What year is it again?


It’s me. Again. Same me, different year. Did anyone else enjoy all of the memes floating around the internet in regards to the New Year? I know I sure did.

Anywho, hello again. I haven’t been on here in a while and I blame it all on life. I mean, jeeze 24 hours in a day is just not enough. With learning a new role (which I am in love with) at work, getting this apartment in order, playing with the ever so attention hungry Winston, and trying to prep healthy meals, I feel like I have 2 hours left in the day and all I want to do is relax. So, long story short, I have been busy and too tired to write on here.

Fear not though. I am back into the swing of things. I am still very busy but also very excited for this year and all it has to offer. That being said, I want to kick off the year, on January 14th (not that I am half a month into the year or anything..) and dedicate this post to catching you all up to date on life, reminiscing on 2018, AND talk about my goals and plans for 2019.

So let’s get started!

2018 Speed Review



I brought Winston home!ย Deciding to bring Winston into my life may have just been my favorite part of 2018. Sure, he can be an absolute pain in the butt.. but he is the most loving dog that I know.

Besides getting Winston in January, I did a bit of travelling for work and met lots of amazing people along the way.


February was a little more lowkey. Ian and I celebrated Mardi Gras at The Bywater in Los Gatos. If you are in the Bay Area and are looking for some good Cajun food, I highly recommend you go and check them out. We had an absolute blast and may have had a Hurricane.. or two ๐Ÿ˜‰

And of course, February is when Valentine’s Day is, so Ian and I spent our Valentine’s Day working and then enjoying Italian food at a restaurant in Los Altos.

We also took Winston to the beach for the second time in his life and walked around Santa Cruz with him.

My mom came into town and we had a girls day in Napa! It was an absolute blast.. and now I am wanting to go back ๐Ÿ˜‚


Ian & I celebrated our anniversary and had a night out in San Francisco (post on that here)


Me and the boys went on a road trip down to San Diego and had a blast hanging out on the beach and eating lots of fish tacos. Just thinking about those fish tacos is making me hungry. If there is anyone who knows how to make a fish taco, it is San Diego.

Not only was I in love with their food, but I couldn’t get enough of the colorful landscapes and how much there was to do there!


I have been meaning to write up a post on San Diego.. but time has escaped me. For now, I may throw together a travel guide that you can find under the Travel page that I have set up. Let me know if that is something you would be interested in ๐Ÿ™‚



Nothing crazy happened in April, just lots of hanging out with friends and decorating the patio of my old apartment.


April posts can be found here:ย Spring Showers & April Flowersย &ย Patio Decorating & Winston Time


We celebrated Cinco de Mayo at Luna’s Mexican Kitchen and it was amazing. We probably busted our wallets a little bit eating there, but it was so worth it. I highly recommend eating there if you are in the San Jose area. For more on Cinco de Mayo and Luna’s Kitchen, read:ย Midweek Catch up & Cinco de Mayo Festivitiesย ๐Ÿ™‚

During Memorial Day Weekend, Ian and I went to Vegas and had a blast. We don’t like gambling, fortunately, however we managed to spend quite a bit ๐Ÿ˜‚

If you are interested in reading about our trip to Vegas, you can do so here:ย Big Life Changes & Vegas Shenanigans


Ian finished his B.S and we moved to OREGON! I was very fortunate that my company had an office in Portland and agreed to have me transfer.


One day after moving we were off to wedding rehearsals and the next day we attended Ian’s brother’s wedding. It was such a fun time, I just wish I had more energy during it! I guess moving states has a way of doing that to you.


I also talked more about the wedding in this post:ย Moving, Work, and Urgent Care Visitsย . During that post I talk about my business trip to Seattle.. where I happened to be extremely sick the entire time as well as talking about our move and as I just mentioned, the wedding.


I got my Oregon drivers license but worked on getting an Oregon license plate (which was an absolute pain in the butt I may add).

Travelled to Cannon Beach for the very first time (well, for me at least)!


While in Cannon Beach we tried out Pelican Brewing and it was AMAZING. Their clam chowder is to die for and their beer is awesome too.


We also celebrated Ian’s birthday with a few friends and by eating dinner at Ian’s favorite restaurant – Fire on the Mountain.

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I kicked off the beginning of August by going to my company’s HQ in the good ol’ Midwest.

After getting back from my trip, we celebrated sending Ian’s little brother off to college.

We also went to Tillamook Creamery and you can read all about it here:ย A Dairy Good Weekend

The rest of August we spent apartment hunting and let me tell ya, it was painful.


