Goals ‘n stuff

Fitness:

Keep up with PT exercises. Uh. Oh.

Weekly yoga. I made it to 4 classes, 3 with the Pilsen Yoga Tribe and one at Zen Yoga Garage.

104 strength workouts. I did 3 workout via ClassPass – GoRow, CrossTown Fitness and I tried my first CrossFit class at CrossFit312. I actually really liked the CrossFit class, although I think I pushed myself too hard, doing 50 thrusters with the 45-pound weight bar at my first attempt, and my left wrist was sore in the days following.

1,000 miles. 30 miles. Almost all on a Divvy.

Art & Culture:

Perform again. I already hit this goal in May. But, I took a couple workshops during the Windy City Burlesque Festival in June, including a live band improv burlesque workshop with the team behind Burlesco [link prob NSFW unlss pasties are cool at your office], that was a lot of fun. I was the only “student” in the workshop, the rest were legit performers. And they were really nice and didn’t make me feel out of place. When it was my turn to improv, the band played something “easy to dance to,” per my request … and it was really easy to dance to.

Read 18 books. I finished American Gods, and attended the related book club meeting. I wanted more out of this book. People seem to love it. I thought it was certainly an interesting story, but I wanted more about of the delivery. I think my book club felt the same; I don’t think anyone loved it, even people who love Neil Gaiman. I started and finished The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, which was by the same author as Fried Green Tomatoes. It was cute and similar in some ways to Fried Green Tomatoes (bored Southern empty nest housewife finds inspiration in stories of women from the past), but left me wanting more … so I watched Fried Freen Tomatoes.

Attend at least one art-related thing per month. Quite a banner month. I attended my first Full Moon Fire Jam. I helped my sis-in-law with her 5th annual dance studio recital, Time to Groove. (Actually, my entire family was there helping, minus my husband, who had to work. On a Saturday. But pics are below.)  And thanks for my Arts & Business Council project, I got comp tickets to see the Royal Ballet perform Don Quixote. 

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Left: My Nephew, awwwwwwww.
Right: Let’s play another round of guess my mom’s age. Seriously. Guess.

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Left: This is how you keep hoards of kids entertained backstage for 2-3 hours.
Right: The only non-dancers in the family do the move we affectionately call The Schwartz Shuffle, except for Lil Al, he’s just enamored with that blanket.

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The show always ends in a drum jam, and my middle-older bro shows that he actually does have musical talent (he was always the only non-musician in the fam)

Life:

Stop talking myself out of doing things. I did some social stuff. The thing that I didn’t talk myself out of was the Windy City Blogger Collective Happy Hour at Seasons 52. (I was tired.) Going meant I could catch up with Erin.

Volunteer. We’re making some great progress on our BVA project with the Audience Architects. I think we hope to wrap up at the end of July. I’m excited about the end result, although it’ll just be a creative brief, so it’ll be really fun when the project actually comes to life!

Decrease our debt. We’re getting back on track(ish) now that we’re both employed.