Day in the Life: My New Chicago Life

Hey friends! I thought it’d be fun to do an updated “Day in the Life” post since my life is quite different these days.

5:15 a.m.: Alarm goes off, I crankily turn it off and snuggle up to my space heater (AKA Ben). He’s feeling extra warm this morning (foreshadowing …)

5:20 a.m.: OKAY GET UP.

5:40 a.m.: Leave for the gym, thankfully I was smart and packed everything the night before. Get gas on my way to work.

6:30 a.m.: Start workout. I did lower body and was feeling kinda weak, but it worked out.

7:30 a.m.: Shower, get ready, talk with girls in locker room (BE MY FRIEND PLZ) and get to work.

8:30 a.m.: Talk with coworkers, meet with my boss to complain about the Packer game (grrrrr) and then back at it.

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Answer emails, online training, all the work stuffs.

12 – 1 p.m.: Lunch with Matt, my designer for my client. He’s been out the past week, so I’m trying to get to know my team.

1 – 2 p.m.: Work, work, work, work, work, work (aka answer emails, talk with coworkers, online training, stare at the wall … my job is still building up so I’m still kind of slow)

2 – 3 p.m.: Staff Meeting

3 – 5 p.m.: Work, work, work, work, work, work. Ben texts me that he’s sick … I get super worried *eyeroll* Is this what it’s like to be in love? Worry about the other person all the time? My stomach was in knots and it’s just an effing cold. HA!

5 p.m.: Leave at 5 on the dot. Head over to Target to pick up stuff for Ben, then to Chipotle for food for me.

6:15 p.m.: Arrive in Chicago, realize I *may* have over done it with the stuff I got for Ben …

There was also a t-shirt and a few other things not pictured haha.

7-11 p.m.: Netflix and chill … quite literally. Watched a few episodes of Dexter, then Parks & Rec. Get mad at Ben because he won’t kiss me because he doesn’t want to get me sick. Not So Silently pout.

12 a.m.: Sleeeeeps.

“Tutu

TOL: Just a little chat …

I have to be honest – I’ve been struggling on the blog front lately. With three jobs + traveling for work + looking for ways to move, my days have been full. I’m slowly trying to get back into both blogging and YouTube, so hang on tight! No better way than to link up with Amanda, right?

thinking-out-loud

> Speaking of getting back into it, I feel like Vlogmas is the perfect time. Have you heard of this? It’s basically vlogging every day until Christmas. I’m going to *try*. A lot of my days are spent working, so there’s not much to show, but I’m hoping it’ll get back into the swing of things. I work so much and it sucks having to put aside your hobbies and passions because you work too much.

> I have a crazy cold that snuck in a few days ago. I finally took a rest day today because my body just wasn’t healing itself. BUT I did workout yesterday and take a #bathroomselfie after a high weigh-in.

Bathroom Selfie

Baby abs are trying to come in. TRYING SO HARD.

> I have been l-o-v-i-n-g this song lately. Kinda reminds me of a new person in my life. 🙂 It’s a really good song, though. Highly recommend!

Starving

> I have been obsessed with over-the-knee boots this year – I have three pairs. I used to be terrified of them because I’m so short (5’1″) but I feel like they actually make my legs look longer. Optical illusion, maybe? Anyways, I bought these red boots from Windsor a couple weeks ago (a favorite YouTuber was gushing about them, so I had to …) and I love them.

Windsor Boots

> And finally, I’m just so overwhelmed by the amount of people trying to help me succeed. Extremely overwhelming, in a good way, of course. I’ve had alumni, friends, boyfriend (obvs), boyfriend’s clients, boyfriend’s client’s friends try to help me out and I just can’t handle all the niceness. What did I do to deserve such nice people in my life?

Overwhelming

So, there’s a few little updates! I’m “high” on cold medicine right now, but hopeful to get a lot of work done today and tonight. I work this weekend and then I’m headed to Chicago Sunday/Monday. Should be fun!

Tell me an update about you!

Let’s have coffee

I love these types of posts. Whether it’s coffee, tea, diet code red mountain dew (my teeth are going to rot off, I swear) … I love getting coffee with a friend and catching up. Since I don’t have many in-person coffee dates planned, let’s have one together!

Coffee Date

If we were having coffee …

I’d tell you about the awesome, life-changing and uplifting trip I had to Chicago last week. Do any of you ever just “click” with someone, something, some place? That’s how I felt with Chicago. I’ve always liked it there, but this last time just solidified things for me. Even a few of you who watched my video noticed how happy I was, which is crazy to me that you can see that!

I’d ask you a million and one questions, because that’s what I do. I love hearing about things happening in my friends lives, whether it’s how passionate they are about their work, a new person joining their family, a funny date story … I love it. So how about you tell me something about you in the comments? I’d love to hear it. 🙂

I’d probably spill some of my drink on myself, let’s be real.

I’d tell you about a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders. After over a year of being denied by loan refinancing companies, one finally refinanced my loan based on my credit score instead of solely based on my very low salary. So, my payments were supposed to go up to $867 in January (per month) … and the loan refinancing company cut that in half. It’s a HUGE weight off my shoulders and a little more manageable. Seriously, check out SoFi if you’re struggling with student loans (or any type of personal debt).

