I’m Making Money Doing What I Love

Hello everyone and happy Friday (woohoo!).

Through an odd series of connections and events over the last month and a half I have been working as a freelance reporter for a local community newspaper in my area. It has been absolutely wonderful getting to go out and report, write and take pictures to create articles that are being shared and read by many other people. To be honest, it’s a crazy feeling.¬†

It all fell into place at exactly the right time. While I am very fortunate and genuinely enjoying this experience, I’m still definitely getting used to the idea of freelancing as a means of actually making money. It also has been a wild ride getting back into the swing of reporting and writing after taking a hiatus between graduation and this gig. I’m figuring it all out slowly, ¬†but for now I just have to see this as a side thing.

But, for a girl who dreamed her whole life to get paid for her writing, this has been a very uplifting and positive moment for me… especially when I saw my first check.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been really focused on the gun reform issue right now in America. I had a chance to speak with a few of the AMAZING¬†high school students and a college student involved in planning March For Our Lives Chicago. I covered a local high school walkout on Wednesday, continually impressed and inspired by these young people.

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One of the signs held by a supporter at the high school walkout I attended.

It’s safe to say I’ve been having a pretty good time. I’m doing what I love, the thing I went to school for. I’m happy!

 

I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend and thank you for reading and encouraging me to keep pursuing my dreams. This is such a fantastic community online and I’m lucky to be a part of it.

Until next time,

Emily


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Room Decor Details

Happy Saturday!

Today I woke up feeling inspired to continue working on decorating my room just the way I want it. I always have a billion ideas running around in my head for what I would love my space to look like (thanks to HGTV, specifically Chip and Joanna Gaines).

But, since I don’t have a whole lot of free time and because I am definitely on a budget, my room is slowly¬†coming together. If only decorating was FREE.

I don’t really have a specific style when it comes to decor. I am very inspired by everything mid-century modern and I also love a nice, bright room. I like to do a nice mix of cheap, vintage and DIY items.

Whenever I go to a antique store, I am on the search for pretty much anything that I can use for my room (though I unfortunately haven’t found much as of lately) or for my whole home, which I don’t have yet. I don’t find anything wrong with stock-piling things for your future home.

So here are just some small details of the progress of my room so far:

I’ll try to link the things that I can remember!

Desk Area:

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First of all, the desk itself is one of my absolute favorite things. It is mid-century modern styled and it was really cheap. Here’s the link to it: DESK.

I love how simplistic it is, but fashionable and functional. I still need a proper chair, because I’m using a really shabby¬†folding chair (not pictured.. for a good reason).

I have been accenting with copper, as you will see, because I think it’s just so much classier and chic than silver or gold. I have a small desk lamp from IKEA, my favorite store, which really brightens things up and adds some character.

I also have some smaller details, like a white jewelry tree, little decorative cup, candle, office supplies and some pictures of my favorite things.

I also plan on creating a interesting gallery wall around my desk, but that is definitely still in the works (since I don’t have anything other than a mirror and chalk board).

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This little chalkboard, which I got from Target, was so cute to me. It hangs above my desk and really adds a little bit of flair.

Also, bonus points if you know where this quote is from.

Bookshelf:

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This bookshelf was something I desperately needed, and is one of my most recent purchases. Until I got this, my books were in boxes collecting dust, when all I wanted was for them to have a home (YES THERE ARE SOME LAME BOOKS, I was a Twi-hard at one dark time).

I found this bookshelf at IKEA and I’m pretty sure it was around $20. I can’t find it on their website, so it may not exist anymore?

I like to throw a ton of random stuff on it to give it a kind of eclectic look.

Where would I really be without my Ron Swanson bust and my Chicago skyline print I got from an artist off Etsy? Not anywhere good.

Extra Little Details:

This little banner that I DIY’d is one of my favorite details of my room. I actually intended for this to be christmas snowflake decor, but since it can totally pass for just your normal banner of flowers.. I’m keeping it up forever. I think it works so well against my blush pink accent wall.

I have two of these IKEA hanging lamps in my room. They were actually the start of my copper obsession. I thought they were the most unique, adorable light fixtures ever. I put Edison bulbs in each one, because they are just so much cooler than your average bulb, obviously.

