Am I a Nerd at Heart?

I have always considered myself a bit of a nerd. Not by choice, but by others’ definitions. I was one of those kids who was constantly picked on in elementary school and junior high, with […]

Looking for Love…Over Brunch?

I have a tendency to jump to conclusions; often negative conclusions and often the wrong conclusions. I didn’t think much before signing up for the “Love Bites” pre-Valentine’s Day brunch hosted by the Smart Dating […]

Igniting Chicago Five Minutes at a Time

I exited the Brown Line at the Merchandise Mart, walked through the turnstiles into the massive building and suddenly remembered how confused it always makes me feel – after all, with 4 million square feet, […]

Perfect Timing, Perfect Opportunity to Explore Chicago

Remember how I wrote a couple weeks ago about launching my new life in Chicago? How I wanted to expand my social circle? How I wanted to play tourist in my own backyard? And how […]

The One With a Little Nostalgia and a Lot of Shopping

I made it to Chicago in record time. Just six and a half hours, door to door, from my parents’ house in Shoreview, Minnesota to my new, albeit temporary, apartment in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood. It […]

Launching a New Life in Chicago

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago

Remember when I wrote back in November about feeling unsettled and longing for my old life? Well, I realized my old life isn’t really what I want. If you’ve been following along since I first […]

My Ultimate To-Do List for Summer in Chicago

Millennium Park

This week marks exactly 10 years since I loaded up a moving van in Minneapolis and drove seven hours south to make a new home in Chicago.  In the decade that I’ve lived here, a […]

Life is a Journey, Not a Destination

I have been trying to write this post for two weeks.  I thought it would be easy. I thought I would quickly summarize how the performance went and how I felt about the whole experience […]