My Chicago Bucket List
- Check out Lincoln Park Conservatory and Garfield Park Conservatory.
- Baseball games at both Cellular Field and Wrigley Field.
- Plant a garden.
- Volunteer at a community garden.
- Eat on a patio.
- Run the Chicago Spring Half Marathon.
- Watch a movie at Millennium Park.
- Visit the Field Museum.
- Practice yoga at Millennium Park.
- Cruise on an architecture tour or the lake. (I did this last summer but I want to do it again!)
- Taste the dishes at a food festival. (I am thinking Taste of Chicago.)
- Stand-up paddleboard yoga on Lake Michigan. I wanted to do this last summer but we had visitors or plans every weekend.
Week 6 of half-marathon training was a recovery week after increasing my mileage last week. I am happy with how I did despite the weather changing my plans over the weekend.
Here’s how Week 6 went:
Monday: Rest day. 30 minutes of yoga at home.
Yoga minutes: 30.
I neglected yoga this week, and I know I could have benefited from it. This happens every so often, and once I get back into it I find some stress relief. I am signed up for a yoga event next weekend that I’ve been excited about for months. I also need to get started on my Orangetheory marathon in the month of April! As you can see my fitness to-do list is long, but I’m happy about that.
Shop my running essentials:
I like to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering in his honor, but I had to work Monday. I instead signed up to volunteer with HandsOn Greater Phoenix over the weekend. This year I chose to help with a Neighbors Helping Neighbors event in which we cleaned up a yard for someone who couldn’t do it himself. The fence was toppling over, trees were overgrown, the yard was filled with leaves and weeds, and some cacti were dying. Trash and debris were scattered throughout. We quickly got to work cleaning it up and were finished early thanks to our teamwork. I felt honored to be able to lend a helping hand and spruce up a neighborhood near mine.
If you’d like to volunteer, check out HandsOn’s opportunity calendar to find events that work with your schedule.
I’ve never participated in a blogger link-up, but this one I found on The Other Juliette and Mr. Thomas & Me sounds like fun. I was already writing about my goals for the coming year, but now I will turn them into predictions.
In 2015, I will:
1. Run a marathon. I want to achieve this before my 30th birthday, and I have my eye on a race already. I also want to run 500 miles, which means I can’t let myself give up on running during the summer like I did this year.
2. Move. Either into a new, bigger home or away from Phoenix. Preferably the latter.
3. Volunteer more. I only volunteered three times in 2014, and I’d like to double that.
4. Travel outside of the country and to (at least) one state I haven’t been to yet.
5. Teach yoga again.
6. Do a handstand away from a wall. I’m getting closer!
7. Work on a book. I’ve started writing, but I’m not sure in what direction I want to go with it. I plan to devote time to it each week until it’s done.
I will try to:
1. Completely unplug after dinner time. No more checking my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds when I have my handsome husband sitting next to me.
2. Cook more. I should actually to try to make meals out of all those recipes I have found on Pinterest.
3. Work on my decision making.
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What are your predictions for 2015?