Birthday boy! #happybirthday #Chicago #blackhawks

Birthday boy! #happybirthday #Chicago #blackhawks

View from my couch #winter #snow #cozy #Chicago

View from my couch #winter #snow #cozy #Chicago

Bundled up…#coldestdayoftheyear #Eskimo #bundledup #Chicago #crazy

Bundled up…#coldestdayoftheyear #Eskimo #bundledup #Chicago #crazy

Challenge COMPLETE!

SO, 

I MADE IT!!

I’ve successfully completed my challenge of not buying any clothes, accessories, or shoes until 2014.  I almost can’t believe that it’s 2014 and that it’s been 150ish days.  I feel a very strong sense of accomplishment, but also a strong sense of control.  There were several times where I wanted to buy something (and a few times did and then returned) and I’ve been able to put things into perspective.  

Life is so much more than things.  And I have always known this, but at this point in my life, I have realized it.

I would never have been able to save up to move out (in 11 days!!) and I would never have been able to get this weight off my shoulder.  Since I began working downtown again, it’s been so hard to find a sense of home and I can’t wait to start growing roots of my own, on my own and experience life for all it’s worth.

I haven’t decided whether or not to continue to take daily pictures, but for now I will.

Cheers to all of you for putting up with me, and cheers to a new year!

XO,

Mags.

Not a bad view tonight..#tgif #nofilter #Chicago #skyline

Not a bad view tonight..#tgif #nofilter #Chicago #skyline

Happy Holidays!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday filled with family, friends, and FOOD!  I sure had a lovely holiday and have been fortunate enough to take several days of PTO, letting me fully “unplug" from my often hectic work schedule.  

I find myself feeling truly thankful and content where life has me at the moment.  In a few short weeks, I will be moving in with a dear friend of mine, to a three bedroom apartment (because, let’s face it, we (I) need the extra “closet” space), in an up and coming Chicago neighborhood, close to the El, cutting my commute easily in half and giving me back the freedom that I crave to do what I want, when I want (or at least more so than living in the burbs has). 

I feel SO ready to be on my own again, and couldn’t be happier with how everything has turned out.  

More importantly, I can’t believe how many friends and family have offered to give me furniture, help, well wishes, etc.  It makes the transition much more manageable.

I will sure to post pictures of my place, the furniture, etc.

The project I have given myself the next few days, is truly going through my closet, once again…I’ll let you know how I fare.

Warm wishes,

Mags.

My new couch!!!  You know what this means…I’m moving :)  
No more parents house for me!  So excited to start this year off on a new foot in my own place!
Mags.

My new couch!!!  You know what this means…I’m moving :)  

No more parents house for me!  So excited to start this year off on a new foot in my own place!

Mags.

Damn straight. Froze my ass off today going to and from the Metra however, I refuse to take a bus to my office, I guess I need more than earmuffs to keep warm this winter…
I’m not looking forward to this commute season.
Mags.

Damn straight. Froze my ass off today going to and from the Metra however, I refuse to take a bus to my office, I guess I need more than earmuffs to keep warm this winter…

I’m not looking forward to this commute season.

Mags.

(Source: un-baiat-misto)

Day 54, outfit 2. Old Navy jeans, NHL Hawks shirt, White Mountain flats, Target earrings and necklace, Nordstrom Rack bracelet, Michael Kors watch.
Tonight was the Chicago Blackhawks season opener including the hanging of the Stanley Cup Championship banner and distribution of the rings.  It was a great ceremony with great company, and WE WON! 
Can’t wait for the season to continue!
Mags.

Day 54, outfit 2. Old Navy jeans, NHL Hawks shirt, White Mountain flats, Target earrings and necklace, Nordstrom Rack bracelet, Michael Kors watch.

Tonight was the Chicago Blackhawks season opener including the hanging of the Stanley Cup Championship banner and distribution of the rings.  It was a great ceremony with great company, and WE WON

Can’t wait for the season to continue!

Mags.

I need a bit of advice…

So, I have to ask all you Chicagoans/city dwellers, do you live alone/would you live alone and why?