RAVINIA FESTIVAL

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if you’re lucky enough to spend an evening at Ravinia, you’re lucky enough

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FAST

That is the rate at which my life has been moving lately.

This summer has already proved to be a great one. I have moved into a new apartment that I love. I am putting more and more energy into work. And I am making closer and closer friendships.

And it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about any of it. Can you forgive me? Maybe enjoy this quote as a small token of my apologies:

IT NEVER GETS EASIER, YOU JUST GET BETTER.

if you’re lucky enough to have somewhere to return to, you’re lucky enough

MAKING ME HAPPY MONDAY

 

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I have had a great couple of days recently. I finally sealed the deal on a new apartment, YES! I have been having a lot of fun at work. The weather in Chicago has just been spectacular. Overall, I am just feeling like I’m in a good place. And who doesn’t like that?

But here are a few things that are making me extra happy this Monday:

1. This website, The EveryGirl, is so empowering and fun to read. So is the personal blog of one of the creators of The EveryGirl, Breakfast at Toast. Bonus points because this site is based in Chicago!

2. This chair makes me giggle. And now I desperately want it.

3. Have you watched the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead? Oiy. It’s life changing. There will be more on that later…

4. Fun. I am thoroughly obsessed with this band right now. They are just so talented and interesting. I have spent an embarrassing amount of time youtubing great interviews with them and watching all of their music videos. Are you a fan of Fun.?

What is making you happy today? I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

if you’re lucky enough to have four little things to enjoy on a Monday, you’re lucky enough

IT’S KIND OF FUNNY

IMG_0481Yesterday a friend was asking me what I studied in college. When I told him that I earned a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, he said “Oh, so you’ve always known that you wanted to work in hotels?”

Long story short, no I did not always know. In high school, I applied to about 12 different colleges and every one of them I applied to study journalism. For some wacky reason, San Diego State was the only college that I applied with a hospitality major. And even though I thankfully got into a handful of different colleges, for some wacky reason I ended up choosing San Diego State University. It’s just so funny how things work out sometimes.

If I had gone to a school and studied journalism, I wonder where I would have been? What would I be doing? Where would I be living?

But my favorite part of the conversation was when my friend said, “But if you hadn’t studied hospitality you might not be working here. And I might not have met you.” Come on. It was such a sweet little dash of honey in my day and it made me think about how beautiful life is.

It’s kind of funny, isn’t it? It’s kind of funny when you think about the little moments that make up our lives. If my mom hadn’t gotten a job at that bar in college, she might not have poured my dad’s drinks. If my Grandpa hadn’t been in the Marines, my Grandma might not have fallen in love while writing letters to him overseas. If my dad hadn’t taken a job in California, I might not have grown up in my beloved Northern California town. It’s kind of funny how when you take a moment to think about life and the tiny little moments that make it up, it can make you dizzy.

Do you know what I mean? Are you feeling dizzy now?

if you’re lucky enough to have one of those moments when you say wow, you’re lucky enough

 

FOR YOU BOSTON

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A photo from my last trip to Boston.

Against the backdrop of violence, my favorite stories to emerge have been the ones of kindness. Take a look at a handful of touching moments in Boston here.

Unthinkable tragedies such as the bombings in Boston are reminders of so much. And the only small bit of clarity I think I have found is that at the end of the day, in the face of sadness we have only one choice – to carry on or to give up. I believe that the best way to help our beloved Boston is to carry on. President Obama portrayed it so well when he said, “Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I am supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other and move forward – as one proud city.” (Source: Huffington Post).

We have to keep smiling in oder to keep our hopes high. Boston, today and for many days to follow I hope you truly feel the support of your country and I hope you know that we will do whatever we can to help mend your pieces.

 

if you’re lucky enough to be safe today, you’re lucky enough