Green and the City

“A city’s environment is shaped not only by people who have an important influence, but by everyone who lives and works there.”

-Robert Cowan

As a supporter and advocate for the environment, some people assume that my only desire is to live in a tiny house somewhere remote and live off the land, or build a home completely off the grid.  Don’t get me wrong, both ideas have crossed my mind, but I find I definitely crave city life and in my current status returning to southern Utah, I miss being in a city.  After living in Salt Lake City and Chicago temporarily, you’d think I would feel disdain for urban life and wish I could escape, but in reality it is just the opposite.  I’m still undecided as to whether or not I want to reside in a city or escape to the country, but one thing remains true, it is possible to find green in a city, and I’m not referring to money.  Living sustainably, respecting the environment and finding greenery in a city are absolutely possible.  How?  To see what I mean, take a look at a collection of my photos from visits to cities that know how to get their green on. Continue Reading ›

City or a Country Girl?

For as long as I can remember, one thing has always been a priority in my life: adventure.  I’ve always wanted to be on an adventure in a new and unique place and constantly dreamed of it.  Eagerly daydreaming of possibilities from my books and diligently putting extra change and birthday money in my piggy bank, I always found ways to prepare for my great escape.  Growing up in a small town in Southern Utah and then heading to a small town in Colorado for college, I was anxious to experience city life.  I was thrilled to live and intern in London and I headed to visit family in San Francisco to see if it might be my residence after college.  Indecision held me back as I made my way to Denver, a small city that became my home base, and I continually yearned for more in a city.  Even though I had two brief summers in San Diego and most recently I finished my time in Chicago, my sense of adventure still isn’t satisfied.  It seems as much as I love being in a city, I yearn to be out in the wild and the unknown.  In the middle of downtown Chicago or in Lincoln Park, I enjoyed finding patches of green and even ventured outside of the city to find gardens and conservatories.  Was I not a city girl, after all?  Did I only think I wanted to be in a large metropolis but was really a country girl at heart? Continue Reading ›

The Mishaps of 2015

2016 is approaching and although 2015 has been a fantastic year of family and friends, it hasn’t been without a few hiccups.  Traveling across the United States has been fun and exciting, but it always has an unexpected amount of surprises that can test your patience and knowledge.  Following my passion and advocacy for revolutionizing the fashion industry to Chicago as well as chasing down my dreams in writing and photography brought along many opportunities as well as a few wrong turns and dead ends.  So, before 2016 begins, I’d like to share a few humorous mishaps to show exactly what it’s like to take on so many changes at once: Continue Reading ›

The Best of 2015

2015 has been a pivotal year for me.  Every year may seem that way as it approaches, but this year has certainly involved huge changes in my life, personally and professionally.  Not only did I change my job, but I took off to a new city full of new adventures and people.  Although some of you know about my recent developments in Chicago, there was more than Chicago that influenced my life.  As the end of 2015 gets closer, I’m sharing a few highlights and the best moments of 2015: Continue Reading ›

It’s Christmastime in Chi-Town

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a fresh layer of snow, last Christmas found me in Denver, Colorado, but this holiday season I ventured on to Chicago.  Although its known for plenty of snow, it seems the unusual heat wave this winter has spread to Chicago as I found myself drenched in rain, not covered in snow.  The strong winds were up to their usual tricks, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find the joy of Christmas spirit in the Midwest.  It was actually the opposite as I made my way through brightly lit window displays at Macy’s and Christmas trees and wreaths surrounding the hallways of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.  This was one of the first times I experienced such great decoration and was entertained by this popular holiday.  A few photos from my walks downtown in the Loop and in surrounding neighborhoods nearby will show you just what I mean about Christmas in Chicago: Continue Reading ›