sit by the water (favorite thing #1) and watch the dogs on the dog beach (favorite thing #2). It was soooooo amazing. The weather was gorgeous, Ben and I laughed at all the dogs (and contemplated stealing some) and then we took a walk around. We were out there for a good 1.5 hours or so, and it was so relaxing. I felt SO happy afterwards.

Montrose Beach

After the beach, we headed over to Cone for a pre-dinner ice cream snack.

Ben had Cookie Monster (the blue one, which turned his lips bright blue which I thought was HILARIOUS) and I got Birthday Cake. Both were SO good, but so rich, so I spent the rest of the night with a bloated, pregnant-looking stomach. Yay, dairy intolerance!

Once we got back to Ben’s, he did some work and I played around on my phone. We ate quick and spent the rest of the night watching Harry Potter. Seriously, the best Sunday ever! Can’t wait for many, many more. πŸ™‚

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie!

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

It’s Monday again AND the first day of spring. I’m excited about one of those things, so while trying to get in the head space for the other, let’s do the weekend recap! πŸ™‚

If you saw my post on Friday, you know I was missing Ireland like crazy. I spent a lot of the day re-reading my blog posts from the trip and remembering how beautiful it was there. Of course, I got some work in as well, though Fridays tend to be incredibly quiet. I took my lunch break around 12:30 and headed to the gym for Ben to train me.

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

We’re super spectacular at taking photos together.

After my workout, I went back to my apartment, worked the rest of the afternoon and logged off around 5. I honestly don’t remember what I did next, but I’m sure at some point I went over to Ben’s apartment and hung out there for the rest of the night.

Saturday morning I got up around 8 and got ready for my hair appointment. I found a salon called Edit just a bit from my place, so I made an appointment for a hair cut and color consultation. Loved my stylist and made an appointment in April for a hair color!

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

After the cut, I walked over to the gym to meet Ben. The gym was crazy busy, so we sat and chatted for about an hour before hitting a leg day. My lower back was a little finicky, but we got in a good, solid workout. Of course, Ben was talking about burgers the whole time and I realized I haven’t had one in over a year (what?!) so we headed to a new-to-us burger place called Burger Bar right after working out. We both got bloody marys (yummmm), Ben got some ridiculous burger with like three meats on it (#protein) and I built my own with sweet potato tots.

Burger Bar Chicago

Our food was soooooo good and the music they were playing was AWESOME. We’ll definitely be back. πŸ™‚

After the burgers, we headed back to our places to shower and then I ended up back at Ben’s at some point. It was our four monthiversary (heh) so we decided we’d stop being hermits like we are every other weekend and go out to a bar for a drink. I don’t have any photos, but the bar was packed, I didn’t love my drink (Ben loved his) and then we left around midnight to go to bed. Party-ANIMALS.

Sunday we slept in a *tiny* bit before heading to Starbucks. I went before Ben and played around on my iPad because I apparently decided I wasn’t having a productive weekend.

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

Ben met me there, but I left soon after to meet my friend Amanda for brunch at The Dawson. I was able to walk there which was the BEST and I got a bloody mary (typical) and avocado toast. SO GOOD.

The Dawson Chicago

We sat and chatted for awhile, then randomly decided to go get a manicure down the road. Our nail tech was so fun and it was a nice way to end the afternoon!

Later in the day, Ben and I watched a few episodes of a documentary series we’re into, then watched a funny movie before calling it a night. Both of us start getting stressed by Sunday evenings (for different reasons) so it was fun to watch a ridiculous movie (Penguins of Madagascar if you’re curious) and forget about everything else.

That was my weekend! This week is going to be a little interesting, but nothing crazy. My coworker is out of the office later this week and I get to cover for her, so I’ve been invited to way more meetings than I’d like. At least it should keep me slightly busy, right?

How was your weekend?
Are you a brunch person?

Linking up with Katie!Β 

YouTube Update!

It’s FRIDAY OMG THANKFULLY! This week, while I’ve been lucky and haven’t had to commute much, has just been a doozy. Happy to be a step closer to the weekend.

Since I’ve been focusing on getting used to living in Chicago + a new job + a 3-hour commute, I’ve basically been focusing almost completely on my blog and forgetting about my YouTube channel. I know not all of you are YouTube fans, but if you are … here’s a little update from me! πŸ™‚

Beautiful screenshot of me, huh?

Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! What are your weekend plans?

Five Things To Do When You’re In A Bad Mood

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling HIGHLY motivated. Of course, there’s been a day or two when I’ve felt down, but I’ve been in anything but a bad mood. Whelp, if you read my blog on Monday, you know that changed this past weekend.

I felt lethargic all weekend + body images issues + had myself convinced that I was never going to “make it” with my dreams of working for myself. I mean, had myself CONVINCED of it. Bad moods really aren’t my thing, so Sunday I spent some time (while writing out this blog) to think of a few things I could do (and you can to!) to pull yourself back into a good mood.

FIVE THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU'RE IN A BAD MOOD

  1. Talk to someone you love who will lift you up.
    This is key for me. Luckily, I have this wonderful man who I get to have in my life every day who loves me, even through my weird ass girl moods. (Amiright, ladies? Like, WHY AM I CRYING NOW?!) He’ll always find a way to lift my spirits or just let me vent to get all the negativity out.When I didn’t have Ben in my life (and sometimes you just need a girl friend), I’d vent to my friends. My friend Lindsay is always one of the best to talk to because she’ll let me vent, but gives me constructive criticism if I need it. My friend Saige is the same. I love them for that!
  2. Look at puppies. Or cats. Or birds. Armadillos. Whatever the fuc* tickles your fancy.
    FO’ REAL. This always puts me in a better mood. Plus, I remind myself that one of the reasons I don’t have a dog yet is because I want a more flexible lifestyle where I can get a puppy and not leave it in a cage all day. Gives me some motivation.
  3. Watch or read something that’ll put your life into perspective.Β 
    My favorites for watching lately have been …
    Planet Earth: Reminds me that I’m a very privaleged lady that needs to be a bit more grateful for the fact that I can sit on the couch watching Netflix all day and ordering in Thai food instead of hunting fuc*ing tarantulas to set on fire and eat. GROSS.
    Gary Vee videos: I’ve been hooked on Gary Vaynerchuk for a little over a week now and his motivational keynotes and videos. I love his candidness, truthfulness and his work ethic.
    My favorites for reading/listening …
    “You Are a Badass”: I read this book on my way to Hawaii last year and loved it, so I’ve been listening to it on Audible and it just gets me in a good mindset.
    Any Virtual Assistant / Social Media / Girl Boss blog I can find: Since this is the direction I want my life to go, I’ve been reading up on a few blogs to get myself in a better mindset.
  4. Get in a good workout, walk, Β run, spin class, Jazzercise, in-between the sheets time (WHAT?!), I don’t care.
    Getting active helps me about 95% of the time. Granted, this past weekend my workout didn’t help me much, but getting in a walk while listening to YARBA (that was me trying to abbreviate You Are A Badass) did make me feel better. The more I laid around the rest of the day, the more lethargic and just blech I felt. When it’s nicer out, I love to go take walks down by the lake or river to get in some activity plus be around water, which is one of the most calming things to me.
  5. Treat Yo’self.
    I’m bad at this one, so it’s something I’m working on. Maybe you’re buying yourself a cute summer dress or a donut from a local bakery, just get yourself something that’ll make you smile. Doesn’t have to be a lot of money and don’t go overboard with a calorie-dense crazy cheat day, but a lil’ somethin’ never hurt anyone. I bought myself a pretty t-shirt dress from Shophopes this weekend that I’m pretty excited about. My wardrobe needs an overhaul, but the one little dress will do for now.

