Happy Friday, Windy City Bloggers! I’m Meg and I write about lifestyle and interior design at Sweet Home Chicago (http://sweethomechicagoblog.com/). I started the blog back in December when found myself out of a job after working as a lawyer (and reading what seemed like every blog out there) for the last seven years. Writing Sweet Home Chicago and putting together design boards for friends made me realize that my passion is in helping people find and design their homes (and not in reviewing contracts), so I recently became a residential realtor!
On the day I wrote my first blog post, I happened to stop by an event hosted by Kelly of Kelly in the City and Jess of The Golden Girl. When I mentioned that I had literally written my first post that day, their immediate response was that I needed to join WCBC.
For me, the biggest benefit of joining this community is networking with other bloggers, so I wanted to highlight posts from a few people I’ve met (in real life, not just on Instagram!) the past few weeks.
1) I met Amanda of South of Yankee at the Merchandise Mart’s DreamHome Preview, which she recapped here. The DreamHome opens to the public April 17 and is definitely worth the trip!
2) When I had coffee with Lindzi of The Trendy Sparrow earlier this week, the conversation eventually turned to books. Having recently made a major career change, I’ve been reading #GIRLBOSS and a lot of other inspirational books by female entrepreneurs, so I’m excited to jump into Lindzi’s Boss Babe Book Club and discover a few new women!
3) Megan of Sparkles and Sprinkles and I actually worked at the same company about a year ago. We didn’t really know each other back then, but she’s been a huge inspiration for me because she’s done such a great job with her blog, which just had its first birthday a few months ago! This month, she’s ramping up her fitness routine and giving away a free class at one of my favorite studios — Flywheel! Anyone want to join us for a spin class?
4) I loved hearing Amanda Boleyn’s of She Did It Her Way tips during the WCBC Money + Mindset seminar a few months ago, so I enjoyed reading Nicole’s interview with her at Cedar and Rush. Does anyone else find hearing / reading about female entrepreneurs endlessly interesting? Clearly, I do.
5) I’ve been following Christina of Chritiques on Instagram for a while and her blog has become my go-to source for restaurant recommendations. Some friends and I are hoping to do a joint birthday brunch on Sunday and, after reading her review of Bar Takito in the West Loop I think we’ve found the spot!
I’d love to get to know more of you at the next WCBC event or over coffee or drinks (and hear your tips for balancing blogging with a seven-day-a-week job!), so please feel free to reach out via Instagram @sweethomechicago_ , my blog or firstname.lastname@example.org.