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It’s been a while since I’ve seen Nick, my older brother. The memories of a smaller version of him putting chewing gum in my hair feel oddly distant as I see how grown up he is. It’s strange to say that I actually feel inspired by him; his commitment to serving the community here is so admirable

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It’s not just Nick either, people really look out for each other here. I’m amazed at how welcomed everyone has made me feel!

Today I met a friend of Nick’s who made a special effort to show me around the city. His name is Matt and he’s incredibly sweet…and handsome.

He asked me on a date and the conversation was seamless. We have so much in common, including a shared love for the city of Dallas. Just like me, he hopes to live there one day. Who knows- maybe we’ll bump into each other there.


As I decorate my place in the windy city, I shift my aesthetic to include more nature and warmth. I bought an adorable fiddle-leaf fig tree and a couple of neutral patterned carpets, then I found the perfect black and white picture of the Chicago skyline. My apartment feels super cozy.

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Windy City Set Up

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Veracruz Cobalt

Pinkerton Steel

Conform Charcoal

Rodrigue Cognac

Mont Blanc Evergreen

Spread out in style on the JL Sectional, shown here in the versatile fabric, Conform Charcoal

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Whitsett Safari

The Queen bed with storage can be customized for a more classic or modern look, shown here in Whitsett Safari