Travel Blog: San Diego 2017

Whew, y’all ready for a lengthy post? I promise there will be lots of pretty pictures, LOTS of food (aka donuts) and some fun times. I’ve cut these posts into two, and will also have YouTube videos up soon in case you’re more interested in finding out more that way. Okay, enough blabbing, time to go!


So, the trip started on Wednesday, August 30th. I went into work until noon, came home to finish packing (mind you, I literally just moved OUT of my apartment the night before, so my stuff was everywhere) and then got to the plane station (heh) for our flight. Of course, yo girl had an ALMOST anxiety attack as soon as we got into the air, but with lots of coaxing from Ben, I made it through the quick and harmless 3.5 hour flight.

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We arrived in San Diego around 7:30 pm PST, headed to our Air BnB and then out to visit our first food location, Barrio Star.

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After some food, margs & AMAZING service at Barrio Star, we walked back to our Air BnB and passed out.


We woke up really early (aka 5 am) on Thursday, so we did a few things around the place (which was super cute by the way) and headed to our reservation at Great Maple.Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017
As you can see, we got quite a bit of stuff! I got their “Pickle Mary” which was really good and then Ben and I shared their specialty – maple bacon donuts. OMG SO GOOD. I also had vegan hash and Ben had brisket hash (I think?), but they were all out-shown by the donuts!

After “breakfast,” we walked to a nearby Trader Joe’s, grabbed some food we could make/take with us places and then stopped by a super cute coffee shop to get me some caffeine.

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One thing we noticed in San Diego was everyone was SO nice and helpful – servers and just random locals on the street.

After (or maybe before?) the coffee, Ben and I passed by this cute little wall where you could write in something you want to do “Before you die” which I took full advantage of and wrote in “Work for Myself.”

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Ben is becoming a very good blogger photographer, by the way. 😉

We got an Uber back to our place … so here’s a few pics of that before I forget! There was a hammock in the back that we took full advantage of as well, which is where the cute pic is taken.

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The best part about the place, though, was the location. We were right near Little Italy, close to the Gaslamp District (but not TOO close) and the neighborhood was super cute and safe.

A little later in the day, we took the ferry over to Coronado Island for the rest of the day.

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The island was super cute, so we hung out on the beach and walked around before heading back to get dinner.

Dinner was at Bencotto, a little Italian place in Little Italy. Our food was really good (appetizers and wine were the best IMO) and our server was outstanding. We sat outside enjoying our food and company, before walking back to our place.

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On our way back, I convinced Ben to stop quickly at Queenstown Public House for a quick drink because I just wasn’t ready to go home yet (mind you – we had been eating at SUPER grandma/grandpa times because we were still stuck on central time).

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So, Friday marked one year since Ben and I met *in person* for our first date back on Sept. 1, 2016 so we definitely made the day a celebration.

We were up early and headed to the airport to get our rental car before driving off to Torrey Pines for a hike.

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Besides seeing the biggest spider I’ve ever seen, we had a great time (no pics because I was running away quick AF, let’s be honest.)

After Torrey Pines, we stopped in quick at In n’ Out because Ben’s never had it and I lovvvvvve it. Unfortunately it did not love me, and I was pretty sick the rest of the afternoon.

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Once we got my stomach under control, we hit up the Cabrillo National Monument and tide pools.

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(P.S. You still with me? I told you there were a lot of photos!)

Once we were through with that, we were pooped and sweaty and sticky, so we headed back to our Air BnB for showers, a quick rest and then got ready for our dinner out. Initially we had planned a fancy anniversary dinner, but then realized that just wasn’t “us” and instead went to a more chill outdoor place called Indigo Grill.

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Ben looked super handsome BTW, but we didn’t get any pictures together … of course. He got steak, I got fish (and a couple of drinks) before heading home to hang out in the hammock. Perfect anniversary night.

Saturday AM

So, I’ll switch over this post soon since we were only in San Diego in the morning before heading to Laguna Beach, BUT I can’t NOT tell you guys about Donut Bar.