I was offered a position at the company I work for now and I was SO happy! I began working in the field that I have been working towards for over a year and there was nothing more rewarding than seeing my hard work pay off.

We also ended up finding the right apartment for ourselves after a month long search, so I guess you could say that September was a very good month ๐Ÿ™‚ (well.. except for the stress of moving and starting a new job).


October was packed with travelling and activities. We celebrated Ian’s mom’s birthday, visited his brother at school AND..

I got to go home to Chicago to celebrate my birthday with my family and it was the absolute best!


You can read all about my birthday here:ย Holiday Festivities & Family Visits๐ŸŽ„โœจ

I also had my mom visit us in Portland and it was absolutely wonderful. I wish she lived closer to here.



During November, I went to my first Trail Blazers game.. and now that I think of it, my first NBA game!

My brother also came into town and joined us for Thanksgiving at Ian’s family’s home. We ate so much. It was awesome.


I kicked off December by switching from my iPhone to a Google Pixel and boy am I glad I did. The photos are soooo much better and I love how customizable it is.

00100sportrait_00100_burst20181130174238655_coverSo clearly I had to test out the Pixel’s selfie feature while at the Holiday Ale Fest here in Portland!

mvimg_20181130_183116Views from the Holiday Ale Fest ^ So pretty!

I began learning how to sew! Ian’s mom worked with me to make matching onesies for Ian, Winston, and I – and we are all obsessed with them!

We put up our second Christmas tree together.. and fear not.. Winston tore it down two weeks ago.

We stopped by Portland’s Crafty Wonderland and absolutely loved it! There were so many artists there selling their work. I couldn’t help but to feel inspired but also a little in awe of how talented all the artists were. Definitely going back again next year ๐Ÿ™‚

pano_20181222_105756.vrWe also drove up to Seattle to visit one of my best friends from college. The drive only took us around 2.5 hours, so it was a breeze!

00100lportrait_00100_burst20181222105708028_coverWhile in Seattle, we explored Bellevue and obviously had to stop by Pikes Place ๐Ÿ˜‰



And of course, I celebrated Christmas in December! Ian and I spent the Holidays at his family’s house AND celebrated his grandma’s 90th birthday on Christmas Eve!

img_20181213_191749It was also my first Christmas not with my family, so it was both exciting and a little sad for me. Flights to Chicago during the Holidays are pretty expensive from Portland, so I made the decision to save my money and go next year.



I left quite a bit out.. but I am sure that you all don’t want to read a 10 page post on what I have been up to.

As for 2019, I used the start of the New Year to reflect on 2018 and what I have learned. At a quick glance, here are my major takeaways from 2018:

  • Family comes first – My family has been there with me during my highs and lows and their support never ceases to amaze me. I am currently living far from them, so I cherish all of the moments I am able to spend with them.
  • Spend time searching for what it is you want and then GO get it – I realized last year what I wanted from my career and spent over a year preparing myself for that career change. It took lots of rejection before I finally made it, but I never stopped trying.. and that’s what made the difference.
  • Traveling does not mean going somewhere far, it is simply going somewhere to explore! – This past year I have been dreaming of going on a trip back to Europe but it hasn’t been the right time. Job changes, bills, moving, etc. have made travelling internationally a struggle for me. However, after feeling frustrated and slightly discouraged, I realized that I was thinking about it all wrong. I moved to a new state and hadn’t explored very much of it! That being said, I am focusing on exploring “my own backyard” ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Puppies are a lot of work. Just trust me. They need to pee every 10 minutes.
  • My body is aging – you heard me. I am 24 years young.. but I am already seeing differences in how my body processes things. I noticed this past year that my body isn’t handling certain foods the way it used to. I also noticed how low my energy and motivation levels are when I don’t exercise. In other words, I learned that I need to start taking better care of myself so that I can feel healthy and energized.


This year my main focus is to live a healthy lifestyle, meaning: eat well, exercise regularly, work hard, pay off debt, remain curious and travel near and far. I will be spending the next few months paying off any debt I have left over from college (yay smart decisions!) and begin planning Ian and I’s first international trip together. As of right now, our goal is to go to Germany this upcoming September.. so I need to purchase flights ASAP!

Questions for you!

  1. What was one of you favorite memories from 2018?
  2. Where was the last place you explored (could even be a mall that you have never been to, or a new restaurant)?
  3. What are you looking forward to in 2019?








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