Life, Stuff About Me

getting organized for fall

I know. This is a wellness post and it’s not Wednesday, just like my fitness post that didn’t drop on a Friday. My days are all over the place right now and it’s part of why I very much need to write this particular post. About getting organized for fall (hahaha). 

Sometime in mid-August, for no reason whatsoever, I announced on Academy Vs Audience that people should read my blog because we were getting organized for fall. Lol, what? 

In a not at all shocking turn of events, I proceeded to do nothing. In part because I had no idea where that announcement came from, but in part because I immediately started going through it. You know what it’s like. When everything just happens all at once and you absolutely cannot be alone with your thoughts because there are too many of them to reorganize into helpful patterns so why not buy a $17 cocktail and read a book somewhere loud and crowded so that the overstimulation can override said too many thoughts? 

And, honestly, sometimes that is kind of helpful too.

But things are slowing down now and I’m entering a new season of my life both literally and symbolically so… here we are, y’all. Come on with me… we’re getting organized for fall.

An Organized Home is a Happy Home

an organized home
Photo by Minh Pham on Unsplash

Hmm… maybe. Like, a hard maybe.

But my home is full of utter chaos right now (there’s been a lot of “drop and go” over the past month or so) and in approximately 7 days, I will be living alone for the first time in quite a few years. I am about due for a classic Home Organization moment. 

I will be taking a week off work in later October to really dig into this process. (Because I am vacation time rich at the moment, while not being remotely financially rich.) The Home Edit will play a big role, I imagine, with lots of acrylic sorting devices and creating “spaces” in my home. Maybe I’ll finally be emotionally ready for a little closet and book purge.

Or maybe I’ll just shove all the clutter into the closet in what used to be my roommate’s room and throw away makeup that is not yet expired and I do still wear but that stressed me out by being on the counter.

It’s impossible to say! What a fun adventure!

Meal Prep

Meal Prep
Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash

Long-time readers know that I love meal prep/batch cooking. This is partially because I’m not great at taking stock of my fridge or pantry and just whipping up a meal based on what I see. (I am pretty good at looking at my fridge or pantry and designing a meal prep based on what I need to use up… go figure? It just takes me longer to figure out what I’m doing, I guess.)

It’s also partially because when I get stressed or sad, I’m super bad at doing the eating thing unless it’s immediately in front of me. Like – if you made me dinner or took me to a restaurant, I’d eat some of it. If there is an already cooked meal in my fridge that I just need to heat up, I’ll eat it. But if I have to take myself to a restaurant, combine more than two ingredients, or am otherwise left to my own devices, you’re lucky if I’m eating a protein bar because it will all feel like too much. 

Meal prep helps me redefine and heal my relationship with food as something that nourishes me. I love food, I’m just bad at it sometimes. So, I am pulling out the ol’ meal prep guides (so that I don’t have to make any decisions, naturally) and dedicating a bit of time on the weekends to getting organized for fall. 

Planners Because Obviously

I mean, who doesn’t love a good daytimer? I exclusively buy the ban.do brand of planners because I like the weekly layouts and I can usually only find the 17-month versions, so there’s always 5 months that I just don’t use. But they’re usually on sale by the time I buy them in December, so you win some, you lose some. 

Anyway, I know for a fact that I can only keep myself organized and build habits when I am writing things down. I need that permanence. I write in my planner with pen. 

To be fair, I also fall off this for months at a time, but that’s okay too. Time to try again.

How Else Am I Getting Organized For Fall?

No, that’s it. Just three things. That’s probably all I can handle right now. (I mean… I used stock images for this post instead of taking my own. I’m clearly not thriving.)

It’s so important to realize you can’t change all the things at once. That’s a great way to get overwhelmed and freeze up. As someone who loves grand proclamations and making plans that never actually pan out the way I want, I’m okay with taking it slow right now. 

Maybe this is a sign that I’m finally the functional adult I’ve constantly been claiming to be.

So tell me… what little things are you doing to get organized for fall?

Fitness, Life

Walk Every Day for a Month

Hello my beautiful friends! I know you’ve been wondering where I’ve been… what I’ve been doing when I’m not writing in this space… well, if you’re on my instagram, you already know. I’ve gone for a walk every day, for at least 30 minutes, for a month.

I have to give credit where credit is due – I absolutely got this idea from Kayla Nelson. She described walking for 30 minutes as the key to health and, hey, I was done my barre challenge so why not take something else on? (Sidebar: I discovered Kayla’s youtube channel just over a month ago and I’m officially obsessed. I love her realistic approach to fitness, food and wellness.)

I think we’ve all read about the cardiovascular and muscular benefits of walking, so I’m not going to belabor that here, I’m just going to do what I do best – talk about my own experiences!

