Because 2 Podcasts Are Better Than 1

Court Junkie Podcast


Girls Gone Real Podcast


I’ve been so freakin busy since I last posted that I’m not even sure where to begin. So I’ll use bullet points:

  • I moved into a high-rise apartment in downtown Chicago (which I’m obsessed with).
  • I quit my day job (!)
  • I started working as a freelance writer.
  • I started a podcast called The CourtJunkie Podcast.
  • I started another podcast with my friend Jessica, called Girls Gone Real.

That’s quite a lot, huh? Leaving my day job was a scary but overwhelmingly awesome feeling. I now work from home, focus on my writing, hang out with my dog (and boyfriend, but dog first), and work on my podcasts.

So what are my podcasts about, you ask? Well if you know me, you know I’m a true crime freak, so I naturally had to create a true crime podcast – focusing on interesting court cases, unsolved crimes, and missing persons cases. Basically, I’ll cover anything that has a criminal court element to it. I’m four episodes in, and although it’s a work in progress, I’m super excited about it.

My other podcast is one I’m co-hosting with my friend Jessica Zweig. It’s a podcast for women, about your typical women’s issues when you hit your 30s. It’s super fun, honest, and…real.

In other news, what an election season we’re having, huh??

SoulCycle, Yoga, and other things I don’t normally do

soulcycle

SoulCycle and Yoga – two things I thought I’d never really get into, I have now gotten into.

I started SoulCycle a couple weeks ago and although it’s pretty damn intense (at least for me, anyway), I’m now obsessed with it. Like, obsessed.

The first time I went, I had no idea what I was doing. I’m not a cyclist (I almost just wrote, “bicycler”) and I don’t really like to get sweaty. But there’s something about SoulCycle that just keeps me coming back for more.

It gets me out of the house.

It’s easy for me to just chill and work on my laptop all day (I’m currently “working” from home), but when you book a SoulCycle bike, it’s difficult to cancel. You have to cancel by 5 PM the prior day or else they remove the missed bike ride from your credits, which sucks considering it’s about $30 for each ride. So once I book a bike, I’m committed to it and no amount of internal whining makes me cancel.

It makes me sweaty.

I know I just said that I don’t like to sweat and I typically don’t, but there’s something about being in a dark room and working your butt off that makes you glad you’re sweating. (And again, for $30 a class, you really should be sweating).

The atmosphere is inspiring.

I feel so lame writing the above sentence, but I’m leaving it because it’s true. The room is dark, candles are lit, and everyone is riding along to the loud music. Sometimes the instructors get a little cheesy with their positivity – “Go out and make the world a better place today!” “Love is love is love, y’all!” But I secretly (and now publicly) love it.

It’s a hell of a workout

You’re not just riding a bike to the music. I mean, yes, that’s obviously a huge part of it, but you’re also working out on the bike – you’re doing pushups, crunches, and arm exercises too. When you leave class, you honestly feel like you’re worked your entire body.

As for yoga, I’ve gotten really into that too, but not headstand/backbend/stand-on-one-finger yoga. I go to Millennium park in the mornings and do basic meditation type yoga. So really, I’m just relaxing, but it still counts…right?

I got another year older. So naturally, I went to Puerto Rico

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

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I spent all last week in paradise and if I close my eyes (or look at my pics), I feel like I’m still there.

Iman and I went to Puerto Rico for 7 nights and 8 days, and it was absolutely heavenly. We drank a lot of pina coladas, laid out by the beach, went ziplining, hiked in a Rainforest, went snorkeling, and did a whole bunch of other cool things. Did I mention we laid by the beach and drank a lot of pina coladas?

It was without a doubt, one of my favorite vacations ever. But before I go further, I’d like to reassure you that I do NOT have Zika. At least I’m pretty sure I don’t.

Anyway!

