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Friday Favorites (Blogging Events Galore + Puppy Craziness)

TGI to the FFFFFF. This has been quite a week for us over here in Chicagoland. It was a great week, by and large, and I can’t wait to relive some of the highs with you!

Thank you to Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia as well as Heather!

Friday Favorites!


Miss any of my other posts this week? Get caught up!

1) Great Friends and Family + Good Health

This has been a bit of an up and down week for myself and my family. I was so happy that my mom got to see Alex, even for a little bit. I am so lucky to have a family that gets along! We had no idea how important that would be at the start of this week, but a health scare for my brother and then a health care for myself reminded us all how much we mean to each other as well as how much health really can’t be taken for granted. We really aren’t ones to do so, but still, it was a reminder that nothing lasts forever.

At the blog events (that I am about to talk about) I got to spend major time with some of my favorite people, from fellow bloggers to top Chicago fitness people to even one of my besties, Courtney, who was back in town for a training trip. These are the people who hold me together, you make the ups/downs/all arounds ok. And I’m making some new friends when Ridley and I take our walks!

2) Blog Events!

It was a serious week of blog events around here! On Tuesday, I was invited to the 25th Anniversary Party for Equinox (unfortunately, I had to leave early because of the brewing anxiety attack that I alluded to).  I got the chance to work out at the club and try some of their classes out, but sadly, I just couldn’t handle what was going. Instead, I needed to eat a basket of chips and drink half a beer before Alex arrived to dinner.

I loved this Shape Meet and Tweet panel including Jen Widerstrom!

Wednesday was the fantastic Shape Meet and Tweet, which was a fabulous event looking at Shape Magazine’s movement to empower women to live their healthiest and best lives. I was so impressed with the panel discussion, the approachability of each of the women, and I loved meeting the Shape Magazine editors! Plus, it helps when a Biggest Loser trainer gives you a shout out, right! Thank you so much, Shape Magazine!

Erin, Suz, Jeana, and Maggie

Erin, Suz, Jeana, and Maggie

Thursday was a really cool event–Lululemon Artistry in Motion. I hope to have more pictures soon, but if you follow me on Instagram and checked out my IG stories, you will get a taste! The venue–the Lacuna Artist Studios–was ah-mahz-ing: a gorgeous industrial space with spectacular installations, some of which they were working on during our time there! I loved hearing about the fall line from Lululemon (think lace, herringbone, and fun prints in seasonal colors!), and let me tell you that they might have had the best cocktails and nibbles I’ve had at any event, period. 

Plate one of #nottelling. Oh and mini burgers and tuna and beets and crab cakes.

Plate one of #nottelling. Oh and mini burgers and tuna and beets and crab cakes.

3) Puppy Chaos

I’m not going to lie, part of my anxiety focused on Ridley this week. You know, where you have thoughts like, “I can’t even control my dog, how will I ever be a good mother?” But then there were the times when I would snuggle up with her and breathe her in and just try to find a peace within the chaos of my mind. 

Ridley has started making puppy messes!

Also chaotic? Ridley’s mind. HOW DID SHE GET OUT OF THE PEN WITH IT STILL CLOSED. Pen privileges have been revoked. I love this little dog. Zoe seems to be getting braver as well, though she is still not a fan. I think this picture sums up everyone’s feelings.

4) Athlete? Runner? Just Athletic?

Though I pondered the definition of athlete on Tuesday, I had moments of all three of these qualifiers this week and honestly? I didn’t care which I fit into. The class I had at Flywheel on Wednesday morning made me feel like an athlete, a competitor. My morning runs have me feeling like the runner I used to be.

A gorgeous sunrise from my morning run!

And my daily push ups and planks (while I’m spending more time at home, I’ve gotta do what I can!) have me feeling athletic. 

You can't always run--sometimes you gotta Flywheel!

I had to take an extra rest day this week to give my back the time it needed after my killer week last week, but even doing that made me feel empowered: rest is part of the athlete’s plan.

5) Feeling Like I am Making a Difference for People

I announced my Stress Fracture Free Running Program on Wednesday, and I had a few clients who almost didn’t come in, came in, and texted me after they left saying how much better they felt after seeing me. Wednesday afternoon, I had a particularly horrific anxiety episode, but I was determined to go to train my clients as scheduled. I don’t know if it was going to see and focus on them or what, but I finished out the night feeling better and better, and I woke up Thursday feeling maybe not 100% like myself, but at least a solid 80%. I may be making a difference in their lives, but they are making a difference in mine as well!

This weekend, Alex and I have a limited amount of time together, so we are going to try to make the most of it. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous, and I can’t wait for our Saturday run together!

What has been the best of your week? Suz has some unconventional #FridayFavorites! #tgif Click To Tweet

I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend, and I will see you on the flipside!

What has been the best part of your week?

And Happy Birthday to My Mother in Law! Love you SL!

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