This challenge wasn’t on my original list, but I’ve been DYING to share my big news with you for several days now. As of today, I’m a full-time working girl…as the Chicago editor of Daily Candy! For those that don’t know, Daily Candy is a lifestyle website devoted to fashion, food, and entertainment that reaches six million women across the country via email, web, and video content. I’ve been a huge fan of the brand ever since my close girlfriend from college, Lauren, started working there many moons ago. And as you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that I’m experiencing first-day jitters, as I sit through training meetings at the company’s NYC headquarters. So after a year of living the freelance life, why in the world would I want a full-time job? It’s simple. This position provides the best of both worlds: a salary plus the lifestyle of a freelancer since I’ll be working from home. I’ll be hitting the streets of Chicago to test out hot, new restaurants, cool boutiques, and interview creative, hardworking small-business owners. This won’t be the end of my freelancing, nor will it be the end of this blog. But I hope you’ll be willing to cut me a break if I’m a bit slower with posts in the next few weeks. My plate is full—and I couldn’t be happier! Thanks so much for your support throughout this past year. I couldn’t have made it to this point without each and every one of you. This is just the beginning of what I’m sure will be an awesome ride.