Nine Months in Chicago

April 23 = 9 months in Chicago! Holy guacamoley, it’s my 9 month anniversary in Chicago! The day I drove in I had crazy butterflies I thought I was going to puke. It’s been a long crazy adventure of a journey and I’ve still got a long way to go.

February 5, 2012 – One Year Ago

It is midnight here in Chicago and I’ve just whipped up a half-batch of chocolate chip cookies and tucked them into the oven. I am chatting with a good friend, Aaron, sharing a favorite new music find: JOHNNYSWIM.com/music  (which I highly recommend you download and have a listen ;) and planning my valentine card list…

more or less

in a city filled with skyscrapers that make you feel 2 feet tall and very dizzy if you try to find the top of the building that you are standing next to or dizzy if you take the elevator up and down a few too many times or dizzy if you look out from the…

2012 Year in Review

If ever there was a year to remember, eventful, adventurous…this was it. 2012…cue the music. January – New Mercies; hopeful. Investing in healing. Counseling begins. Begin Leadership Intensive February – Chicago. Can I go? Exposé begins. Epic. Co+op.* Chicago Community Group begins in Riverside Valentine’s Day babysitting = best Valentine dates ever* March –  Seeking…

a deeper surrender

it’s been a few weeks, i think i’m ready to share the difficult news.  sometimes i wish i could just share pieces and pictures, words and quotes on pinterest. it’s been good to take time to share it personally by email and by phone and in person. it’s also been good to have some time…

when he speaks

so what do you do when God asks you to give up pursuing your one passion in life? let it go. let it die. wait and watch. seek.   it’s a long story. ask me, i’ll tell you. x. lj  

dear blog

dear blog, i miss you, i’m sorry i haven’t had time to spend with you lately. city life is a very busy life. i barely have 3 hours a day to myself before i need to crawl back into bed to rest for the next day. and since i sit at a computer all day,…

19 days in the city

I have been in Chicago for 19 days. Wow! I love my life. It’s not easy. It’s not painless. It’s not comfortable. It’s not pretty. It is challenging and there are many difficult things about being here. But it’s all worth it. And I really do love it. Let me try to summarize a few…

The 23rd of May

Officer, give the month of May a speeding ticket! How on earth it can possibly be the 23rd day of May already is beyond my understanding. I feel as if I’ve barely moved an inch let alone a fraction. (which I hate, I hate fractions) It is time to do the final push of resume…

In love with… [part 1]

“You’re in love with Chicago” my friend Jamie told me in February, as I shared with her repeatedly of my interest in moving to Chicago.  I blushed at the thought, and replied that I was indeed in love with Chicago. I was consumed with thoughts about it, could not get it out of my mind….