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AGAIN, another thing from IKEA. I fell in love with this cart the minute I saw it. I originally saw the sample in a light, pastel blue, but since it didn’t match my room I got this charcoal grey colored one. Aside from it being packed with too much stuff, I love it.

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The last little thing I love is my Himalayan Salt Lamp that my boyfriend got for me for Christmas. I keep it next to my bed since it creates a low, dim reading light. It’s absolutely lovely and I’m obsessed.

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That is my progress so far and I’m loving how it is coming along. I will be posting updates if anything changes along the way.

Thanks so much for reading,

Emily

Follow Me Into the Woods: Sunday Adventure

This weekend hasn’t been an easy one. On Friday, I was hit with the news of my grandfather being rushed to the hospital. This hit me like a ton of bricks. I don’t want to get too into detail other than telling you he’s on life support currently, fighting for his life. As you can imagine, my whole family is having a rough time, although we are keeping our thoughts positive. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Today I needed a change of scenery.. to get away from things for a while and clear my head. My boyfriend Tom and I went to a nearby forest preserve to walk and enjoy the calm (he also got to test out his new DSLR that he is very excited about). It was very lovely.

We walked around for what seemed like a long time, mainly because it was getting kind of chilly and Tom forgot his coat, but we got some pretty lovely photos and enjoyed being with each other. We came across some deer tracks, which I audibly yelled “AWW” at, and walked along the railroad tracks; eventually it turned into a race, jumping to each individual wooden slat. He claims to have won, I claim otherwise.

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While out and about, we decided to go to a antique shop that Tom had seen a mid-century modern vintage step stool chair at back in December for 20 something dollars. When he showed me the pictures, I instantly thought we should go back and find it. Fast forward over a month later and we still hadn’t gone back. Today was the day. We went in hopeful that we would find our beloved red vintage step stool. This is it:

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Unfortunately, someone else liked it just as much and stole it from our dreams. We only have ourselves to blame for waiting so long. We are hopeful that another beautiful vintage stool will come our way. (We saw it in the movie Vertigo and thought it was the coolest thing ever).

This didn’t ruin our trip though, we took a look at pretty much everything else throughout the shop. There wasn’t much worth buying, but it’s always fun to peek at the knick-knacks.

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We then got some delicious sandwiches and soup and the rest of our night will consist of watching Making A Murderer.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

Until next time,

Emily

Fall Playlist

I hope everyone is having a good Wednesday! We are half way to the weekend.. so that’s always good news.

(Scroll to the bottom for my Fall playlist..)

Today, Tom and I decided to go for brunch at our absolute favorite place nearby called Ari’s Kitchen. It’s owned by a super nice Greek guy who makes you feel completely at home. We got WAY too much food (Ari even warned us that we were ordering too much) but we didn’t care. We got chicken and dumpling soup for our appetizer… followed by breakfast foods. Weird.. I know. I got the best pumpkin pancakes known to man and Tom got some biscuits and gravy. It was a fantastically filling event.

On our ride back we saw the most photo-worthy fall trees that I just had to get out to photograph. I can’t resist the bright red trees!

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After, we went to go package up some of the handmade shaving brushes that Tom sells. He does some amazing work.. check out his website http://www.manhandledwoodshop.com

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We did some super cute packaging to match the quality of his work. It’s manly, but still classic. Here is how it turned out.. kinda hard to see the full effect in a picture..

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The rest of the night will include resting and some American Horror Story! It’s nice to have an easy day now and then.


Here is my Fall Playlist for those of you looking for some new things to listen to:

  • If I Should Go Before You – City and Colour
  • Put A Flower In Your Pocket – The Arcs
  • I Won’t Lie – Go Radio
  • Killin The Vibe – Ducktails
  • Come Down – Sylvan Esso
  • Archie, Marry Me – Alvvays
  • Baby Blue – King Kruse
  • Leave You – Sir Sly
  • Prisoner – The Weeknd feat. Lana Del Rey
  • Ride – Twenty One Pilots
  • My Blood – Ellie Goulding
  • Goddess – Banks
  • Pink Matter – Frank Ocean

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you continue to have a great week!

-Emily