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go cubs go / race to wrigley 5k recap

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race to wrigley

It’s been quite awhile since I sat down to write a race recap! Last weekend I headed out to do the Race to Wrigley 5k, sponsored by the 2016 World Champion Cubs.

I didn’t go to packet pickup so I can’t speak to that experience, but my partner in crime seemed to be in and out very quickly.

Saturday morning we rolled out of bed at 6am and grabbed a coffee and a Lyft by 6:45. Next year I would leave a bit later – it was a little on the chilly side, but the Cubs team store and Sports World were both open for pre-race shopping. Getting there was very easy – they hadn’t shut the streets down yet so our Lyft dropped us off right at the start line, and everything was well-signed so it wasn’t hard to navigate. For the first time I thought I might have an issue with runner’s trots, but it ended up holding off (thank goodness.) Around 7:40 they started corralling everyone to the start line, and after a few stretches and the national anthem, we were off. Thank goodness the rain held off – I’m writing this in a thunderstorm and it would have been a cold (but fun) race through this weather.

I thought the course was great – flat, easy, and not too many turns. There was a ton of course support in the form of security and police officers, and it was one of the best and safest road races I’ve ever done. The two water stops on the course both seemed like they could have benefitted from a longer head start or more tables to line up cups on because when we went through, they were already getting backed up and running out, and we were toward the front of the pack.

When the course looped back around and we saw Harry Caray standing on the corner signaling our arrival back to the Field, it was such a relief, but also super exciting. Running through the concourse was fun, and a great way to finish the race. Hitting the mile 3 marker and with the finish line in sight, we both took off to cross the finish line… so we thought.

The finish line was the only part of the day I would have changed. Not too long after we took off at the mile marker, it started backing up terribly because the finisher chute was far too small to sustain the number of runners finishing. Add in the fact that many of the fun runners were finishing at the same time as us and there was really not enough room. From the time we stopped until we actually crossed the timing mat, it was almost six minutes. I’m still really proud of my time (especially for having not trained at all) and proud of Brendan for doing so well even when it got hard!

This race also helped me remember how much I love running. The camaraderie, the good ache after going hard, the joy of the finish line banana and happy volunteers giving out medals. Despite the finish line backup, it was a really great race, and I’m excited to Race to Wrigley again next year!

May 1, 2017
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where to find remote jobs to work from home

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Digital nomad, work from homer, distributed team – there are many ways to label virtual companies, or a company that doesn’t feature one physical office. I work remotely, and it doesn’t escape me every day how lucky I am. No commute to work or worrying about weather, no layering up for a frigid office even in the summer months, no one to steal your lunch out of the community fridge. Plus I really love my job! Virtual companies are becoming more popular than ever, and for people who want the benefit of a home office without the stresses of being their own boss, it’s important to know how to navigate these sites! By virtue of having a remote job already, I’ve become pretty familiar as to where they get posted, and what to look out for to know you’re looking at a legitimate, reputable company. Today I’m sharing some of the tips I’ve given my friends when they’re on the hunt for remote jobs!

Direct company websites: As with traditional jobs, every remote company will post their openings on their own website first. If there’s a specific company you have your eye on, check in with their jobs page occasionally, and sign up if they have a newsletter they announce postings to. Eventbrite is a good example of a company that features this! This helps to make sure you’re on a legit website and gives the benefit of applying directly without any third party application or the possibility of a trimmed job description. Some companies that hire remote workers include Basecamp, Amazon, Museum Hack, and even Teach for America!

Jobspresso: This is my favorite remote job aggregator, and the place I have all my remote-seeking friends start. They have a great interface, easy search tools, and put the job title as well as the company on the front page. Jobspresso also features easy categories, so you can browse through the job types you’re looking for in one click. They tend to get more customer service and marketing/content jobs than other websites mentioned here.

WeWorkRemotely: Not the prettiest of the sites I’m outlining, but super high quality jobs posted here, and it’s affiliated with Basecamp. This also means that they’re updated a bit more infrequently and don’t have quite as many positions as the other sites, but they’re highly vetted and of good quality.

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April 14, 2017
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types of remote jobs that let you work from home

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Working from home has been growing in popularity – whether it’s owning your own business, freelancing, or contracting for a larger company, there are many ways you can start working from home. No more commute, no freezing office, and no annoying cubicle neighbors – sounds awesome, right? While it is really great, it’s not always as easy as it sounds, and these kinds of jobs are competitive. Today I’m sharing some ideas of jobs you can get to work from home.

Even a lot of traditional companies are hiring remote employees now. Businesses are going virtual for a lot of reasons: a smaller team means lower overhead cost for space, and eliminating the commute can also lead to higher employee happiness. Workers are using it as negotiating tools as well when landing a new job: sometimes they’re willing to accept lower pay for a full- or part-time telecommute schedule.

