Self Improvement

How to Recharge and Connect During the Work Week

How many times have you answered “how are you?” with the word busy? …

How many times have you answered “how are you?” with the word busy? It’s something I try not to do, but things always feel so nonstop that it often feels like the only thing that makes sense. After all, launching a second website, managing my blog, prepping to have a …

Relationships

My Experience with Tinder and Online Dating

For those of you who don’t know my story, my husband and I …

For those of you who don’t know my story, my husband and I met on Tinder almost 3 years ago. If you’re not familiar with Tinder, it’s a dating app that connects you with endless profiles of possible matches and sometimes gives you hope but also slowly chips away at …

Finance

Relationships

How We Manage Finances Now That We’re Married

Conor and I moved in together in October 2016 and last spring, I …

Conor and I moved in together in October 2016 and last spring, I talked about how we managed our finances those first few months. We’re hardly experts (as in we’re not experts at all) but we got through splitting expenses while living together for a year, then our wedding ($$$), …

Self Improvement

Stop Living Up To Other People’s Expectations

A few years ago, I was walking down the street on a warm …

A few years ago, I was walking down the street on a warm summer day, talking to someone on the phone. She asked how dating was going after yet another breakup and I let her know I made the decision to take a little break. To use that summer to …

Relationships

Are You Changing Your Last Name?

Before I got engaged, changing my last name wasn’t something I thought a …

Before I got engaged, changing my last name wasn’t something I thought a lot about. I just assumed I’d take Conor’s last name and even ordered a makeup bag, pajamas, and a tote bag monogrammed with DMS. The whole monogram thing was fun while we were engaged. Then I got married.

Health

Self Improvement

How to Make and Keep New Friends

When I first moved to Chicago in 2010, I didn’t have any friends in …

When I first moved to Chicago in 2010, I didn’t have any friends in the city. Except Buddy, of course. To make things even more interesting, I also worked for myself from home and could have easily gone days without any human interaction. And sometimes I did. I had no choice but to …

Self Improvement

10 Things I Wish I Knew in My 20s

I don’t pine over the mistakes I made in my 20s, but looking …

I don’t pine over the mistakes I made in my 20s, but looking back, there’s so much I would have done differently. It’s amazing to think about how much life has changed from my 20s to my early 30s and now, my mid-30s. Here are a few things I wish …

Relationships

Find a Friend In Your City 2018

Back in 2010, I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago and didn’t know …

Back in 2010, I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago and didn’t know anyone here. And my blog was the best resource for meeting new people. In the spring, summer, and fall of 2017, I wrote posts like this one to use my blog to help you connect with women …

Self Improvement

8 Habits to Ditch In The New Year

The new year is just a few weeks away and no – I …

The new year is just a few weeks away and no – I can’t believe it, either. Whenever a new year rolls around, I try to set some goals and intentions for the new year but can’t be clear enough that they’re not resolutions because those usually seem lofty and …

Self Improvement

How To Stay Positive When Things Aren’t Going As Planned

It’s easy to feel down when you’re not exactly where you think you …

It’s easy to feel down when you’re not exactly where you think you should be. Ending a relationship, not being where you imagined in your career, and not checking certain travel destinations off a list can leave you feeling like you’ve failed in one way or another. And social media …

Health

November Paleo Challenge

After two weeks in Paris and Italy and more Pizza than I’ve ever …

After two weeks in Paris and Italy and more Pizza than I’ve ever consumed in my entire life, it’s time for a Paleo challenge. I did one a few years ago and felt great (and bonus – I was leaner than I’ve ever been). Skinny is NOT the goal. I …

Advice

Relationships

Find a Friend in Your City

In March, April, and August of this year, I helped connect my readers …

In March, April, and August of this year, I helped connect my readers with one another. Last night, I heard from a reader in Boston who is trying to adjust to life in a new city. Back in 2010, I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago and didn’t know anyone …

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