new year, new me

Ahhh, new year, new you.

I’m so familiar with both my optimistic and sarcastic thoughts on this phrase.

While I love a fresh start, I’m a little weary of change these days. (See update on previous year.) A new baby, a new home, a promotion…while I’m grateful and excited for all that happened in 2018, I’m also looking forward to finding my groove with these great changes in 2019.

That said, I did think of something broad I’d like to work on: Improving my health and my family’s health.

Now, for me, I don’t mean run to the gym and work out religiously in January and then fall off the wagon. Yes, I want to make better food decisions. Move my body and way more often. But it’s not just for me anymore. I want to take care of my physical body so that I can live a long life with my family. If that doesn’t motivate me, I’m not quite sure what will. I mean, look at this guy.

My girl has (another) cold, so she wasn’t feeling celebratory last night, but I still love her so and want to see her grow. (Shout out to my sis for bringing over the NYE goodies!)

But health is about so much more than the physical. I’m talking mental, emotional, and spiritual health, too. I want to make time to slow down and read a book instead of being hypnotized by an Instagram video on icing a cake. I want to call my 97-year-old Grammy and go see her when I can because she’s funny and wise and I love her so much. I want to go on dates regularly with my husband instead of twice a year. I want to have a hobby again. I want to plan a vacation. I want to live in the present instead of being sad about the past or anxious about the future.

And I want to blog again.

Last year was about the big things…this year is about self improvement, challenging myself to be my best, while slowing down to enjoy life. Taking care of myself and my family is number one.

Happy New Year to all!


It’s Never Too Late for Reflections & Resolutions 

2015. The highs were high, and the lows were pretty low, but it was a transformative year. The best part? We have a happy, healthy 6-month-old baby girl.

Of course, it’s not all sunshine and roses. We lost three grandparents this year and many loved ones, which is always hard, but this year was especially rough. Ellie is named in honor of one of her passed great grandmothers, so, in a way, a piece of her will always live on.

It was a great year at work–I’ve learned more this year than I have in awhile about management, team building, and how to learn from my mistakes. I traveled to Nice and Barcelona, too, which has been such a highlight of my career. I cannot tell you what that trip meant to me, and to share it with my colleagues and “Ellie” (at 14 weeks) is something I’ll never forget. 

I also learned a lot this year personally, too. A short list of things I want to keep building on in 2016 includes:

  • Make time for my spouse. Especially when I have a million things to do and our baby to care for, it’s easy to forget about the one you care about so much. And always appreciate your partner for helping. I don’t do that enough. (Thanks, boo!)
  • Make time for me. I get by with a little help from my friends…and family. It’s amazing what spending time with people you love can do for you mind and your heart. Or taking some time to be alone. Wandering the aisles of Target solo can be quite therapeutic, haha.
  • Don’t get stuck in a digital daze. I am on my phone way too much. My goal is to be present in lives of my family. That means putting down my phone a little more in 2016.
  • Be a healthy role model. It’s time to lose the baby weight. I wasn’t one of the lucky women whose baby weight melts away when they breastfeed. So it’s time to get my act together for myself and my family. I joined Weight Watchers again. This means I’ll be healthier and more creative with my food…with an indulgence here and there. 😉 
  • Sleep more. This is a no brainer, and probably goes with the bullet on being healthy, but I’m sleep deprived!
  • Achieve what I want. Instead of talking the talk, I need to walk the walk more. This is something I struggle with a lot. I’m the queen of excuses. Time to start doing and being more. Hopefully that means more posts on this blog, and more exciting developments to come!

Thanks to all who were a part of my 2015. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy new year! 



Ahh, a new year. A new me. A fresh start. Not sure if it’ll be true, but it’s kind of nice to think so.

When I was younger, I would make really long lists of resolutions that I would never follow through on (Yes, I’m 32 years old and still bite my nails. And, yes, I know it’s gross.). But the optimism is contagious during this time of year, so I’m going to roll with it and make a few more resolutions this year.

1. Put my phone down more.
It’s been brought to my attention that I spend too much time on my phone (checking my Instagram and Facebook feeds, playing games, reading, etc.) when I could be a lot more productive and present. I promise my husband, family, and friends that I will do this (unless doing Second City Gal assignments, of course!).

2. Learn more.
Nate and I have gotten into watching Jeopardy lately, and I love the trivia. I want to learn more: listen to more podcasts, read more books (yes, I’m a writer/editor who doesn’t read nearly as much as I should), watch more, and do more.

3. Take more video.
I’m going to challenge myself with taking one second of video every day this year. A friend of mine has been doing this for awhile, and I think it’s a really cool project that will be so meaningful in 365 days. Can’t wait to share the final product with you!

4. Share my Second City Gal experiences more.
I seriously neglected this blog last year, and I sincerely apologize. Sometimes life gets in the way, and life was tough last year. But I went to amazing places like tea at the Langham, a walking tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, and ate at my cool places…and I haven’t told you about them yet. I’m going to start more #tbt and #fbf posts to share those experiences with you. I want you to get as much out of this blog as I do, so please let me know of cool things going on! I’ve updated my to-do list here.

Well, I’m excited to continue this journey with you. I also really need to pack for my next great adventure–I’m leaving for Nice and Barcelona on Saturday for work! I couldn’t be more appreciative for the opportunity and promise to share some photos of my favorite things when I return.

Au revoir and adios!