Work, Play, Art

Sometimes, you have a full-time job that gets in your way of playing. Sometimes, when you’re lucky enough, you get to do both. The reason I’ve been slacking on my blogging lately…fine, one of the many reasons I’ve been slacking was that this time of the year is super busy for my real job. But fortunately, when you work for an art center,  you get to be in the middle of anything related to art. Which for me translates to fun and passion. Yeah, I used the P word — passion this time instead of pressure from my previous job.

My absence from the blogging world was put to good use by my presence in Chicago’s art scene. I was literally everywhere: opening receptions, art festivals, expos and catching the last days of exhibitions. As busy as these sound, I was still able to squeeze in a few girls nights, dinner dates AND binge watch Narcos. What can I say, I’m a multi-tasker.


Don’t get me wrong, I like keeping myself busy. Sometimes to the point where I don’t sleep or rest, which is not good. Apparently, I do things in extremes. Did I say I was crazy too?

But I’d rather live a crazy life than a boring one. Don’t you?

From top to bottom:

Mural Arts Program

Expo Chicago at the Navy Pier

Gauguin: Artist As Alchemist at the Art Institute of Chicago

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Legs at the Museum of Contemporary Art


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Jen is a Chicago-based traveler and a full-time Director of Development for an arts & culture organization. Originally from Connecticut, she created JetsettingJen as a place to share her travel stories and photos with friends and family. Now, it is a place for adventurers, explorers and dreamers. Its purpose is to inspire and encourage people to see the world and achieve a better work-life balance.