Good morning! Mine’s starting extra early today with a shared cab ride to the City to attend a fitness event. I’ll be sure to share more about it tomorrow in Friday Favorites!
I originally planned to discuss something else with y’all today, but considering that I just finished settling in from work/working out/showering/eating/getting ready for tomorrow and need to hit the pillow like, now, I thought that a little catch-up chatter would suffice. It’s been a hot minute since I shared a Thinking Out Loud post, and I miss checking in with you guys more. How are you?!
Just for funsies, let’s pretend that we’re chatting over coffee this morning.
Here’s what I would tell you!
• Walks in Park Slope still take my breath away.
If you follow LIL on Instagram or Snapchat, you can expect to see frequent snaps of brownstones, streets, and snaps of Park Slope, Brooklyn. I’m sorry for being repetitive, but I feel like this kind of scenery needs to be shared. The weather is perfect right now, and it makes me appreciate my time outside and take everything in even more.
I can’t wait for the leaves to change and #sweaterweather to arrive in the park. Too soon?
• I’m really, really enjoying my new job.
Thank you for all of your encouragement and support regarding my new full-time job. Things have been going great so far, and I feel like I have already jumped right into the thick of it. Our studio isn’t open yet, so I’m spending my days on the computer and phone selling discounted memberships. (Locals – holler if you’re ready for a free 1-week at Orangetheory!)
Some perks of the job include living out this blog title (leggings as a uniform – what?) and being able to pop into a workout whenever it’s convenient. I’m doing some work remotely when I’m not at the new studio site, but every so often, I get to set up shop at a studio that already exists. I absolutely love the environment and feel-good atmosphere all day long!
• Although, sometimes I feel overwhelmed with three jobs.
As much as I feel like I am adjusting, I can also tell that my weekends will now be dedicated to playing catch-up on my other two side-jobs. I don’t look at this blog like a job, but I still work with sponsors and feel a responsibility to keep things relevant, informative, and interesting around here!
For those who haven’t caught onto it yet, I also (still) run all of the social media pages for my old gym in Rochester Hills. I re-tweet the posts from time to time, and it makes me smile when I see that some of you follow the pages. I work closely with the owner to collaborate on content on the regular, and I enjoy doing it.
I will admit, however, that I’m starting to feel like I don’t turn off. Ever. Forgive me if I seem like I’m lagging on my personal social media pages for a bit. I’m really trying to just take it all in and distance myself from my phone when I’m able to!
• How long do you keep face masks on?
Because I’m pretty sure I put this one on before dinner, like thirty minutes ago (update – an hour ago?!), and it’s still going strong. Is there such thing as giving yourself too much time in a mask? Minus the cracked layer that isn’t ideal, of course. Thoughts?
• Do you guys re-watch television series?
I do. In fact, I record them. I’ve already seen the entire collection of Friends episodes about twenty times each. I wish that was an exaggeration, because that would be less embarrassing.
Right now I’m recording Sex and the City and marathons of The Golden Girls that come on TV Land every Sunday. I save shows like this for when I’m blogging at night (whoops – secret’s out), or when I’m getting ready for bed! Is that weird? I seriously can’t get enough.
• Speaking of television shows …
#TGIT is almost back! Well, kind of. Who’s excited for a new season of Grey’s Anatomy to start? You know I am!
I have to say, however, that TGIT won’t be the same without Scandal. Apparently, the show is taking a brief hiatus and Conviction is taking the coveted spot in the Thursday night line up on ABC. I’m sure I’ll check it out, but c’mon. Give me my Grey’s and Scandal to help me get to Friday, please. Am I right?
• There’s a Starbucks coming right near our apartment …
Literally a block away. Part of me liked the fact that there (shockingly enough) wasn’t a Starbucks nearby. It forces us to check out the local coffee shops and support neighborhood businesses. The other part of me, however, is a huge fan. I mean, we’re in PS Latte season after all.
Overall, I’m excited! Now I have a new place to get out of the house and catch up on emails.
• This workout is amazing.
As if the Muffin-Top-Melter title wasn’t enough, it’s led by my favorite instructor featured on Popsugar, Pilates Trainer Jake DuPree. I absolutely love his workouts. They’re all super challenging, and, as crazy as it sounds, I always finish feeling sweaty and a little tighter.
As soon as I find a class of his to take near me (<- do these exist?) I’m in!
• I think I’m going to re-activate my Stitch Fix subscription
According to Google Analytics, a lot of you enjoy reading my Stitch Fix breakdowns!
I took a break from the monthly subscription (and let’s be real, expense, because I like to buy all the things) for over a year. I decided to do so only because buying new clothes wasn’t something that was a priority for my budget after Scott got laid off from his job in Detroit.
Well, now that we are settled into living in NYC, I’d like to celebrate my full-time job with a few splurges here and there. I’m looking forward to finally updating my style profile and getting a new shipment soon. I can’t wait to share the goods again!
And with that, my friends, I’m signing off. It’s been fun checking in today. Let me know something that you’re currently thinking out loud in the comments section!
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