Life Update

I know. It’s been a HOT minute since I’ve last posted anything. There’s been a lot of nothing happening for the most part up until the last few weeks or so. So let’s catch up.

2019 Resolutions

One of my last posts were about my resolutions so I figured I’d give you an overview on how some of those are going. So far, all of them are great, and I’ll dive into a few (later) in particular.

So food and fitness first: I have been maintaining and feel awesome!! After finishing the Sarah’s Day E-book, I have maintained the aesthetics of my body. I don’t follow her e-book to a T anymore, but I incorporate some of her workouts here and there and love that. It’s the perfect combination with yoga. Speaking of yoga, I’ve also been doing a TON of more yoga. Not teaching, but in my own practice. I’ve seen myself grown in so many ways from yoga and am so proud. With food, I’ve been eating well, but am no longer hard on myself or set rules. Overall, I am plant based when I cook, but will eat whatever when I’m going out. I’m proud of where I’ve come and the improvements I’ve made. I feel like I’ve finally found a physically and mentally healthy balance of fitness and food.

minimalism: I got my closet count down, and I’ve been more aware of new purchases and what pieces I chose to bring in to my life. I still have more things to go through and get rid of, but every baby step has felt great so far. It’s become less about being a minimalist and more about MariKondo’s way of only keeping things that spark joy.

low waste: I’m nowhere near perfect but Connor and I have made some good swaps. We ALWAYS bring grocery and produce bags when we shop. We switched out laundry detergent to a powder one that doesn’t come packaged in plastic. We wash plastic ziplock bags and glass jars so we can just use them. We buy in bulk when we can or get fresh, unpackaged produce. I carry a utensil set for on-the-go meals… yea lots of baby steps and simply creating new habits. There are still some foods we purchase that aren’t zero-waste and we still have products to get rid of before we replace them with a low-waste option, but overall we feel great.

mental health: This still isn’t a topic I’m super comfortable opening up about, but therapy has been amazing. I have been so shocked at how much progress I’ve made in the last few months. I’ve been able to learn about myself and habits and how to deal with my panic attacks and anxiety. My unhealthy mental cycle is slowly changing, and I’m so happy that I feel the way I do now.

this chicago life

After about half a year of being in Chicago, this place is truly feeling like home. I love it here. I love not having a car, I love being in such a large city and being surrounded by so many fantastic things to do and see. I’ve learned so much living in a new city and I am so grateful that I had the guts to pick up my things and move away from home. It’s been such an eye-opening experience and has definitely helped me grow more than I ever thought.

a job i actually love

After juggling a few different part time positions during my first few months in Chicago, I am SO excited to announce that I’m officially full-time with CorePower Yoga. Management within CPY has always been at the back of my mind, but I was never truly committed in the past. When I was in MN, I was just finishing up school and figuring my shit out, so I didn’t want to tie myself down because I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go. The last half year has been a lot of mental work; trying to figure out what I wanted to do. However, I kept coming to the conclusion that I wanted to be apart of CPY. Whether it was teaching full-time or being in management. When the Studio Assistant position opened up, my gut told me this was it. So here we are, and I couldn’t be happier. I get to wear leggings to work, and be around like-minded humans, and take yoga classes! Like what?! I couldn’t picture anything better than this for a full-time job. I know it’s just beginning, and that I’ll make mistakes and get stressed out, but luckily I have access to the best mental and physical remedy out there (yoga, duh!).

That’s it.

A little update and my main announcement. That’s everything I’ve been wanting to update ya’ll on. I know it’s not much, but it’s more than enough for me. :)

love olivia