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I may or may not have went a bit overboard with the donuts and donut pics.

And then we died. KIDDING. There’ll be another post on Tuesday wrapping up my trip 🙂

Whew, thanks for getting through it, but I think travel posts are the most fun! We loved San Diego and the rest of the trip wasn’t as jampacked, so stick around for those blog posts!

Have you ever been to San Diego?

Weekend Recap: Homeward Bound!

Hey everyone, how was your weekend?

We started out the weekend on Friday packing up the car, grabbing Cora and heading to my parents’ house. What should’ve been a 4-hour trip without traffic turned into almost 6 due to traffic in Chicago + having to pick up a Uhaul trailer. This is how Cora rode the whole time 🙄

Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundOnce we finally made it up to my hometown, we went and got a fish fry by the lake (#wisconsin) and headed back to the parents’ for bed. Unfortunately Cora ended up being up all night sick again, so it wasn’t very restful sleep for us.

I let Ben sleep in a bit on Saturday since he had been up with Cora all night Thursday night (and I had been on Friday …). We ate some breakfast and then headed on a waterfall tour for a few hours with my dad, his dog and my sister.

Weekend Recap: Homeward Bound Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundWe stopped for some ice cream before heading back to my house where Cora, my mom and my cousin were all hanging out. We had dinner (pork + pineapple tacos!) and hung out for the rest of the night. Ben, Jenny and I ran to the grocery store so we could have s’mores fixin’s for the bonfire.

Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundMy mom stayed up with Cora on Saturday night so that Ben and I could get some sleep thankfully. We woke up, had some breakfast, then packed the uhaul with the bed frame my dad made us!

Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundThen we set off on our long journey back to Chicago, which took about 5.5 hours with a few stops and a little traffic.

Weekend Recap: Homeward Bound Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundWe dropped off Cora at home, unloaded the bed frame into Ben’s apartment (soon to be mine, too!) and went to take the uhaul back to the “24-hour drop off location” which is where my day took a turn.

I was so over being in a car all day and had talked to Uhaul reps no less than FIVE times over the course of a few days, changing locations that they screwed up, etc. I was told I could drop it off at this 24-hour location near my apartment, so we did. There was no where to park it IN THE MIDDLE OF CHICAGO. So, we parked it in front of the Uhaul garage, took a bunch of pictures and called a rep who told us to just “leave it there.” I got home, called another rep, who told me more crap and gave me a fake email address when I asked her if I could send my photos to someone. I still have no idea if that Uhaul made it the night without being damaged or stolen, but I did everything in my power not to be charged for it… only time will tell.

After that huge stressor, Ben and I ordered in some Thai food, did face masks and he did a little work while I did laundry and started packing random stuff. I hate packing! It’d be so much easier if I could just bring my stuff over to his place, but his roommate isn’t moving out until the last possible day and she doesn’t want my stuff all up in here way (which I get) so it’s just adding time, money for boxes and a little stress, but we’ll get through it! It’s all worth it in the end.

And that was my weekend! Pretty good, minus the huge Uhaul stress. I’m so ready to be moved in with Ben and Cora all in one place. I’m also ready for her to stop waking us up 3-5 times a night to go to the bathroom …

How was your weekend?

Video Life Update!

Okay, okay, okay … let’s be real.

I’ve sucked at blogging and vlogging lately.


No excuses, just the truth. While my blog has been updated *the most*, if you’re looking for a true, full update … check out my vlog!

^^ The thumbnail, though. 😉

Hope you’ll check it out!

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #12

Wednesday = checkin’ in with all of you on my training!

Workout Wednesday

My macros were incredibly off last week (which I kind of touched on in last week’s post). Basically I didn’t truly track all week. I had quite a few dinners with friends, drinks for a going away party (and I swear drinking makes me binge eat sometimes – ugh) and then I was at a fit expo on Saturday and barely ate until almost 4. Then we were in Milwaukee, so the excuses are flowing. HOWEVER, I’ve been on point Monday and Tuesday and I’ll be on point today since I’ve already prepped all my meals. I’ll try to stay on track the best I can this weekend, but it’ll be difficult to stay within my exact macros. Tomorrow is my last day at work (THANK GOD) and then this weekend I’m off to Green Bay for Friday night-Saturday for my sister’s graduation. Since my calories are pretty low, even as a flexible dieter if I want to stay on track, it’s difficult since I don’t have a ton of room to play with. BUT I will try my best because my motivation is back.

