Thursday, August 28, 2014

Winfrey Words of Wisdom

This week has been insanity. Absolute insanity. I've been trying to balance everything but, as you can probably tell from my lack of posts, it hasn't been going so well. Once I get into the swing of things next week, I'm sure everything will settle down. 
Anyway, this was on the sleeve of my coffee yesterday and I loved it so much I thought I'd share. 

Have a great holiday weekend! Anyone doing anything fun?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of Work

So I just had my first official day of adult work. Whoa. That's weird to say. I was so stressed during the days leading up to it. I had the inevitable dreams where anything that you can imagine that could go wrong on the first day does, fear that I would have some issue with the bus, spill my coffee on my dress before I got there, everything. Any bad scenario that could happen, I was convinced it would happen to me. I had to be there at 9:15 but in my panic that something was going to go wrong, I got there almost an hour early. I didn't mind though because I'm so excited to finally get to work in the city. My old job was in the suburbs so I could not be more excited now that I get to work downtown. I walked around for a while, drinking my coffee, enjoying the fact that I get to be working city girl (is that too rom-com of a thing to say?).

It was a good day and I can't wait to see what happens next! 
Oh, and here's what I wore:
(Dress - Ann Taylor
Sweater - Ann Taylor
Shoes - DSW
Earrings - Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back To School Advice

While everyone dreaded graduation which would shove us all into the deep end of the pool known as the 'real world', I was ready to move on. That doesn't mean my heart doesn't ache any less today - the first day of school (which is, ironically, the first day of my new job) - knowing that life there is going on and I'm not there. Don't get me wrong, I love Chicago and my life here but it's hard to think that I will never be a student again. 
I'm a big believer in fate, I never like to think of "what if I had done this" because everything you do leads you to where you are today and I'm happy with where I am. So, while I wouldn't actually wish that I could ever give "past me" advice, I still have been thinking of what I would say. Here's what I came up with. 

1. Go to every event. All of them. I don't care how silly they seem or how boring - just go. Also, remember the words of our girl Amy "No one looks stupid when they're having fun". Never, EVER forget that. 

2. Talk to as many people as you can and never stop making friends throughout your four years. Someone who you meet your first year and you think you have nothing in common with could become your best friend by senior year if you give him/her the chance. 

3. Take at least one "fun" class a semester. Look at what's being offered and pick something that sounds interesting. Don't worry about how this class will affect your future diploma. Take it because you want to. 
(Fun fact: I love archeology, especially Italy focused)

4. Listen to your professors. They've spent years studying what they teach you. Whether it's math, science, art, anthropology, whatever it is, it is their passion and they are experts. 
6. In terms of grades, you're competing with no one but yourself. It's bound to happen that you're going to have a class you don't do well in and it's so frustrating when you have to sit and listen to that one student who completely gets it. Some people are good at some things while others are good at others. Don't compare yourself to anyone or compare grades with anyone. Also, failing one paper isn't going to prevent you from getting a job. Eat a pint of ice cream, shrug it off, figure out what you did wrong, work harder next time and MOVE ON!  

7. Don't wear pajamas to class. You're going to be tired. . . a lot and wearing your comfy pajamas is going to make it harder to stay awake and pay attention. Plus, professors appreciate when you put some effort into your appearance. So brush your hair and throw jeans on! 

8. Study a language. If you don't do it now, you may never have the chance or excuse to again. Also, it's a great way to convince Mom and Dad that you have to put those skills to use and so going abroad is actually necessary. 

8. Don't hold grudges and if you're mad a friend tell them. No one likes drama. I know it can be hard to tell someone how you feel but it's much worse if you just let it boil up.
(Didn't have a picture for this - here's me on my very first move-in)

9. Try new things but stick to who you are. If you like to party, there will always be people you can meet who'll want to go out with you. If you don't, there are people who don't either. There's this weird assumption that everyone likes to go rage on the weekends. Not true. If you'd rather stay in ordering massive amounts of take out and binge watch Disney movies, I guarantee you there's someone else who wants that too. Don't change who you are because you want to fit in. 

10. Don't sweat the small stuff and insanely plan your life. Work hard, remember that you may have to go through some hard times to get to the good, and let life lead you where you want. 

To anyone out there starting or returning to school, the best of luck to you! Enjoy every second of your time because it flies by quicker than you can ever imagine.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Michigan Staycation

Sorry, I've been a bit quiet lately. I had some time off before starting the new job so I hoped on a train and headed home to spend some time just relaxing and eating good food. I was so wrapped up in "il bel far niente" (the beauty of doing nothing) that I barely even took any snaps. As much as I love the city, I do love going home and getting spoiled. I got to got to my favorite restaurant, got new running shoes, ate outside at the yacht club, had a hair cut and got to spend much needed puppy cuddles - am I the only one who refers to her dog as a puppy even though she's the farthest thing from it?

I did however set up a Tumblr! Don't have much posted yet but it's becoming my new obsession so stay tuned (you can find it here --> I need lots of good blogs to follow, any suggestions?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Celebration at Cafe Brauer

Lauren and I made a pact to each other at the start of the summer that when we each moved on from being interns to full-time employees we would have a celebratory meal. Well, guess what? I'm officially a real adult working girl. It's kind of strange saying that out loud. Being an intern could let me deny my impending adulthood but now having a full time job, I guess I have to accept this? Nope! That's not going to happen. Anyways, as I was saying, I got the news last week and I told Lauren that for the celebration I just wanted a place I could sit outside with a glass of wine and enjoy the summer. We ended up going to Cafe Brauer right outside the Lincoln Park zoo. The cafe sits right at the start of the boardwalk with a great view of the downtown skyline. Do I even need to tell you I was on cloud 9?

I don't know what I love about celebrations more. The food or having an excuse to dress up! (My dress - link here). 

No longer is Chicago my summer home, now it's my permanent home and I really couldn't be happier. 
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