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August 29, 2014

Five Things Friday

TGIF! I honestly thought today would not come, it has been the slowest week ever but that is probably because I have been so anxious to get out of here and enjoy some west coast weather with family and friends. With that said, a few weeks back, Brittani had shared five things about her and since then some of you have been asking for more on the other person behind the blog, me! So here are five things you may not have known about me to kick start your weekend.
Ps. Since Brittani and I are both in California for weddings this weekend, bear with us and be prepared for lots of sappy Instagrams and tweets about weddings, oceans and palm trees.

I have an older sister who has two little girls who are the lights of my life! Seriously there's no one cuter or more precious in the world, but I'm a little bias.
I come from a huge Sicilian family on my moms side. If you can remember, I was in Italy at the begging of the year (see here ) and was able to visit some of my extended family for the first time. It was incredible to see my heritage and family history and now I know that I have an amazing family over seas that will welcome me with open arms whenever I decide to venture to Europe again.

Ok now I know I've talked about Ryan, my boyfriend, before but for a little back story we have known each other for 6 years and have been dating for a little over 3. We met in high school during our Junior year (our high school was extremely large and it took us 2 years to finally meet there) and have been pretty inseparable ever since. As you may be able to tell, we started dating the summer after our senior year in high school right before college, which some may say is bad timing. After that summer, Ryan was off to Iowa and I was off to Arizona. For some perspective that is approximately 1,116.36 miles, a 22 hour car ride or 3 hour plane ride away (But who's counting) and we would not be able to travel often to see each other. However, despite those odds, we decided to put trust into the relationship and make things work long distance. I am so thankful that we listened to our gut feelings about each other because it was still an amazing college experience for both of us; I sometimes even felt as if I attended both schools. It was also great having such supportive friends and family through the process who respected what we were doing to be with each other. Luckily, we both picked Chicago to live in after graduation and since then things have been humbly mundane. We are both living in the same city and carrying on as usual - normalcy finally. It feels as if there was never any distance between us in the first place, which I appreciate so much. We are, with out a doubt, enjoying each others company after having been apart for so long, and just celebrated our 3 year anniversary this June. Even being so close now, we still appreciate the journey that taught us not to take each other for granted and to have faith in each other.
Gotta love how things work out, right?
As for my 9-5 job goes, I now work in media and radio, but I started my career out in day time television on Chicago's own Windy City Live. It was an amazing experience that really allowed me to fall in love with what I do. I met incredible people in the industry that helped me get to where I am today. I am still so thankful for my first real world work experience that I had there.
You also may or may not know this from our Instagram, but if you're just tuning into the blog today, I have two little white fluff's of a dog, Jasper and Piper, who I honestly couldn't live without. I have a weakness for little dogs who can fit in your purse.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend! Britt and I will be taking a break on Monday due to Labor day, but we will be back at it come Tuesday.
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