Going well! We skipped on Saturday (which sucks because it’s usually my favorite workout) because we went to watch the power lifting meet, but that’s the only workout I missed! I actually just signed up for a call with a new gym in Chicago since I won’t be able to use the gym at work after tomorrow (duh). This new gym has multiple locations so I’m hoping it’ll work to go either before or after work at my new job. I’ll still be working out on Friday in the morning with Ben, but won’t get in my workout on Saturday. I’m hoping to try out the new gym on Sunday when I get home, so maybe I’ll get in the workout then!

How’s it going:
You know, it’s been a little rough. I definitely struggled with eating last week – I don’t know if my body was just in a funk or what, but I had a few struggles with extreme overeating. And then I felt SO guilty about it. Something seemed to snap this weekend, though. I’m feeling much better this week, much more motivated to stay on track as best I can and hopeful that my body will continue to change the way I want it to. I need a talking to in being too hard on myself, so it something I recognize and I’m working on it. 30lbs heavier me would LOVE this body I have and that’s something to remember!

I actually refused to weigh myself last week because my thoughts were already damaging enough so it wasn’t worth focusing on a stupid number on the scale. I was extremely bloated last week and had stomach issues due to all the overeating and going out to eat. I’m feeling a bit more on track this week – still a little bloated (I feel like I’m always bloated, though) but feeling much better. My mindset is WAY more important than the stupid number on the scale.

Also, I did buy myself two more pairs of the Gymshark flex leggings because HELLO —> they’re extremely comfortable and flattering.

And that’s my check in! How has your week been?

May Goals + April Hits and Misses (and a surprise …)

Yay, May! We’re getting SO close to summer, I’m so excited! We’ve had some wonderful weather days here in Chicago and I’m hoping it continues into May. Granted, there has been a lot of rain, though.

Anyway, enough with the weather small-talk. *rolling eyes emoji*

Time for some May Goals! To see my April Goals, go here.

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Let’s look back at April!

What went SUPER well …
Walk more. I’ve been walking more around the city and at work lately, just because the weather is better. It’s been so nice plus it’s saving money.
– Read/Listen to two books in April and write a blog post about it. Done! Did you read my post from yesterday?
– Try not to let people mess with my head so much. This one went well. I think it helped that I found a work friend. 🙂

What went pretty well …
– Enjoy time with family and friends. Done, minus the family part. I didn’t get to go home for Easter due to an interview (SAY WHAT) so that’s why I’m putting this in the “okay” category.
Work on self-love. Ben has helped me with this a lot. See Wednesday’s post. 
Book one freelance/contract position. I really tried on this one. I even had an interview! But it didn’t pan out and then I was focused on full-time interviews (JESSIE, WHAT AREN’T YOU TELLING US) so it fell off. Still a plan of mine, though!
– Talk with Ben about what we’re grateful for every day. Started this, then fell off the wagon. We are pretty good at communication, though, just sucked at the formal “What were you grateful for today” convos.

What didn’t happen …
Unfortunately April kind of fell off due to interviews (…) so I didn’t hit as many goals as I’d like to.
– Add cardio in. We cut my calories instead. Does walking more around Chicago count?
– Research hypothyroidism and ways to help. Totally forgot, honestly. They upped my medication and I’ve been feeling LOADS better, so just forgot!
– Work out a plan for how much I need to make/how many clients I need to be able to afford a sustainable lifestyle. Again, interviews took over my brain.
– Write down my “dream life” and read it every day. I need to do this!
– Work on finding sponsorships or opportunities for my blog. Seriously, why do I suck at this so bad! I’ve had a few companies reach out, but they want me to review their product that 1) I’ve never tried, 2) they aren’t providing to me AND 3) They aren’t paying me for. So, no.
–  Try yoga and/or meditation. I mean, I’ve talked with Marette about taking a class. Does that count?

