That Time I Tried To Donate Blood

Friday, January 23, 2015

Alright. Things are getting a little personal on the blog, but I don't mind so much. When I'm 80 & looking back through these posts, I like to think I'll appreciate having written about the good AND the bad.
Yesterday, I happened upon a Red Cross blood drive at my school's gym. I wasn't planning on donating, but as I sat and chatted with my friend, I kept looking over at the registration table. On a whim, I got up and walked over to the sign up. There was a short wait - why not?

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Real Talk: Why I Dance

Monday, January 19, 2015

This is kind of a personal post - I've been doing a few of those lately - but I wanted to share with you all something that's very important to me. Because if I can't tell my lovely readers, who can I tell?

Those of you who have been in my life for a while know that I absolutely love volunteering. There is something so beautiful about giving your time for someone else, no strings attached. It's rewarding, yes, but I don't do it for that feeling; I do it because it really ought to be done by all of us! And because of this, I'm a huge fan of finding 'your cause'. Like, 'the one'.

Ladies & Gents, I have found mine: Children's Miracle Network!

That Time I Came To Love Paris

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder. And maybe this is true. It happened for Paris and me, even when I least expected it.

I won't lie to you; Paris isn't all roses and butterflies. It's a tough, cold city and it's not hard to feel like an outsider there. Sure, when you visit for a weekend or a whirlwind vacation, it seems like a beautiful place, filled with history, romance and cute caf├ęs. And maybe it is, but there is so much more to this incredibly confusing, wonderfully stressful part of the world.

My Grateful Heart: Vol. V

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Weekly Grateful Heart is a series inspired by the very things that surround me. I have heard of gratitude journals for years, but was not convinced of their credibility until my second year of college, where a good friend told me that gratitude would change my life if I gave it a try. She is an amazing individual and proponent of happy, healthy living, so in an effort to be a little more like her, and as a version of the "start every day with a grateful heart" mantra, these are the things I am grateful for, week by week. 

If you haven't noticed, I took out the "weekly" in the title of this because, let's be honest, my life moves at a crazy fast pace and I don't have time to write down my blessings every Sunday. That's not to say I don't reflect on them. I just have a tougher time getting them into a formatted post to share with you all. But lo and behold, I've had a moment in my wonderfully busy life to formally think about all the great things surrounding me.

I just recently moved back to Chicago and have started classes again. Getting settled into my old place has been surprisingly difficult, mostly because so many little things have changed since last year. But I am so thankful for the amazing constants I have in my life.

  • Wonderful "sisters" that actually act like sisters, and make me feel at home in this big city
  • An incredible best friend that helped me move in and organize my life 
  • Parents that would drop everything and drive hours for me 
  • Generosity from all of my friends and family over the holiday season and more 
  • A warm, cozy, secure studio apartment that I get to call home 
  • The best luck in the world 
  • Talents and experiences that lead me to new ones 
  • Great teachers in all of my classes 
  • A short commute to school (I hate icy sidewalks!) 
  • A trusty collection of boots & a giant puffer coat for the winter season 
  • The opportunity to live in Chicago 
  • Friends that support and drive me to be my best self 
  • Netflix for those days when I'm not feeling too hot 
  • A fully stocked fridge 
  • The ability to exercise 
  • Late night conversations with old friends 
  • Cute salt & pepper shakers 
  • Heated blankets 
  • Crock pot recipes 
  • Running into people you haven't seen in a while 
  • Keeping a positive attitude 
  • A giant mug of hot tea after a long day

What are you grateful for?
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La Mode & Moi: Winter Wear

Saturday, January 10, 2015

La Mode & Moi (meaning 'fashion and me' in French) is a series on my everyday style to give you all a glimpse into my classic taste with a european flair, as well as how to make ordinary looks a little more fun! 

It's been a while since I posted about some fashion, and while winter isn't exactly the ideal time of year to pull out all the style stops, I wanted to show off one of my favorite, timeless looks for chilly weather - which we have to deal with a lot in Chicago! 

State of the Union: January 9th

Friday, January 9, 2015

Holy moly. I have been MIA for such a long time, but I promise you it was necessary. After doing a little post-semester traveling (details will come soon), I hopped back over the pond, had my wisdom teeth yanked out, prepped and performed in my brother's wedding, hosted two lovely German family members and secured and moved into a new apartment in Chicago. Whew. I'm tired just thinking about it..
Anyway, now I'm back in my favorite city and ready to start sharing my life with you all once again! First up, where I stand right now: