Last month I received a message letting me know that the sister of a close friend had been secretly addicted to heroin for well over a year. I don’t get as many messages like this as I used to — phone calls about friends dying from overdoses or emails about how to help a loved one with a substance problem. Because I’m not as closely intertwined with addiction after being clean for almost eight years, it was a story I wasn’t entirely prepared for. What made it worse was that I had known this person for many years and had… View Post

Alright guys, I’ve got part two of my Chicago food guide for you and this one may be more exciting than the healthy eats one. 🙂 There are so many delicious places to eat in this city and I know that I’ve left some things off this list, but these are my my favorites. Neil and I aren’t big on sit-down restaurants, so you won’t really find those on this list. I also need to eat more tacos since that’s a big thing here, yet I don’t have any on the list. So if you don’t see a genre on… View Post

Hello friends and happy Friday! We are back with another weekly post about my favorite things. Let me tell you one of my least favorite things — taxes. I’ve been working on mine since last weekend and trying to get all the info to my accountant this week. Since I started two corporations last year, I knew I should probably get some help because I’m the worst at this sort of thing. The problem is that I started them in the middle of the year, so I’ve had to go through and figure out the pre-business income that pertains to… View Post

I’ll be the first to admit that healthy eating is not always my top priority when traveling. I get excited about new foods, new DONUTS, and generally living a little more lax. That being said, if I travel for long enough, my body starts telling me that it wants to go back to a healthier way of eating. I start feeling tired, overly full, and just generally not myself. Too many indulgent treats or restaurant trips leave me craving a giant salad or smoothie. In order to avoid getting to that point, I’ve gotten into a pretty good routine of… View Post

Happy Friday everyone! This has been a good work week and I’m excited to be hosting a meet-and-greet event tomorrow morning at the Oak Street Athleta in Gold Coast. If any of you are local and want to stop by for dogs, foods, an exclusive sale, and giveaways, it’s going from 8:30-10 am. If you’re not local, you can follow along on Instagram! The rest of the weekend is pretty low key and I’m looking forward to just lounging around for most of it. In order to get that party started, here’s a look at what I’m loving this week!… View Post