Confessions + An Announcement

1. Confession – I joined the most expensive gym country club fitness club in Chicago yesterday. It’s like a country club but fitness style. #oops

Kyle wasn’t too keen on the monthly fee (especially since we have a gym in our apartment…) but I justified it since the monthly membership fee is only $40 more than the CorePower Yoga membership I was paying in Minneapolis AND it includes so much more than CorePower did! I have yoga + body pump + cycling + pilates + zumba + kickboxing + ropes training + core classes + barre + SO MUCH MORE. The gym even has 5 pools, a gigantic weight room, an even larger cardio room, a spa IN the locker room, a salon, 2 restaurants, a juice bar, free valet parking (I can walk so I won’t be using this…), a sun deck/fully stocked bar for the summer months, a golf driving range, tennis courts, basketball/soccer courts… I’m sure I’m forgetting something here… Anyways, it’s pretty much my piece of heaven here in Chicago and it is going to be worth every single penny!

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I attended a “Buff Yoga” class yesterday and I’m fairly certain my inner thighs are going to be sore for the rest of my life.

2. Confession – I kinda fell off the marathon training bandwagon. I doubt any of you are surprised to be reading this. I haven’t provided a weekly training recap in, well, weeks and I have mentioned that my stress levels were not very conducive to running. Kyle and I still have our plane tickets to California and I am still running every week just not as far as I need to be for the whole 26.2 miles thing. I’m  planning on running at least the 13.1 miles and then running/walking every other mile after that. We’ll see how it goes but the last thing I want to do at this time is put physical stress on my body and have more hair fall out. I’d rather have hair than be a marathoner ;)

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3. Confession – I freakin’ love Chicago. Minneapolis never really felt like home the 4ish years Kyle and I lived there. Maybe it was because we knew it wasn’t going to be our forever home or because we didn’t have any family there or because we moved there without knowing a single person in the city but regardless, I am so happy to finally be somewhere that I feel like I belong. Plus Chicagoans are SO much nicer than Minnesotans (sorry friends but it’s true!). I’ve already met more people in the 1.5 weeks I’ve been in Chicago than I did in Minneapolis all 4 years. And they’re all nice and actually invite you to do things. Amazing.

4. Confession – Kyle’s mom brought us a “housewarming” quiche since we don’t have room for a gift in our tiny apartment and it is seriously one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It is cheesy and egg-y and is FULL of summer squash. I may have had it for every meal since breakfast yesterday. Remind me to get the recipe from her…

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5. Confession – I love summer but I am ready for the hot weather to be gone and for cooler, fall days to arrive. I am over being coated in sweat the minute I walk outside and I want to be able to take Mitchell for a walk without worrying that he is going to get heat stroke. I’m also kinda over the pool… I know… Ask me how I feel about this confession come January but I honestly get kind of bored just lying by the pool. I think this means I need to work on my relaxation techniques ;)

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6. Confession – I’m addicted to Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s happened y’all and it ain’t pretty. I was anticipating some delicious coffee here in Chicago but Dunkin’ has taken it to the next level.

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Thankfully, I drink my coffee black or I’d also need to be buying some new pants considering how much coffee I drink every day! I’m also addicted to lululemon and may have ridden my bike 10 miles in 100+ degree heat to get the last Sand to Savasana Duffel bag in the Chicago area yesterday. I needed it, obviously ;) I also got a new top to reward my biking efforts!

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And now for the announcement! I promise this will be my last announcement for a long, long time – I’ve just had so much change happening in my life that I have needed to have a life-changing announcement every other week ;)

Drum roll, please…………..

I was offered and accepted a new job in Chicago! (insert big, proud smile right here)

Although I’d do a great job playing the part, it isn’t to be part of the next Real Housewives of Chicago series ;)

I will be working for a large retailer (I’m not sure how they feel about blogs so I’m keeping the company private for now.) here in the Chicago area and will be doing something similar to what I was doing for Target. I’ll be between a few of their offices but when I am at their downtown office, I will be able to walk to work. YES – my downtown office is about the same distance as my old condo was to my Target office in Minneapolis – I am so freakin’ excited!

The company actually called me about 30 minutes before I was getting ready to board my one-way flight to Chicago. Talk about perfect timing! I was able to negotiate a later start date (and more vacation time – details on interview/negotiation tactics will be in a future post…) so I will be starting on September 23rd.

