Tell US more…!
I did. Or tried to 🙂
Cute, to the point and REAL!
Nina, well said!
Thanks, Karen! It was hard to write but that is exactly what I wanted it to be–REAL. xo
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Loving your blog and love your story. It is exciting to be part of your journey!
Sandra. Thanks so much. Like I told you, I love your blog as well. Let’s keep in touch for sure! 🙂
I’m here for the ride chickadee. You make the coffee, I’ll make the chilli con carne and maybe we’ll break out the sangria? I want to hear all your thoughts and adventures, I want you to make me smile and tug my heart strings. And know that all you do, even though I am all the way beyond your backyard, I’m right here, excited that you are sharing the journey. Cheers, and always keep tapping….and remember, You’re a Darling and I love you!
You always leave the best comments!! I look forward to more of them and so appreciate your support as this thing takes off (err, I try to get it to). Any and all comments are welcome (appreciated, needed) even if you ALWAYS make me hungry! you’re the darling, darling
I had dinner with your nonna the other day and she sent me your websight.What I read was beautiful. I can’t wait to read more!
Thanks, Angela. Glad to know you’re reading. Would love to know your opinion from here on out on each post in the comments 😉
Finally figured out how to sign up for your blog and found this about Nina section. Great intro to your blog! Now I can be more up to date when you make a new post. Much success with it!!
I seriously love reading your blog! It’s brilliant and you’re such a real, down to earth person! It’s great! I love it! Thank you sharing this!
Paige, you’re so sweet. Thanks for saying so and joining this wild ride. I would love to hears what you think as we continue on this crazzzzy journey.
Lovely intro. Very much looking forward to reading the posts you’ve got lined up! 🙂
(and I hope you get the book deal soon too, God knows you deserve it!)
You have a brother that’s my age… please continue. jk
It’s really nice getting to know you. You’re so wise and I really look up to you.
matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match? jk thank you!! Hope you’ll continue reading
Love the site! Just signed up to get the updates! When are you in Chicago again?
Once upon a time, a short while ago I met a girl named Nina. I did not know at the time how much this slightly strange girl, would change my life. She inspired me to write again. She even complimented me and told me I was a good writer but didn’t have any direction. I was all over the place. Coming from someone as talented as her, I tell myself that every time I start to write, then get stuck and think I suck. She’s amazing. She quit “our” job and decided to go after her dream of writing. She has a blog (clearly) that is truly inspiring to women. It’s a feel good blog with real life issues. She doesn’t pretend to be someone she isn’t. That my friends, is inspiring. She’s only 24 years old and is willing to put it all out there. Granted I can and will internally criticize her because I am me. Do I feel like she could be more like all the other “pretty” bloggers out there? Absolutely. Do I want her to be? No. She tells it like it is and quiet honestly if she could write exactly how she speaks, you may be turned off but her writing is eloquent and her voice is heard. And I say that you may be turned off, only because you might not know her. I know her. I feel like after over a year and a half of friendship, we do not have a typical girl meets girl friendship, We (are lucky enough) to share an honest, real, can’t live without each other yet can’t live with each other (daily) relationship. I appreciate her even more for that. Words can’t describe how I feel about Nina. She is a special soul. One of a kind. Not just “one of a kind” or “diamond in the rough” although she is both, she actually is one of a kind. I have never met anyone like her and I don’t believe that I could handle or have anyone in my life that resembles her. It would be too much. I am very sure she could say the same about me – with a “California girls are crazy” look on her “innocent” face. She is not innocent. She may appear to be yet she has more knowledge than she knows what to do with. I wonder where she gained all this wise owl knowledge? I know that she is a good girl, not the girl next door, a real good girl. The kind of girl that may make you sick with all her achievements and perfectness – but you can’t be mad at her for wanting to be the best at everything she does. She is the woman I want to be around. A go getter. Not a trendsetter, a go getter (see her frizzy out of control hair she claims she can’t manage). She has her eye on the prize at all times. Even when she isn’t sure what the prize is, she inherently knows that she is working for something great. That I admire. Especially in a 24 year old HUMAN. When I was 