Hello again! It’s been a long time since I’ve written a “life lately” post – and honestly, any post other than a Friday Favorites. I appreciate you sticking with me. I admittedly started this post two weeks ago and finally got around to wrapping it up. I miss the blog world – and you – and I’m excited to be back, to share what I’ve been up to, and to reconnect with all my wonderful readers!
I really lucked out this year so far on the amount I’ve been able to travel. I know I hinted at a few locations, especially on my Instagram (are you following there? If not, I plan on catching up with a ton of travel photos so you should be!) but, drum roll please… here is where I’ve been:
Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Japan! – with two more trips on the calendar so far for the rest of the year.
Cleveland: This trip was just a quick drive to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and some of the surrounding area. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was really interesting to visit and reminded me that I really should explore some of the old classics a bit more.
After the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we wandered around downtown Cleveland and had dinner. As we were making our way along the lake, my husband and I were discussing how the city seemed like a smaller version of Chicago. And then of course we come across a plaque that shows the main architect of Cleveland was Burnham – also a major architect for Chicago.
Pittsburgh: For our Pittsburgh trip, it was half for my husband’s business trip, half for fun (though his coworkers are amazing, so really the whole trip was a blast). We stayed at a resort a ways outside of the city, but spent a few days exploring downtown as well. We also came across the Pittsburgh Beer Fest which was a fun afternoon filled with many tiny glasses of beer.
Wisconsin: This was just a short trip to visit the House on the Rock. This place really should be experienced at least once, but to give you an idea of what it is – it started with one man deciding to build an artist escape in Wisconsin – and then he started collecting things – just about anything and everything. Those items ended up being put together into galleries and it is now a tourist attraction. It may not sound like much but it took us almost 5 hours to walk through and we did not look at everything.
Japan: I’ve mentioned in the past that my brother lives in Japan. Well I FINALLY was able to fly out and visit him. It was a blast being a tourist in a part of the world I’ve never been but my favorite part was just hanging out with him and exploring. My second favorite part? Probably hanging out with monkeys. That’s right, monkeys. My least favorite part? The 18 hour plane rides. I could write a ton about this trip, so if you’re interested, let me know if the comments and I’ll put together a post all for Japan.
With all of that traveling it has been extra wonderful to be a freelancer and I’ve appreciated my job so much more. Because I am my own boss I’ve been able to juggle my schedule around to accommodate life. With that being said, I still need to pay my bills so I’ve been working long hours when I have been home and making sure I can work while gone.
But now that I am getting back to a more normal schedule I do have some time to take on a few extra projects. If you or anyone you know needs a graphic designer, I’d love to hear from you – or if you just want to chat about design! My portfolio can be seen at A Stark Design if you’re interested.
I have some lofty work goals this year but I’m determined to hit them. 2017 has started off on a great foot and I’m going to carry that momentum through the rest of the year!
I know I haven’t had many PCOS updates lately and I’ve really been meaning to. My last update wasn’t the most uplifting but there has been some progress since then. Aside from work and travel I’ve had a few doctors appointments and some lifestyle changes – including a new medication – that seems to be getting my body back on the right track. Not pregnant again yet but I’m trying to stay positive! I don’t want to add too many medical updates to this already long post but if you’re interested in a PCOS update let me know!
And one last shout-out to you. Thanks again for reading and connecting! I always look forward to your comments and emails and know that when I take a blogging break I’m missing you guys!
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