May 2017 Goals

Health & Fitness Goals:
Find a new gym downtown. I won’t be needing my gym at my job in the suburbs anymore …
Continue work on self-love. The talk of cellulite, stretch marks and being bloated needs to stop coming out of my mouth.
Remember why I used to love working out and get back on that train. I’ve just been off recently. I’m still working out, but rarely “loving” it. I need to get that back because I do love it. It’s just been a stressful few months!
Lose 3-5 lbs by June 1. Putting up the official numbers this time!

Business & Financial Goals:
Start new job on May 15, final day at old job on May 10. WHAT!!!! Oh yes. Yo girl got a new job with a young start-up downtown that’s growing MASSIVELY and I’m so excited. I love their product and I’m excited to be their new Community Manager. I DID IT!!! (I’m writing this as I sit at my desk freaking out about having to tell my boss I’m leaving after only 3.5 months, though.)
Start coaching with Amy again (we took a month off), regain focus on side hustle. Yes, I got a new job but I want to continue with moving toward a side hustle. While I’m not as desperate to make this full-time ASAP since I’m planning to enjoy my new job, I would still like to broaden my side hustle, make a little extra cash, and hopefully have location freedom in the future. This was my main focus for so long because I hated my current job (I would cry every Sunday, no joke) so now I can look at it as something I enjoy again, instead of something I have to run after like a crazy woman.
Get settled at my new job, write a new day in the life post. So excited for this. 🙂
Set aside money for upcoming fun things. Ben and I are planning on getting a dog (!!!!!!) and moving in together around September. I just want to try to start saving now. We’re also planning a trip to San Diego in early September if possible.

Life Goals:
Spend time in Green Bay with my sister and family. My sister graduates college in a few weeks and I’ll be spending some time there!
Start cooking more with Ben. Ben and I have been trying Hello Fresh and it was so fun! We both tend to get in a rut with our “rice, meat, vegetables” meals and we rarely eat together except on weekends since we don’t live together. It’s been fun and we really enjoy it. Ben loves cooking – half the time I just sit there watching. Not bad. 😉
Drink more water. I’ve been struggling with this SO much. I know I’ll struggle at the new job, so time to make that a goal!
Go Spring shopping. I did get a few random things at H&M when Saige was in town, but Ben and I both need to get some summer clothes!
Start writing love story with Ben. SERIOUSLY.

What are your goals this month?

Weekend Recap: Hockey + PRs

It’s weekend recap time! While everyone else was out partying this weekend, I was in the gym and the suburbs. Still fun, I promise. 😉

Friday I worked from home. I haven’t had a working washer and dryer in my apartment since I moved in two months ago. It was *finally* supposed to be the day where I got my new unit but … it didn’t happen. First they came in and told me that basically the landlord had rigged the ceiling and the dryer wasn’t blowing the hot air out of the building – just into another part of it. So you know, slight fire hazard. So they refused to set it up completely, but they at least got it in there until … they found a crack in the unit and had to take it out. 2-hours of freezing cold and weird guys in my apartment for nothing. Plus, they left all of the hoses and stuff on my porch instead of throwing them away.

I went over to Ben’s gym on my lunch to go through an upper body workout then went back to his place to work from his couch while doing laundry at his place. I was in the worst mood! I might have only told YouTube, but they found out my hypothyroidism is off again so they had to up my dose. Makes sense why my mood was so off among other things. (P.S. if you’re ever interested in hearing more about hypothyroidism and my life with it, let me know)

The rest of the night we stayed in with Teressa, eating Thai and watching Happy Endings. My mood was super off, so I was ready for bed!

Saturday I slept in until 10 a.m. and could’ve slept in more (#hypothyroidprobs <—lol). I got up, got some stuff done around my apartment and headed to the gym to meet Benjamin at 12:30 once his clients were done. We were testing my max on deadlift and … HOLY SHIT I PR’ED. Like with 215 POUNDS. Just one time and it was dirty, but I got it! Here’s a video of me doing 205# for three 🙂 (I’m very proud, if you can’t tell.)

