The Beauty of Change

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

Coco Chanel

Pumpkin spice lattes may not be available yet, but that hasn’t stopped me from decorating for fall a little early this year. It’s August and I have been out looking for pumpkins. Usually, I don’t start pull out the fall decorations until at least September, but I have a good reason to decorate sooner. A local magazine is going to be featuring our home for their October issue. So, I have been busy cleaning and trying to touch up a few of the more lived in spots in our home. Two little girls and a puppy create lots of messes along the way. Along with it comes a few other exciting projects. I am going to be a columnist for our local paper The Hinsdalean and I will also be writing a monthly food and garden column for a local magazine called Life in the Woodlands. I am excited about the possibilities and a chance to write and share more.


Things are also changing as the new school year starts tomorrow. My oldest daughter will now be in school for a full day. When we first moved to my girls were little and now they are more independent. I now have a little time to take on a few more projects of my own.

I began writing this blog when we moved to Chicago as a creative outlet. I had left my career as an attorney to spend more time with my daughters. Overwhelmed by change, I found joy in writing. I always loved to write, but before I began blogging, most of my writing had been for work or school. Moving as hard as it was, gave me a gift, the opportunity to see things differently. In ways I hadn’t realized, I had allowed my job to define who I was. Suddenly at home with my two girls I began to pour myself into what I really love. What would you do for the pure joy of it? I have always loved cooking, but what that took me be surprise was how much I enjoyed writing about it. I will admit that writing my first post was scary, but once I began to write and share more my worries began to fade.

Never underestimate the power of kind words. I want to thank all of my readers who have encouraged me along the way. It’s given me the strength I needed to write and share more. There is great beauty in owning who you are and doing what you truly love.  So thank you for being a part of that!

I’ve been busy creating a fall look with some faux pumpkins. On the upside the squirrels seem to not be as temped as they are with the real ones.



  1. Amy, this is such exciting news about your upcoming magazine feature and new writing gigs – I’m so thrilled for you! I’ve missed reading your blog this summer since having the boys home has really cut into my online time. I’m excited to catch up on all the creative things you’ve been up to!

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