The hotel

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Dorado Beach, which was honestly THE nicest resort I’ve ever stayed at. The resort houses three sit-down restaurants, all of which have way better-than-average food. We did find, however, that a little further away yet still on the resort property, are two additional restaurants by the golf course. I’m not sure why they aren’t listed on their website, but they were still pretty tasty, nonetheless.

The resort itself is absolutely GORGEOUS. The trees, the plants, the little critters that scurry around as you walk by (i.e. lizards and frogs) all solidify the feeling of being in the tropics. And the rooms! We stayed in a suite right on the water that even had a small infinity pool on the back terrace.

Swoon!

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

The Activities

One of my absolute favorite things we did while in Puerto Rico, was go zip lining in Toro Verde. The day before we went, I did a little research on it and discovered that The “El Monstruo” is a new zip line that beat the Guiness Book of World Records for the longest and tallest zip line in the world. It sounds pretty intimidating and their website seems scary, but it was actually one of the coolest experiences of my life. From the minute you start zipping, you feel like you’re flying and the views are just spectacular.

The best part? Every time someone zips El Monstruo, they donate money to the Ricky Martin Foundation (yes, that Ricky Martin), which helps fight against human trafficking in Puerto Rico.

Toro Verde

Toro Verde

Toro Verde

Toro Verde

And if you follow me on Snapchat, you were probably annoyed at all my Snaps, so here they are again:

I would 100% go back to Puerto Rico, especially back to this resort.

And now I’ll end this post with a photo of me standing on the beach, looking off into the distance.

Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton

Even though it’s tough to be a Bears fan…

BEars

I haven’t always loved football. In fact, my ex-husband would tell you that I used to loathe it and complain every Sunday when football was inevitably present on our TV screen all day. He would also tell you that after I started getting into it, I still didn’t fully understand the game. In fact, one day he missed a play after leaving the room for a few minutes and when he asked me what had happened, I replied with, “One of our guys just ran a lot of yards.” Sigh.

I’ve always been somewhat of a tomboy but football had just never really been my thing. But after a few years of watching every single Bears game, getting into Fantasy Football, and going to my first game in Green Bay, I now absolutely LOVE it.

Yesterday I got to tag along with Iman and a coworker at a pre-Draft event at Soldier Field for businesses looking to purchase a suite for the season. As soon as we got there, we were escorted onto the field, through the big blow-up Bear where the players walk through on gameday, and into the Bears locker room.


Bears Locker Room

Bears Locker Room

Bears Locker Room

Bears Locker Room

Bears Locker Room

I also met some players past and present but I’m not going to subject you to those pics due to a ridiculously bad hair day (me, not them).

Oh yeah, and my favorite part of the locker room:

Bears Locker Room

Glasses Game

Jillian Glasses

Jillian Glasses

Jillian glasses

Jillian glasses

JP Glasses


I, like millions of other people in this world, have horrible eyesight. My eyesight is so bad that I’m often very grateful I was born in the time period I was because if I existed back in the pre-glasses-and-contacts 12th century, I’d be toast.

But alas, here I am, in this modern-day world where the optical options are endless.

The last pair of eyeglasses I got were from a company called Warby Parker. Iman actually told me about them and after hearing about how awesome the company is (and how user-friendly they are), I can now not imagine getting my eyewear from anywhere else.

Warby Parker is one of the most socially conscious companies around, which is one of the main reasons why I love them. For every pair of glasses you purchase from them, a pair is distributed to someone in need. Pretty cool, right?

The glasses themselves are pretty sweet too, and they have a bunch that you can choose from. And get this – you can go on their website, choose up to 5 different pairs you like, and they will ship them to you so you can try them on at home before actually purchasing them. When you decide on the one you want, you just order it online and send all 5 glasses back (pre-paid shipping of course). Then, you give them your eye doctor info, they’ll get your prescription, and they fit the frames for you online – gotta love technology.

Here are my favorites from their Spring 2016 collection. Let me know which one you like the best and that’s the pair I’ll go with…unless I decide to go with another pair. :p


Glasses Collage

They also have some great sunglasses styles too.