I was jazzzzzzzzed.

After that, we went back to our apartments, got dressed quickly then headed to the suburbs. We stopped at the pharmacy to get my new thyroid meds, got Chipotle and headed to Ben’s hockey game. Unfortunately they didn’t win AND Ben got hurt slightly (he’s okay, just sore), but it was fun hanging out with his brother and dad.

Once the game was over, we went out to his parent’s house for dinner and hanging out the rest of the night. We didn’t get back to the city until almost 11:30. We had a very different Saturday than most people our age in the city of Chicago since yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day celebration here, but I had a great time.

Sunday the time change hit us pretty hard, so we slept in later than we had hoped. We got over to Starbucks around noon to get some work done, then just hung around at home the rest of the night.

It snowed overnight (of course) so my commute was a nice 1.5 hours allllll the way out to the suburbs this morning. I was in an okay mood though because I was listening to “Big Magic” via Audible and it was awesome.

Until I got to work and saw that my Amazon account was hacked by someone LITERALLY named “Karma” – Oh hey, Monday. I’ve been on and off the phone/Twitter with customer service so hopefully I get this all figured out. So annoyed and not the best way to start off a Monday, but I guess I can’t let “karma” ruin my day.

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie

50 Questions to Ask and Answer

Y’all know I love any type of survey. It’s the Myspace baby still in me. So when I saw “50 Questions to Ask and Answer” on Kallie’s blog the other day, I had to jump on that train!

