Hi there! I'm Laura.

Also known as LB, Briz, Breezie.  

Welcome to my travel blog!  Read on below to learn more about me.

Work:  Senior Manager at West Monroe Partners;  West Monroe is a 100% employee owned business and technology consulting firm based in Chicago.  Our strategy is all about 'Building The Next Generation of Leaders.'  This people first culture makes West Monroe a great place to work.  My primary responsibility is driving transformation projects for my clients that involve implementing new technology, designing improved business processes, and creating strategies to help people adopt change.  My interest in technology started at a young age and I like to think of myself as an 'early adopter.'  I love learning about and applying new technology in my everyday life.  I also have a passion for process, efficiency, and optimization, and I'm always exploring new ways to apply these concepts for myself and my clients.  My career in consulting has offered me amazing opportunities to explore the world, and has allowed me the flexibility to make travel a priority.  I am a strong believer that we do not have a separate 'work life' and a 'personal life' - the whole thing is our life, and we should strive to do what we love, every day. 

“Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.”
— Stephen Covey


Live:  Lincoln Park, Chicago - my true home.  After almost 10 years of traveling for work and pleasure, I can honestly say that I have yet to find another city that makes me feel as alive as Chicago.  From a bike ride on a brisk Spring morning, to the energy of the Loop during rush hour, to the ever-expanding list of amazing restaurants to try - there is always something new and exciting to experience in Chicago.  While my passion for travel is strong, I have an equally strong desire to create a wonderful home, including decorating, cooking, entertaining, organizing, and creating a space for rest and relaxation.  There is nothing better than getting back from a long trip, being OK that your suitcase just exploded on the floor, and getting to sleep in your own bed (something I've come to love and appreciate even more over the years).  Regardless of the airplane miles traveled or hotel nights logged, having a home to call your own is one of life's great blessings.  

“Wanderlust and my longing for home are birthed from the same place: a desire to find the ultimate spot this side of heaven.  When I stir soup at my stove, I drift to a distant island.  When I’m on the road, my heart wanders back to my couch and my favorite cup of coffee.  My equal pull between both are fueled by my hardwired desire for heaven on earth.”
— Tsh Oxenreider, At Home in the World

Family:  I am blessed to have the most wonderful, supportive, and fun family.  My parents built a strong life foundation that focused on family, faith, education, and exploration.  As a child, we traveled to several of the National Parks in the United States; a gift that has given me a great love of nature and the outdoors.  Special thanks to my Mom for being my travel buddy on several international trips and always being up for a new adventure.  Kudos to my Dad for planting the seed of inspiration to pursue photography as a means to create a legacy that will last a lifetime.  The blessings continue with my brother, who has supported me from a young age in all things 'life' - including applying to college, figuring out mortgages, buying cars, doing house repairs, etc.  My sister-in-law is an amazing mother, professional, and friend. Being an auntie to my nieces and nephew is a true joy that lights up my life.  And to my extended family, thank you, for being there for me and being a constant source of inspiration!

“I sustain myself with the love of family.’’
— Maya Angelou

Friends:  life would not be complete without the great people I get to call my friends.  Each person plays a special part in my life, and I am constantly encouraged and energized by them.  Who would have thought that a sorority Bid Day back in 2004 would be the start of fantastic friendships with my 'Team' 14 year later?  Or that a four-year-long project in Peoria, Illinois would result in great friendships long after we've gone our different ways?  To those people I've met through friends-of-friends, you are the eternal lesson that a friendship can sprout from anywhere, at anytime!  I love traveling with my friends to places near and far - hiking mountains in Breckenridge, Colorado, admiring the beauty of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, wandering the quaint streets of London, or hosting a dinner party at home in Chicago.  My life is full of great friends, and I look forward to all the memories to come.  

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”
— Ernest Hemingway