Wednesday, June 18, 2014

and that's a wrap!

It's hard to believe a mere 100 days ago, I started the "100 days of happy" journey.

Welp, yesterday was the 100th day and I'd say the whole experience was a major success. The goal is not to be happy every second of every day because it's damn near impossible. If you know someone that is, dig deeper.

What I learned and really started to embrace is that there is most definitely something happy in every single day - no matter how it's going. I'm not going to do this "challenge" again because I think it did exactly what it was supposed to do. When I started this in early March, my mindset was totally different than it is now in mid-June. I'm a pretttttttttttttty happy person anyways (well, most of the time) but this really just taught to keep up that optimism. People do notice and most importantly, I notice.

Flipping through my pictures - some I posted on Instagram, some of both Instagram and FB but all I emailed in - a majority of mine contained :

  • a sunset
  • scenic Chicago
  • scenic Cape Cod
  • people I love

I am sure the above is shocking information. I myself was floored.

Here's a sneak peek at the journey:

Day 1: The lakefront trail actually never closes.
Day 25: Blackhawks victory with a brother bear.
Day 50: frien-sins who visit even when it's not super warm out.
Day 74: home away from home
DAY 100: the annual Best-Angel dinner

And here's a little happy ditty to go along with the theme of this post:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

why, yes, jim carrey DOES have things to say...

...that aren't masked in facial expressions hard to look past.

"You can fail at what you don't want so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love"

Awwwwww snap. Well said, Lloyd Christmas!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

i make no promises not share too many sunset pics but you guys, come on. Is this sky situation for real?

Sundays are something special.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

that time i became a homeowner.

By some twist of fate, I am now officially a homeowner and officially moved into said home.

How did that happen, you ask? Excellent question.

I think I'd really say luck, knowing this was the right step and just finding the time to make it happen. Also knowing this meant investing a lot of moneys, I wanted to find something that was just right for me. 

On Friday, April 18, I found it. I walked into my now condo and instantly knew: this was it. I made my offer a mere 3.5 hours after initially walking in the door and by midday Saturday, the sellers and I came to agreement.

I officially closed on Thursday, May 29 then just got the move over with Friday, May 30. Needless to say, it's been a whirlwind six weeks. A whirlwind of awesome.

I absolutely love it and can't wait to keep tweaking it until it feels like home home. But here are some sneak peeks into my little abode:

The foyer as you walk in the front door. 
Can't beat that pop of color in the bathroom.
What to put above the bed is a work in progress.
Pretty pumped to actually have a DOOR to the bedroom now.
It's the little things.

Oh geez. I might actually have to start cooking.
Incognito desk area.
Can't wait to use that fireplace all winter long.
Oh a not a shabby view to boot!
I know what you're thinking now! You should come visit. Why, yes, yes I agree!

Author's note: HUGE shout out to my parents who helped with the decor and kept me sane during this whole process. You guys are the best.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Memorial Day weekend of 2014 was the kind of weekend dreams are made of.

No words are enough to share how full my heart is after spending time at my favorite place on earth with some of my favorite people.

I know the Cape isn't the easiest place to get to and it doesn't always have the same effect on people as it does for me. But if I can share my happy, by golly, I'm going to do just that.

Words aren't enough for this trip so I'll let some pictures do the talking:

So lucky.