While I’m not where I want to be physically, mentally, financially, work-wise … I’m working on it and you can’t forget to be proud of yourself for what you’ve done this far, right? Those are just a few of my ideas, so what are some of yours?

Linking up with Amanda!

Weekend Recap: A Very Potter Birthday

Birthdays and weekends are the best, aren’t they?!

So we’ll start with Thursday, only because I feel like that’s when my “weekend”Β began last week. On Thursday my company laid off about 130 people in corporate. I had been hearing whisperings of it for awhile, but we weren’t sure what was happening. Thankfully I was not one of those cut at this time, but it’s definitely not something I want to go through again. One really great thing about Thursday though is that I got to work downtown AND I got approved to work from home on Fridays. Three-day commutes are NOTHING in comparison to five!

Friday I was able to sleep in a bit and then plopped myself on the couch to work in the morning. I worked until about 12:30 before I moved myself over to Starbucks. As much as I want to work-from-home entirely someday, I still need some human interaction so SB it was! My favorite person met me over there around 3.

Starbucks Date

Any guesses what the guy in the background of that photo is doing??

We worked a little past 5 and then headed out for an early date night. Ben and I are both trying to save money, but he mentioned chips and salsa and I’m easily swayed from saving. πŸ˜‰

Flo Chicago

Apologies for the poor lighting + Snapchat (JustJessie23 #shamelessplug) pics, but the lighting was badddddd.

We went to a place called Flo in West Town. It’s technically a New Mexican restaurant. My chips/salsa and margarita were spectacular and Ben loved his food. I didn’t love my main dish, but I had gorged myself with so many chips that I wasn’t into a heavy meal. Definitely would go back!

Flo Chicago

We stopped at a little wine bar on our way home for a glass of wine … It was a fun place, but our server was kinda cranky. I did not like my wine – apparently I was in a cranky mood toward food/drink on Friday!

Wine Date Night

Saturday morning I got up with Ben and headed to the Starbucks by his work while he trained his clients. I spent the entire morning basically watching Gary V motivational videos, trying to figure out how to change WordPress themes (any advice on this? Do I need to back up all the things first?) and spying on dogs.

Starbucks West Loop

Starbucks West Loop

Ben met me for another hour of work before we could go back to workout. I, of course, have no photos of our workout. WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN?

After our workout, we both went back to our own apartments to get ready for a quick trip to Milwaukee for Saige’s birthday! She had THE BEST Harry Potter cake.

Harry Potter Birthday Cake

The night was so much fun. There were about 15 of us there and we had a fun game night. Ben and I ended up driving back to Chicago late because we had plans on Sunday plus were boring/old and were falling asleep by 11!

Sunday we slept in a bit since we didn’t get in bed until 2 a.m. the night before, then I got ready for brunch with Marette!

Only brunch with @jessiedeschane could pull me back out of hibernation!πŸ‘―πŸ‘―β€

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We went to this awesome place called Tuco & Blondie, which I loved! Apparently I was in a Mexican food mood this weekend.

Tuco & Blondie

Tuco & Blondie

Always have such a great time catching up with her!

After brunch, Ben, his sister and I all headed out to the suburbs with dinner/hanging out with his family, which is always a nice time. We got back to the city around 10 and bummed around on the couch for the rest of the night before calling it quits.

P.S if you read my post on Friday, the lie was #1. Tricked you! I’m not actually from Green Bay, though I was living there for 2.5 years before I moved this January. πŸ™‚

How was your weekend?
Are you a brunch person?

Linking up with Katie!

How to Make Time for a Side Hustle

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you know that I’m the queen of working too many jobsΒ and side hustles. A question I received all.the.time was “How do you have time for that?” and “You’re crazy” – not necessarily in that order. πŸ˜‰

I’m no expert, but here are a few ways that I think you could add in a side hustle, part-time job or hobby into your life.

