Before I launch into my goals for the new(ish) month, how did I do on my goals for September?

#1 – Run 20 miles. Oops. I ran 8 miles.

#2 – Yoga 1-2x per week. I went 2x. During the entire month.

#3 – Start and finish a book.  OY. Still haven’t finished The Light Between Oceans. Getting close though.

#4 – Bake more bread. Welp, I’m on a diet that doesn’t include carbs (other than cheat meals), so this didn’t happen either!

#5 – Don’t overcommit myself. I think I accomplished this. I committed to: a 5-week burlesque show run with Vaudezilla, a solo in the Halloween Student Show at the end of the month, and the Little Black Dress Project with OTG Bootcamp. I’m actually not feeling burned out, so I think I did a good job not over-committing. Although I’m realizing that outside of performances/ rehearsals, I’m not spending much time with friends. So there’s that. Although lately the friendships I’ve been developing have been in the burlesque community, so performances/rehearsals very much feel like social time for me!

Anyway. So I was 1 for 5 on September goals. My priorities shifted – I’ve been going to a lot more kettlebells classes, so not as much time for running or yoga. My diet changed, so baking bread would have been a waste. I had a hard time getting into this book at first, so I didn’t finish it by the end of the month. Etc. Things change, it’s important to be agile. (Uh oh, work life creeping into personal life =P )


Moving on … October’s goals.

#1 – Finish the Little Black Dress Project. Which means: Aim for 4-5 workouts/week at OTG Bootcamp, stick to the meal plan.

#2 – Perform my first burlesque solo! It’s happening at a Halloween show at the end of the month. I was really struggling with it for a bit, but I’m feeling good about it. I have 3 1/2 weeks to create something I’m proud to share. I’m getting close.

#3 – Finish a book, start a new one, attend a book club meeting. I’m close to the end of  The Light Between Oceans. And I actually already read the book for one of my October book club meetings.

#4 – Yoga 6x. So, I’m not a ClassPass member anymore. No more access to tons of yoga studios around Chicago. But my meeting schedule is changing at work, and I should be able to make it to the free weekly yoga at my office, plus Pilsen Yoga Tribe on Sundays.

#5 – Run 10 miles. Gotta start somewhere.