So, I’m back in Chicago after a lovely vacation away from the city. I spent a few wonderful days in Memphis with Drew and my friends and then headed to Arkansas to see my parents. It was so nice to be in the fresh air and open spaces. On my last day in Arkansas I spent a few hours walking around the property taking pictures, noticing the pretty winter all around. I always find that being there makes me feel better, even if I’m not feeling bad. My head feels clear, I feel ambitious and excited. It’s especially great in January because all of those positive feelings get transferred into the new year future. I love the feeling of starting again, of anticipating a year full of new projects, opportunities, people, and experiences.

I hope that you all out there have had a wonderful start to 2011. Happy New Year!