How to Make Time for a Side Hustle

  1. Stop Making Excuses
    For serious. Like, just stop. If you don’t *want* a side hustle, to workout more regularly, to work at a gym part-time … then don’t. I’m not going to force you. But if you DO (or, like me, you had to) stop making excuses. Yes, it’s hard to get up at 5 a.m. Yes, sometimes I roll my eyes at my alarm clock and go back to bed. Yes, it sucked working a 50+ hour week, then working 8-hours on social media posts at Starbucks on the weekend. But I did it. I didn’t watch Netflix. I got up a little earlier. I said no to working late if it wasn’t life or death. I made my social life plans a treat if I got done with my work. Drag your man with you to Starbucks to both get some work done (or he’ll drag you – this is what Ben and I do, at least!) You have time if you really want something, trust me.
  2. Do something that you love.
    Are you trying out a side hustle, hobby or something else because you’re not fulfilled in your full-time job? Do you need a second job to pay the bills? Then try to find something you love to fill that space. Now, I know that’s not always possible, but try. I worked three jobs when I lived in Green Bay, but my two part-time jobs were doing something I loved. One was at the front desk of a gym – hello, I’m a gym rat. Free gym membership + cute boys (when I was single …) + fun friends to work with? Makes the 5-hour shift after work more bearable. I found my social media freelance position because I wanted something that challenged my mind. I wasn’t fulfilled at my full-time job and was often bored, so the social media position helped me continue with one of my passions. Now I’m hoping to turn that full-time.
    So you don’t love fitness? Do you like clothes? Work retail – you get a discount. Become a virtual assistant if you don’t want to leave the house after work. Freelance something. You have to be good at something, yes? Or try stuff out – if you’re not good at it or hate it… then stop. πŸ™‚
  3. Network with people.Β 
    So you know you want to do something outside of work, but you’re not sure how to get into it? Ask people you see doing cool things! I came across Brittney’sΒ blog on Twitter and, after reading a bit more about her, saw that she has started a businessΒ similar to what I’d like to do. So … I signed up for all of her newsletters and emailed her telling her she inspired me. And guess what? We scheduled a 45-minute call the next day and she gave me loads of tips on how to get started. Talk to people you know. Go to seminars or conferences if you have time/money. Listen to a webinar at lunch and virtually meet people that way. Email me and we’ll become best friends. JUST TALK / WRITE TO SOMEONE.
  4. Don’t sell yourself short.
    Write down five things you’re good at … right now. I’ll wait……
    Don’t sell yourself short. This is something I struggle with all the time, but it’s true. If you think you’re a good writer, write. If you love working with people, work with people. Be creative. Find what makes you tick. Life is too short to be stuck doing something you hate BUT maybe you don’t have a choice right now. Maybe you have to work that job you hate because it pays the bills. Maybe you have to work nights and weekends because you Β need the extra moolah. Girl (or guy), I get it. Fo’ real. But try to find something you love to do to keep you sane. Keep going after that dream of what you’d like to do full time. Write down what your perfect day looks like or perfect life. My coach Amy had me do this and it was LIFE CHANGING. I mean, seriously. Be ridiculous. Mine included making breakfast with my boyfriend and my dog and look at me now – making breakfast with my boyfriend, continuously begging him to get me a dog. It’ll happen. πŸ˜‰
  5. Plan, plan, plan, plan. Did I say plan?
    I don’t care how you do it. Myself? I have about 19 calendars. Okay. That’s a lie. I have … five. πŸ˜€ And Tick Tick which is this amazing app I have where I can click off things when I’m done … sooooooo satisfying.
    Write lists. Make a content calendar. Have a color-coordinated calendar. Write stuff on your hand. Post-its. White boards. Chalk boards. Surfboards.Β Just plan. I find if I write things down, I’m more apt to do them. I even write down “wash hair” (I don’t wash my hair every day #maneproblems), put up Instagram posts, etc. just so I can feel accomplished getting something done.
  6. Take a break.
    Please don’t go overboard. Find out what is doable for you and your family and do that. Maybe that’s spending 2-3 hours a week on a blog right now that doesn’t make you any money, but you make friends or get to express creativity. Maybe it’s working 10-hours a week at your local gym for a free membership and motivation to get your booty moving. Maybe it’s checking out Craigslist and applying for short-term social media or content creation gigs (Jessie Suzanne, do this RIGHT NOW). But if you need a break, give yourself a break. Take the weekend off. Take a bath. Take a walk. Get a manicure. Cuddle with your man/woman/dog/cat/guinea pig while watching Stranger Things. Recharge your batteries and then get right back out there.

