Apartment Inspiration

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The one thing that I believe is just as important as feeling comfortable in your own skin is feeling comfortable in the place where you live. I have had my fair share of apartments in the last seven years since I've been living on my own, but in each place, I work to cultivate a sense of home that makes me want to relax in my space. I realize that I dropped the ball last month and never told all of you that I did, indeed, find an apartment in Chicago! After having a terrible day the Saturday before I was to end my apartment hunt, I made a last minute choice to go see an apartment that a … [Read more...]

Let It Go

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As excited as I am to move to Chicago next week, quite a few things in my life had to be rearranged and released for this whole thing to happen.  For me, holding on fiercely is easy.  It seems to come naturally to hope against all hopes until there's nothing left to grasp. When I was a young'n, I used to blame myself for just about everything, including just how hard I held on.  It always seemed like I was holding on to the wrong things, or the wrong people, until I ended up with nothing left.  Nowadays, I work hard to embrace my struggles and find comfort even in my faults. Word to the … [Read more...]

Finding Balance While Living at Home (Exercise)

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If you missed my previous Finding Balance While Living at Home post on food, check it out! The one thing I KNEW I had to do upon coming home for the summer was to join a gym.  I admire all of you who do at home workouts, but I know that they don't work for me.  Like, I start one of those online yoga classes and ten minutes in, I somehow find myself on the couch watching TV. It's like magic.  If I don't get up and physically go to the gym, a workout isn't happening. Problem was, I knew I wouldn't have any money this summer.  That meant the fancy LA Fitness down the street, with its $100 … [Read more...]

Missing Pieces

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My absolute favorite thing about being home is that I get to see so many of my favorite people. For the past two years, it has felt like I've spent most of my time missing people.  While that won't change any time soon, and I feel blessed to have dear friends all over the globe, being home cuts my missing factor down by at least half. Since I'm on a budget this summer (and for the foreseeable future), my friends and I took advantage of Restaurant Week and enjoyed a fancy dinner for half the price.  Whenever I am trying to stretch my dollar, I do things like drinking water instead of … [Read more...]

Her Mark – Megan

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I am constantly inspired by the amazing women who are kicking butt and taking names.  I am surrounded (both in real life and online) by women who have taken risks to follow their dreams. Regardless of exactly the path that they have chosen, I find incredible motivation from their stories. This month, I wanted to share one of those stories with you.  Meet Megan, a health and wellness coach, blogger, and entrepreneur. How did you get started doing what you're doing? My job as a health coach really began about 11 years ago when I started my personal journey towards health.  I grew such … [Read more...]

The “R” Word

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Yes, you read the title correctly.  Today I'm talking about running. It's weird, I know, because I've barely even mentioned the word since I started physical therapy...and then I got burned (literally)...and then I got burned out.  Strangely, even though my life has been consumed with weddings, interviews, and living the good life for the past seven months, I haven't forgotten about the former love of my life - the three mile run. I'll admit it right now, I haven't done three miles in...well, longer than I can remember.  That being said, I am slowly crawling back on the bandwagon.  I … [Read more...]