A Look Back at 2018

Oh what a year 2018 was! So much happened this year I don’t even know where to begin. We started 2018 with a weekend trip to New York where I was able to meet my boyfriend’s friends. This trip essentially resulted in us buying a puppy! We always wanted a dog but hanging out with a doodle + looking for a doodle = buying a doodle. Ace was the best thing that happened to us!!

That first week was full of so many sleepless nights with our 2 month old. Unfortunately, we had to leave Ace at daycare right after that because we had a trip planned already. Cancun was our first international trip together and we had a blast! Lots of warm weather and relaxing by the pool. It was hard to come back to cold weather, but we were ready to pick up our puppy!

A month after we came home from Cancun, I was off to Denver for my brother in law’s birthday weekend. It was an amazing weekend in Breckenridge spent skiing, snowmobiling and hanging out in a cabin!

The rest of spring was time with our new dog! We didn’t travel for a while and just enjoyed Chicago for a few months. We decided we would always pick a new restaurant or bar every time we wanted to go out, and gave preference to ones with dog-friendly patios, of course.

My favorite place this year was the 3 Arts Cafe inside of Restoration Hardware. So pretty, and the food was great!

When April came around, it was time for another trip. We were ready to leave the Chicago cold so we went to Orlando. We visited 2 of the Disney parks, Universal Studios, plus I rented my first convertible!

The beginning of May was spent moving into a new building…and it was finally summer. The warmer weather also meant rooftop season was in full swing. We loved every moment of sipping drinks in the sky. In mid-May we went to my boyfriend’s alma mater, UIUC, for my sisters graduation. I also celebrated my friend/forever roomie’s Bachelorette party in Chicago over the summer. We spent 4th of July in Chicago with our friends.

July ended with a work trip to Las Vegas! What a wonderful and HOT week it was. I was at a trade show during the day for work, but my boyfriend and I were able to enjoy the city and shows at night.

We flew home from Vegas and drove straight to Madison, WI for my friends wedding. What a wonderful weekend filled with love and celebration!

I went to my first concert, and saw Drake! We took Ace to his first fest, Little Italy fest. My sister Neha got her white coat for pharmacy school. I joined Orange Theory Fitness and absolutely love it! We had tons of mid day dates and enjoyed the summer weather. I got my first letter board! These are just some of the highlights from the end of summer.

My boyfriend and I had a staycation weekend in Chicago where we did SO MUCH in the city over 1 weekend. This was right before my 29th birthday! One of my most favorite weekends of 2018!!!

We went to a Bulls game in the Fall and saw an awesome halftime show!

2018 was filled with so much love and laughter! We traveled, went to weddings, engagement parties, birthday parties and more. We were able to celebrate our puppies 1st birthday and live our best lives all year. We ended 2018 with a trip to Costa Rica which I will post about later. Can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

Always, living my best life ❤

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