As you may have noticed, I ditched Social Media again… I have a love/ hate relationship with it. On one hand, I love when people I haven’t seen in years, close friends and even strangers reach out to tell me that something I posted inspired them. But, on the other hand, I waste way to much time preparing posts, scrolling and getting lost down rabbit holes of information! I’m confident that taking a break from social media will allow me to produce better, more beneficial, content in the long run.

Let me take a minute to update you on my life…

I’m Still Loving Life in Chicago

Suburban sunsets aren’t too shabby

Yep, I’m still loving it here in Chicago! It snowed several inches at the end of April and has been raining ever since. But, between rain storms, I manage to get out of the house and go on long walks. Spring is here!

Monday- Saturday I wake up at 5am. I write and do yoga/meditate before teaching a few online English classes. Teaching English online is a great gig! (If you are interested in teaching online, feel free to reach out and I can tell you what you need to know!)

From 8:30am to 4pm I am a full-time Auntie Nanny! Can you believe Judah turned 6 months old this week?? I can’t! He’s on the move- rolling over and crawling! There isn’t any other place in the world I’d rather be right now!

I will be here at least through the end of the summer. I have a few 30th birthday parties and a family vacation that I am looking forward to. Where my life will go from here is still very much a mystery to me, and I like it that way! (But I will throw this out there- if anyone has any tips on cities suitable for learning Spanish by immersion, please send them my way!)

Las Vegas

Had a blast catching up with my long time client!

I went back to Vegas at the end of March. The trip was a whirlwind! It started with a weekend trip to Zion National Park with two of my girlfriends. You can read about our Angel’s Landing hike here and about the epiphanies I had while hiking The Narrows here. After Zion, I did A LOT of hair. Way more than I expected to do after a year away. It was so nice to see and catch up with all of my clients and friends!

Eating Vegan

Vegan eating is here to stay! As I have mentioned previously, avoiding animal products started out as a health based decision in 2013/14. Have you seen Forks Over Knives on Netflix? Watch it!

Since then I’ve had my ups and downs with being vegetarian/vegan. Recently I dug deep into the philosophical and environmental sides of being vegan. Between the animal cruelty and the environmental consequences associated with the consumption of animal products, my conviction to avoid them has strengthened. If you haven’t seen Cowspiracy or What the Health on Netflix, I highly recommend giving those a watch as well!

I can’t emphasize enough how helpful and supportive my sister and brother-in-law have been on this journey. My sister is also vegan and my brother-in-law is an “at home” vegan who has become very picky about his consumption of animal products when he’s out! I am so lucky to have them!

Majoring in Racial Justice, Meditation, Veganism and Writing

I have been reading and researching a lot about a lot over the past few years. Since returning to Chicago, this self study has taken on a new level of intensity.

The thing that was brought to my attention again and again while traveling was my privilege. White privilege is real. Very real. I am late to the game, I know this. But I’m not going let that stop me from learning… from filling in my gaps in knowledge… Most importantly, from figuring how my benefiting from a racist system perpetuates its destructive existence.

I have begun researching white privilege, systemic racism, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, the history of race in America and abroad… and pretty much anything and everything that will help me understand why the world functions like this, what my role is in it, and how I can mitigate my impact. If you are interested in learning more about white privilege, I recommend reading this article. Even if you’re not interested, and especially if you’re white, read it anyway, it is important.

I am also studying and practicing meditation. (Which I believe is somehow related to racial and social justice, as is veganism and environmentalism, but I haven’t quite connected the dots yet). I am currently reading the Art of Living by William Hart and considering taking a 10 day Vipassana course! (If anyone has taken the course, I’d love to hear your thoughts!) With all this reading, researching, studying and writing, the idea of going back to school has popped into my head. However, with my interests being so (seemingly) random, I think I’ll get more out of my personal course of study for the time being!

Easter celebration with the family!