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Running โ€“ 2021

best feeling ๐Ÿ™‚
  • ๐Ÿšจ Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 = my new favorite running shoes (i know… i can’t believe it’s not Nike!) ๐Ÿ‘€ i always wrote off “stability shoes” as something for people w/ motor/balance issues, but i’ve now realized the area they target is exactly the problem i’ve been facing the past year. stability shoes reduce excess movement (especially side-to-side), to ensure your knee, calf + ankle stay aligned. Brooks has their own unique technology to address this called GuideRails, which “allow your hips, knees, and joints to move within their unique motion path while you run โ€“ all without traditional posts. This innovative new form of stability doesn’t ‘correct’ your stride. Instead, it assists your body in finding its natural path, or Stride Signature.”
Nike Zoned Support Calf Sleeves feature a sweat-wicking, compressive design for dry comfort + optimal support.
  • Compression calf sleeves are something else I have also found to be very useful for me โ€“ they boost circulation, which helps deliver more red blood cells to muscles, allowing for faster recovery! European Journal of Applied Physiology conducted a recent study + found that athletes who wore calf sleeves during their workout needed less downtime between sessions than those who didn’t.
  • Cold weather gear: Gymshark leggings, buff, gloves, nike long-sleeve half-zip top, nike trail shoes for traction in snow/slush/ice.
  • Half marathon โ€“ was going to do this in 2020, then didn’t want to have to do it virtually, but now it’s looking like it’ll just need to be that way b/c i will not wait another year! 13.1. goin’ down in 2021. Will definitely post more training updates along the way! โœจ
Brooks Ghost 13s just arrived โ€“ will be testing tmrw!
Another new pair โ€“ Brooks Bedlam 2! (yes, i have a problem… ๐Ÿ˜‚)
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2021 Update

just wanted to post a lil’ update since i currently have a ton of projects in the works + have not been the best at reaching out/catching up w/ anyone lately โœจ

in addition to working as a full-time Creative PM (+ currently navigating some team restructuring), i’ve been running a DePop shop + sales have picked up a good amount throughout quarantine. i also have an Etsy store, which i recently am trying to give a new look + feel and fresh product designs. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ˆ

+ been working on rebranding my fitness/wellness instagram account + posting updates more regularly (@courtneynicole_fit) ๐Ÿ‘

i also run 4-6 miles โ€“ 5-6x/wk + 6-7x/wk am also completing 100 pushups/day, 200 crunches/day + some weight-lifting/strength-training ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

trying to eat healthy, recently cooked more dishes (insert images here) although admittedly i am currently super obsessed w/ hawaiian bagels.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฏ

keeping up w/ reading โ€“ might hit 100 books/year mark for the 3rd time ๐Ÿค“ ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป

plus, replying to text messages every so often, manifesting my goals, etc. โ€“โ€“ also reconnected w/ an old friend, which was a little spontaneous (or possibly divine timing?? ๐Ÿ”ฎ), unexpected + absolutely a complete and total blessing. ๐Ÿคโœจ

๐Ÿงฟ wishing everyone lots of love, success + fulfillment! ๐Ÿงฟ

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#BYE 2020

NYE has always been my favorite holiday โ€“ if you know me at all, you know Iโ€™m big on goals/goal-setting. Iโ€™m definitely finding it to be more challenging than usual to set mine for 2021 + also try to continuously expect the unexpected. While plenty of sh*t has happened in 2020 (+ is still happening), + some goals had to be put on hold, I really believe itโ€™s more important than ever to celebrate even the small wins. LMK what yโ€™all have been up to! ๐Ÿค  

Here are some of mine from this year:ย ย ย 

raised funds for my birthday that resulted in $275 donated to Resilience during Sexual Assault Awareness Month! ๐Ÿ˜‡
  • started a new role at work (from Copy Editor to Creative PM) ๐Ÿ’ป
  • broke my record for # miles ran in a month (new record = 140) ๐Ÿ“ˆ
  • paid off my student loans ๐Ÿ’ธ
  • read 100 books (for the second time! first was 2018) ๐Ÿ“š
  • stopped drinking alcohol ๐Ÿšซ
  • started daily meditation โœจ
  • finally invested a lot of time + effort toward my #1 goal in life ๐Ÿ”ฅ

