I’ve written many posts about becoming a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, but a lot of them had to do with the process of becoming one or what I had learned through that process. I had the idea for this post while struggling to stay awake after being up since 4 am. I’m normally up pretty early, but Tuesdays are my SUPER early day of teaching. Some days I’m able to stay up the rest of the day and others I have to take a nap or I won’t be of any use to anyone. While I debated doing… View Post

This weekend contained almost a whole day of sleeping and our first significant snow here in Chicago! Thankfully it didn’t really stick, but it snowed all day long. Time to break out the boots. Saturday Neil and I slept in until 9 am which is pretty late for us. We had planned to go to the matinee showing of Dr. Strange, so we had to get up and ready in order to be the first ones in the theater to claim our seats (since 10 am is SO busy ). I loved it. I also love Benedict Cumberbatch so I… View Post

Happy Friday friends! I felt like this week might feel a little slower considering it was right after the holiday, but I feel like it actually went pretty fast. Today is nice and short and then it’s time to get ready for the WEEKEND…where I will be doing a whole lot of nothing. Perfection. Let’s hop right into this week’s list of favorite things! 1. 24 Days of Tea from DAVID’s Tea I write about this every year, but it’s one of my favorite things at the holidays. Every year, DAVID’s puts out their “24 Days of Tea,” an advent… View Post

I used to smoke for several years. I think it’s rare to find someone entering recovery who doesn’t also smoke cigarettes and drink coffee like it’s going out of style. If they didn’t when they got there, chances are high that they’ll soon start as a way to cope with their drugs or alcohol no longer being an option. Anyway, Neil also used to smoke, but he quit about year or so before I did. As we started off as friends, got closer, and eventually started dating, my smoking started to be a minor point of contention. It wasn’t that… View Post