I Tried Barre and Holy Hell is Being a Woman Hard

This article is amazing and showcases exactly why barre is so hard to describe to people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m obsessed with BBF, but it is ridiculous when you stop and think about it…

Fave lines:

"First it was up and out, then out and down, every one these movements obnoxiously small (now bend your elbow just one-quarter inch down!), designed by sadists to flay your arm muscles."

"I don’t even remember what we did. I blacked out for this part."

"The class was $35. Thirty-five dollars. That’s completely nuts. You’re telling me, if I’m a woman—in addition to the dresses and shoes and undergarments and makeup products I have to buy to be a quote unquote accepted member of regular society—I also need to pay these kind of bucks to have the kind of body men want?"

Preach.

I know, keep my eye on the ball… #thishappened #happyeaster (at Diversey Golf Driving Range)

Oh. Hi there. Long time no see. #chicago #lakefront #saturday

Oh. Hi there. Long time no see. #chicago #lakefront #saturday

Well I didn’t get called lovely this week but I was called, “a true spark of light in the world of business” haha… whatever that means! TGIF! Be lovely :) #quoteunquote #wtf #TGIF

Well I didn’t get called lovely this week but I was called, “a true spark of light in the world of business” haha… whatever that means! TGIF! Be lovely :) #quoteunquote #wtf #TGIF

Scenes from a somewhat-sunny-yet-warm Saturday that we turned into a summer brews, BBQ and bags sidewalk party. Bare legs and jackets. So fun. Still hurting. #ouch 

Scenes from a somewhat-sunny-yet-warm Saturday that we turned into a summer brews, BBQ and bags sidewalk party. Bare legs and jackets. So fun. Still hurting. #ouch 

Last month of my 20’s

It’s here. While I’m not freaked out about hitting 3-0 (okay, a little bit) I have taken inventory and trying out a few healthier things:

  • Religiously using eye cream in the morning and night (thanks to the girl at Benefit last weekend for pointing out how much it was needed- Ouch).
  • Eating homemade salads 3-4 days a week for lunch (hard to break me of leftovers or subs!) and 2-3 nights a week for dinner. Bor-ing.
  • Trying out at least two two-a-days a week, where I take barre or run in the morning and then again in the evening. Then one or the other five days a week. <Has yet to happen> but planning on it next week!
  • Professionally, I’ve been attending several trainings- at work, through JLC and networking events each month. Because you just never know. They also have helped me keep perspective and opened my eyes to other interests.
  • Financially, well, I haven’t figured this one out yet. Lots up in the air,  upcoming trips (Napa is a gift to myself, bc I deserve it!) and I’ve been investing in my condo, which I’ve decided to stay in for a couple more years due to locking in rent rates. So we’ll see. Hopefully the big ticket items are out of the way for a bit.
  • With Sammers it’s mainly to maintain his dental routine (aka, adding stuff to his water bc he won’t let me brush his teeth) and we’re committed to once a week brushing in the park when he stands there and acts all proud on display.

All good things. So freakin’ responsible. This is having your shit figured out, no? #yikes #old

That time I wore denim on denim on denim. To a Michael Bolton softball game. #tbt #NationalSiblingsDay

That time I wore denim on denim on denim. To a Michael Bolton softball game. #tbt #NationalSiblingsDay

Samson and I had a wonderful walk today. He was uncharacteristically stubborn this afternoon when we turned around to head home. I think he didn’t want to go in and miss out on this gorgeous weather!

Quotes from Sam’s dog walker. I love it. #chicagoweather

Here’s my advice: Have a little faith, and if that doesn’t work, have a lot of mimosas.

Blair Waldorf (via rhodeislandprep)

Update: Little did I know, this was going to be the motto of the weekend. I went from having little plans to three days of many stories, laughs and drinks. Sometimes you just need to stay in workout clothes and have pizza and wine. And then go to brunch the next morning and continue to drink mimosas all day. And a few more the day after that. Totally okay.

Cheers to my lovely drinking buddies this weekend, all of whom are so wise and I can’t imagine not having in my life!