Monthly Archives: March 2015

7 Things You Never Have to Justify to Anyone

7 things you never have to justify

Especially for women, it seems everyone always has an opinion about our lives. From our money to our bodies to our feelings, the general community seems to think we own them an explanation of our actions and decisions. The thing is, these decisions and actions are ours and ours alone, and we just don’t have to justify them.

We don’t owe anyone an explanation.

1. Your definition of success/ your career choice. It’s yours, not theirs. Just because success to some means a corner office and a downtown high rise apartment doesn’t mean you can’t be just as successful in your one bedroom apartment doing a job you love.

2. Not looking perfect every day. No need to apologize for not having on makeup or not getting dressed to the nines all the time (or any of the time, for that matter). Sometimes makeup and real outfits just aren’t going to happen. It’s ok.

3. Your relationship status. Single and lovin’ it? Yay! Single and minglin’? Yay! In a relationship and so in love? Yay!

4. Crying. You know what? Your emotions are valid. You’re not crazy for crying; you’re not over-emotional. It happens, we’re human.

5. How much you are eating. You’re hungry? Great, eat something. Feel like a burger? Great, eat it, even if the girl next to you is ordering a salad. Feel like a salad? Awesome. Eat it, even if the girl next to you is chowing on some wings. As long as you’re not hurting yourself, you’re good!

6. On that note- your weight. I’m all about the body positivity around here. Skinny, fat, in between, whatever. Own it. Work it. You’re awesome.

7. Being a basic ….. you know the rest. I could write a whole post solely on why this whole hating on women for liking the same things as other women is dumb. Especially because many of the things that are considered “basic” are things that make us feel good- like Starbucks, manicures, and leggings and oversized sweaters.

What other things can you think of that we just don’t need to justify to anyone anymore?

Weekly Wishes | The Return

weekly wishes

Today is Monday and Monday is for goals.

Now, I know I can and should make a really good excuse for why I’ve been away from blogging for a while but the absolute truth is that other priorities have come up and blogging has just fallen to the wayside. Busy is an understatement. Tired doesn’t even come close. But content- yes, content works. Things are going. Life is moving. And while some things are difficult, I am happy that I have been given this life to live. I can’t promise that I’ll be back to blogging steadily now. I will say that I’ll try!

This past weekend was the most wonderful. I traveled down to Kentucky to visit a college friend and had fun brunching, getting our nails done, and celebrating St. Patrick’s day with her co-workers there! Now I’m back in Chicago and ready to go back to work tomorrow. Only a few more weeks till Spring Break!

Anyway. Goals, right? Let’s set some.

|ONE| Blog at least one more time this week. Starting with something!

|TWO| Get to the gym 3 times this week! I only went once last week because I’ve been sick but I feel like I need to go to kick out this last bit of sickness!

|THREE|Take my vitamins every day. I slacked off on these too while I was sick (counter-intuitive, maybe) and lost the habit, so I need to be better about this again! I always have more energy and feel better in general when I take vitamins.

I’ll keep it at that for this week.

What are your goals for this week? Let me know so I can cheer you on too!

Taking Stock | Currently

taking stock currently

Just popping in before the weekend to check in with myself, and you, by taking stock of what’s going on right now. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.


Making : craft preparations for next week. My classroom is about to have lots of pots of gold hanging in it!
Cooking : Nothing, I’m about to hop in my car and head to Kentucky for the weekend!
Drinking : Hot tea & honey. My throat is still a bit sore from being sick.
Reading: The Reason I Jump. Excellent book, especially for those of us who care for and love children with autism.
Wanting: to be able to breathe regularly through my nose again!
Looking: Forward to more spring weather! It’s finally bearable to be outside and my soul is so happy for it.
Wishing: For these next few weeks to FLY. I can’t wait for spring break and seeing my family!
Enjoying: Sweet moments with my kids. They may drive me wild some days but they are the brightest lights in this world, and I try to consciously be appreciative of the time I have with them.
Waiting: For the dryer to finish so I can pack up those clothes and take some with me for the weekend!
Wondering: What kind of fun Laura and I will find this weekend!
Loving: Everything having to do with #fireworkpeople. I am so lucky to have found this incredible community of women. 
Hoping: For a smooth day for my co-teacher. I hate missing work and leaving her alone in the classroom! She is more than capable, I just know it’s not the best feeling.
Needing: To do my taxes. Oops.
Smelling: The new air freshener I put in my room the other day. Fresh linen smells just make my day!
Wearing: Yoga pants and a sweatshirt, I should probably change…
Following: Along with currently events thanks to the Skimm
Noticing: How much better my mood is in general when the sun is shining. Ahhhhh.
Thinking: About my weekend to-do list before the weekend has even started… Oh boy.
Bookmarking: Lots of blog posts on Bloglovin’ that I haven’t had time to read but I want to go back to!
Giggling: Over texts and puppy pictures from the family. The best.
Feeling: Pretty darn good about life.