I am so excited to have a job and to have a little bit of time off to allow myself to learn my new city and to relax before jumping right back onto the 9-5 bandwagon.

I took my drug test last Thursday and as long as I pass it (I’ve never done a drug in my life so if I don’t pass, someone laced my pee!), I will be good to go :)

Mini-Confession – I actually felt guilty for a few seconds after receiving a job offer. (Ridiculous, right?) I know of SO many people my age (and other ages) that cannot find a job and there I was – just sorta looking and a perfect job falls into my lap. I quickly realized that I worked my tail off at Target and my resume reflected that. I also rocked my interviews and allowed myself to be relaxed about the entire situation so the guilt went away and I allowed myself to be happy and proud.

So, take this as a life lesson my fellow ladies – Do NOT feel guilty about your great accomplishments! YOU deserve them and you deserve to be happy about them.

Tell me one of your confessions. 

Comments

  1. OMG…………..wow and congrats!!! There is so much going on for you guys……..I love hearing about it! I totally understand moving and feeling more welcomed that makes anyone more settled and happy. Moving home after moving to small towns for me was a great feeling. Wow—a couple of confessions I have is that after looking for a job for 1 yr–and getting a really good job I’ve been at just over a yr…I shop when I want for stuff I just want. As long as I’m saving every month and it’s almost always during a sale–so I should not feel this way. I work hard for my money:) All I know is I’m in a very good place and I feel pretty lucky—appreciating what I have. Congrats again on your job! I love that the marathon is not going to stress you out!

  2. First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS ON LANDING AN AWESOME JOB! You go, girl!!

    Second.. I’m pretty sure if I were single & living in Chicago, I’d probably try to live in that gym. The janitors would have to double check all the lockers bc I may just be hiding out :)

    • For sure, that gym sounds awesome, can you just bring your own cot and stay the night?
      I second the congratulation on the new job. And don’t feel guilty for a single second.
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    • Thank you, Jessie!! Yes, I’ve been scoping out places to hide and considering that I’ve already gotten lost twice, I think it is pretty easy to hide out in the place ;)

  3. Congrats on the new job! That is so amazing and sounds like a great experience! And wow that gym looks amazing.. it may be expensive but I’m sure it will be well worth it. There are so many classes to choose from!
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  4. Way to go, girl! Congrats on the new job! Sounds like everything is falling into place. That gym also look amazing!
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    • Thanks Kelly! The gym is seriously my favorite thing right now. Kyle did a great job at picking the location of our apartment :)

  5. Congratulations girly!! This is so awesome to hear. Guilt-free and all :) and that gym… oh my gosh sign me up! xo
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  6. Congratulations, Becky! See? Everything has a way of working out in the end, and I’m so happy to hear that Chicago has been treating you so well so far :D

    My confession? I’m more than ready for fall as well. I know I’m going to regret saying that when winter hits and we get buried in snow, but if it could just stay fall forever? Mmmm I’d be a happy camper!
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    • Thank you, Amanda! Everything always works out but it is so easy to forget that during a huge time of transition. I am hoping for a super long fall, it can be in the 40’s and 50’s until Christmas, snow in Jan/Feb and then spring can come ;)

  7. Spending A LOT on gym memberships is a problem of mine as well! I currently belong to 2 gyms and until recently, a yoga studio! But I figure it’s an investment in my health…who can argue with that right?!?!
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    • Exactly!! Kyle and I typically spend my monthly membership amount on a dinner once a week so I think a gym for 30 days is much more important than a dinner out!

  8. congratsssss do not feel guilty, it is so well deserved! I couldn’t be happier for you!
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  9. Congrats, woman! You are so lucky that everything fell into place so quickly for you, enjoy it! And I know you will take full advantage of those classes at your sweet new gym before you start your job!!
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  10. Congratulations on your new job, Becky. It appears your your transition has gone super-duper smoothly. Enjoy your time getting settled and enjoy these last “dog days of summer.” If you miss them come February you can always come visit us here! Looking forward to seeing you in 32 days. xoxox

    • Thanks Barb!! And yes, a Florida visit might be needed in a few months :) Can’t wait for the wedding – it’s the final countdown!!

