This was my first Canada Day not spent in Canada. I decorated my apartment with as many Canadian flags as I could get my hands on. While it left me feeling a little sad and nostalgic, I have my first 4th of July celebration to look forward to!
Canada Day was spent enjoying one of my last weekends as a resident of Chicago. This meant hitting up some of my favourite touristy places – millenium park and navy pier – for some good live music, food and drinks outdoors in the glorious sunshine.
There really isn’t much difference between how the two holidays are celebrated – food, friends, and fireworks. And the national pride!
What’s your favourite way to celebrate for these holidays?
Yes, I know! You want to try out all of the fancy boutique studios your friends rave about. But a quick glance at your recent bank account statement may quickly be telling you no (if not – by all means hit up your dream studios.. or follow some of these tips and save a little money anyways!)
Step #1: explore your school’s fitness options. I got to an extremely tiny little college, but we have an actually decent athletic program. I was on some IM teams in my first year, but the sneaking suspicion that I had that I wasn’t cut out for soccer was true, and by the time basketball rolled around I had a sprained ankle. There are also probably some classes. Most of our classes are run by students, but one day I decided to try out the yoga class and it turned out that our school contracted an instructor from my dream studio! Imagine that! I’m glad I gave it a try.
Step #2: Facebook. Look up different athletic stores and see if they offer free classes. I frequent lululemon’s Sunday Salutations and get the benefit of practicing with many different unique instructors.
Step #3: more internet searching! Chicago offers tons of free outdoor classes in the summer. I haven’t gone to any but I’m sure they’re great.
Step #4: run outside. This is guaranteed to be free and great exercise. The world is yours!
Any other good free fitness options?
Yes, you read that right. I, owner of one of the largest clothing collections this side of the North Pole, spent yesterday deciding what clothes I could bring with me to Kentucky. It was slightly stressful, definitely heartbreaking, and in the end… wonderful. I write this post listening to fireworks at the nearby White Sox game. Ironic? Perhaps.
Now for the sake of honesty, I must admit that I didn’t donate or toss most of my precious belongings. While I’m in KY, I’ll be storing a good chunk at my parents. I’ll be living in a grad student dorm for three months (just typing dorm was enough to make me shudder), so I can only bring the essentials. That meant eliminating my winter and spring work attire, t-shirts and sweaters, but also paring down on the rest. I ended up with three bags of clothes to donate, several items that were at the end of their life, and a fairly large pile of garment bags. My hope is that spending these months separated from my clothes will help me decide what else I really don’t need.
How did I accomplish this task? I thought you’d never ask!
– when was the last time I wore it.. if I haven’t worn it since I moved here, it’s unlikely you’ll ever see me in it again
– will I sweat to death wearing this in KY in the fall
– how many times have I put it on and not ended up wearing it out (frayed? out of style? uncomfortable? poor fit?)
This activity, and having done the same when I initially moved to Chicago, has really made me aware of cheap fashions and their impact on the environment. But my views on this are another story for another day.
I also had to pack up most of my kitchen wares which was equally as difficult. I can’t wait to have a proper apartment of my own again! A little over one month remains until the big trip from Chicago to KY. Stay tuned…