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

Moveology Front Entrance

Two days late, not on a Friday, but I am so excited to write a few words that I never thought I’d say again a year and a half ago. 

I’m working at the front desk at a fitness studio! 

Since May 14, I’ve been spending my Saturday mornings at Moveology, housed in the gorgeous historic building that once was Barre Body Studio’s home. I’ve been creating training documents, strengthening my core in Pilates classes, and trying to figure out how to put into words how excited I am to be back home. If you follow my instagram stories, you may have picked up on the fact that my last couple of weeks have been very… full and complicated, to put it kindly. It’s been a lot. And through that “a lot”, I’ve also been spending a ton of time at Moveology, training new karma staff, which has absolutely given me a place to ground myself. Moveology brands itself as “not your average gym” and that is completely on point.

But you’re not here to read about my emotions! (At least not in this post… trust me, that will be coming, in a delightfully vague yet inspiring format. Hopefully. OMG, Erin, get back on track.) You’re also not here for a professional, well organized, objective review of the studio. You go to places like Fit-City Guide for that. You come here for me to gush about things I love and hope that some of the love rubs off on you. So, without further ado, here is my non-expert wrap up on all the things that makes Moveology great – fitness from a non-fitness girl.

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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

barre headshot

I know, I know. No one is thrilled that I am writing this Fitness Friday post. I’m not even thrilled that I’m writing this Fitness Friday post. Consistency sucks. Our lives are inconsistent and nothing is worse than when things feel busy or out of control and then someone starts preaching the value of consistency in your face. You just want to shout “I’m doing the best I can!”

I know you are, babe.

But when you get into a consistent habit, it does actually feel so good. This is an anecdote that I share a lot, but several years ago I decided to prove to myself that I could build a habit… so I started making my bed every morning. And now, while parts of my morning routine will vary, making my bed is always a part of it. (Though I haven’t really taken this lesson forward to building other habits… maybe that’s a goal for this year!)

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Culture

On Theatre Thursdays, I discuss topics related to theatre. I also write about local productions that I think #yyc should see. Today I’m talking about a show that I was supposed to see almost two years ago – Vertigo Theatre’s Cipher.

vertigo theatre cipher
Poster lovingly stolen from Vertigo Theatre. Credit to Tim Nguyen.

Cipher was originally set to open just a few days after what almost everyone I talk to cites as the “start” of the pandemic in Canada. (March 13, 2020, if you were wondering. Though there were cases in the time leading up to this, March 13 is when everything really came crashing down around us.) And, yes, I had tickets to opening night.

Almost two years later on January 20, I had tickets to opening night once again. And, yes, it was well worth the wait.

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Fitness

Fitness Routine equipment

I have to admit that I didn’t exactly set out to brand myself as a non-fitness girl, but the more I think about it, the more accurate it seems. I’m just a girl who likes to move her body sometimes. (And always feels better when I do, as much as I don’t want to a medium percentage of the time.) And speaking of liking to move my body… I feel like a solid second Fitness Friday post is an old classic – my Fitness Routine.

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YYCEats

Who would have imagined that on Day 12 of the beer exchange and Day 23 of blogmas, I would still be sitting here writing? Not me, haha. This consistency has been so good for me! And here I am, watching Thor and drinking the last bits of Beer 12. So… let’s just get right into it, shall we?

Beer 12 in fire place
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Culture

Happy Saturday and happy Blogmas Day 18, friends! It’s the weekend, it’s mildly chilly outside, and I am getting ready to snuggle in on my couch. I have a mug of Sleigh Ride and I’m ready for a perennial Christmas tradition – Hallmark Christmas Movies!

You know the ones. Someone is way too busy or jaded for the season but a series of hijinks leads to both love and festivity.

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YYCEats

Beer 9 Wrapped

Can we talk about how cute the wrapping for Beer 9 is!? There has been a lot of great wrappings during the Beer Exchange (and a super borderline one that I did not post for my beer), but there is something about that gift tag that just tickled my fancy.

It indicated that there was something special about Beer 9 and it did not lie.

(Note: More information about the beer after the cut. But also more information about Survivor so just… like… read through with caution if you don’t want to be spoiled.)

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YYCEats

Can we just talk about how nice it is to spend a night at home sometimes, even during the holiday season? I know FOMO can be a very real thing (Rylee gets crazy FOMO when it’s time to go to bed). But, like… what if the thing you are missing out on is some quality time in your home that you spend a lot of money to live in?

I had originally planned to run a few errands tonight, maybe take a barre class, but it was crazy cold out and I just did not have it in me. Instead I had a super lovely evening in, with my treadmill, candles and a bath with a good book. I went super low-key for dinner (bagged salad with chicken strips on it) and soon it’s time for the season finale of Survivor. (Again… still Team Erika.)

But today’s post… today’s post is not about my nice night at home. Today’s post is about Beer Exchange Day 8.

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