  1. What are your nicknames?
    I don’t really have any, to be honest! Jessie apparently is easy enough to say.
    Jessie Deschane
  2. What books are on your shelf begging to be read?
    I don’t have any physical books I want to read, but I did start listening to “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***” when Ben and I went on our road trip in December. (Posts here, here and here if you’re interested!) We didn’t get through all of it and I think it’d be beneficial for me to get through. That’s why I need to download Audible!
  3. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?
    Not much of a doodle-er!
  4. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
    Bug Ben and make him talk to me. 🙂
  5. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it?
    Not even a day, I’m sure.
  6. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away?
    I usually throw them away, even though I absolutely LOVE cards. I just hate clutter.
  7. Who is the biggest pack rat you know?
    My mom.
  8. When making an entrance into a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost?
    I tend to slip in and look for someone I know. I’m an extrovert, but I’m initially very shy when I’m not 100% comfortable.
  9. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be?
    Touch, maybe? Touch is important to me at least. If I had to give one up, I guess it’d be smell!
  10. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?
    I’m gonna go with Kallie on this one – whenever I’m in front of one. I don’t like, sit and stare at myself, but I do look!
  11. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
    I always hated escalators because I thought I’d get stuck in it!
  12. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
    Chips and salsa… mmmmmmm.
  13. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?
    When it comes to me, Ben. He is constantly doing something for me, even if it’s super small.
  14. How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections?
    I never do …
  15. Which animals scare you most? Why?
    BEES. I hate them. They’re creepy and they can hurt you. No thanks.
  16. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?
    Normally I’ll avoid it. I hate conflict, but if I have to engage in it, I will stand up for myself.
  17. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savored?
    Ben called me beautiful this morning, even though I looked like a cranky troll that just rolled out of bed.
  18. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will?
    Ooooh, that’s a hard one! Probably the fact that I’m an over-thinker.
    Julie and Jessie
  19. Are you a creature of habit? Explain.
    Yesssss, girl. I am all about routine, which can be good and bad. It’s actually the part I struggled the most with when I first moved to Chicago because my routine was all out of whack. I will push myself out of habit, though. Not afraid of that!
  20. Are you high maintenance? Explain.
    I honestly don’t think I am. I’ve asked Ben before and (maybe he’s lying but …) he doesn’t think so, either. I don’t take a million years doing my makeup or hair. I don’t need to spend millions of dollars on clothes.
  21. When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits?
    Probably last Saturday. This past Saturday my back was hurting during my workout, but the Saturday before I hit two PRs. Woohoo!
  22. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends? Why?
    Very few close friends.
  23. Are you more inclined to “build your own empire” or unleash the potential of others?
    I’m on the move to build my own empire, but I think it’s important to also unleash the potential of others. Both are important. If I make it on my own and have employees, I’d want to help them unleash their own potential.
  24. What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone?
    That’s a hard one! I tend to share things with everyone.
  25. What do you think about more than anything else?
    I think about so many things at one time! Lately I’ve been thinking about starting my own business basically the entire day. I have this life in my mind that I want to live and I’m focusing on it!
  26. What’s something that amazes you?
    This planet. Ben and I have been watching some documentaries about people / places on this Earth and it’s crazy to me how differently some areas are functioning.
  27. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why?
    Straight, BUT I won’t lie … I am overly sensitive sometimes. I’d still rather know the truth, though.
  28. Where’s your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest?
    This is a funny question! I actually canceled a weekend with my sister because she wants to come see Chicago and I’m like, “uhhhh, I don’t know where anything is besides Starbucks and my office” – ha! I’d probably take someone to Stan’s because DONUTS.
  29. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself?
    Commute. If I had a driver every day, I’d be happy.
  30. Do you have a catchphrase?
    Nooo, not really. I swear a lot.
  31. What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?
    I don’t mind when people are outspoken about their beliefs as long as they aren’t hurting anyone AND they’ll shut their mouth long enough to listen to someone else’s perspective. I can’t stand when people spew word vomit, but then won’t give someone else the time of day to disagree.
  32. How and where do you prefer to study?
    I work best at Starbucks in the afternoon with a coffee, headphones in and my handsome boyfriend working across from me. 🙂
  33. What position do you sleep in?
    Usually on one of my sides.
  34. What’s your all-time favorite town or city? Why?
    Milwaukee. I love Chicago, but MKE will always have a special place in my heart. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chicago beats out MKE soon, though!
  35. What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?
    Humor. Determination. Self-awareness.
  36. How has your birth order/characteristics of siblings affected you?
    I’m the oldest, so I’m the super bossy one, obviously. My sister is six years younger than me. We weren’t very close growing up, but we’re much better now!
  37. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
    Fear (to a point). It holds me back from so many things that I want to do.
  38. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?
    My best friend that lives in Hawaii. We had a falling out and basically lost contact with one another last year.
  39. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
    I actually like my first name, so no changes!
  40. Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?
    Hmm… sometimes. Like I wish I hadn’t heard whisperings of the layoffs happening at work because I was terrified and barely sleeping for weeks. I think I’d still rather know things rather than be blindsided.
  41. What do you consider unforgivable?
    This is a hard one because it depends on context. Personally I can’t handle any type of domestic abuse.
  42. Have you forgiven yourself for past personal failures? Why or why not?
    Yes, for the most part. I don’t fully trust myself with credit cards, but I do have great credit even though I’m still paying off some mistakes I made in my early twenties.
  43. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?
    It’s difficult. I tend to over-apologize and I’ve been working on that in the past few years. It drives me nuts when people won’t take responsibility for their actions.
  44. Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for?
    I don’t think so?
  45. To what extent do you trust people? Explain.
    I do not trust people very easily, especially in relationships. My past is my past and unfortunately it seeps into my present thinking. I try to trust those around me, but it is a struggle initially.
  46. In what area of your life are you immature?
    I still would rather eat Spaghettios and soda over vegetables and protein any day.
  47. What was the best news you ever received?
    This is hard because I feel like I’ve had a lot of news that in the moment seemed like the best news ever. However, I will say winning a trip to Ireland is still out of this world, so I’ll go with that.
    Cliffs of Moher
  48. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular?
    I have no difficulty being honest. None at all. To a fault, actually. I’m not good at lying, even if a white lie will end up helping the situation. Everything is written all over my face.
  49. When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? What was the long term result? Conversely, are you close with anyone now that you really disliked at first?
    Without being too cliche, I immediately clicked with Ben when we met. Hell, we clicked before we even met in person. It was immediate for the both of us. We have so many similarities when it came to our outlook on life, personality and humor (which can be difficult because we kind of have a weird sense of humor …) I can’t think of anyone that I didn’t like at first that I do now. My initial intuition is usually pretty on par.
  50. When do you find yourself singing?
    In the car or at the gym – basically whenever I’m listening to music.

