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What Will the New Year Bring to Yours Truly?

January 15, 2016
New Year

Dear Yours Truly Readers,

2015 for Yours Truly was a whirlwind! Whew! We celebrated our company’s 1st Year Anniversary in November. We hit most of our goals that we committed to accomplishing. However, just like with any business owners, we tend to look back on what we could’ve done better.

Our internet marketing efforts started strong. We were very active in social media as well as ensuring that we optimized our site for search engines so we “exist” in the internet world. Our monthly promotions were consistent generating a lot of interests on our albums.

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In Just a Snap of a Finger…

December 28, 2015
New Year 2016

Dear Yours Truly Readers,

I can’t believe how fast time flew by…in just a snap of a finger, 2016 is here to welcome us.

End of year is such a significant time for me and Chad. It’s our time of reflection, resolution, and hope for the future.

Chad and I reflect on our accomplishments with such a deep sense of gratefulness to the many people who surround us with their compassion, love, thoughtfulness and affection.

It is also our time to reflect on our lives overall while embracing all the good and the bad. It is a wonderful way to see the progress that we’ve made or failed to make on this journey we call life.

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Yours Truly, Zoe

Holiday Wishes for You and Yours Truly

December 22, 2015
Blog - Merry Christmas

Dear Yours Truly Readers,

No matter if you’re religious or not, the holiday season seems to be the time of the year when the whole world seems kinder, happier, more loving and joyful. Sending holiday wishes to yours truly takes an open heart and genuine words of affection.

Every time I watch a Christmas movie, I tear up. I appreciate what a wonderful life I have because I get to live my life every day knowing that my loved ones are in it.

My holiday wish for you is simple: May this time of year brings to mind those things in life that are most important. May it remind you to focus on all of the good fortunes that you are blessed to have!

Yours Truly,


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Chivalry Still Exists

December 15, 2015
Blog- Chivalry

While walking towards the glass exit doors of a movie theater on a Friday night, there was about 6 inches of snow on the ground. It was the first snow fall in Chicago for the winter.

There were two sets of heavy glass exit doors, inside and outside. When we were nearing the farthest exit doors, it was apparent that the snow had fallen heavily and most of the cars were covered with it.

Chad asked me to stay inside the theatre lobby so he can get the car and pick me up at the front of the exit doors.

Many couples saw what Chad did, and the rest of the husbands, boyfriends, etc. followed! So (we) looked at each other and I said, “Isn’t it sweet that chivalry still exists?”All the women turned to me and said, “I agree. They are wonderful to us.”

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The First Time I Saw You…

December 11, 2015
Blog- For The First Time

Hhhmmm…this may be a loaded statement.

Share your story with us when you first saw the love of your life…what were your first impressions, feelings, reactions?  Here’s mine.

The first time I saw Chad, I thought he was:

  • A snob (well…I was proven wrong…he is such a grounded person)
  • A high maintenance guy who is more high maintenance than most females I know (this is still soooo true!)
  • Impatient (true in the beginning; but, am able to calm him down now
  • Super cute (still so true even after many years!)
  • Funny
  • Could use a little help in coordinating outfits!

So, these were my first impression from our first meeting.  Most of my impressions changed when I got to talk to him the second and third time around.  He wasn’t THAT bad after all.

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Weekend Thoughts – Learn Something New!

December 9, 2015
Blog- Weekend Snowboarding

How many times did you tell yourself, “What should I do this weekend?” or “I want to do something different this weekend?”

We often fall into the same old routine or trap of spending our weekends the same way. So, this weekend, I thought of listing things that you can easily do!

  • Volunteer with your local community organization.
  • Watch a classic film like Singing in the Rain, The Godfather or old James Bond with Sean Connery.
  • Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
  • Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city or visit a suburb you haven’t been.

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  • Learn five phrases in a new language–what about German, Italian or Thai?
  • Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–Country, New Age?
  • Try a new cuisine–what about French, Cuban or Korean?
  • Learn a new skill or sport–what about cooking a new dish, water skiing or snow boarding?

So, what new things will you try today?”

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Chicago’s Winter Wonderlights

December 6, 2015
Winter Wonderland Blog Main

One of the best things about the holidays is the magnificent decorations and lights displayed on people’s houses, malls, city buildings, etc.

In downtown Chicago, we have a trolley ride along the city landmarks called the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, State Street, Macy’s Holiday Windows and Daley Center Plaza. These places are adorned with sky-high Christmas trees and endless lights that go miles and miles long.

Winter Wonderland Blog 2The Cloud Gate glows at night

Winter Wonderland Blog 3A giant Christmas tree at Daley Center Plaza

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Three Simple Ideals to Preserve Your Marriage

November 24, 2015
Blog- Three Simple Ideals to Preserve Your Marriage

I’m no expert nor would I say I have enough experience in marriage only being wed for 7 years. Others would say, children makes a big difference in a relationship; and, I don’t have that either. But, what I know are ideals that I deeply believe, that no matter a couple have kids or not, or married for a short while or otherwise, will work.

  • I remember my dad saying, “Don’t make promises. But, not because you can’t keep them but because when you love someone, you don’t promise, you just do it.  Such as saying, “I promise to respect you or I promise to be faithful to you”. You don’t promise those things to your partner. It’s expected from you.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of “time with and for each other”. No matter how busy you get, whether just the two of you or as a family, don’t just try to commit to carve out time, but rather, commit to spend time with each other. Start a tradition of celebrating just the two of you.
  • Take care of each other. Everyone who surrounds you move on. Even your children move on when they get older and start their own families. But, no matter if people have come and gone, you have each other to lean on. So, take good care of your love and partnership.

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Is Marriage Really Complicated?

November 20, 2015
Blog- Is Marriage Really Complicated

I had a great night with my girlfriend last night over food and wine.

She gave me an update on her married life of five years and her two year old toddler.

Life has been hard for her, or should I say marriage has been hard which makes everything around her complicated.

It’s the typical story of a couple so in love when they were “boyfriend/girlfriend” or even “each other’s fiancé”.  But, after five years and a toddler, marriage has not been the same.

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