Lately, I’ve been letting myself fall into moments where I don’t think about the practical goals I have set before me. I refer to just brief moments when I let the world around me slow down and speed up at the same time. In this blur of a pause, I look back at the past 5 months (can you believe it’s already May?) and I’m often surprised at where I am now. There is a lot I’ve enjoyed and there is even more I am grateful for: I have met new, amazing people; I have explored and strengthened some unbelievable, existing friendships; I have learned so much about myself and my goals at my current job; I have had the freedom to explore my passion and interests- and now it is time to begin a new chapter as I move back to New York.

Sometimes when you strip away the gilded details, you realize what is worthy of appreciation. It took me 3 and a half years to discover the beauty of Chicago, and to see the people who really mattered, and to do the things I wanted to do – yes, overwhelming, but I needed this.

On this note, I present to you a song by English Singer-Songwriter Ben Howard – ‘Only Love’ from his album ‘Every Kingdom’. The single was released May 4. It is a simple song – conveying a simple message with simple words and, well, a simple melody. Perhaps you can fill in the gaps with thoughts of your own memories and images from past, present, or future relationships. For me, this track resonates with my sentiments at this moment – life doesn’t have to be filled with unnecessary complications. Allow yourself to embrace a dose of the primal and the quiet once in awhile.