Monday, April 30, 2012

Chicago Home Tour

Between brunch and my appointment with the eye doctor yesterday, I spent a glorious two hours in Starbucks doing absolutely nothing but drinking mint green tea and browsing Chicago Magazine Home + Garden on my iPad. In retrospect, I should have continued with that lovely afternoon instead of heading on to the optometrist; I got talked into getting my eyes dilated and spent the afternoon looking like a shark and trying desperately to read work emails without going cross eyed. I decided it was a sign and spent the evening watching HGTV and The Client List  on demand... I am ashamed to admit just how much the latter.

I digress.

I saved some of my favorite photos from my virtual home tour to share with you. Chicago is known for its gorgeous architecture and I love that it's just as beautiful inside as it is out. I hope you enjoy too!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Four Leaf

Despite an awesome getaway this weekend, I've had A WEEK. And its only Wednesday night, so I still have about 40% of a week to go.

I was approaching total meltdown territory and then something ridiculously amazing happened - I won an iPad through a work drawing! I never win ANYTHING. Like, have never won a raffle, in Vegas, at Bingo, in Superbowl Squares, etc.

Coworkers congratulated me (I have the best coworkers ever) and what could I say besides, "Thanks, I feel so lucky!" All of a sudden, my mood totally shifted.

I realized that I AM so lucky. And I'm not even trying to rub in my iPad windfall. In fact, that's the least of it. Even when I'm stressed and I feel like I just can't handle even one more little thing, I hope to always remember that I am so lucky, so blessed.  Next time you're frustrated, I challenge you to start listing to yourself everything you're thankful for. In my experience, its nearly impossible to stay upset.

Because I have the memory of a fruitbat, I made myself this handy little desktop background as a reminder to keep perspective and I thought I'd share with you :) I hope you're having a great week!