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Life in November 2015

It’s Wednesday, which usually means Workout Wednesday in the land of Mel’s Miles,  but my workouts aren’t that interesting lately. If it’s too boring for me to write about my workouts, then who will want to read about them? No one is the answer to that question. Instead, I figured we are due for another “Life in ____” post. Here is my life update for October. I almost didn’t write one of these for this month, but figured I should keep up with my goal of writing a mini life update each month. First, I really am not running much at all. Tomorrow (Thanksgiving!) I will run a turkey trot 5k, but I’m not going to break any records unless it’s the record for one of my slowest races 😉 I have run a total of 3 miles since the Chicago Marathon last month and I’m totally OK with that. My workouts have consisted of weight lifting, ellipticalling, cycling, and yoga. It’s fun to not be dealing with the pressure of training for a race, but I miss it a bit. Luckily, the Shamrock Shuffle 8k is slowly coming up, which means I’ll start a training plan in early 2016! I got a new phone! Thank goodness I was able to get a new iPhone. When Andy and I traveled to the Wisconsin Dells 2 weeks ago, I forgot my wallet. It was stressful enough to not have a driver’s license or ANY money for 4 days, but then my phone stopped working. It was like I had zero connection to the real world. Talk about first world problems! Luckily, Andy covered me for the weekend and T-Mobile gave me $250 in return for my old, broken iPhone 5. I am now the proud owner of a 6s. Yay for upgrading! Andy and I went to the Dells for his birthday. I mentioned this in my last post, but want to put it here because it is something that happened in November. wis-dells-riverwalk I have a real Thanksgiving weekend for the first time since… I can’t even remember. Even in college, I worked over Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, my first day working at Forever 21 (hahahaha) was on Black Friday in 2007 (how was that so long ago now??). Not. Cool. At. All. When I was working for a bank, I only got the Thursday off and then had to work on BOTH Friday and Saturday. Luckily, business was always slow on those days, but still… work is work. I plan to really enjoy this weekend and not worry about anything at all 🙂 This time off is not something I take for granted. Speaking of gratitude, I am updating my Twitter account with all of the things I’m grateful for through tomorrow. I cannot even tell you how good I’ve felt this week. I am a firm believer in expressing gratitude as often as possible. It really changes my mindset 🙂 November 2015 marks the beginning of my own personal revolution. I am working towards lowering my baseline state of anxiety, which has been very high for almost my entire life. There are some personal reasons for my anxiety, which I am obviously not going to put on the internet. I am working on processing issues and changing my daily routine. It has been about a month of really putting an effort into this and I already feel A LOT better. I still have anxiety, but it’s a million times more manageable. I can’t wait to see what another month brings. To change my life, I’ve been spending less time on social media. It’s extremely difficult to stay off Facebook. My current rule is that I only look at Facebook when I have a message or a notification. If I notice that I’ve been on it for a long time, I click the “x” and do something else. Social media – particularly Facebook and Instagram – leads me to compare myself to others instead of worrying about my own business. I’ve also been coloring. I color for 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning and then right before I get ready for bed. This replaces mindless internet usage and helps me feel ready for the day. johanna-basford

Sorry for posting this picture 3 million times 🙂

I’m trying to meditate daily with the Calm.com appHonestly, this has not been too successful. It’s really hard to get into the habit, but it is my ultimate goal to meditate for 10 minutes every day. Check out this article about the MANY benefits of meditation.

I see what I have, rather than what I DON’T have. Sure, Andy and I have a ridiculously small apartment. You’d probably laugh at the size of our kitchen (there is literally zero counter space), but we’ve made it work for us. I work for a nonprofit organization and my salary is not too big, but it’s more money than I’ve ever made. The work I do is the coolest and best work I’ve ever done. I have what I need and am enjoying it 🙂

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Our living room. I feel lucky to have a gigantic TV!

I exercise 4 times per week. This has been pretty consistent; even if it’s snowed a ton and I don’t want to drive to the gym, I pop in my Jillian Michaels DVD and get moving.

Lastly, as always, I try to sleep between 7 and 8 hours every night. Sleep is crucial!

November has been all about taking deep breaths, being thankful, smiling, and working on myself. I really couldn’t ask for more. It’s been a good month.

What is the best thing about this month for you so far?