Relationships

Find a Friend in Your City: January 2019

In August 2010, I moved from my hometown of Los Angeles to Chicago.

In August 2010, I moved from my hometown of Los Angeles to Chicago. I didn’t have so much as one friend or family member in the city, but made the most incredible group of friends. My blog was one of the best resources I had for meeting new people, and …

Relationships

Find a Friend In Your City: June 2018

We wait for patio, beach, movie in the park, and frosé season for …

We wait for patio, beach, movie in the park, and frosé season for what seems like forever and we made it. It’s finally here! But for some of us, friendship ruts and big life changes like moving to a new city can make finding summer plans a little complicated. As you …

Self Improvement

How to Recharge and Connect During the Work Week

How many times have you answered “how are you?” with the word busy? …

How many times have you answered “how are you?” with the word busy? It’s something I try not to do, but things always feel so nonstop that it often feels like the only thing that makes sense. After all, launching a second website, managing my blog, prepping to have a …

Relationships

My Experience with Tinder and Online Dating

For those of you who don’t know my story, my husband and I …

For those of you who don’t know my story, my husband and I met on Tinder almost 3 years ago. If you’re not familiar with Tinder, it’s a dating app that connects you with endless profiles of possible matches and sometimes gives you hope but also slowly chips away at …

Self Improvement

Stop Living Up To Other People’s Expectations

A few years ago, I was walking down the street on a warm …

A few years ago, I was walking down the street on a warm summer day, talking to someone on the phone. She asked how dating was going after yet another breakup and I let her know I made the decision to take a little break. To use that summer to …

Health

Self Improvement

How to Make and Keep New Friends

When I first moved to Chicago in 2010, I didn’t have any friends in …

When I first moved to Chicago in 2010, I didn’t have any friends in the city. Except Buddy, of course. To make things even more interesting, I also worked for myself from home and could have easily gone days without any human interaction. And sometimes I did. I had no choice but to …

Self Improvement

10 Things I Wish I Knew in My 20s

I don’t pine over the mistakes I made in my 20s, but looking …

I don’t pine over the mistakes I made in my 20s, but looking back, there’s so much I would have done differently. It’s amazing to think about how much life has changed from my 20s to my early 30s and now, my mid-30s. Here are a few things I wish …

Relationships

Find a Friend In Your City: January 2018

Back in 2010, I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago and didn’t know …

Back in 2010, I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago and didn’t know anyone here. And my blog was the best resource for meeting new people. In the spring, summer, and fall of 2017, I wrote posts like this one to use my blog to help you connect with women …

Self Improvement

8 Habits to Ditch In The New Year

The new year is just a few weeks away and no – I …

The new year is just a few weeks away and no – I can’t believe it, either. Whenever a new year rolls around, I try to set some goals and intentions for the new year but can’t be clear enough that they’re not resolutions because those usually seem lofty and …

Self Improvement

How To Stay Positive When Things Aren’t Going As Planned

It’s easy to feel down when you’re not exactly where you think you …

It’s easy to feel down when you’re not exactly where you think you should be. Ending a relationship, not being where you imagined in your career, and not checking certain travel destinations off a list can leave you feeling like you’ve failed in one way or another. And social media …

Health

November Paleo Challenge

After two weeks in Paris and Italy and more Pizza than I’ve ever …

After two weeks in Paris and Italy and more Pizza than I’ve ever consumed in my entire life, it’s time for a Paleo challenge. I did one a few years ago and felt great (and bonus – I was leaner than I’ve ever been). Skinny is NOT the goal. I …

Relationships

Wellness

Find a Friend in Your City: October 2017

In March, April, and August of this year, I helped connect my readers …

In March, April, and August of this year, I helped connect my readers with one another. Last night, I heard from a reader in Boston who is trying to adjust to life in a new city. Back in 2010, I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago and didn’t know anyone …

Marriage

Relationships

How We Met

How we matched on Tinder and what happened after we swiped right …

How we matched on Tinder and what happened after we swiped right …

Self Improvement

Wellness

The Things That Won’t Complete You

Whether it’s reaching a certain point in your career, owning a home, buying …

Whether it’s reaching a certain point in your career, owning a home, buying a that designer bag you’ve wanted for forever, starting a family, or gaining more instagram followers, there’s always something we want or think we need in order to be happy. When these things don’t happen exactly when …

Self Improvement

The Importance of Saying No

It’s in our nature to be kind to others, so it’s no surprise …

It’s in our nature to be kind to others, so it’s no surprise that saying no can leave us feeling like we’re the worst. Saying yes when you want to say no doesn’t feel much better. It’s a big, swirly mass of feelings that all completely contradict each other, and …

Relationships

Find a Friend in Your City: August 2017

It’s crazy to think that I didn’t have any close friends in Chicago …

It’s crazy to think that I didn’t have any close friends in Chicago just over a handful of years ago. As luck would have it, I met almost all of my close friends through my blog and The Everygirl. And since my favorite part blogging is being able to help and …

Self Improvement

What was the hardest part about moving from LA to Chicago?

After going through a year of relationship rollercoasters, I’m wondering if finding a …

After going through a year of relationship rollercoasters, I’m wondering if finding a job in a new city is just what I need. What was the hardest part about your move? What would you do differently? Last week, I talked about how moving to a new city alone changed my …

Self Improvement

How Moving to a New City Alone Changed My Life

Moving from Los Angeles to Chicago–a city where I knew no one–helped me …

Moving from Los Angeles to Chicago–a city where I knew no one–helped me grow more than I ever could have imagined. I had no idea who I was or what I really wanted in my 20s – those years were spent in finishing school just 90 minutes from my hometown …

Health

Recipes

20 Paleo Recipes to Make This Summer

Do you find yourself constantly pinning seasonal recipes you plan on whipping up …

Do you find yourself constantly pinning seasonal recipes you plan on whipping up for your next soirée but then never actually taking the time to go through Pinterest to make them? Or to actually host a soirée? Me too, guys. Me too. Here’s a list of everything I actually want …

Self Improvement

Realizing Your Self-Worth

I am tired of sabotaging my relationships. I’ll be 34 this year and feel like …

I am tired of sabotaging my relationships. I’ll be 34 this year and feel like I need to better appreciate my amazing partner and to finally understand (and believe) that I am worthy of being with someone wonderful. As a classic over-thinker and sometimes find myself focusing on the negative rather than allowing myself …

Career

Wellness

Should I Start a Blog?

I'm answering one of my most asked questions and sharing advice and lessons …

I'm answering one of my most asked questions and sharing advice and lessons learned after over 10 years of blogging.

Marriage

Relationships

Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Get Married in My 20s

During a time when I had no idea what I wanted to do …

During a time when I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, who I was, or what I deserved, I put marriage and babies on a pedestal–and that pedestal had a timeline. These events would determine my self-worth and happiness. Moving to Chicago, growing my blog, launching …

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