Well hello strangers!
I’m not even sure where to begin, but a simple “hey, how’s it going?” seems appropriate.
It’s been quite some time. I know. I knowww.
For starters, there’s been so many updates on the back end here that it took me several attempts to even start this draft. I knowww. Don’t hate me. We’ve got a lot to catch up on my friends, so let’s chat over coffee, or in my case, tea (as I wind down from a long work day with some cozies) and talk it out.
I really miss you guys! And I’m so glad that you’re checking in to read this today.
Without any intentions of doing so, I took a few months of silence here on the blog. Ironically, the last post that I shared mentioned how I planned on at least hosting the weekly Friday Favorites link-up for the loyal readers who click over on a regular basis! Whoops.
What happened, right? Well … life.
My routine right now includes spending ten plus hours a day at the studio (<- need a catch up?), creating social media posts and graphics for my former studio, working out, staying on top of laundry and household to-dos, and spending as much time with Scott and our fur kids as I possibly can. My job as a Studio Manager is very demanding, but equally as rewarding, and it’s been an amazing experience to see what started as a pile of construction dust turn into a popular boutique fitness studio with waitlisted workouts all day, every day. It’s crazy!
When it all comes down to it, no matter how challenging and log days can get, the opportunity to witness peoples’ lives literally change in front of my eyes makes me so happy. Between motivating members in the wee early morning hours, running workouts well into the evening, and only closing up shop for one calendar day out of every year, the fitness industry is not for the weak or lazy. There’s a hustle to keep up with, not only in leading my team on the inside, but also keeping up with everything new and New York City outside.
Living in Brooklyn has been wonderful. Are there days where I miss the simple pleasures I took for granted living elsewhere like driving with the windows down, grilling in a backyard, and enjoying the holidays without a parka on? Absolutely. But, there’s also so much to do and see here. It’s exhausting, but equally as thrilling and never gets old. And, for what it’s worth, as cold as I can get on my walks to work — the views sure are beautiful.
Scott is living his dream here. Somehow, he’s busier than I am and does things that surprise and impress me. He shot his first national commercial last month and usually spends the days doing extra work on popular television shows that are being filmed in the area, taking courses, and working on his entertainment consulting business. There are days where I have to take a step back to soak in everything that we are immersing ourselves into while living here. I never pictured our daily activities up here to be our new normal. It’s interesting, that’s for sure!
I’m not going to lie and say there hasn’t been an opportunity to blog here and there. I currently get one full day off a week, and I’ve been using that day to unplug, rejuvenate, and simply exist. I’ve also picked up a not-so-ideal habit of “Netflix and chilling” whenever Scott is working on Sundays. It’s definitely a different life than I lived a year ago!
The truth is that I really needed the hiatus from all things social for a bit. Moving was hard. Moving again was hard. Losing two tiny miracles broke me. To be quite frank, I wasn’t very interested in blasting my life or feelings over the Internet. But, taking some much needed time away also helped me to grow into a much better place and person that I’m exploring now.
If there’s anything I’ve learned over the last few months, it’s to appreciate the bumps in the road that bring you towards whatever path you’re meant for. A good friend recently shared some great and relevant advice that I’d like to pass on to all of you. “Picturing our lives can sometimes make us not appreciate and fully live the life we’re given.” It’s so true, isn’t it?
Life doesn’t always turn out how you expected it to. Ish happens. It sucks. But then we grow from it and move on.
Living in New York City has felt very strange for me lately. We’re in one of the busiest and most exciting places I can think of, yet I don’t usually get out to try nearly as much as I used to. I have to plan anything social days and sometimes weeks in advance, and since Scott and I literally have opposite schedules, we have to make a big effort to spend quality time together.
As you can imagine, this took a while for me to adjust to. What used to be cooking dinners together has turned into ordering something on my way home for one. While Scott is setting out to work his night job, I’m winding down from the day and turning in early. He gets to bed late and I get up for work shortly after he gets to bed. Basically, we’re what Frank Sinatra would call Strangers in the Night and sometimes pass each other with a quick hello and goodbye.
Am I currently living the life that I pictured a year ago? Two years ago? Three? No, but I’m learning to appreciate the beauty in every day until that dream of building our family in a “normal setting” becomes reality. Whatever “normal” means. And, the good news it that I can channel my alone time towards something pretty exciting in the interim — this blog.
Now that the studio is up and running (and doing great!), I’m hoping to back off of my hours a little bit to reconnect with family, friends and, of course, YOU GUYS!
I’m putting in a solid effort to get back to sharing more of my day on social media and invite you to follow the whereabouts on Snapchat and Instagram to stay in the loop between posts here on Life In Leggings.
My goal with maintaining this site is to to find more of a balance that enables me to do everything I love which includes staying on top of a structured fitness routine, cooking, hanging with friends, flying down to see family more than once a year, and sharing regular content. And speaking of getting back into the swing of things, I’m in dire need of updated photos and help with the occasional shoot for campaign work. Local friends in NYC, any photographer suggestions?
I’m not going to make promises that I can’t keep around here, but I will tell you that I’m not going anywhere anytime soon. Sharing an array of topics in this space is a passion of mine, and I miss writing. I really do. And there is so much to talk about!
While living in the City, I’m going to do my best to share the highlights with you. I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new edition of Friday Favorites (and link up!) to kick things off, and I hope you’ll stick around for the topics I’ve been itching to dive into along the way.
Thank you to each and every one of you who has sent over your kind words, support, prayers, and love over the last few months and years. I truly couldn’t keep this space alive without it. I’m so very grateful and can’t wait to continue the journey with you!