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Guys, meet Brooks.

I’ve never had a dog before and was actually terrified of them as a kid, but I’ve gotten over that.

We got this guy a week ago at 8 weeks old, and he’s basically my best friend now. He’s learning to potty outside, go for walks, do tricks, and be nice to his cat sister. He loves car rides and always gets tons of pets from strangers who make a big fuss over him. I can’t help but do the same.

Brandon and I celebrated a year of marriage yesterday, and I’m so excited to start this next chapter of our family life.

Guys, let’s just embrace my lack of posing ability. I’ve got a bit of dead face going on here. But the dress! I found this at Anthro and the bright red embroidery is my favorite part. I’ll need to get the top brought in a little because its not as snug as I’d like in the back.

Guys, let’s just embrace my lack of posing ability. I’ve got a bit of dead face going on here. But the dress! I found this at Anthro and the bright red embroidery is my favorite part. I’ll need to get the top brought in a little because its not as snug as I’d like in the back.

Last week, I spoke at the atMidwest social media conference in Bloomington, IL. Brandon got to come along to this one and was able to snap a few photos before and during my hour long talk.
For the first time in my life, I’m finally becoming able to get past the nerves of public speaking. Sure, my stomach still somersaults until the moment I step up on stage, but once I get up there, it fades away.
On Thursday, I’ll be speaking at another conference in Springfield. It’s exciting to be able to take the things I’ve learned from Lumen and share them publicly. I can’t believe in 2 months it will already be a year in business!

Last week, I spoke at the atMidwest social media conference in Bloomington, IL. Brandon got to come along to this one and was able to snap a few photos before and during my hour long talk.

For the first time in my life, I’m finally becoming able to get past the nerves of public speaking. Sure, my stomach still somersaults until the moment I step up on stage, but once I get up there, it fades away.

On Thursday, I’ll be speaking at another conference in Springfield. It’s exciting to be able to take the things I’ve learned from Lumen and share them publicly. I can’t believe in 2 months it will already be a year in business!

Currently reading: The Journals of Sylvia Plath
It feels kind of gross to be reading someone else’s private thoughts. But I love Plath’s words and writing style and often find similarities in myself when it comes to how she picks apart her own thoughts, puts extreme pressure on herself, and waivers between self-doubt and confidence.
Reading her words inspires me to write my own. It’s nice to know someone else struggled so hard to get over the fear of writing for writing’s sake.
Also, one of my favorite passages so far has been about how much she enjoyed picking her nose.

Currently reading: The Journals of Sylvia Plath

It feels kind of gross to be reading someone else’s private thoughts. But I love Plath’s words and writing style and often find similarities in myself when it comes to how she picks apart her own thoughts, puts extreme pressure on herself, and waivers between self-doubt and confidence.

Reading her words inspires me to write my own. It’s nice to know someone else struggled so hard to get over the fear of writing for writing’s sake.

Also, one of my favorite passages so far has been about how much she enjoyed picking her nose.

This weekend we went to Berwyn, IL (about 10 minutes from Chicago) to a car show for one of our Lumen clients.

We came up the night before and stayed in Naperville and got dinner at Biaggi’s (gluten free menu, yay!) and saw A Wanted Man. But not before indulging in some arcade business, as you can see. I did not win air hockey.

The weather was perfect for the car show the next day and there were lots of amazing vintage cars that made me want one of my own…badly. One day. We got a delicious breakfast and had pumpkin spice coffee and stopped by Ali’s GF bakery, too. The pancake mix is amazing!

Labor Day weekend was pretty awesome. Brandon and I did something fun every day of it!

On Saturday we went to an independent movie theater in Decatur to see Boyhood (which is out favorite movie so far this year.) It was so great in so many ways. Must see. I was super bummed not to be able to try their infamous white cheddar popcorn (thanks wisdom teeth) but I did spend a solid hour eating nachos very cautiously.

On Sunday we went to Calhoun County to a peach orchard and I found the biggest, juiciest peach I’ve ever seen. Then we took a ferry across the river and had a picnic in St. Charles, went to the mall, got a new coffee table at West Elm, and came home to eat pizza.

Monday was productive house day and we continued burning through seasons of The Middle, which is hilarious. Also finally finished Hannibal, which gave me nightmares.

I feel so lucky to have a best friend who’s always up for adventures! Continuously making the most of every single day.

Doctor Rant

You know what’s really frustrating?

Going to the doctor to try and get answers about a long list of strange symptoms and being told to go on anti-depressants as the answer.

I’m on my third doctor know for ongoing stomach issues. It’s not a stomach ache. There are days when I can’t even leave the house because I need to be near the bathroom. Some days I don’t even want to eat because I know the side effects. That’s not anxiety. That’s a stomach or bowel issue.

So, thanks medical school for teaching doctors that the answer to every problem is to prescribe a pill.

I’ve tried those silly “SSRI’s” in the past (three different kinds!) and you know what? They made me feel like a zombie. Numb. Uninterested. They did not help. And I am not depressed, nor do i have anxiety. My life is the most stress-free it’s ever been.

I’ve paid thousands of dollars to have my gallbladder removed, just to find that didn’t help either—and probably shouldn’t even have been done.)

So what’s next? I’m told to take an anti-depressant to fix a stomach problem. Seems logical.

The worst part? They don’t even listen when you TELL THEM you aren’t interested in anti-depressants. They just go ahead and send over a prescription. Awesome. Thanks so much for taking my co-pay.