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!


My Second City Gal Resolutions for 2014

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

It’s hard to believe a year ago I was picking out a name for this blog, and now it’s what I spend a lot of free time thinking about. This blog is definitely a labor of love, but I’m so grateful for all those who come with me on my adventures, those who give me ideas of places to go and things to do, and those who read the blog! It’s because of you that I want to continue to explore this great city, even when I want to sit on the sofa with my boys and watch TV.

Let’s recap some of my favorite moments from 2013, shall we?

I can genuinely say I enjoyed all of my experiences, which I didn’t think would be the case (I swear!). If I hate something, I won’t hesitate to let you know, haha.

So what can you expect to see in 2014? More journeys throughout Chicago, that’s for sure, but I want to kick it up a notch and give you more variety. Step further outside of my comfort zone, both mentally and physically. I think it’ll be good for both of us, haha.

I also want to work on my health and fitness. Going to these new restaurants really does a number on your waistline…so this year I’ll definitely be incorporating more health-conscious adventures into the mix. My sister-in-law gave me a yoga mat, strap, and water bottle for Christmas, so no excuses!

Be sure to check out the updated to do list for some ideas.

Lastly, how about some photos from last night?!? Cheers to a happy and exciting 2014!