all my life i’ve tried, to make everybody happy while i, just hurt, and hide, waiting for someone to tell me it’s my turn to decide.

As 2010 began I made a pact, witnessed by Adriana, that I was going to dedicate the year to me, myself, and I.  In a crowded bar, in the hopping neighborhood of Lincoln Park (Chicago, IL), I set out to make 2010: My Year.  Declaring it as "My Year" simply meant that, for once in my … Continue reading all my life i’ve tried, to make everybody happy while i, just hurt, and hide, waiting for someone to tell me it’s my turn to decide.

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there’s nowhere else i’d rather be

Just like Fight Club, the first rule of volunteering at the children's hospital is: You cannot talk about volunteering at the children's hospital.   I'll do my best not to break the rule, but I'm going to bend it as much as I can.  After another blah day at work, I knew that kid therapy was … Continue reading there’s nowhere else i’d rather be

well this city’s growing cold, from the needle it heats. there’s howling wind rushing through these chicago streets.

As much as I love people-watching, especially in this crazy city, one of my favorite things is walking the streets of Chicago when they're empty.  Just me and the open road...Chicago-style, since I don't have the luxury of driving anymore. After a much-needed spinning class last night, I found myself nearly alone walking through my neighborhood in the chilly … Continue reading well this city’s growing cold, from the needle it heats. there’s howling wind rushing through these chicago streets.

this is you. it’s not showy or gaudy, just simple… elegant… beautiful.

It's a Friday night and I'm waiting for the last of my 6-dozen cupcakes to come out of the oven, and I promise you that I couldn't be happier.  Yes, I said cupcakes- not to be confused with neither jungle juice nor jello shots.  I actually did think about pouring a glass of wine (which would … Continue reading this is you. it’s not showy or gaudy, just simple… elegant… beautiful.

FIGHT. SURVIVE. INSPIRE.

Today I was honored to be a Guest Blogger on the website for the Fight | Survive | Inspire Foundation.  My remarkable, inspirational, and down-right A.MAY.ZING. friend, Kate, is the Foundation of Fight | Survive | Inspire Foundation and a cervical cancer survivor and advocate.  In other words, she is a Fighter, a Survivor, and an Inspiration … Continue reading FIGHT. SURVIVE. INSPIRE.

a moment for myself

I wasn't going to write about my volunteer experience last night, but finding myself with anxiety and exhaustion today I think it's for the best.  I began my Tuesday night with a visit with my Wish Kid, Liam, and his parents, as they're back in the hospital for his second Stem Cell Transplant.  After enjoying their company and Liam's adorableness, I … Continue reading a moment for myself

wishes really do come true.

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein Beauty. Inspiration. Courage. Integrity. Love.  These are concepts that one hopes to be composed of and/or surrounded by, and … Continue reading wishes really do come true.