Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hello, November.

If there ever was an autumn for me to fall back, this one has been it. One friend described it as my time to return "back to center." And it definitely has.

The end of summer brought much needed career changes. I took a major leap of faith and quit my job in August. Best decision ever. And yet, it was pretty scary but totally necessary to save my soul. K was super supportive, as always. Luckily, I stumbled upon a fantastic opportunity and for the first time in my life, I love my job.

In August, I also began teaching a class on Nonprofit Organizations at my law school. While I have been presenting and conducting workshops for a long time, this is the first time I've developed an ongoing curriculum. Probably the biggest challenge of my life but I'm learning a ton every day. It's always better to challenge yourself than to be bored.

At the end of September, K and I celebrated our first anniversary. Marriage is a funny thing. It's full of highs and lows and laughs and apologies and snuggles and dreams. For us, relationship-building is a priority and our weekly date nights and Saturdates are the highlight of my week.

Our schedules finally freed us up to tackle some big home projects this fall. I need to post an update but you can follow our fixer-upper adventures on instagram at #younghomemakeover. We're almost done with our outdoor prep work and this fall/winter we'll be starting to transform the ugly basement for once and for all!

Anyway, lots happening over here. Here's more of what I'm currently up to:

READING // Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, Kristen Gillibrand's new book, Daring Greatly, A Whole New Engineer (for work), and a Gabriel Allon novel. 

LISTENING TO // Shake It Off...obviously.

ANTICIPATING // The HOLIDAYS!! I simply can't wait for Friendsgiving, Christmas, New Year's...Absolutely the best time of the year and it's happening now!

THINKING ABOUT // Wanderlust. We have a couple upcoming trips planned and I am pumped to be traveling again.

EATING // Breakfast cookies. I'm hooked. I'll post a recipe soon!

WATCHING // Brooklyn Nine Nine, The League, How to Get Away With Murder, Chicago Fire & PD, football, and hockey...

PLANNING // Our holiday cards...don't judge. I'm pretty excited about them this year!

WEARING // Lou & Grey Ponte Leggings. I mean, I have been living in these on the weekends this fall. I just love them.

LEARNING // Calligraphy! I took a class and now I'm literally obsessed. Need some inspiration? Check out my Lettering pinterest board

LOVING // K. Yeah, I know, totes cheesy. But he's been my rock the last couple months. 

WORKING ON // Fixin' up our house! Our basement remodel starts this week. I've been dreaming of this day forever. Well, for the last five years at least.

THANKFUL // For so much. But especially this time of the year.


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