1.1.2021 update โ€“ here are some of my resolutions for 2021:   

  • be more intentional.
  • be happy more. take time to enjoy things/life.
  • make it 1 full year w/o alcohol (already 10 months in)
  • save more $ now that my student loans are paid off
  • spend less time on my phone
  • take at least 1 day/wk to just relax + not be productive
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Social Distancing Self-Care + Self-Reflection

Take this short quiz to discover what level of self-compassion you have โ€“ prompted some reflection on thought patterns + caring for your emotional self during tough times.
I also highly recommend checking out Liz + Mollie’s (co-authors of an insightful read, No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work) assessment to help you learn about your emotional tendencies. There are also additional assessments that focus on evaluating your teamโ€™s emotional culture + your organizationโ€™s emotion norms.

Journal Prompts:

  • i am noticing _____. i am thinking _____. i am feeling ______.
  • (observe any tension in neck + shoulders)
  • what are your ‘mini breaks’ throughout the day?
  • what activities have you done recently that you didn’t like?
  • what activities have you done lately that you did like?
  • write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for (daily or weekly)
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The Minimalists

I can’t believe I never posted about The Minimalists on here before โ€“ I guess I just kept it to Facebook + IG. I just saw they’re coming out w/ a brand-new Netflix documentary, Less Is Now โ€“ available on 1.1.2021. โœจ

In the meantime, their 2016 documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, is still currently available to stream on Netflix.

I really don’t remember how I stumbled upon them in the first place, but I know I started reading their books back in 2014, although unfortunately (very much in the spirit of minimalism), I lent out most of their books, which haven’t been returned to me, so am currently only in possession of a few. ๐Ÿ˜…

I’m also in a Minimalist Facebook group + attended a meetup + discussion a few years back at an IL suburban library, which was a great opportunity to connect w/ some likeminded people. ๐Ÿค“

I was lucky enough to meet them at the premiere of their first documentary in Chicago at the Portage Theater. (+ I’m still very proud of myself for being the first to stand up + ask a question during the Q&A portion of the event!)

They also have a podcast + YouTube channel! If you’re interested in beginning to live a minimalist lifestyle, check out the video introduction below or skip right ahead to playing the 30-day Minimalism Game! ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I first started selling a lot of my possessions back in 2015/2016, I used eBay, but now I’m mainly only selling clothing items + like using the DePop app! I have a rule that I’m not allowed to buy something new unless I “get rid of” something old/something I don’t wear anymore, but to reduce waste + get some of the $ back, I try to sell my items to a new owner.

It’s very simple to list for sale + I choose to ship through DePop, so all I have to do is print a label that’s sent to me when an item is purchased, put the item in a box + place it in the mailbox for USPS to pick up. The payment comes in through PayPal, which is really easy + convenient. Items that don’t sell after some time are usually donated to The Salvation Army.

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Adobe Creative Types

Last year I got The Adventurer + this year I got The Maker. I initially expected to get the same result, but after reading the Maker description, I think it changed accurately + correspondingly based on my transition in roles from copyediting to project managing. 

~ Maker types develop the systems, structures, tools + innovations that we all rely on + are almost always busy solving problems, making headway on personally meaningful goals + completing projects. They’re driven by tangible results, know how to deliver + know how to play the long game, unafraid of the unglamorous legwork that goes into building something of value over time. ~

https://mycreativetype.com

https://mycreativetype.com

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Visual Editor

I’m not an Art Director (clearly), but our whole team was asked to create an email using Epsilon’s new Visual Editor software to get a feel for it, so I used some design elements from Pitchfork Music Festival’s website + some Wikipedia copy to put together a makeshift faux 2019 lineup announcement email (html).
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2019 MediaPost EIS Awards

An email I worked on at Epsilon for NFL won the 2019 MediaPost EIS Awards for Member’s Choice Email Marketing Creativity + Best Use of Dynamic Email Content.
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Working Hard or Hardly Working?