October was a good and bad month.

Fitness:

Keep up with PT exercises. #Fail.

Weekly yoga. I made it to three classes. One 6am class, and twice with the Pilsen Yoga Tribe on Sunday mornings. (Which is still free, if anyone wants to join me and get juice or coffee or brunch [Hipster or Mexican] after.)

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104 strength workouts. (2x per week.) I made it to Go Row, Sweat Chicago, CrossTown Fitness, and Barry’s Bootcamp in Boston. So, four classes … 1x per week.

Also, I still have ClassPass buddy passes if anyone wants to sweat with me.

1,000 miles. 11 total miles. 5 running, 6 cycling. So. There’s that. I don’t even think I’ve hit 300 miles yet this year. Oh well.

So what was I doing all month, if it wasn’t working out the usual amount? Well, work was crazy. A combo of preparing for our busy season and training on our new content management system, plus a lot of “everything is a priority.” I’m trying to keep more rigid boundaries. I also started taking a non-credit class at DePaul, and was doing a lot of burlesque stuff.

Art & Culture:

Perform again. I already hit this goal in May … BUT … I did it again in October! And it was a blast. And I’m planning to do a similar show in December.

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Photos by Eve Studnicka 

Read 18 books. I’m doing so terrible at this goal. I did see The Martian, which was the best book I’ve read this year. The movie was great, even if you haven’t read the book.

Attend at least one art-related thing per month. Other than performing myself, I didn’t attend anything else “arty.”

Life:

Stop talking myself out of doing things. There was a lot of stuff I canceled or skipped due to working late, which is always a bummer.

Volunteer. I volunteered at an aid station for the Chicago Marathon.

Decrease our debt. Yeah yeah yeah.

Other stuff that happened in October: 

My best friend’s wedding and a trip to the east coast:

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I attended three clothing swaps

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Sadly this year, I didn’t celebrate Halloween with any costumes, but I did celebrate a great couple in a gorgeous Rent the Runway dress. And there were still fake eyelashes involved. Besides, I got to dress up and have fun the previous weekend at my burlesque show.

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