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Linking up with Amanda.

Workout Wednesday: Week 1

It’s Wednesday – woohoo! I want to keep you up-to-date on my progress thus far for my program with Ben.

Workout Wednesday

I tracked my macros every day last week except Friday night when we went out for pizza with some friends. Ben ended up bumping up my calories on Saturday because I was already hungry. Whoops.

I got in two upper body days, an abs day and one lower body day (+ 2 HIIT cardio sessions) this week. We were supposed to lift legs on Saturday, but Benjamin was sick and since I use him for his gym train with him on the weekends, we had to cancel!

How it’s going:
I loved it. I loved having a routine back, fitting together the puzzle that is IIFYM and having a set workout program. I’m excited to be back in it!

I actually wasn’t expecting much progress this week, but my body dropped over 3 lbs! Now, that’s not sustainable, but my body tends to drop a few pounds right away as soon as I’m consistent, and then it slows down after that.

How do you stay healthy?
What do you do to stay on track?

Chicago: A Month In

I officially hit my month-mark at work, which means I’ve been living in Chicago for over a month now. CRAZY.

Chicago Life

And it’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of!


Of course, before I lived here I imagined myself frolicking around the city, walking to and from work to my apartment, eating all the time at these fun restaurants. Now that I’m here and my 10-12 hour days between work + commute, that dream has been a little clouded.

The positives:

  • Being with my boyfriend. Honestly, as much as I was the best single girl, my life is filled with a new kind of happiness now that I have Ben. We were ready to do long distance, but obviously I’d rather be closer to him.
  • Being near my friends (+making new ones). I was so incredibly lonely in Green Bay, away from anyone I knew and the people I did know weren’t interested in the same things as me. It’s been so refreshing to be around other bloggers, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, independent and fun people. Plus, the foodies here are the best. 😉
  • Making more money. Just being honest. I’ve worked my whole life at multiple jobs, just to pay the bills. This is the first job where I’ve made enough to live. Only took 29 years …
  • Mindset. I don’t know if it’s the city, if it’s the people, or what, but this city just ignites my fire. It’s the biggest reason I decided to move here. I’ve really been focused on what I want in life (plus, watching my business-owning boyfriend helps get me excited as well) so I feel like I’m going to change my life this year and I couldn’t be more excited. 🙂
  • City life. The buildings. The restaurants (restaurant week in Chicago has been AMAZING). The coffee shops right around the corner to do work at (where I am currently). The hustle and bustle. It’s everything that I wanted and more. I can’t wait until it warms up a bit and I can walk around to see what else is in my neighborhood.


Not-so-positives: (I refuse to say negatives …)

  • Commuting. I thought I’d be able to handle the commute from the city to the suburbs. Well, I can *handle* it … I just hate it. Not only am I in the car for 2+ hours a day, most of that time is in crazy traffic. Stressful and not something I want to do for a long time! Thankfully my job has decided I’m allowed to work downtown one day a week. Cross your fingers that soon I’ll be allowed to work-from-home one day per week, because then I’ll only be driving three days a week instead of five!
  • Work. Now, please don’t take this in the wrong way! I’ve only been here about a month, but it’s been slow moving. I lovvvvve when I get to work downtown with my “clients” and I lovvvvve working with my creative team. However, I don’t have a ton of direction outside of that and I’m still pretty slow. Plus, my company as a whole isn’t at the top of their game and there’s been whispers of lay-offs, which is obviously terrifying for someone that just moved their life to a new state! I also wish I had friends at work!

