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09.17.16

34

It's my 34th birthday today which means I'm officially in my mid-30s.  …

It's my 34th birthday today which means I'm officially in my mid-30s.  …

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09.09.16

Moving In

I have some exciting news that I've been meaning to share. And now …

I have some exciting news that I've been meaning to share. And now that I'm a few weeks away from a big change, it's time for an update!  …

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08.23.16

Journey to Chicago

When I started blogging back in 2007, I never imagined it would lead me to …

When I started blogging back in 2007, I never imagined it would lead me to a career in design. Or that I'd travel to visit a friend I met through blogging, spend 3 days in Chicago, pack up and move to the Midwest, and then launch a women's lifestyle website.

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08.01.16

Six Years in Chicago

In November 2009, I found myself in Chicago for 3 days. 9 months later, I left my …

In November 2009, I found myself in Chicago for 3 days. 9 months later, I left my family, friends, and perfect California weather when I moved from the west coast to the midwest.

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06.21.16

Why I’m Happy Things Didn’t Work Out as Planned

At 29, I was finally figuring out what I wanted to do with my …

At 29, I was finally figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. We had just launched The Everygirl, but I wouldn't be salaried for another year, which meant things felt pretty unstable. I had been in Chicago about a year, just went through a breakup and found myself single …

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03.16.16

Rescue Dogs and PAWS

Each year, I set goals for myself, and one is always to give …

Each year, I set goals for myself, and one is always to give back. I usually find some small way to do something, but it never feels like enough (for me). 2016 became the year I was finally going to take some action, so I signed up for The Her …

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02.22.16

The Everygirl Turns FOUR

Starting over in Chicago is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. It’s …

Starting over in Chicago is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. It’s where I learned how to be on my own, met people who have changed my life, and launched a website with a fellow Chicago blogger that would change everything. And today, that website turns four. The Everygirl was a …

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02.18.16

Starting Over

If I’ve learned anything the past few years, it’s that circumstances and expectations …

If I’ve learned anything the past few years, it’s that circumstances and expectations do not have to define you. I moved out of my mom’s house a month before my 28th birthday, a fear of flying kept me from traveling for almost 10 years, my grades were underwhelming at best, and I …

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01.07.16

On Making Friends in a New City

Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who, like me, …

Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who, like me, works from home and is about to relocate to a new city–something I did over 5 years ago. I was never great at making friends and didn’t put much into maintaining relationships, but that’s changed a lot …

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01.04.16

new year. new goals.

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Whenever one year ends and another begins, I can’t help but think about how much things have changed the past year (and several years). And is it just me or does each year seem to fly by …

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07.31.15

5 Years

Tomorrow marks 5 years in Chicago. That’s half a decade. The first few …

Tomorrow marks 5 years in Chicago. That’s half a decade. The first few months after my move from Los Angeles, I’d wake up every morning, look at Buddy, and then out the window, and was sort of in awe/shock that I lived here. I’d have these random “I can’t believe I …

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06.23.15

on being forgotten

I’ve always wanted to be a part of one of those really close …

I’ve always wanted to be a part of one of those really close families. You know the ones I’m talking about. Think It’s Complicated, Father of the Bride, or While You Were Sleeping. Parenthood. Gilmore Girls. Modern Family. Not perfect. Just (mostly) happy and very close to one another. Unfortunately, I …

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09.18.14

hey 32

Well, I’m 32. And as ordinary as today was, it was one of …

Well, I’m 32. And as ordinary as today was, it was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. Simple, relaxing, and perfect. I woke up to a flower delivery from my mom (thanks mom) and received lots of texts, calls, and messages via social media (because that’s a thing, …

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09.05.14

on not overdoing it and finding a little balance

When I find something I love, I dive right in and never look …

When I find something I love, I dive right in and never look back. I’m sure that on some level, you can all relate, whether with a hobby, job, relationship, or workout routine. But I didn’t do it with just one thing. I went from living at my mom’s house …

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01.07.14

peace out, social media

A few months ago, I made the decision to disconnect from Facebook. I …

A few months ago, I made the decision to disconnect from Facebook. I deleted the app from my cell phone and went from constantly updating my status and checking in (mostly at CrossFit and when I was out with friends) to never checking in and sharing the occasional status update.

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08.01.13

Three Years in Chicago

First, I wrote about my journey to Chicago. Time passed by rather quickly, …

First, I wrote about my journey to Chicago. Time passed by rather quickly, and before I knew it, I was writing about my first year in Chicago. And then my second. And now, another year and come and gone, marking three years in Chicago. Three. Years. There are still days …

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09.17.12

It’s my birthday! Hello, 30s.

On her 13th birthday, Jenna Rink wished to be “30, flirty, and thriving” …

On her 13th birthday, Jenna Rink wished to be “30, flirty, and thriving” and here I am on my 30th birthday, determined to make the next ten years the best years of my life. Every challenge, mistake, and lesson learned in my 20s has made me the person that I …

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03.02.12

Keeping up

I have debated posting this, but I want to be honest and authentic …

I have debated posting this, but I want to be honest and authentic with you. After working at least 6 days a week for over half of a year, The Everygirl is live and I couldn’t be happier or more exhausted. The reality of running a graphic design studio, booking …

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02.22.12

She is The Everygirl. This is for her.

After pouring six months of my life into The Everygirl, the day has …

After pouring six months of my life into The Everygirl, the day has finally come. The Everygirl is live. I have enjoyed every single moment that I have spent working on this site and look forward to seeing where things go in the months to come. The thought that this …

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02.01.12

It’s been 730 days

I arrived in Chicago two years ago today. While I was not ready …

I arrived in Chicago two years ago today. While I was not ready to commit to a permanent move, a sublease felt like something I could handle. I met some nice people, was thrilled when I made it to Trader Joe’s without getting lost and did lots of soul searching.

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03.15.11

Gratitude.

A new friend recently told me that instead of worrying I should focus …

A new friend recently told me that instead of worrying I should focus on gratitude. Why is it that it is always easier to focus on what’s missing rather than what you have? Let me preface this post by telling you that I absolutely love Chicago & the friends that …