  11. CONGRATS TO EVERYTHING! Ahhh the job is fantastic, Chicago is beautiful and I’m kind of jealous until I remember how far away it is from my family, and that gym. Holy. Cow. It’s worth the price if you ask me. Valet parking, spa in the locker room, five pools? Even if you don’t use all the amenities it’s pretty incredible sounding! I’m so excited for you and this new journey you’re headed on!
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  12. Congrats on your new job!!! I was wondering how your marathon training was going, but you are doing the smart thing and have to listen to your body! Hair is definitely more important than a marathon :)
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    • Thanks Katie! I keep following along with your training and am getting tinges of jealousy but know that I’m doing the right thing for my body!

  13. Congrats! I can’t wait to her about the negotiating tactics!

  14. ahhh CONGRATS on the job!! that’s so exciting lady and yes, you worked hard and you deserve it! omg your gym sounds beyond amazing. so glad windy city feels like home already!
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  15. Congrats lady, you earned it obviously! Keep kickin ass in that city :)
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  16. yay i’m so excited for you! and not just because of the lulu bag which is probably reason enough to be excited. i know exactly what you mean about the mini-confession/guilt. when i got a job offer after deciding to move to houston i felt a twinge of that too but just know you deserve it and worked your butt off to get where you are!
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    • Thank you, Molly! Isn’t it crazy how women tend to feel guilt while men just stride around with a huge sense of pride? That needs to change!

  17. Congrats!! That’s great! ;)
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  18. Confession: I’m a little bitter about the fact that Chicagoans (??) are nicer than Minnesotans. Come back here and I’ll show you nice! =) Kidding, kidding.
    I wish I were laying by the pool with you dripping in sweat.
    I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.
    I love you.
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    • Hahah so aggressive with the nice ;) I’ll be back there soooooon <3

      You're so sweet - can't wait to see you in a few, short weeks! P.S. Let me know what you want me to plan for the mini-mingle!

  19. A-men lady!!! You earned it and should never feel guilty about your accomplishments. I am so excited for you! Hopefully, you can post about it because I can’t wait to hear more :) Everything happens for a reason, and it seems you were in the right place at the right time.

    Confession: I wish I was laying by a pool instead of starting to tackle to the mountain of homework I already have. Enjoy a extremely relaxing day for me please :)

    • Thanks Emily! If you email me, I’ll tell ya ;) And I agree pool >>>>>> (times a million) than homework! You’re going to be awesome in your new program though, I can feel it!

  20. CONGRATULATIONS on the new job! :) I am so excited for you and happy that you got an offer so quickly!
    Few things: 1. I am pumped that you’re pumping now! Can’t wait to hear about all of the new gym experiences. 2. I love that you are loving Chicago. My best friend lives right outside of the city and I’m planning a visit… that probably means we should meet up. 3. I think you’re being smart about the marathon training. Just enjoy the experience, don’t stress about it :) Plus, it’s in CA… seriously, could it be better?

    • Thank you, Cori!! 1. Yes I’m so excited to pump today!! I got the times all mixed up today but I am trying a class over the noon hour tomorrow. Me and all of the retirees/housewives ;) 2. Heck yes. When are you thinking of visiting??! 3. THANKS!! I really want to run a marathon but I think fate had another idea for me this fall so I’m just going to run until I feel like I need to stop :)

  21. YAY!!!! So happy for you! A little jealous of your new gym and lulu gear but happy nonetheless ; ) Also glad you are enjoying Chicago so much – it’s important to feel good about your surroundings.
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  22. Congrats girl! So exciting! Now, if only the same kind of perfect job could fall into my lap right now so I can get back to my career!

    And seriously, I think I know which gym you joined and I’m SERIOUSLY jealous/envious/and want to come workout with you! ;)
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    • Thanks Katie! You should come work out/hang out with me for a day! Guest passes are $25 but there is soooo much to do there I think we could keep ourselves occupied ;)

  23. Amazing!!!! You kick butt!! Looking forward to reading about your new life as you settle in Chicago- and I’m super jealous you’re making friends. Have any in Denver you want to share?? Moving is SO hard!
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  24. WOW! Congratulations on the job! That’s awesome! I am so jealous of your gym, wow. I’m also jealous you’re living in Chicago. One of my best friends from high school lives there, and I love love loved it when I visited. I’m so ready for fall too. I like summer for about the first month, and then I’m over it. Give me pumpkin everything, scarves and boots please! :)
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    • Thank you, Lindsay!! Come visit so we can have a blogger meet up :) And yes, I’m already planning my first fall outfit and what pumpkin dessert I’m going to make first!

