I’m trying to do my May recap in July!! God only knows what I remember — but thanks to my daily posts on Instagram, it shouldn’t be too difficult to recap.
So, here goes!
- Hot Chocolate 5K
I participated in the All State Hot Chocolate 5K by doing the 5k by myself in a local NJ State Park. It was a virtual walk given that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, but I gave myself the medal at the end and took a selfie. Haha! It’s helping me keep up with my monthly goals of hiking, though to be absolutely honest, as it continues to get hotter, the less likely that I’ll be hiking weekly like the first half of the year.
- Summer Hair Process
Because my hair is naturally very dark, if I want to go lighter for the summer, I have to start early because it takes a few trips to the salon to make it happen. Here is Phase 1. I think it’s actually one of my favorite shades I’ve had!
- Solo Living Again!
This will sound silly to anyone who doesn’t know me personally but the last of my family moved out (mom) so as of May, I finally began living by myself again…which means my living room is a living room again! Subsequently, I moved my “office” from the coffee table to the dining table. Trust me, it is a major upgrade to my life and my living space!
- Hello Central Park!
I love Central Park! But, I don’t get to visit it too often so any chance I get to discover a new part of the park I had not previously been to is always delightful. This is a part I had never been to and it was such a beautiful spring day! There will be many more visits to the park!
- Off To Vegas!
Why would I go to Vegas just two weeks after my family moves there?! Because it was our religious holiday, Eid, so I decided I may as well complete the package by showing up since the rest of my siblings were already there. Am I a good daughter or am I a good daughter?
- Mastermind Journey Begins!
I started doing Mastermind classes with Performance Coach Niko Mavrakis (who also happens to be my co-worker, then boss, then friend). Small world, aint it?
I have learned SO much — about technical things regarding finances, but mainly about mindset. I was very skeptical when I first started because the idea of a coach seemed like something that is a bit superfluous. But, I was wrong. The coaching has enabled me to take steps I know for SURE I would not have otherwise done on my own — at least not in the time frame that I did.
I highly recommend checking his page out and see if it’s something you can benefit for. It’s not an ad, just me sharing something new that is working for me.
- Day Trip to Mt Charleston in Nevada
I love visiting Vegas, but one of the several reasons for it is because I love going on day trips from there, discovering new, local places. Nevada is a fascinating state and most of that is outside of the 1 mile of shiny strip that the entire world flocks to.
- Massive Book Haul
So at the beginning of the year, I made a couple of promises to myself (not many) and one of them included NO book purchases for a year. I had over 400 books at the time and I had NOT read even half of them, so this promise in theory, should have been very easy to keep.
Then my local bookshop decides to close down, leaving me with a massive 40% discount and thus…
Why would this be a milestone? Because I bought 23 books in ONE shot. Trust me, this is a milestone.
- Recital Practices — IN PERSON!
Oh how GOOD it feels to have my dancers back in class!! After 15 months, we were back in the studio and all my students were back in class in time for recital prep — wearing masks, of course.
- Back to Chicago
Hello Chi Town! I’m back! This time, I visited the Botanical Garden which was so beautiful! I was really surprised because I hear botanical garden and my excitement level pretty much stays neutral. But this place was lovely and is quite vast with lots of picnic spots (though I’m not sure its allowed).
- Greece, Here I Come!
The decision to FINALLY go to Greece (a trip on hold since March 2020) has been made! I used my Hilton Honors points to book 3 nights at The Royal Senses in Crete and that task alone was enough to make my entire month of May worthwhile!
- May Books Recap – Five, but ALL Great!
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer
- The Unwilling by John Hart
- Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
- Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
- People Like Her by Ellery Floyd
You can read a more in-depth review of the books here.
Biggest Takeaway: I do better when I’m on the go. I knew this, but it’s nice to be reminded of it.