Hi there; it's me. I know it's been a while since I've blogged. It's actually been a long while, huh? Things around here have been busy, and I haven't chosen to make time for this little internet space of mine. There have been several contributing factors, and if I'm being honest, one factor was that I wasn't sure anyone was still reading this little blog. I think we often get swept up in blogland, (I know I do), and sometimes that means we jump from blog to blog, without commenting or sticking around to say hi. But that is something I'm trying to change about the blogs I read, and I hope that if you're reading this blog today, you'll leave me a quick comment or hello, just letting me know you're here. Because sometimes, it's nice to get an extra smile, hug, or hello...even if it is virtual :)
In an effort not to ramble on for paragraphs about what I've been up to lately, I thought I'd keep it a little more simple...
Reading the study materials for my upcoming licensure exam. So.not.fun.
Listening to Lana Del Ray at work and Beyonce + Britney at the gym.
Eating healthy! Several months ago, I made a renewed commitment to live a healthier life, and I have been pretty surprised at how much I've transformed my diet. I'm feeling fuller, more energized, and more motivated.
Watching the Biggest Loser (team Danni!), Elementary, and lots of HGTV.
Travelling to Ohio for my Granpa's 90th birthday.
Saving for a house, eeek! Our house hunt has gotten a lot more serious lately, and I'm hoping to have some exciting news to share within the next few months.
Drinking tea! After years of yearning to be a tea drinker, I've finally acclimated and found several teas that I really like. I've traded in my morning coffee for chai tea, and I'm enjoying a rooibos in the afternoon.
Chatting more frequently with my bestie in Texas. We've given up on being able to have frequent long phone conversations, instead realizing that twenty minutes here and there is better than waiting for the "perfect" time when we both have three free hours. Never.gonna.happen.
Buying a lot less! I literally can't remember the last clothing purchase I made. (See three lines above about saving lol).
Pinning recipes and home inspiration. (Find me here.)
Wearing snow boots. After a relatively mild winter, Chicago has gotten quite a dusting of snow over the past month.
Embracing weekday ponytails. Sometimes twenty minutes of sleep is just too good to pass up.
Planning several meet ups, play dates, and coffee chats with girlfriends.
Enjoying small, daily rituals. After years of grad school craziness (aka no structure), I'm learning to find comfort in small moments of structure and predictability.
I'd LOVE to hear what you've been up to lately, either using one of the word prompts above or using one of your own. And a big thanks to all of my lovely and loyal readers who emailed to check on me; you rock!