It has officially been more than a YEAR since I wrote on here! How in the world did this happen?
I MISS blogging. A LOT. I loved this little blog and most importantly I loved the people I met through it. I miss writing. I miss sharing my life. A lot of things have happened in a year and I felt it was necessary to step away, without really knowing where this would go...but I genuinely miss it so much.
I really, really want to get this little guy up and running again. I don't think the title or layout fits anymore, and I want to get a variety of posts going, but I just miss this community and I miss writing so much, that I want to revive it somehow. This is my goal for September! In the meantime, here are a few updates:
Living in Chicago, with boyfriend and Rodney.
We have a great little house in the suburbs, and it feels like HOME. Tommy has let me have complete control of decorating which I sincerely appreciated at first, and then realized that he is just as into it as I am, so it's made it even better. We've done a lot to the house in the 8 months I have lived there.
Well, I am teaching again! I am working at a charter school in the city, teaching 8th grade ELA, so right where I belong! Unfortunately the commute really sucks but I am glad to be in a classroom again and to have health insurance once more :)
Oooooh my goodness. Yeah well. This year has been a crapshoot for fitness, and my health in general. If you follow me on social media at all, you know I moved from Asheville to Chicago in December. I can't even begin to explain how much adjusting I did.....going from AZ to NC to IL in less than a year was traumatizing, and then I went from the hot hot desert to mild, green woods and thrown directly into midwest winter. It kind of sucked. I hate winter. The days were so short and we couldn't leave the house or get outside and I seriously think that last winter confirmed my seasonal depression, so we will see how this year goes. I was unmotivated, to say the least, and I couldn't afford to join a gym or anything like that, because I was working as a sub during the day and nights and weekends at Athleta and barely scraping by. I could not get myself off the freaking couch and moving. It was really, really hard. Also, my boyfriend is a chef, and we were newly moved in together, so basically I just ate everything I could get my hands on for about three months straight and barely blinked an eye.
Once spring started to roll around, things turned up a little. We got outside more and I felt more motivated when I could actually see the sun. We took a few trips:
We went to Starved Rock and also to the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan, which was just so cool!
I started going to a yoga studio with one of my Athleta coworkers and that really changed everything. I MISSED YOGA so so so much. I stopped doing the online challenges on Instagram because of everything in life that was going on, and I think that made a huge difference.
Now, this summer, I have been more committed to working out and getting back into a normal eating routine. However, I still have a few pounds left over that I NEED to get rid of, so after many years of shunning Beachbody coaches, I did a turnabout and signed up to do the 21 Day Fix! I am on day four now and already the portioning is making a huge difference. I just feel so much better. So hopefully the next two weeks will continue going well, and a week from Monday my challenge group starts!
I never wanted to be a Beachbody coach but at the point I am at now, I feel like it is a really good thing for me. I desperately need the accountability, and to get myself back where I want to be I really needed to commit to a simple program that was laid out already. I know it's not for everyone, but I am really, really excited to see where this takes me. I am loving all the food and workouts so far!
Finally, I got to meet my idols this spring!!! Yes, that is me with KARENA AND KATRINA OF TONE IT UP!!! Seriously the coolest day of my life. They are so amazing and sweet in person!
So, now I am in a situation where I am leaving at 6 am every day for work, getting home at 6 pm or later, and I have very little free time. This has made me realize that I want to utilize this free time and do something good for me that I love to do, that isn't related to my career. I loved this little blog, and I want to become more invested in it. I think that as I start to recreate it, I will add more lifestyle posts in- DIY, decorating, personal development, etc. But this was, for two years, my little space to connect with like minded people, and it was my creative outlet as well. I want to recommit to that. So, have a wonderful evening, and hopefully I will be talking to you again soon!