So I have some news… I’m pregnant! I’m currently 13.5 weeks pregnant and have been DYING to tell you guys. It’s been such a struggle because you know I like to be pretty open about everything going on in my life. This felt like such a huge secret that I couldn’t share and on top of just feeling a little weird emotionally the first trimester, I felt blocked creatively because all I wanted to do was talk about what was REALLY going on. I found out pretty early because I was obsessively tracking my ovulation and using cheap pregnancy… View Post

It took me roughly 26 years of my life to realize that I had been approaching my problems all wrong. When I was required to take a course that I didn’t like, I would constantly complain and ask myself why this was even necessary. When I was arrested and sent to jail, I pointed my finger at others and wallowed in my consequences. When I learned that I would have to change many aspects of my behavior in order to become a person that no longer relied on drugs and alcohol, I grumbled that it was unfair and that I… View Post

This post is sponsored by Sir Kensington’s. I don’t know about anyone else, but the temperatures dropped pretty much overnight here in Chicago. Granted, it’s not winter-level cold yet, but I would have preferred a longer period of 60-something days around here. 🙂 As the weather has gotten colder, I’ve been craving a big bowl of warm veggies and chicken, so when I realized that Sir Kensington’s recently came out with a new honey mustard sauce, I knew exactly what I would be making with it. There really wasn’t much to add in terms of the coating for the chicken,… View Post

I was planning out my content calendar the other day when I stopped and said WAIT…it’s October? Didn’t I start this blog in September? Did I miss writing a 5-year blogging post?? Yes, yes I did. I’ve officially been blogging for 5 years (plus a month and a half), which is crazy. I’ve never lost my passion for it — burnout, yes, but that’s later — which tells me that it’s something that I should continue to put my energy and passion into to continue growing it to be the best it can be. I took a look back at… View Post

Hello and happy Friday! This week has been a mix of busy and slow; it’s kind of weird. I’ve been getting into the habit of being all-or-none again with work and I will fill up a whole day with things, then do nothing the next day. Then repeat. Everything still gets done, but I’ve been going through periods of feelings accomplished vs. feeling lazy and awful because I’m not doing anything. It’s a habit I’m familiar with and I’m working on setting up a more normalized schedule so that I can find some balance in there somewhere. 🙂 Aside from… View Post