This weekend Neil and I found out the gender of the baby! We wanted to know, but also wanted it to be a surprise to us, so I picked up an envelope from the doctor’s office and delivered it directly to my favorite Chicago donut shop — Do-Rite Donuts — for them to customize an order for us. There were six with blue icing, six with pink icing, and all twelve were filled with the color of the gender. We had no idea what it would be until we bit into them. 🙂 IT’S A BOY!! We are so excited!… View Post

Happy Friday friends! I’m headed back from Michigan today after a short trip to visit my friend Ashley and support a local gym where she teaches (see #5). I had to leave Donut behind, but got to adopt her pup Gilly, so all is right with the world. This weekend is a slow one, but Neil and I are going to stop by The Doughnut Project pop up in Logan Square at Longman & Eagle either Sat or Sun, so if you’re in the area, you should DEFINITELY make a trip there. There’s also a chance that we will find… View Post

I’ve talked about it on here before, but there was a time when I only wanted to run for exercise. I signed up for a half marathon with some work friends, trained, and then only wanted to do that for the next year plus. Prior to that, I enjoyed a combination of running and weight training in my local gym. Today, I enjoy strength training, Crossfit, and strength-inclusive HIIT workouts. By the time I had several half marathons under my belt, I felt my love for running waning. I dreaded going all the way out to where I normally liked… View Post

Short answer: my therapist made me do it. 🙂 I place a lot of weight on things that I’ve learned in therapy and recovery — both from people who have been there before and those who are clinically trained to help me with my neurotic thought processes. Before I get into that, however, it’s important to back up and first express my trepidation with having kids and making such a life-changing decision. Having kids was never the issue for me; I always envisioned myself with one or two, but the problem came with the disconnect in where I saw my… View Post

Happy Friday friends! First of all, thank you so much for all the support and excitement following our announcement on Wednesday. So surreal! A few of the messages I read made me tear up a little and I’m so happy that so many of you are also so happy. I’ll do some more detailed posts in the coming months, but right now it just felt good to get it off my chest! If you have any questions or anything you want me address in those upcoming posts, leave me a comment or email and I’ll be sure to include them.… View Post