As a recovering people-pleaser, understanding that it’s not selfish to take care of myself first has always been a bit of a struggle. It was something I heard early on in recovery, but something that my mind argued against accepting. I felt guilty for saying no to plans, creating boundaries that were healthy for me but kept other people out, and really just doing what I needed to do to heal. The holidays can bring an extra sort of guilt created by society, families, and just holiday stigmas in general. For those of us who struggle with mental health issues,… View Post

Happy Friday! I feel like I put up our Christmas tree last week so that I could stretch out the holiday season even longer, but it still feels like it’s speeding right along. SLOW DOWN TIME. As you may have seen from Monday’s post, we had our gender reveal and now that we know it’s a boy we have to start thinking about names and all that fun stuff. Boy names are hard guys! We don’t have much planned this weekend which is my favorite, and I may use that time to get ahead of some posts and work so… View Post

This weekend Neil and I found out the gender of the baby! We wanted to know, but also wanted it to be a surprise to us, so I picked up an envelope from the doctor’s office and delivered it directly to my favorite Chicago donut shop — Do-Rite Donuts — for them to customize an order for us. There were six with blue icing, six with pink icing, and all twelve were filled with the color of the gender. We had no idea what it would be until we bit into them. 🙂 IT’S A BOY!! We are so excited!… View Post

Happy Friday friends! I’m headed back from Michigan today after a short trip to visit my friend Ashley and support a local gym where she teaches (see #5). I had to leave Donut behind, but got to adopt her pup Gilly, so all is right with the world. This weekend is a slow one, but Neil and I are going to stop by The Doughnut Project pop up in Logan Square at Longman & Eagle either Sat or Sun, so if you’re in the area, you should DEFINITELY make a trip there. There’s also a chance that we will find… View Post

I’ve talked about it on here before, but there was a time when I only wanted to run for exercise. I signed up for a half marathon with some work friends, trained, and then only wanted to do that for the next year plus. Prior to that, I enjoyed a combination of running and weight training in my local gym. Today, I enjoy strength training, Crossfit, and strength-inclusive HIIT workouts. By the time I had several half marathons under my belt, I felt my love for running waning. I dreaded going all the way out to where I normally liked… View Post