  25. YAYYY for sharing the job news <3. I knew you'd get it all along ;). With a job like that, you definitely deserve a fabulous gym membership. But, um… are you allowed to bring guests (hint hint hint).
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    • Haha I can bring guests but… it is $25/day for a guest pass! Yikes! So, we will have to make a day out of it. But considering the pool deck, the bar, the 2 restaurants, the spa and salon and a huge variety of classes, I think we can keep ourselves occupied ;)

  26. Congrats Becky!! I’m a firm believer that everything works out in the end, and this post just confirms that belief. I know you’ll be happy in your new job! (and I can’t wait to read your interview/negotiations post, I know that’ll come in handy for when I’m finally done school next year). And I’m with you on being ready for Fall…and not just because my birthday is in October ;-)
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  27. Congrats, that is so awesome and exciting! Seems like everything is falling perfectly into place for you, such a great feeling! And thank you for that little “do not feel guilty about your great accomplishments” at the end, you have no idea how much I needed that right now. I have found myself having to defend myself lately to a few people who have been completely bursting my bubble, now I just want to tell them to take a hike! :) Have a good week!
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    • Thanks Mia!! Yes, you should definitely tell those people to take a hike. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished, girl!

  28. Even your confessions in this post made me smile!!!
    Congratulations on your new job – you definitely worked hard and deserve it!!! And, I’m glad that you were able to negotiate it so that you still get a little down time before jumping right in.
    That gym sounds amazing – I could (and probably would) spend all day there!!!
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  29. YAY! Congrats on your new job :) You deserve a great one. I’ll have to read between the lines of your posts to try and decipher where you secretly work…muah ha ha. Kidding :) My coworkers know I have a blog, but I hope my boss never finds out haha!
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    • Thanks Leslee! I don’t think they’d care about the blog but I’d rather not risk it before I even start!

  30. Congrats on the job! And the gym with a spa — that sounds fantastic. Your new company totally needs a well-paid biologist, right?
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  31. I don’t know what is more exciting, the perfect new job or that new gym?! Congrats! Enjoy it all, you’ve earned it!
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  32. Congrats! I know that I’d go crazy as a housewife, especially with no kiddos. Enjoy your time off until you start work, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading that post about interviewing and tactics!
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  33. So so happy for you to feel at home and meet new people! Minnesota really doesn’t feel like home probably for the same reason…I know we aren’t staying here forever.

    Congrats on your job! I know what you mean about the smidgen of guilt. But seriously, if you work hard, good things will “just happen.” Slash your hard work pays off and certain things look effortless.

    I’m interested to see your interview tips! I am really bad at negotiating salary, although I did ask for higher than I thought they’d do at the gym and am making more than the national average for the job…does that count as good negotiation? I also just realized I COMPLETELY forgot to ask about benefits/vacation. Fail.
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    • Thanks Amanda! That is good negotiation – I’m sure vacation/benefits aren’t really negotiable unless you’ve been working there a while ;)

  34. Congrats!!!! that is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear more about it in the future.

    and as for dunkin, their coffee is crack. and I love it! :)
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  35. Congrats on the new job!! You have so many great and awesome things going on in your life right now! :) Oh, and I am SO jealous of that gym…seriously!!

  36. Woohoo…congrats on the new job Becky!!!! That’s fabulous!!!! You’re going to do great, and it’s so awesome that it’s within walking distance from your apartment!!! Can’t get better than that, right!?!

    Also, I’m so glad you’re loving Chicago and it’s feeling like home already in such a short time!!! I hope this has helped your stress level go down a bit!!
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    • Thank you Holly! It has helped my stress go down – now I just need Kyle to assemble the rest of the IKEA furniture and hang everything on the wall ;)

  37. CONGRATS on the new job it sounds amazing, I’m so happy for you and your new big gym and your new happy home of a city :D
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  38. I’m so happy to hear you’re loving Chicago! That’s awesome. I’m a little excited for Fall to come too, but I know that I’ll complain about the Fall weather and wish Summer was back soon ;)
    And major congrats on the new job!!!! That’s amazing for you!
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    • Thanks Lisa!! I’m exactly the same way – as soon as I feel cold, I’ll cry and want summer back ;) The grass is always greener, right?

