Archive for January 2014

Jake Ryan was My First Serious Boyfriend

Jake Ryan was My First Serious Boyfriend
I met my first serious boyfriend the summer before my freshman year of high school. He was tall with dark hair and hazel eyes. He was an athlete and a year older than me. He was super preppy. And he and Jake Ryan could have been twins. Yes, from Sixteen Candles. That Jake Ryan. We... Read more »

Little Merry Sunshine's Official Girl Scout Cookie Policy

Little Merry Sunshine's Official Girl Scout Cookie Policy
Earlier today, Rex Huppke, brilliant Chicago Tribune workplace advice columnist and author of the I Just Work Here column wrote a wonderful post that should be mandatory reading for anyone navigating the delicate office politics of Girl Scout Cookies. I shared the column on my personal Facebook timeline and was surprised by the wonderfully supportive responses... Read more »

Invisible by Hunter Hayes

If you missed the Grammy Awards or weren’t watching in the first 30 minutes of the show, you missed what I think will go down as the highlight of the show, no matter what else happens tonight (I’m writing this post 5 minutes after it happened). County singer Hunter Hayes, who I had the pleasure... Read more »
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Top 10 Tips for Creating Your Own New Experiences List

Top 10 Tips for Creating Your Own New Experiences List
On WGN Radio the other night, I was asked if I had any advice for people thinking about creating their own list of new experiences. On air, the main piece of advice I could think of was to ripoff Nike’s famous “Just Do It” line. After giving it more thought, I’ve come up with my... Read more »

Listen to My Interview On WGN Radio 720. It Really Happened.

Listen to My Interview On WGN Radio 720. It Really Happened.
One of my longtime dreams and goals has been to share my 100 New Experiences with a broader audience. Yes, broader than the reach I have on Little Merry Sunshine. It’s part of a larger goal to take over the world. Uh, wait. No. That’s not true. I have no desire to take over the... Read more »

I'm Going to Be on WGN Radio 720 Tonight!

I'm Going to Be on WGN Radio 720 Tonight!
What are you doing tonight from 11pm to midnight CT? Sleeping? Oh, pish posh. You can sleep any old time. I’ve got something much more exciting for you to do tonight. Tune in to WGN Radio 720 AM. Why should you stay up late to listen to the radio? I’m glad you asked. Because I’m... Read more »
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8 1/2 Months, 100 New Experiences

8 1/2 Months, 100 New Experiences
In April 2013, I began a quest to have 100 New Experiences in 1 Year. Why did I do it? The short answer is that my life needed a kick in the ass. I have a Bucket List, probably just like many other people, and although I was making some progress on it, I felt... Read more »

Happiness is the Truth

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I’m sure I’m late to this party, but have you heard Happy by Pharrell Williams? Honestly, you can’t possibly help but wanting to hop up out of your seat and start dancing to this simple, yet brilliant, song. This morning I discovered that Pharrell Williams has created a 24-hour video of his song featuring people... Read more »

Facebook is Messing With Blogs . . . Again

Facebook is Messing With Blogs . . . Again
You may have recently heard about some of the changes happening on Facebook. I know, I know. Changes on Facebook? I must be kidding. But it’s true. And this time, they’re screwing with fan pages and that means they’re screwing with your favorite blog – Little Merry Sunshine. Here’s the short story: Facebook has changed... Read more »
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2014 Theme: Celebrate Life

As 2013 came to a close and 2014 began, I spent some time thinking about resolutions and where and who I want to be on December 31, 2014. Do I want to lose weight, exercise more, and eat better? Without a doubt. Do I want to continue to have new experiences? Definitely. Do I want... Read more »
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