Okay, I’m stopping because my motivation / inspiration part of my brain is in overdrive and I’m doing that thing where I ramble for 95-hours and you’re like Jessie shut upppppp. πŸ˜‰ Let me know what you think. If you ever want help, ideas, a new best friend to push you, a new best friend to tell you you look pretty today, gimme a shout. Anytime. Really. –> jessie@justjessieblog.com

Linking up with Amanda!

Weekend Recap: Sickness + Starbucks

Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. It was 64 in Chicago all weekend and I can’t even contain my excitement, even though I wasn’t able to take advantage of much of it.

I drove out to work on Friday pretty early to get some stuff done for work. I had a small lull around 10:30 so I headed over to the gym to get in my upper body + HIIT workout.

Friday Workout

I got in a few more hours of work before leaving around 12:30 to miss traffic. I got into Chicago around 1:15 and headed straight to Starbucks to continue working.

Starbucks work

Around 3, Ben showed up to work the rest of the afternoon with me. πŸ™‚ We left a little after 5 and headed back to his place to hang out with Teressa.

I was in an amazing mood all day on Friday up until we left Starbucks. I was so hungry because I was trying to “save as many calories as possible” for dinner that night because I knew we were going out. Such a stupid idea. I was so tired, so cranky with Ben and struggled on and off all night with my mood. Grrrr.

Friday Night Fun

Saturday morning Ben woke up to go train around 5 a.m., but he was feeling absolutely awful. He ended up canceling his sessions (which he never does) and went back to bed. We didn’t get up until almost 11, which was crazy. We didn’t get to lift together like we usually do which bummed me out, but it was nice to sit around all day and not do anything. Granted, the weather was AMAZING and we holed ourselves up inside on the couch. We finished Stranger Things (SO GOOD), then watched some Parks & Rec and Dexter for the rest of the night. I wish Ben would’ve been feeling better, but I didn’t mind getting to cuddle up with him all day (and force him to look at funny memes). πŸ™‚

Target Meme

Sunday we slept in a little bit (only until 9 this time) and then ate some breakfast. I went back to my apartment while Ben went to lunch with his family. I had so many dishes to get through, so once I got through cleaning I took my migraine pill (booooo allergy headaches) which made me pass out for a bit.

Later in the afternoon/early evening, Ben and I headed back to Starbucks to get some work done. I had all intentions of figuring out a new theme for my blog this weekend, but that didn’t happen. I got as much done as possible on Sunday and just chalked it up to a relaxing weekend – I don’t really have those very often!

The rest of the night consisted of leftovers from Valentine’s Day (we cooked spaghetti and meatballs together) and Dexter. Pretty chill weekend, but I’m all for that!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie.Β 

Day in the Life: Work Day

Since I’ve been in Chicago for over a month now, I’ll take you along on a normal day for me!Β So I’ll take you back to Monday (even though no one wants to do that on a Friday!)

