I know it’s not technically the end of the month, but close enough, so I’m sharing this month’s life lately with you.
I keep a running list of what happens each month because even though I always think I’ll remember everything, I’ve learned that I won’t. Months are actually a long time!
I hosted my fourth wellness workshop — focusing on mediation and mental health. I decided to take a break from hosting them until the new year because of holidays coming up and just wanting to space them out a little bit more. I’ve loved doing them and you can read what I’ve learned from hosting in this post if you’re interested.
Neil and I took Donut to the dog beach for the first time. There’s a long expanse of beach here along Lake Michigan that is fenced in and ideal for letting dogs go off-leash.
We ended up taking her three times; the first time she wasn’t quite sure what to make of it but enjoyed running around and experiencing sand for the first time and the next two times she went NUTS. She actually went in the water and I think this picture accurately represents the raw emotion of her experiences there. 🙂
Watching her enjoy herself is literally one of my favorite things in the world and makes my heart feel so full.
I traveled to Virginia to visit with my sister, mom, and dad. My mom is actively involved with the Boy Scouts and was wrapping up an intensive training course that she put together and led. It was kind of a big deal.
My sister drove down from Vermont and we attended a ceremony recognizing her hard work. We stayed close to where Neil and I used to live before moving to Chicago and it was crazy to see how much the area has developed.
Jackie also brought her two dogs and I spend as much time as I could forcing Pinky to love me.
I attended a small event at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel along Michigan Avenue. It was originally a members-only club in Chicago’s past that closed in 2007, but reopened as a public hotel in the past couple years. I knew of it, but had never been inside, and let me tell you that was a mistake.
If you like old buildings and libraries, this place is for you. The history is palpable and they tried to leave as much of the original construction as possible. The building is beautiful and the second floor lobby also has free wifi, which means if I need a place to work you know where I’m going.
We heard stories about prohibition and bits and pieces from former members, but since it was an exclusive club, not much history is available on record. I think that’s what makes it even more fascinating.
MY BOOT CAME OFF. I wore it for a full 8 weeks, which meant that I had to modify a lot of my workouts. I went from working out around four days a week to two and it definitely started to wear on me towards the end of those 8 weeks.
I’m still not allowed to run or jump for a little while, but I’m back to 4-5 days a week of working out and I feel so much better. One of those times, Lindsay came while she was in town and it was great to see her again. The first time I met her was back in 2014 at my very first blogging conference and I was star struck. She’s awesome.
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It’s been so great to get back into my normal workout routine and I feel like it makes everything else start to feel a little bit easier.
I had some more blog pictures taken by my friend Kristen. If you’re in the Chicago area and looking for a photographer, check her out!
FNCE — a food and nutrition conference — was in Chicago last week. Although I didn’t attend, I was invited to a dinner with Kodiak Cakes at a local restaurant called Farmhouse.
All of the menu items were made with their products and the food was INCREDIBLE. I was able to connect with several people I knew and some I was meeting for the first time. These events are great because I don’t often see everyone as often as I’d like.
Maggie, who loves everything pumpkin. Like FOR REAL.
This past weekend Neil and I headed to NYC to visit some of his cousins. We flew in early on Friday so that we could spend the day in Manhattan, then spent the rest of the weekend in Queens. The weather was ideal and might be one of the last temperate weekends before the cold starts creeping in.
My goal for Friday was to try out donuts that I wasn’t able to the last time I visited. This meant going to Doughnut Project where I got this olive oil and black pepper flavor (among others) and Underwest — a shop located in a car wash that came highly recommended. Unfortunately, we weren’t big fans of Underwest and only took a couple bites before tossing them. Whoops.
Saturday was low key and we just went on a long walk around Queens and had a Mexican dinner fiesta that night. I think I ate my bodyweight in food, so I’m happy to be back and ready to get into a routine again this week.
Those are the main highlights from October and I’m looking forward to what next month brings. I’m also starting to take on some more social media management clients which is really exciting along with personal training and my own blog work. Stay tuned to see what happens next!