Flying High

I.

Went

To.

CHICAGO!!!!!

I dunno about you guys but I absolutely love this city. You hear me out there — LOVE!!!

I’ve had Chicago ambitions since I was a student at SicEmU. I wanted to work for the Chicago Sun-Times. I wanted to cover the mobsters of the Chi. Be immersed in the culture and food scene cuz let’s face it, anyone could eat this

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Taken at Pizzeria Uno

everyday right?! I mean who wouldn’t want to have this delectable morsel of yummy spicy cheesy goodness?!

I can’t even say enough about this trip. It was definitely an opportunity I’m eternally grateful for because honestly my boss doesn’t have to pull the strings she does for me. She doesn’t have to help me advance in my career. She doesn’t really have to do anything but just let me work. But she does that and more 150% of the time.

So imagine my mind being blown late July when she told me we were going to good ol’ Chitown baby! Totally just… Shut me the fuck up and well we all know how hard that is sometimes. The weeks leading up to the trip I wasn’t excited or gung-ho about the trip. Something just wasn’t letting me enjoy the fact I was going to one of my top bucket list destinations. But like always I got through. My anxiety subsided finally.

But then I saw this:

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Flying over Lake Michigan

This:

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Big Ten Network entrance

And this:

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Big Ten Network Studios

Yoooooooooo lemme tell you something in my NYC Latina accent I had #reportambitions as soon as I stepped foot in the studio. My heart went pitter pat so fast I almost had the vapors. Spoken like a true southerner huh?

But the piece of résistance was this shot here from the Director of Engineering office:

the view

Ain’t it just beautiful?!?!

I wanna go back. I wanna go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. I wanna actually try a genuine Chicago hot dog. I would love to visit Northwestern University and its journalism school. I’d like to tour the Chicago Sun-Times if that’s even possible. So many side adventures that wasn’t exactly feasible this trip due to time constraints. But I’ll be back Chicago baby! Don’t you worry your pretty little heart.

Thanks for reading…

the southern yankee 

*all photos were taken on an iPhone 5s

Day 30: A Letter To Yourself

Dear Cheycara,

I’m pretty sure I don’t say this enough but you’re far stronger than you think you are AND it is about damn time you start giving yourself more credit.

I know your childhood wasn’t exactly as storybook as you would have liked it to be but you know you had a home, a hard working mother even though you would have much rather her be home with you and wonderful friends who were always willing to “rescue” you any time you needed them to. The truth of matter is Cheycara Elaine is that even though your childhood and home life were less than favorable you still became a strong, independent and beautiful woman.

You have done and seen so much in your few decades of life. Even though you endured more hardships than you would have liked, you are still here because God is not done with you yet. You have so much to live for and so much to give the world. You just have to exercise a little bit of patience.

Please do not allow your present unhappiness with work and your unaccomplished dreams discourage you because honestly you have more than enough time to accomplish and fulfill your every desire. You may not see your full potential but I do. You can and will accomplish everything your heart desires.

Don’t be discouraged if your blog and/or story doesn’t reach thousands because you’ve never really been a flashy lets just show the world even though you have a stranger world domination alter ego type of person. Your heart is deeply rooted in community service and we both know that if you can reach one person then you’ve surpassed and overcome the toughest of obstacles.

Fear not young grasshopper for you will be the person your Papa envisioned you to be. Fear not for The Lord will never ever leave your side. Fear not for your words much like your Granny’s charisma will be what sets you apart from everyone around you.

Hopes, dreams and patience will be your best friends. Love, honesty and compassion will be your confidants. Pessimism, impatience and lack of faith will be your utter downfall. If you accomplish nothing in this world know that you will never be a failure in my eyes because you did your very best to get us where we wanted and/or needed to be. For that we are grateful.

Affectionately yours,

Me, Myself and I

Thanks for reading…

The Southern Yankee