  39. CONGRATULATIONS on the new job!

    I guess my confession is that I haven’t been keeping up with blogs..but I have been heart-ing the Instagram updates :)

    I am also a member of the most expensive gym in my area–but it is not nearly as nice as yours. We don’t have anything like that here. I no longer have to justify my membership since my employer pays for it since I am signed up on their health insurance :)

    And I am ready for Fall, too!

    • Thanks girl! I wish my new employer paid for memberships but they have their own gym so they don’t :/ Oh well, it’s going to be worth every penny, especially since I just spent 3 hours there today!

  40. Woo Hoo!! Congratulations!! And while I miss you being in MN, I am so happy to hear that you are fitting in well in Chicago and loving it. That makes me so happy. :) My confession this week is I broke my no desserts during the week rule for a much needed chocolate break yesterday afternoon!!
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    • Yay for breaking your dessert rule – some days it is just needed, especially when you have a crappy lunch ;) I just had a little bit of plain Greek yogurt, with melted PB and Nutella and a few chocolate chips on top – maybe that could “break” your rule since it isn’t reallllyyyyy dessert ;) See you soon!!! <3

  41. Congrats on the job! You deserve it – that’s fantastic! Glad Chicago is treating you well. My husband is from there and I’ve only visited once, but loved it. Honestly, I’m glad you’re not sweating the marathon. I ran a marathon 2 years ago where I didn’t really run much 2 months before the race and my husband I just ran about 15 miles then walked on and off the rest. Yeah it took us 5 1/2 hours, but it was still a blast and I was proud to have done the 26.2. All about enjoying it! :)
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    • Thanks Em! Good to know about the marathon training! I’ve been running but I just don’t want to spend my entire weekend running/recovering from long runs when I’m in a new city. I’ll probably go with the same mentality as you :)

  42. Congratulations! What a blessing!! I’m so glad your loving Chicago. Moves can definitely be tough, but you seem to be adjusting perfectly.
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    • Thank you Natalie! Moves are rough but it is so nice to get settled even if the apartment is still kind of a mess!

  43. Congrats Becky!! So glad to hear your transition to Chicago has gone well…although I strongly disagree with your statement about Chicago being nicer than Minnesotans :)
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    • Thanks Taylor! Maybe it was just my experience? I think if you’re actually from MN, then people are nicer to you ;)

  44. I love everything about this post! I want to come to the gym with you, it sounds awesome! I’m glad you realized your health is more important than the marathon and are just going to go and do what you can/want to and have FUN! And holy batman that is so awesome that you already have a job offer!! Huge congratulations lady! xx
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  45. congrats on landing the job! that’s very good news :) and my jaw dropped at the description of your gym. that place sounds insanely wonderful. way to start your life in Chicago!
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  46. don’t feel guilty! you deserve it! all of it! and so happy for you!
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  47. Congrats! Now I want to move to Chicago! And I know what you mean about Minneapolis, not sure anyone remembers I actually moved back here :)
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    • Ugh, it’s so hard moving somewhere and trying to reconnect with old friends. I totally feel you on that one! You should move here and we can hang at the gym together ;)

  48. Woo yay for the job! So glad it worked out :) And that gym is ridonculous!!! I’m sure you’ll get good use out of it though. So sweet, that Kyle ;)

  49. Congrats on the new job! Enjoy your vacation time – I’m sure it will go way too fast. That gym sounds awesome. As long as you use it, it’s worth every penny. If you saw our cable bill, you’d die, but we watch it all the time, so it’s very worth it to us. But, I don’t know if we can be friends with your being over summer ;) Just kidding – you’re awesome anyway!!!
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    • Haha – okay, so I love summer but I don’t love the heat and humidity above 100! If it were 72 and sunny with a slight breeze out of the south everyday, I’d be 100% content ;)

  50. AHHH CONGRATS!! You deserve the absolute best, don’t feel guilty for a second!! Plus you live closer to me now soooo when I come to Chicago next we have to meet up!!
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  51. Congratulations on the new job! One less thing to stress about since I know you’re trying to elminate that right now. Perfect excuse for a TREAT YOURSELF TUESDAY right?!

