27 in 27 Goals Recap and A New List

27 in 27 Goals Recap and A New List

What a year it has been.  27 was an interesting age to be; there were certainly a lot of ups and downs.  I feel very proud of what I’ve accomplished in this year, and it makes me hopeful for the year ahead.  Though there were some losses, I also feel like this year brought me some amazing new experiences.  I always start the year with a list of goals correlating with the age I turn, and my list of 27…

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Winter Reading List

Winter Reading List

It is completely clear to me that it is now winter in Chicago.  This season always makes me want to curl up in a ball and read book after book, glass of wine in hand.  I’ve been looking forward to slowing down a bit and catching up on my winter reading list as the weather grows colder and colder.  Hopefully, I’ll be reading on some planes and some beaches as well, but more on that later! I mentioned in my…

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Culinary Misadventures in Miami

Culinary Misadventures in Miami

I’ve written about my previous solo travel missteps in Miami before, but I recently wrote a travel essay for my aforementioned creative non-fiction class and decided to share it.  It’s a funny story, and my family still makes fun of me for this instance to this day.  I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share any of your own solo travel misadventures in the comments below!  Miami, FL was carefully chosen for my first ever solo vacation…

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Top Five Friday #26

Top Five Friday #26

Winter Activities in Chicago As you may or may not know, winters in Chicago can be pretty brutal.  There’s freezing rain/sleet/snow, darkness before work, darkness after work, slippery sidewalks, falling icicles, you name it.  It’s a dangerous, frozen tundra (Chiberia, anyone?), but there are ways we Chicagoans find silver linings to the cold weather. Winter activities in Chicago range from the adventurous to the cozy and everywhere in between.  There’s something for everyone in this beautiful city, especially during the…

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Monthly Memo: November

Monthly Memo: November

Hello Friends!  I can not believe it’s almost Thanksgiving already!  This November went by way quicker than I wanted it to.  Work has been crazy and will only get crazier until the end of the year (gotta love all those holiday parties!), and I just finished my writing class, which I loved!  The creative non-fiction class was through Gotham Writers, which is a writing school based in New York that also offers classes online.  Obviously, I went the online route, which…

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Niagara On The Lake, Ontario

Niagara On The Lake, Ontario

We had a few hours to kill before we had to head back to the Toronto airport after checking out of our hotel in Niagara Falls, so we drove the twenty or so minutes to Niagara On The Lake.  It was probably one of the best decisions we made that whole trip.  The drive was gorgeous.  The road ran along Lake Ontario, which could be viewed through the orange, yellow and red leaves of the autumn trees. We passed about…

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Adventures in Niagara Falls

Adventures in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is an easy hour an a half drive from Toronto, making it the perfect day or weekend trip from the capital city.  The town surrounding Niagara Falls is full of hotels, chain restaurants and kitschy attractions like mini golf, wax museums, and fun houses.  We were staying at the Four Points by Sheraton, which was connected to two other hotels by a mall and casino.  We checked into our room and walked directly back out of the hotel…

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Top Five Friday #25

Top Five Friday #25

 In Flight Comfort Essentials There are few things I enjoy more than cuddling up in a window seat en route to an exciting destination. I’m pretty easy to please and don’t need much, but there are a few key items I require to be comfortable on a flight (my in flight comfort essentials, if you will).  Due to it being almost that wonderful, magical holiday season, I thought now would be a good time to share them to provide some…

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Exploring Neighborhoods in Toronto

Exploring Neighborhoods in Toronto

When we were in Toronto, Mike and I wanted to explore their different and diverse neighborhoods.  So between being shameless tourists at CN Tower and Casa Loma, we biked, walked and took the train around the city.  It was probably my favorite part of our time there, getting around and getting a feel for each area.  I wish we could have gotten to more of the neighborhoods in Toronto, but I think we were able to see a good amount…

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Being Tourists in Toronto

Being Tourists in Toronto

We arrived in Toronto with slight hangovers from a friend’s wedding the night before and a list of places we wanted to see.  The first orders of business were: greasy food to cure us, checking into our AirBnB, and deciding on which attractions we wanted to see first. Because it was on the same street as our Airbnb (just down a ways), we decided to start with the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Mike was very excited about this excursion and…

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