Chicago’s Newest Duo

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So, while the news may be out of the bag, it’s not too late to say how excited I am to be living in Chicago! Handsome landed a new job and moved up in March, and I have had the lucky fortune to find an unbelievable new journey for my own career. Our lives together are opening a new chapter in our new home of Chicago. I just LOVE the way that sounds.

This wasn’t a whim decision. We’ve been talking about moving to a new city for many months and juggled the idea of Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas, you name it. We came to a conclusion that Chicago was the full package and still forgiving on our wallets.

My new job finds me still working in social media, but at an advertising agency working with several awesome clients. I’ve landed a dream job that will let my creativity thrive. Not only am I thrilled to be starting a new chapter of my career, but I can’t wait to tear apart a new city. My first visit to Chicago was a weekend trip in late February to find Handsome an apartment, so the city is very new for me. It’s very similar to London, where I studied for four months my junior year of college. I couldn’t be more excited to explore and find “our spots” in our new home.

When I started this blog, I had intended to celebrate the everyday, and while I’ve lacked consistency in my writing, there is no doubt that I have much to celebrate. Recent readings of books and articles published about great women who have crafted great careers have been very inspiring for this new turn my life and I’m excited to share the mark they have left. But for the meantime, I’m going to enjoy all the new that’s present and take it all in.

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Heart Day

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Valentine’s Day is one of those days in the year that very much coincides with the title and theme of this blog. It’s that one day every year where everyone turns into a love crazy fanatic. In true loving fashion, we should instead be celebrating the ones we love every single day and today is simply just a reminder of that.

While I’m sending my love vibes to all of my favorite people around the globe today (including you in Sri Lanka, Natalie!), I am most excited to be loving on the most caring man who makes me laugh more than anyone. Cheers to you, Handsome! (Also, I’m loving on the beagle. He has the cutest and most snuggly beagle.)

Current Obsession: Blouses

I’m going through a blouse phase. I’ll admit that I have an obsession with blouses that complete my work and casual wardrobes. I’ve always been the quintessential jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl, but lately I find myself gravitating toward silky, super feminine tops.

With this current obsession comes wanting to make a few new purchases. I absolutely despise trying on clothes, but with a petite frame, long arms and legs, and a height of 5’4″, I need to try almost everything on to make sure it fits. Let’s just say the usual shopping experience finds me swimming in the regular sizes and the arm length being too short in petites. I can’t win.

Even still, it is so worth it to venture on to fill my closet with my blouse obsession because they are simply irresistible and a never-ending style.

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The Empire State

Finally, here is my short recap of another long weekend in NYC, which provided a great touristy view and menu to remember. I had been invited by Handsome’s family to attend a weekend getaway to the Big Apple. The itinerary included visiting Ground Zero to see the Freedom tower and memorial pools, a shopping stroll through Soho, seeing The Book of Mormon on Broadway, talking long walks through Central Park, perusing a few exhibits in the Met, more shopping along 5th and Madison Avenues, and visiting the 86th floor of the Empire State Building for the first time. Lest I forget, we also had three incredible dinners with plenty of table chatter and laughs – my kind of evenings for sure. I really didn’t take many photos during the weekend (I was too busy having fun!), so enjoy this authentic Playbill.

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A big thanks to Handsome’s family for the invite! I had the loveliest time. : )

A Preview…

Here’s a little preview into my weekend plans…

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You guessed it. I’m heading back to NYC! Looking forward to the city’s majesty, a few fabulous events, and spending time with the boyfriend’s family. Short recap to come next week. Cheers.

Graciousness

Gracious (n.) – characterized by kindness and warm courtesy

This has become one of my favorite quotes. Graciousness is an irreplaceable trait. It’s appropriate and encouraged in all situations. Okay, I can maybe think of a few where my graciousness may slip away from me, but I always make a point to bring myself back to carrying myself in the most ladylike way.

It’s only natural to be envious of qualities that others may convey in such a wonderful light. But listen up ladies, adopt grace into your everyday. There’s nothing more envious (or more attractive) than a woman who carries herself well. You can quote me on that.

White Hot and Passionate

2013

A new year always evokes a new start and we usually gravitate toward making resolutions. Let’s be honest for a second here. We all make a list, be it on paper or mentally, of all the things we’re determined to improve in the New Year. And we’re all guilty of not sticking to these written improvements we’re set to make. It’s quite sad really that we generally cannot commit to our new found commitments.

Keeping up with this blog is on my resolution list among a few other improvements that I’ve shared with Handsome and he has vowed to help me stick to them. He really is such a great supporter. We all find ourselves pushing aside those things that don’t take precedent in our lives, but the more I think about where (I think) I want my career to go, the more I need to have this creative outlet.

For Christmas, my aunt got all of my sisters and I each an Amazon gift card, which really is the perfect gift since it’s money that can go to pretty much anything. Within hours, I made my first two purchases – two career books, “20-Something, 20-Everything” by Christine Hassler and “Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)” by Cathie Black . One of my main goals this upcoming year is to really figure out where my career is taking me or rather even what career path I’m even heading down. What is the job that I’d love to wake up to every day even if I didn’t have a salary? Whatever that is, I want it to be my career. I want to love my job so much that the money isn’t the motivator.

As I’ve been writing, I’ve been sipping on champagne that Handsome decided to break out instead of the usual pinot noir. How fitting! With this post and this open dedication to the resolution, I toast to its journey and hopeful success in 2013. Let me find inspiration, meet great people, and be open to constant learning. And above all, really just live by this thought from my favorite childhood author, Roald Dahl:

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.