Be Brave

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I did something completely terrifying today. 
I was scared out of my mind, but I did it. 
I DID IT.
The weight is lifted.
Now the ball is rolling. 
And I am going after what I want.
I am finally letting myself go after what I want. 
I might fail and that would be okay.
Failing is better than not trying.
Always wondering "What if?"
So here we go! 
Big changes!
Life! 
Ah.

3 6 5 Days of Journaling | March

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Journaling Journaling makes me happy. I feel like March is always hard because there are no holidays off of work and the weather is generally terrible. One of the brightest spots was when my dear little michael came to visit me. He's great and I can't wait for him to move back to Chicago so we can LIVE IT UP this summer. Today was the first warm day, we are talking 68 people, and the whole city just came alive. It was like Chicago whispered, "Hey I'm sorry for the long winter, lets make this summer a good one eh?" I am not sure if I am ready to forgive, but I am definitely ready to forget. Tomorrow I am going to ride my bike. Annnnnnnd tangent.

March journaling was a little more black and white than usual. Funny how even the color palette can reflect your emotions in some round about way. Hope you like it!


Much love march and we're out.

wreath making with kinfolk

Friday, March 28, 2014

A few weeks ago I was able to attend a Kinfolk event here in Chicago. The activity for the night was fresh wreath making. I have never tried my hand at floral design before, but I was seriously into it. Just the smell of all those fresh flowers was enough to make a girl consider a life in a little floral studio. The event was hosted by Amanda Jane Jones of Kinfolk and Kelli Thompson of Fleur Inc, both just the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I love how my wreath turned out! It has been keeping my apartment springy despite this never ending Chicago Winter. All photos by Jaclyn Simpson.


h & j anniversary | 1000th post giveaway

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


We have a little giveaway for you. 1000 posts seems unreal so we thought we should celebrate. We would like to give one reader our favorite type of Moleskin notebook! We wholeheartedly believe that a girl can never have to many journals. Jane and I can vouch for this lovely Moleskin because we both use it in our personal life. You can see it featured in several journaling posts here.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for growing with us. Most of all, thank you for being our friends. 

Moleskin Specs: Extra Large, Plain, Black, Soft Cover, 7.5 x 10

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Giveaway is open until 4/3/2014 at 11:59 PM EST. US readers only.
And that's it! We love you and have a great Tuesday.
This post is not sponsored by Moleskin.

michael comes to chicago

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Michael came to visit and what a glorious weekend it was. Our favorite hobbies come boiling to the surface when we are under pressure and only have a limited amount of time together- they are eating, sleeping, and watching movies. Original eh? But that's just what we like and perhaps we will be more adventurous this summer and go do something outside, but for right now all we need is take out from Five Guys and a movie to watch. Content we are.

This weekend we had a talk- that boy and me- and in that moment I found it just so incredible that he has chosen to love me. To support me. To believe in me. I have known that he loves me, but this weekend I felt it more than I ever have before. I can't believe how much my happiness matters to him. How me feeling full is important to him. I just feel really lucky.

Our marriage isn't perfect and there are parts that are a little messy, but life is a little messy and I would rather be a mess next to him than anyone else.

Sushi from Macku and pie from Bang Bang Pie.


what do you desire?

Friday, March 21, 2014


What do I desire? What do I want to become? What am I passionate about?

All questions that basically terrify me. I am afraid of failure. I am afraid of not being successful.

I self sabotage in an attempt to prevent myself from failing. From Living.

Well. No more I say. No more. Changes are coming.

Let us all be full of passion and love what we do.