There are a lot of businesses you can start yourself to work from home, but there’s a difference between working for a company and being your own boss. Running your own business has tax implications, requires organization and responsibility that not everyone is inclined toward, not to mention benefits can be lacking vs. a traditional job. Since owning my own business is not my area of expertise, I’m instead focusing (primarily) on types of jobs for companies that hire remote workers.

Web Design/Development:  One of the most popular remote jobs, developers and designers have been working remotely for many years. It takes some training, but with dev bootcamp schools (many available virtually, so you can even learn from home) offering certifications in a few months, it’s not like going back to school for four years to walk away with a new degree. Start now and you could be looking for a remote dev job by the end of summer!

Music Industry Jobs: Many members of road crews might live in Nashville, but it’s not a requirement since there’s no office to check into every day. Crew members like guitar techs, sound engineers, tour managers, merch sellers, and accountants tend to meet up a few days before heading out on the road, meaning they can keep their home bases wherever they’d like. These jobs obviously require extensive travel, but if that’s not your speed, there are other music options – if you have an outgoing personality, a booking agent or promotions position would be great for you. Every performing rights organization hires remote employees as well for jobs ranging from research to licensing sales.

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April 7, 2017
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treat yo’ self with bloomsybox!

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There are all kinds of subscription boxes out there: beauty, style, coffee, wine, books – you name it, there’s a subscription box for it. Now that it’s spring, I found the perfect treat yo’ self box. Every month (or week, if you want), BloomsyBox will send a fresh hand-tied bouquet to brighten up your house! There’s something about having flowers in my house that makes me feel really fancy, and I love the way they freshen the sometimes stale air in our apartment.

BloomsyBox handpicks their flowers and bouquets, curated based on the season. They work with sustainable farms to pick their flowers fresh and ship them quickly – this also helps ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of your blooms. Direct shipping also means that you’ll get higher quality flowers at a much lower cost than in a floral shop or grocery store! Single-varietal deliveries also mean that there’s no filler, creating a sleeker look in your vase (which I love.) They’re so passionate about your satisfaction that they offer a 100% money back guarantee, and I saw many examples on Instagram of happy subscribers who had certain shipments replaced for whatever reason.

The flowers are secured solidly in the box and hand tied, which is a nice extra touch of luxury. Included in the box are instructions on how to care for the flowers to ensure they last as long as possible. BloomsyBox sent me a beautiful bouquet of white roses, which I excitedly began arranging. In addition to the flower care tips, they include the flower food sachet as well.

I love to have flowers on my nightstand or at the foot of my bed – there’s just something about waking up and laying your eyes on the colorful blooms and breathing in the soft scent that starts your day off right. There are so many ways to use flowers to brighten up your home, though!

Somewhere I’ve never really considered putting them is in my bathroom. I have a window with a nice ledge there, and it may be one of the only spots in the house that gets any direct light. The vase is nicely framed there – plus the roses giving off such a pretty smell in the bathroom doesn’t hurt either!

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They also look really great as part of our gallery wall – flowers can be artwork too!

You could even think outside the box and use the flowers for craftier projects, like flower wreaths or dried bouquets. BloomsyBox would make a great monthly gift for yourself, or for anyone else in your life who could use a little sunshine this spring (or all year long)!

Are you a flower addict like me? What’s your favorite flower?

I was provided a complimentary product from BloomsyBox to review, but all opinions are my own, and no compensation was received.
April 5, 2017
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cute clothes for tall girls | long tall sally review

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I was provided a complimentary product from Long Tall Sally to review, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

cute clothes for tall girls

I’m a tall girl – 5’11”, and I’ve always had the biggest trouble finding cute clothes for tall girls. I’m lucky in that I’m pretty well proportioned – my legs aren’t too much longer than straight sizes, but I’ve always tended toward tall sizes at places like Old Navy or the Gap. And t-shirts are always a little short on me – I pick tunics out of comfort. I recently discovered Long Tall Sally, and I could not have been more excited. An entire website of clothes (CUTE clothes) for girls that are tall. In the weeks since finding them, I’ve maybe made two orders. Luckily I was able to partner with them as well to review a few of their new and popular pieces!

Jackets are a particularly tough spot – at least winter coats are pretty long, but lightweight jackets are always cut too short. Enter the Point Zero Packable Lightweight Jacket. It sounds over the top, but I wanted to cry when I put it on! Long, comfortable, and not snug across any part of my body. Being packable is also a great attribute – the jacket comes with a pouch it can fold itself into, and it compacts small enough to fit into a purse. The light puff makes it a great weight as it starts to warm up, and the floral print is great for both spring and fall.


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March 31, 2017
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