TED Talks


I’ve decided I need to start making my mornings more productive (inspired by basically every LinkedIn article I’ve ever read), and one of the ways I’m hoping to do this is by watching a TED Talk each morning. I have always been a big fan of TED because I learn something new and am inspired by every talk, but I’ve never really made the time to watch the videos and even if I have, I spend more time trying to choose a video than actually watching one. Luckily, I learned this cool trick: there’s a “Surprise Me” function on the site! Am I the only one who didn’t know about this? Basically, you can choose what type of talk you want (funny? inspiring? persuasive?) and the amount of time you have (5 min to an hour), and they’ll randomly select a video for you. I’m obsessed. It’s a great use of those spare few minutes you have in your day that would normally be spent perusing your Facebook newsfeed for the millionth time. I’m hoping to squeeze one in each morning with breakfast (now, how to get me to commit to sit-down breakfasts…).

In My Life

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I am a self-proclaimed list addict and it all started with this baby right here. I can’t even tell you when this list began…I think I was around 8? Yeah, let’s go with that. Anyways, here it is — always growing, and (hopefully) always diminishing at the same time. Call it what you like — bucket list, life list, whatever. Here is everything I’d like to do in my life.

  • Visit all of the places on my travel list
  • Foster a koala
  • Have a star named after me
  • Learn how to knit
  • Go real camping (not in a backyard)
  • Ride in a helicopter
  • See the northern lights
  • Own a classic Chanel purse
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Attend a movie premiere
  • Go backstage at a concert
  • Sit courtside at a Bulls game
  • Be part of a flash mob
  • Write a novel
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Go jet-skiing
  • Go snorkeling
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Learn how to surf
  • Go sailing
  • Find the end of a rainbow
  • Go white water rafting
  • See a liger
  • Sing a solo
  • Go dog sledding
  • Carve an ice sculpture
  • Ride a segway
  • Hold a koala
  • Ride a hovercraft
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve
  • Be an extra in a movie or tv show
  • Have a real food fight
  • Climb a mountain
  • Go whale watching
  • Watch a space shuttle launch
  • See a lunar eclipse
  • Ride a horse along a beach
  • Attend the Olympics
  • Learn how to juggle
  • Fly first class
  • Get something published
  • Ride a unicycle
  • Watch a drive in movie
  • Be in a shampoo commercial
  • Ride in a gondola
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Fall in love
  • Coed stunt
  • Go parasailing
  • Live in a Spanish speaking country
  • Party on a yacht
  • Get married
  • Have kids
  • Ride an elephant
  • Get a massage
  • Go skydiving
  • Be serenaded
  • Kiss in the rain
  • Go on an African safari
  • Attend a Super Bowl
  • Send a message in a bottle
  • Shower in a waterfall
  • Go to a Bulls game at every NBA stadium
  • Watch all of the Academy Awards Best Picture winners
  • See Lauryn Hill perform live
  • Sit in the audience of a tv show
  • Be on a game show
  • See/write on a “Before I die…” wall
  • Own a house
  • Find a street sign with my name spelled correctly
  • Invent something useful
  • Go on a spontaneous trip by pointing randomly at a map
  • Eat at Alinea
  • Live in Chicago (the actual city)
  • Ride a tandem bicycle
  • Learn Italian
  • Own a french bulldog
  • Buy an island
  • Stay in an overwater bungalow
  • Live by myself
  • Create an app
  • Go to all the Disney theme parks
  • Meet a public figure that I admire
  • Start a non-profit organization
  • Flip a house
  • Own a beach house
  • Buy a boat
  • Live somewhere warm

First is not the worst

Hello, new site! I am super excited about the launch of this new blog. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile so one day a few weeks ago, I was like, “what the heck! let’s just do this thing!” And here we are.

First, introductions. I’m Allyson — a twenty-something (mid-20’s if you want to be more specific…when did that happen?!) living in (the suburbs) of Chicago.

I’ll be upfront — I’m not a writer, a designer, or really anything remotely creative. I am an over-thinker, an avid list writer, a DIY amateur, food lover, family obsessed, soon-to-be bride that likes to make pretty things, explore fun places, .try things I’ve never done before, and write it all down. Let’s see where this takes me.

Not enough? Learn more on my about page.