    • Thanks Ashlee! Yes – definitely less stress considering that I don’t have to apply for jobs and that I know that I’ll have a paycheck coming in a few weeks. Actually, that’s just my excuse for shopping and blowing it all before I get it ;)

  52. I am so excited and happy for you!!! You just seem so happy!
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    • Thanks Ashley! I am seriously loving Chicago. It is so much better for us than Minneapolis was and there are so many new places for us to explore :)

  53. congrats, seems like everything is working out great- jealous of that gym! We have nothing like that around here!

  54. Dont feel guilty about being awesome! Huge congrats and Im glad youre loving chi city, it’s my favorite place ever and I hope to move back someday.
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  55. YEAH!!! Congratulations!!!!!…and when I am in Chicago at the end of September…maybe I can join you for a BodyPump class?!?!?
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    • Thank you!! Yes, we should definitely do a body pump together when you’re in town :) What dates are you going to be up here?

      • I will be there Sept 27 – Oct 1 (I will be in town running a booth at the Bridal Market at the Merchandise Mart)…and then I will be back from Oct 11-14…as my hubby is running the Chicago marathon. Both times I am there I am staying at the Best Western River North…BodyPump is my favorite class – so I would love to go (and meet you in person of course) :)
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  56. Yay! Congrats on the new gig! So happy for you! :)

    And that gym? Oh.M.G! LOVE! I told Dave I want to join Soul Cycle and Physique 57 up here in NYC after the baby comes. He laughed (memberships are over $100 a month). He also runs one of the largest gyms in NYC, so he isn’t a fan of me paying for specialty memberships at his competition. lol Buuuut, you know what they say…happy wife, happy life.
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    • Thank you, Ashley!! And yes… happy wife, happy life. Kyle did not like me signing those papers (mine’s closer to $200/month, eek!) but seriously, I spent 3 hours there today and when he is out of town for work it is going to be my entertainment :) I understand Dave’s side just a little bit since he runs a gym there but maybe you could just have memberships at both? ;) It’s all about compromise hehe!

  57. Thanks Erica!

  58. Congrats on the job!! Woo hoo!! So glad to hear you are enjoying Chicago . . but please do not rush summer out of the way. You’ll regret it. I still hate Chicago winters . . . . lol.

    • Thanks Michelle! We need to plan a little wine happy hour soon! And I am hoping that Chicago winters are at least slightly better than Minneapolis winters ;)

  59. Wow, that gym! I’m so impressed! (okay, and a little jealous :) )

    Congrats on the job! It’s fantastic news :D
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  60. Becky, Congratulations!! You are SO deserving :) I want to know more, totally appreciate you not feeling like you can share everything on the blog right now though! It sounds like an amazing offer. That gym is incredible, too. Chicago is your city, girl!!
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  61. Ooooh, East Bank! So jealous.
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  62. Yay! Congratulations on your new job! That did happen so fast but you shouldn’t be anything but proud of yourself. You earned it! :)

    I think it’s way more important for you to take it easy than worry about running an entire marathon. That’s just too much in addition to all of the stuff you have going on right now.

    Good for you for taking some time to adjust to your new surroundings too! Chicago looks like it fits you perfectly.
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  63. becky, this was such a fun post to read. and as a new minnesotan who has never been to chicago i look forward to learning more about your new city. minnesotans are not very nice. SUPER clicky and drivers, yikes! never in my life have i witnessed so much road rage. anyway, i am thrilled you have found a great new job and are settling in nicely there.

    • Thank you Kendra! I think if you’re from MN, everyone’s a whole lot nicer but if you’re not from there then watch out!

  64. A bit behind on my reading and commenting this week! So a belated congratulations on the new job that is awesome news!!
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  65. Congrats on the new job! Good for you that you can enjoy some time between jobs…Last month I wrapped up a job on a Tues at 6pm and started my new one at 8am on Wednesday. It has been a bit crazy!
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  66. So jealous of your new gym! Thinking I’m going to splurge on a ridiculous country club-esque membership soon once our office relocates… though I’ve been waiting for that to happen for MONTHS so who knows when it’ll actually happen! Some things are just worth splurging on – even if it seems a bit ridiculous. :)
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