5:35 a.m.: Ben’s first alarm goes off, I pretend it’s lying

5:45 a.m.: Ben tells me it’s 5:45 and I need to get up. I look at him like he’s the devil, then remember I love him and it’s not his fault it’s Monday

5:55 a.m.: Throw on workout clothes, leave Ben’s apartment (I packed a bag) and walk the few blocks to my car

6:45 a.m.: Arrive at work, walk to the gym across the campus (it’s a HUGE company)

7:30 a.m.: Finish first day of Ben’s program, foam roll quads that are still beaten up from squats on Saturday, get ready for work, pick up a diet Mountain Dew (don’t judge me) from the convenience store

8 – 10 a.m.: Get to my desk, make food, log on, check emails, do work, talk to co-workers, bang head against desk,Β accidentally type in the wrong blog URL for my blog into Chrome and get a security notification that I was blocked from a porn site. Commence panic attack and fear of losing job for typo. Text boyfriend who (as always) puts life into perspective and basically tells me to calm the eff down. Roll eyes at self.

10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Leave work for early lunch (I have a noon meeting). Head to Target to pick up prescriptions, then to Chipotle for lunch

12 -12:30 p.m.: Meeting with partner and creative team on mailer project, write up recap notes, cancel meeting for 3 p.m.

12:30-3 p.m.: Back and forth with partner on questions for content calendar. Watch more training videos while waiting for feedback (I swear, this company has over a million training courses I’m supposed to listen to) This current one? Basically a video game about compliance. Like … why. Emailed back and forth with partner who thought I overheard her talking crap about one of our projects (no offense taken even if I had heard because I agreed with her lollll), noticed that I had three meetings in the afternoon that were all canceled …

3 p.m.: Get an email from our mail room that I received flowers, so my coworker and I walked down to get them. The card wasn’t signed, so I texted everyone I knew that could be the mastermind behind it (AKA my mother or Ben). Mom says no … Ben doesn’t respond … so I make up stories about a random secret admirerrrrrrr…

… and then Ben texts me that it was him. πŸ™‚

4 p.m.: Bang head against desk

5 p.m.: Leave work, driveΒ to Whole Foods to pick up a gift card for Teressa, drive back to the city

6:30 p.m.: Start making dinner and meal prepping before I’m assaulted

Cookie Butter Assault

7:30 p.m.: Thankfully Teressa brought me over some ice, then Ben came to make sure I was okay. The huge egg on my forehead was spectacular, but thankfully no blood!

8 – Midnight: I had all of these intentions to go work on blog stuff at Starbucks, but the almost cookie butter concussion made that impossible. I mostly sat on the couch, icing my forehead all night and hanging out with Ben.

And that’s a typical day in the life with me … including the injury. πŸ˜‰

What’s a day in the life look like for you?

Being a Risk-Taker

I don’t do risks.

Like, for real. Or so I thought.

Risk-Taker

When my coach called me a risk-taker the other day on our call, I couldn’t help but giggle. Me? A risk-taker? The girl that hates going on roller coasters, wouldn’t sky dive for a bajillion dollars and don’t even get me started on gambling (why would I give you money that I don’t know if I’m going to get it back?)

Of course, after the giggle, she mentioned a few reasons why she considers me a risk-taker. Apparently moving your whole life to a brand new city with a brand new career makes me a risk-taker. A lot of people wouldn’t even dream of doing something like that, in fact I can think of about 10 that tried to talk me OUT of doing it. I guess I am a risk-taker.

  1. I’m willing to do pretty much anything (legally, let’s be real here πŸ˜‰ to get the life I’ve always wanted. I’ve worked for YEARS, gaining as much experience as possible and working multiple jobs to fulfill my passions since I never seem to get that from my jobs.
  2. I take a risk every day when I write as authentically as possible on here and all of my social medias. I could (and have) get made fun of or maybe even in trouble for some of the things I say, but I still think it’s worth the risk to be as real as possible. I think too many people aren’t their authentic selves online and that’s sad.
  3. Like Amy said, I moved my entire life to a city I knew I felt a connection to, even though there were (and still are) many reasons it could *not* work out.
  4. I’m starting my own business. Side hustle for now, but I’d really love to be able to live the life I dream of and Chicago gives me the push I was looking for. My goal is to be less controlled by location and more focused on having more time to live my life with the people I love doing the things I love. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

How are you a risk-taker?
Do you consider yourself one?

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