2018 aspirations

Friday, December 15, 2017

With Christmas right around the corner and all the excitement to look forward to - my family is coming to Chicago for the holidays! - I've already begun dedicating some thought toward my goals for the new year. I like to write and keep a list of goals to reference throughout the year; my approach is more gentle than prescriptive. Rather than put a time stamp on any one goal, I strive to be aware of what I am working toward personally and view 'resolutions' more of overarching life goals that I can work a little harder to than perhaps I already have been.


the last piece of the puzzle

Monday, October 30, 2017

I'm coming down briefly from my perch on Cloud 9 to share on the blog - I'm ENGAGED! Ahh!! Please excuse the corny title...I couldn't help myself. Yes, just over a week ago, my best friend + soul mate + favorite creature who ever lived, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I will never, ever get over that moment, not for the rest of my life.


Jenny's Skincare Primer

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A few years ago, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek email to a former colleague regarding my entire skincare routine and recommendations. This colleague and I had recently gone to an indie musical festival together, in the dead heat of summer, and I had introduced him to my favorite sunscreen at the time. The simple recommendation turned into a manifesto of sorts, and the rest is history.


spring update - debt free by 30

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I said in my inaugural Debt Free by 30 post that I would post monthly updates, but in hindsight I figure quarterly updates will suffice. So how am I doing? Well, pretty good, all things considered! I've been paying consistent, heavy attention to my finances and making significant progress on my obligations. So far, I've been pretty good at motivating myself, but something funny happened recently which has inspired me even more.


christmas morning

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

I am a sentimentalist. My earliest understanding of grief came to me on the pebbled playground of elementary school, kindergarten. Like a magpie, I treasured a holographic Lisa Frank sticker of three brightly colored balloons. Please imagine the logistics of a 5-year old trying to hang on to a flimsy piece of tiny paper on the battleground of recess - I promptly lost that sticker chasing a little boy across the rubber tires. Oh, my heart. I can still smell the dust of the pebbles, clouding around me as I frantically scoured the Earth for my beloved balloons. Needless to say, I never found that sticker, and I cried. Oh, how I cried.

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