This post is another topic suggested on Instagram and I think it’s a great one! Often we focus on exercise as a way to “lose weight,” “get a 6-pack,” or any number of reasons meant to change some aspects of ourselves. All of those things are great, but if you’re not happy with yourself the way you are, you likely won’t be even if you exercise. I’m a big proponent of the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” which means that if you’re physically healthy, don’t put so much emphasis on changing the external. Try thinking about exercise… View Post

Happy Friday! How has your week been? Mine has been pretty low key and I’m expecting that to carry into this weekend. There’s nothing like a relaxing, empty weekend to recharge (I feel like I say this every week). Here’s a look at what’s been making me happy this week! 1. Candlefish Candle from Anthropologie Earlier this week I woke up with a weird anxiety that felt like it came out of nowhere. It happened as soon as I woke up and left me feeling off for most of the day. I did what I normally do when this happens… View Post

May is an important month for me. It’s the month I got clean in 2010, the month I was released from 9 months in jail in 2011, and the month when I was finally released from a 5 year probation that prohibited me from leaving the country (among other regulations) in 2016. Get ready for my annual posts on those as we continue through the month. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, and after entering recovery from addiction, breaking cycles of disordered eating and exercise, and finally being clinically diagnosed with depression and anxiety, it’s safe to say that… View Post

How is it May already? The only reason I believe it is because the temperatures in Chicago finally hit 70+ the past two days. They’re supposed to dip back into the 60’s over the week, but it’s far warmer than it’s been here in MANY months. With the start of a new month comes a recap of the previous, so here’s a look at what’s been going on here. Italy As you probably saw, Neil and I were in Italy for 9 days at the beginning of the month. I’d never been to Europe and Italy was #1 on my… View Post

Welcome back to Five Things Friday! We had a little hiatus while in Italy, but you should probably be grateful of that because it would have been the same things every Friday: gelato, pasta, and pizza. Today marks the end of my first full week back after vacation and I’m back in the swing of things. The weather is finally starting to warm up and the sun is out more and more these days, so it looks like the cold and snow may actually be over (fingers crossed). To kick off the weekend, here are some of my favorite things… View Post