So that’s my little month-in update on my move to Chicago! Any questions for me? Let me know in the comments! Have a wonderful weekend. <3

Weekend Recap: So.Much.Food.

Chicago is amazing. Wonderful views … hustle & bustle … GREAT FOOD. How do people not get fat here? I’m in trouble …

Friday started out a bit rough for me, but ended up lightening up toward the end. Work was pretty boring, so it seemed to drag on and on. I did talk myself into doing a shoulder/bi/tri workout for about 40-minutes and then stopped at Panda Express by our cafeteria for a very healthy meal. 😉

Panda Express

Workout to work attire

I finally ended up leaving a bit early (around 3) to try to get away from some of the Friday night traffic that always starts in the city … it didn’t work. Traffic was crazy and it took me well over an hour to get home. The last 20 minutes of the drive (aka parking lot on the highway, really) was so incredibly painful because I had to go to the bathroom – THE WORST. I finally got home and logged on from Ben’s apartment (I still don’t have internet) for the last hour of work. I was in the worst mood, so at 5, I logged off and got a call from my lovely friend Saige – the absolute BEST timing. I walked home from Ben’s and chatted with her for over an hour. She always makes me feel so much better!

After my chat with Saige, I walked back over to Ben’s for drinks and hanging out with friends. We headed out to Eataly to walk around and get dinner. It’s a really interesting setup. Basically you can get a bottle of wine or beer and walk around this huge grocery store/restaurant area. Ben and I shared a bottle of white wine and then sat down with our friends for a late dinner at one of the little restaurants.

Eataly Chicago

The table shared oysters, which were okay. I’ve had oysters once before, but I don’t love them. They’re kinda boring. Plus, I like to chew and enjoy my food. 😉

Eataly Chicago

I got a spicy pasta dish (no pics SORRY) that was delicious, and then we headed over to Shake Shack for everyone except Lactose Intolerance girl (MEEE) to get a shake. I did try a bit of Ben’s though … shhhh.

Saturday morning Ben left for work and I ended up sleeping in a few more hours.

Saturday Morning

I did get up and moving, then met him at his gym around 12:30 to workout with him. He was helping me get my deadlift form down and I already lifted 155#, which means I’ve already hit one of my February goals. 🙂

Ben Fritz Fitness

After that, we headed back to our apartments, ate and showered quickly and then headed out to Starbucks to work on some goals together. I’m looking to figure some things out this year financially and professionally and since Ben owns his own business, he’s very smart and passionate when it comes to that kind of stuff. I left feeling energized and excited to get going!

We had plans to meet with another couple (Ben’s clients/friends) for dinner and drinks downtown. They lived in a GORGEOUS high rise that was completely apartment #goals for me someday. We had so much fun!


After all the fun of last night (tequila, why you gotta be so rude) we both woke up not feeling the best this morning. We finally made it out to Whisk for a late brunch and it was amazing! For any of you Parks & Rec fans out there, this bar has a Ron Swanson decor theme and it was hilarious!

Whisk Chicago

I got Buffalo Chicken Hash and Ben and I shared a half order of Oreo Raspberry Pancakes. Oh. Kay.

Whisk Chicago

Whisk Chicago

Once we rolled ourselves out of Whisk, we drove out to the suburbs to watch the Superbowl with Ben’s family. Ben, one of his sister’s and I headed over to Starbucks (where I’m currently writing this …) to get some work done before hanging out on their couch for the night. Of COURSE the Patriots won, but I will say (even though I hate them …) it was cool to watch such an exciting ending. And Tom Brady is pretty fantastic, I’ll give them that. I’m just sick of them winning all the timeeeeee.

We drove back to my apartment late and went to sleep. I had a ton of trouble sleeping so this morning has been rough! I have a lot on my mind – lots of goals that I want to push towards. Plus, honestly, Mondays are hard knowing I have to go back to the commute. I still think it’s worth it, but I will not complain once they start letting me work-from-home once a week and I can then take two days off my 5-day commute!

How was your weekend?
What do you do when you have trouble sleeping?

Linking up with Katie!