A Vacation with All that Jazz

Vacations… they don’t serve as a balm to the mundanity of life; I usually just end up in a funk once they are over. But on my most recent trip, it was exactly what the doctor ordered. While I could write thousands of words about it, all I really want to say is,┬áthank you to my friends (old and new) and to the city of Chicago. Even though I contracted the plague (or flu), it was the most salubrious of vacations I’ve had in a long time.

I searched my brain for a fitting quote about the city, only to end up singing “All that Jazz” to my house plants. So turning to the internet, I found a quote most fitting…

“It’s one of the greatest cities on the planet. My heart beats differently when I’m in Chicago. It slows down and I feel more at ease.” Jeremy Piven


Happiness: the gifts of travel

Within me is the instinct to run. This trait has made me stronger, but also feeds into my weaknesses.

But the one thing that I can appreciate is having friends around the world that I care about and care about me.

And today I received a wonderful surprise, which was especially needed after the past few weeks.

Thank you Fiona and Vernon.






Happiness: Texting Friends

As per my last post, the day (week) was un-brilliant.

But I decided to text a friend. Someone who gets it. When I was at my lowest today, I just reached out to her. Just to feel like someone was on my side. There will always be cliques, but when they seem to actively make you feel excluded, you need to feel a bit of love.

Thank you Kaori. I’m glad Twitter helped us connect.