A few years ago, I decided to take adult swim lessons because 1. I didn’t know how to swim and 2. I knew swimming was a GREAT workout. I went to class every Friday night for almost 6 months and became a pretty good swimmer (the best in my class surprisingly lol). I stopped taking classes once I had the hang of it and have swam here and there over the years. So back the my post the other day about self love and when I was my happiest, well it was also the same year I was swimming. I was doing something that I ended up loving and also getting a great workout in! On this self love journey, it’s something I have wanted to get back into, but I don’t belong to a gym since I do orange theory. Welllll, yesterday I looked up to see if there were any indoor pools by my apartment. Turns out, the Chicago Park District has indoor pools all over the city....what?! Have I been living under a rock the past 14 years?? And even better, there’s one not even five minutes walking from my apartment! I went to the website and they just so happen to have a free trial week going on so I popped in on lunch today and got a 30 minute swim in. (Side note - I am very blessed to have an awesome career and manager that let me work from home most Fridays so lunchtime today was perfect!!) I am a little rusty, but boy was it a GREAT workout! And the best part is it’s only $40 for 3 months. Ummmm sign me up!! I’m going to be joining today and combined with orange theory, it will be a great workout routine!!! 💪🏻 #swim#swimming#swimmer#schwimmen#workout#swimlaps#workoutmotivation#weight#weightloss#weightlossjourney#weightlosstransformation#exercise#happy#healthy#selflove#active#chicago#chicagoparkdistrict#indoorpool#pool#indoorswimmingpool
"Windy, what you do for fun?" Girl, everything
"What you gon' do with that violin?" Girl, everything
"What kind of clubs you wanna run?" Girl, everything
"If you pass what you gone leave your mom?" Girl, everything
Every age is my new favorite age. I swear. 💙
I'm loving this stage because we can take them out and show them the world - and it is actually sinking in! You know?! We get to be bystanders of all these beautiful first time experiences!! We get to live a bit vicariously through them and it is my favorite thing!!!
We started swim lessons through the Chicago park district yesterday (such a deal!) and it was so fun watching the boys in this new environment. Surprisingly- our little 🐠, Micah, was much more apprehensive about it than Gabie! I was so surprised!! He was not so sure about the new people, new place, new things (and was shivering pretty good after a few minutes) - but he did think riding on his belly on the surfboard across the pool was the coolest thing (though he tried to temper his smile a bit! Ha), and he squealed when he got to play water basketball.
Gabe on the other hand was shockingly good about it all from the start and pretty excited and happy by the end - even jumping off the surfboard/diving board and laughing when the instructor splashed him at the end!
I'm excited to see how they grow and learn to get more comfortable in the water between now and March!! (Next up: gymnastics on Friday!) 🙌🏼💙 #chicagoparkdistrict#mgtylertwins
What a great “C” Championship Swim Meet we had this last Saturday at Whitney Young! Congratulations to all participants and their teams! Huge thanks to the coaches and officials, and especially the parents helping to run the table as well. See you guys at the “B” Championship Meet this Saturday January 13th at Whitney Young. “C” Meet results are posted on our Facebook page. The link is in our biography. #chicagoparkdistrict#cpdbeachesandpools#swimming#chicagoswims
Registration is now open for our winter kid programs! Kids Yoga, Tween Yoga, and NEW Toddler Time Yoga begin the week of January 22nd. Family Yoga is back on the last Saturday of the month! Register through the front desk or the Chicago Park District website - please DM or email with any questions 🧘♂️💚🤸♂️
Same Bros, that was sendin' shots
They reachin' out like their back itchin'
Why would I hop in some beef (why?)
When I could just hop in a Porsche?
You heard she gon' do what from who?
That's not a reliable source, no
So tell me, have you seen her?
Let me wrap my weave up
I'm the trap Selena
Dame más gasolina (skrrt)
My favorite place to go in January? Hands down favorite is @gpconservatory . The temps are tropical year round. And when the temp outside is 3 degrees, a little tropical getaway is needed. And this one doesn’t require a flight or a passport. Check out my instastory for more pics from our tropical day. (The holiday show Fire and Ice is only here until Jan 7th so visit soon before this exhibit closes.)
Tomorrow Is Never Promised And Be Thankful, Thoughtful, And Loving To Those Around You! May This New Year All Your Dreams Turn Into Reality And All Your Efforts Into Great Achievements. Happy New Years 2018#CPD#ChicagoParkDistrict#NewYear#GoodRiddance2017
Who decided that New Years Resolutions have to be so lame? Life is tough enough, so I say pick something FUN to look forward to in 2018! Mine are to have more brunch dates with my gal pals, treat everyday like Christmas, invest in my closet, get more massages, & eat LOTS of delicious food! Who is with me?! Cheers friends 🥂
I've taken my feet for granted my ability to walk swiftly throughout any terrain. The simplicity of cooking a meal in my kitchen or even taking a shower. The privilege to get on a slackline and test my boundaries. To climb on a rock wall. To teach and take a yoga class.
The next 12 weeks [minimally] will be spent healing a broken ankle, and re-strengthening my entire body to do the things that I love once again. It will be spent doing yoga in a completely supported manner. I will combine breath with slow movement and deep stretching. I will nourish my body with good foods and lots of water. I will rest my mind and feed my brain with lots of reading - something that has taken a backseat this last year.
My foot will never be the same, and I will embrace the new vehicle that has been given to me.
Fully trusting the process of the universe 💫💫💫 #goodvibesonly#gratitude#yogabyjac