Digital Strategy VP in Chicago by day. Solo world traveler, proud auntie, coffee lover, random reader, and movie nerd by night.
Early morning text session reveals that the chocolate croissants at the new neighborhood French bakery are delicious. Thus, I put clothes on and walk down to sample myself...before brunch.
This is a great resource on how to not only process grief and loss, but also help and be a friend to someone going through it. This would have been really helpful two years ago.
Someone got his hair cut for Germany and is now a Dapper Derrick. THAT FACE 😍
Celebrating someone's 3rd birthday early because he's off to Germany this week! Love your face.
Happy birthday to my dad, who reminds me never to give up (even when I want to), and who drove out of his way for me multiple times this weekend so I had one less thing to worry about. Xoxo. #tbt
Guess what day it is?? Okay so this isn't a llama, but this guy did make an appearance at the parade yesterday. Thank you everyone for the kind comments on my last post. And for the offline texts too. It meant a lot 😘 #latergram#camel#fourthofjuly
I have a complicated relationship with my mother. Then, two years ago, my mom became sick. What followed for me is a two year spiral of feeling dark, sad, angry, isolating, resentful, depressive, fearful, and scared. Daily conference calls with my brother, medical professionals, medical billing staff, apartments, etc. Laying in bed, wondering when this nightmare would end, too scared to move or enjoy anything. Feeling distance from people who grew tired of my constant issues with her, or my inability to feel anything but numb. Less than two years after my grandma suddenly dying, and my brother and I preparing for that, we were parenting our mother. And it's broken me in many little ways since it started. You will never be prepared to care for your aging parents, and the realities that come with that. So, now that we closed this chapter with her, I'm going to try and wake up, for the first time in awhile.
If this is too honest, feel free to scroll on. I'll probably take a photo of a llama at a holiday parade tomorrow.