The holidays are a double-edged sword. On one hand, there’s the excitement that comes from holiday traditions, getting together with family and friends, and having some time off of work. 🙂 On the other, those who struggle with things like depression or the lack of family traditions can find it a harder time to enjoy. My first Christmas in recovery was spent in jail. I was 30 minutes away from my family as the sun rose and they were able to come downstairs to presents under the tree, some as an addition from Santa because it’s a tradition that we… View Post

I just realized as I scheduled this post that we are only 10 days out from Christmas. Yikes. Every year at Thanksgiving I start thinking about it because of all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but once those are over I forget about it until about this time again. If I don’t get my shopping done during all those sales, I’m inevitably left scrambling by the end of the month. Soooooo here we are. I will likely take this weekend to finish most of my shopping (fingers crossed) as well as running some other errands, so wish me… View Post

(Ok, I know the title and the picture don’t really match, but bear with me.) 🙂 As I did some research for this post, almost immediately I was annoyed. I was doing some keyword research and first looked up “exercise makes me happy.” There were tons of articles on popular websites touting the happiness-inducing effects of exercise. These articles were filled with exclamation mark-laden paragraphs emphasizing that as long as you exercise, you’ll be happy for “days on end!” ( <– actual quote) I then countered with the search “exercise doesn’t make me happy” and found significantly fewer results. Almost… View Post

With December almost halfway over already (!!), I’m making sure to sit down and work on planning out content and strategy for 2018. In order to do this, I wanted to reach out to you — the people who make this blog possible — to get your opinions. Change is always necessary in order to grow, and although it’s comfortable for me to sit and continue doing things the way I’ve always done them, it’s not going to lead to growth. Working in such a fast-paced and quick-changing industry means that you need to be able to acclimate to that… View Post

Hello and happy Friday! I’m hoping you had a great week so far and have something good planned for the weekend. My something good is really just hanging out with Neil and Donut, so whatever you have planned, I hope it’s equally as satisfying. Temperatures finally seemed to have dropped here in Chicago, so the less time I have to spend outside the better. ) Here’s a look at what I’m loving this week! *post contains some affiliate links 1. Trader Joe’s succulents I’ve been wanting to get some kind of plant for awhile now because I love them and… View Post