On Homesickness

Vacay Style Kelly in the City-50

Newport Collection c/o Vacay (When you purchase an entire Vacay collection or any five pieces from the company, you’ll receive 20 percent off and a free beach bag. You can also use the promo code “KELLY10%” to take an additional 10 percent off a purchase of a full collection or five-piece purchase. Free beach bag still included! Code is valid today through March 25th.) / Jack Rogers / Tory Burch Earrings (Also love these!) / Similar Bracelet / J.Crew Jeans

When I first moved to Chicago, I thought my heart was going to burst from sadness and homesickness and loneliness. Everything was foreign. If you read my blog back then, you probably noticed that I tried to keep an upbeat attitude, but I didn’t always succeed. The bottom line was that I wanted to go home.

A year and a half later, I’m SO happy here… which, I know: I talk about often. (Just trying to focus on gratitude this year!) I still get homesick, though. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s homesickness. I think it’s more like “peoplesickness.”

A few weeks ago, I started missing my parents like crazy. I always miss ’em, and talk to them on the phone nearly every day as a result. But this was different. I had to go home.

It was a quick trip, for sure. I had a bunch of projects in Chicago that kept me from leaving earlier and staying later. But I did manage to spend a TON of time with Mom, have lunch with Grammie, celebrate Danny’s acquisition of his dream internship over dinner in Philly with nearly the whole family (missed you, Mitch!), attend Katie’s bridal shower (how gorgeous is the bride?!), and make it down to Ocean City with my parents for a few days.

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And I came back with a full heart.

While life is good out in the Midwest, I often feel stuck here. Mmmm… that sounds harsh. Let’s try again. ;)

I often feel that going home is a much bigger ordeal than it actually is, and this prevents me from making trips as often as I’d like to.

But it’s not a big ordeal. All I need to put Noodle in doggy daycare (because I’m too nervous to fly with her), shift some stuff around, and book cheap tickets. (Which there are plenty of, considering I can fly on random weekdays and during odd times!) I’m lucky enough to have a flexible work schedule, and I need to start taking advantage of it.

Do any of you guys live far away from your families? How often do you go home? Right now, I’m thinking that every two months might be the magic number for me. And that perhaps these trips should be scheduled far in advance, so I can ward off “peoplesickness” and simply look forward to seeing the fam. AND make time for more friends when I’m home. Because right now, that’s a struggle. I want to see my best friends from home desperately, but often I can’t tear myself away from my family when I have so little time with them. Which means I need to make more trips. :) Friends, I MISS YOU!

Anyway, that’s enough rambling for today. Switching gears, I’m wearing another look from Vacay, out of a potential 13. (You can see my first look here, and my second here!) If you missed my last couple of posts on the company, Vacay is a San Francisco-based clothing brand redefining the art of women’s travel wear. With each collection’s five pieces (specifically designed to take you from day to night), you can create 12 to 15 adorable outfits, making packing much easier than it normally is. All you have to do is bring along a couple of staples–your favorite pair of shorts and your favorite pair of jeans–and you have 12 to 15 outfits that easily fit in a carry-on.

I only packed Vacay’s Newport Collection for my trip to Ocean City, and it made everything so seamless! In today’s post, I’m wearing the top to the Newport Maxi Dress along with my favorite pair of white jeans. But I could also pair it with its matching skirt to wear it as a maxi dress, or pair it with shorts. (Another one of  my “staple” pieces.) Three outfits with one top? I’ll take it!

Sadly, it’s not quite as warm in Chicago as it is on the East Coast right now. LIVE IT UP, people, and consider grabbing yourself a Vacay collection for your near-tropical weather! I hear it’s going to be in the 70s in New York today. Jeaaaalousssyyyy… ;)

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Thanks for the photos, Dad! Love you!

Outfit Details:

Newport Collection c/o Vacay (When you purchase an entire Vacay collection or any five pieces from the company, you’ll receive 20 percent off and a free beach bag. You can also use the promo code “KELLY10%” to take an additional 10 percent off a purchase of a full collection or five-piece purchase. Free beach bag still included! Code is valid today through March 25th.) / Jack Rogers / Tory Burch Earrings (Also love these!) / Similar Bracelet / J.Crew Jeans

  • Abby Castro

    I love that top! The beading details on the neckline is beautiful.

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • In Australia I live a three hour flight from my mum and dad, so if I can see them every four months I’m happy. Daily talks on the phone cure my homesickness!

  • I have lived a plane ride away from home for five years now and I still totally get homesick! It’s not that I miss my town, but my family :) Lucky though that we live in a time when we can FaceTime!

    PS where are your sunglasses from??

  • I live far from all my family too, but the tough part is that they don’t live close to each other either. It definitely makes the holidays and visits extra special!! cute top too!!! hurry up spring!

  • Kelly, I spent 3.5 years living in London and could only manage to come home at most 2 times a year to see friends and family. It resulted in a crazed two weeks of seeing as many people as possible and I always left feeling exhausted and overloaded. I don’t know if it ever gets easier to be far away from those we love, but I think after a certain point being far away from them does become *somewhat* your new normal. You become really good at calling, texting, facetiming and so it can actually help you get closer to those who you may take for granted when you can see them anytime you like. I think it will get better for you. But honestly, if it doesn’t after a few years, then maybe it is time to reevaluate where you live and think about moving closer to family. It’s easy to feel like you are constantly in between moments in your daily life and waiting for those with family. I think you are being really honest about it- I hope that more visits will help you! :)
    -Maggie http://www.thatgirlmags.com

  • Meagan

    I totally relate to your feeling of being “people sick.” I live in Texas and all of my family lives in California. I try to go visit them twice a year and then my parents will come visit me twice a year, so I see them once every three months or so.
    -Meg
    http://www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

  • First of all I love you. Secondly, I tend to think of going home to Maine as being DAUNTING, and it prevents me from going. My new idea is to go for longer stretches of time since Maine isn’t the easiest place to get to.

  • First of all I love you. Secondly, I tend to think of going home to Maine as being DAUNTING, and it prevents me from going. My new idea is to go for longer stretches of time since Maine isn’t the easiest place to get to.

  • Aw I’m glad you’re loving Chicago but of course you have days when you’re homesick so I’m glad you were able to squeeze a visit in!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

  • I totally know what you mean by being home sick! I get that all the time with home. I’m lucky that my family is just a 4 hour drive away, but I don’t get home nearly as much as I should. It’s hard to travel but I think you’re right, making it a priority and planning ahead is the key!