You’d probably ask me about my dating life because, well … that’s what people ask single people. It’s okay, though. I’m used to it. I’d tell you I’m not actively seeking anyone, not online dating, none of that. I’d tell you that I’ve given up on the dating scene where I live a long time ago because I have no intention of staying in the area forever, which obviously hinders my dating life. Now, if you prod a little bit more, I’d probably tell you about someone that currently has my “attention”, so to speak, but I’m nervous about it. Girl has been burned quite a few times, so I am apprehensive. But you would be able to see past the nervousness and see that I’m more excited than nervous. We’ll see what happens. 🙂 (<— I’m THE BEST at being vague enough that ya’ll will hate me)

I’d ask you your opinion on what to wear for a wedding next month because girl is BAD at making decisions.

I’d ask you about your favorite hair stylist … hair is a big deal for me and I haven’t had mine done in almost a year. Whoops …

I’d tell you about how crazy my November is going to be for work – just the full-time job. I have five events next month, but four of them require overnight travel. Nov. 3: Madison, Nov. 10: Minneapolis (overnight), Nov. 15-18: Chicago (multiple overnights). I’d tell you that I’m excited about it, because getting out of the office and being at my events is the best feeling. Although, you would probably be able to tell that I’m hopeful for new opportunities soon.

I’d tell you that we need to have coffee more often because I miss being with like-minded, fun, energetic, driven people. So, I’d basically beg you to be my friend all the time. 😉

Linking up with Amanda!

I asked you above, but if we were getting coffee, what would you want to talk about? What would you ask me? What kind of drink would you get?

Currently … |May Edition

I can’t believe we’re over halfway through with May! Commencement was this past weekend (which means I’m officially six years out, eew) so campus is a little quieter than normal with 2,500 students missing. I mean, I miss them, but at the same time there’s so much parking …

Anyways, I saw this Currently post on Amanda’s blog yesterday and I love reading these, so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon. So without further adieu …

Currently

Current Book | You are a Badass
You are a BadassI lovvvvvve this book. So much so, I’m taking forever to read it. I try to only read it when I can devote my complete attention to it. Highly recommend.

Current Music | All of it
If you could see my current workout playlist, you would probably judge me. I have everything from dubstep to country to pop to sassy music (basically any song about butts, I probably have it in there for leg day). I’m really loving Ariana Grande’s song, though.

LOVE. (She’s not naked, I promise. Silly Vevo preview …)

Current Guilty Pleasure | Starbucks & Qdoba
It’s getting ridiculous, ya’ll. I’m outta money.

Current Food | Qdoba
Though I’m missing Hawaii’s shaved ice.

Hawaii Trip

Current Obsession | Snapchat
I’ve seriously been loving Snapchat lately. It kind of feels like a vlog, but in video AND picture form. I’m constantly on there.

Snapchat

Current Craving | A beach in Hawaii … 
Guys, I am seriously missing Hawaii. I miss the weather (duh), the beaches, the sunburn, the people, the food, the dogs …

Hawaii Trip

I’m having serious withdrawal and it hasn’t even been a month.

Hawaii Trip

Current Need | Warmer clothing
Wisconsin needs to hurry this crappy spring stuff up and get warmer. It’s FREEZING.

Current Indulgence | Skinny Cow Ice Cream
HOLY COW (see what I did there?) these are SO good.

Skinny Cow

Current Bane of my Existence | My cough
Is it allergies? Am I dying? What actually is happening here, it’s been over a week.

Current Procrastination | Calling all of my locations for September happy hours
This is a work thing, but I’ve just been completely ignoring it. I don’t know why – am I that lazy? I just don’t even want to think about September because that means summer is over, so I keep ignoring everything past like, July.

Current Confessions | Missing people
You know, missing the location of Hawaii is bad enough, but the fact that I miss the people there now, too, makes it even worse. Facetime, text and phone calls only do so much, you know? Leave it to me to meet someone 5,000 miles away that has me feeling all sorts of feels. Leave.It.To.Me.

Current Quote | This one
Marissa Lace

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Current Excitement | Summer hours!
Summer hours are in effect as of this week (though I’m the one on call this week, so it doesn’t count for me). One of the best parts about my job is the amount of vacation and flexibility we get. I really, really am grateful for it! Half days on Fridays in the summer are pretty much the best thing ever.

Current Mood | Happy
I’m really, genuinely happy lately. I’ve been working hard at it recently (naming five things I’m grateful for each day, smiling at everyone I see, trying to think positively) and it’s been working. My life may not be exactly what I thought it would be at this point, but it’s pretty darn good. I have great people in my life that constantly show me how much they support me. I have two good jobs. My sister is living with me, which is helping me out. I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been. Sure, there’s things I wish that were different, but I’m sure whatever is supposed to happen, will.

Answer one of the questions below in the comments! I’d love to learn more about how you’re currently feeling. 🙂

“Tutu