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Fitness

talking about fitness as a non-fitness girl

Well well well, my friends. Here we are, two weeks into January, and I return to my blog, full of inspiration and 24 spam comments to delete. What else is new?

I didn’t intend to take a break after Blogmas, but it was super nice and refreshing. Plus I probably should have expected it… the first two weeks back at work after the holidays are always crazy for me and this year was extra crazy, with the Omicron of it all. No matter how hard I work before the break to get ahead, there are always things that come up that I have to deal with when I get back. And I’m somehow always a little bit surprised by it.

Joey from Friends shocked gif
Shocking.

But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about…

Fitness!

Yes. I am, like so many bloggers before me, going to do Fitness Fridays. It’s going to be a limited run for now, until the end of February, but who knows where the inspiration will take me!

It might seem like a misstep that I haven’t done this before. After all, “Fitness” is one of the five categories I picked when I first started this blog six years ago. (Oh dear… I don’t love that math.) The number of fitness posts I’ve actually written can fit on one hand, if you don’t count the one about my barre studio closing down. However, there is a very good reason for this…

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Stuff About Me

Ten Good Things

Today is Blogmas Day 22 and it is going to be another one of those little bit weird posts. This week of the year is always a little bit crazy for me. (I coordinate a course at work that starts first thing in the New Year and things always sort of pop off this week. There is no way to get ahead of it, it’s just the way it is.) Add to that the fact that the Omicron variant is popping off as well, which is obviously having an impact on post-secondary education, and… it’s been a time. But my blog started as a place for joy and distraction, and that’s what it’s always been for me. So today will be no different. Today, instead of dwelling in the stress, I am going to redirect my energies and challenge myself to write about ten good things that happened this week.

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Stuff About Me

Well well well, mes amis. We are reaching the part of Blogmas where I am getting super hyped for the holidays and running out of ideas to write about! I will be on winter break starting on Friday and I am so excited. Sleeping in, cleaning my house, reading books, and working out during the day time?! Yes, please! These are my Christmas traditions!

Annoying Kevin - my christmas traditions

Hmmm… or is being annoying to Kevin in selfies my Christmas tradition? (Literally, I think I have a Christmas picture where I try to force joy upon Kevin every year for the past decade.)

None of this is true. My family has actual Christmas traditions that don’t involve me being a hot mess. Traditions that reach back years, traditions that might look super weird to outsiders. But guess what? I’ll hazard a guess that your family’s traditions would probably look super weird to us!

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Life

Y’all. It is crazy outside today – so cold, so blustery. It is incredibly appropriate for “at home” week on the blog because I truly do not want to be anywhere other than my home right now. Maybe getting aggressively festive with some Jingle Bell Chai and a gingerbread cookie.

(Note 1: I still have to go to work and have play rehearsal so I will not achieve that goal.)

(Note 2: When I say “it’s cold”, I mean that it is -18 and feels like -29. For those Americans or Fahrenheit fans, that’s basic -0.5, feels like -20. That’s definitely weather where the air hurts your face!)

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YYCEats

beer 5 wrapped

Day 5! We’re nearing the halfway point of the beer exchange, which means we’re also inching ever closer to being halfway through Blogmas. (I realize I’m still three days away but… it’s fine, it’s fine, it’s totally fine. Haha.) As I mentioned in the Day 4 post, I finally decorated for the holidays and I really am beginning to feel festive. (It didn’t hurt that in the barre class I took yesterday morning had some solid Christmas music sprinkled throughout the playlist as well…)

Anyway, we are going a bit back in time here because it was on the day that I posted about Beer 4, that I drank… Beer 5.

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Holiday Beer Exchange Day 3

It’s an odd numbered day, so y’all know what that means on this girl’s march towards Christmas… another reveal of another beer from the holiday beer exchange! (And if you squint reaaaaallly hard, you can get an insider look at the nonsense notes I take for MOA. I usually handwrite them because I love notebooks but I just wanted to make it legible for you today.)

This beer came courtesy of friend of the blog, Claire, and she was pretty open with me that she just picked it for the label. What is this beautiful label? Did this method of picking a beer work? Follow me through the “Read More” page break (#nospoilers) to find out…

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Stuff About Me

Jan, also back again, Laughing - Drag Race All-Stars Season 6

No, my hair might not be purple, but I am fully laughing just as hard as Jan is in this classic Drag Race All-Stars 6 screencap. (And I promise not to get off track, but I truly do love and relate to Jan. Her need to always be on? It me. Plus, I too am backpack, backpack, back again.)

What the eff, how is it suddenly late October of 2021? Where have the past 8 months gone?

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