24, I was a mess. I would never change a thing, but I would never, ever go back. 24 was an awful year for me and I’ve found for most women but not Nina. This hasn’t been the best year for her, if anything it may be one of the worst. But unless you knew her, you wouldn’t know the pain she feels every single day. And to be very honest, I wouldn’t trade places with her. She can handle it. A good friend, whom lost her mother at 18, once told me, “God will only give you as much as you can handle and Alissa you can’t handle and wouldn’t be able to handle losing your dad.” This was during the time I was a young twenty something, out of control, in los angeles, unaware that my dad had cancer. I just knew something wasn’t right. But it turns out, as it always has, 7 years later, my friend was right. God will only give you what you can handle. Nina can handle a lot. I admire that, too. I love her as a friend like I have never loved a friend before. It’s a mix of a sister (whom both of us have the absolute pleasure of having, except I am 22 months apart from mine and she is almost 22 years apart from hers, so she actually enjoys her), and a mix of a best friend that you’ve known since you were old enough to know what a friend was. Nina BeAGenie(as she tells everyone, say it like Be a Genie– as in Halloween), I love you. Your blog is nothing less than spectacular. Please ignore all my grammatical errors. I know there are more than enough to justify a red pen.
No red pen. Only love. And I’m very humbled. But ps I can’t believe you talked about my hair. Haha.
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Hey there!! Just found your blog on September Farm!! I live about 90 miles southwest of Chicago, near Starved Rock State Park. My brother is going to U Of I now and I went to ISU. I love finding other Illinois bloggers!! Can’t wait to read all about your adventures! Welcome back to IL!
Thanks!! I am excited to be in touch with IL bloggers now that I am back here!!
So so so …I just spent the last few minutes catching up on Nina and Flowers in my hair. Love your writing, your thoughts, your observations, your smiles and tears, your hair, your accent (have one too) and your desire and need to put it all into words. Aww. I remember you kiddo …love
I like you Nina 🙂
Aw thanks. I like you too. Give Mo the BIGGEST hug for me.
Lovelovelove your header/name! Clicking on your blog, it’s the first thing I saw, and it hooked me. 🙂
Ah, I am so glad! I hope you stick around for awhile!
Hi! I found your blog through the Peony Project. I love what I have read so far and I look forward to reading more.
So glad to have you! I will check out your blog. Hope you stay a round for a bit!
“I just did the next thing. If you keep doing the next thing, before you know it, you are living an adventure.” Love this xx
I truly believe that. I learned that when I moved to SF!
And I believe you! I’ll have to look at this way from now on. I think I used to, and I’ve just forgotten x
I am also a writer, from Chicago, with a huuuge Italian family. How do we not know each other? 😉
Ummmm. We may need a blate! A blogger date!
Yes, please!! Love that idea!
Yes! Shoot me an email! Things are crazy because I am in the middle of moving apartments but yes.
As a wordsmith I can’t begin to tell you how much your piece made me smile. That’s what us artists live for – making people smile (and think) I’m glad my song made moving (one of my very favorite things to do) a little easier.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me and for writing the song that will now hold a special place in my heart for a long time. After I heard it the first time, I told my dad that this would be my Chicago song, just as Scott McKenzie’s If You’re Going to San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in my Hair) was my song when I moved across the country for several years.
Sometimes, whether it is with a family member or a friend, I can feel (excuse the cliché) time stand still for just a few minutes and I know I will remember it forever. People are flawed and we are all messy but there are moments of grace when all that falls away. Lake Shore Drive is now the soundtrack to a memory I have with my dad just as Billy Joel’s Scenes from an Italian Restaurant is the soundtrack to some of my dad’s memories with my nonno. It’s a true gift because just like any two stubborn people my dad and I butt heads as often as we get along. Thanks for creating a bridge for us (and for the great music).
Again, it’s so special that you would write to me here. I am a writer and I consider this to be my playground, a place to be casually creative, without rules or pretension or pressure. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy Holidays to you and yours as well.
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This is so surreal! Thank you so much! I’m sending you an email now.
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