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LLS Log Challenge

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.

LLS’s continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.

TEAM CAPTAIN: Ethan Zohn

THE CHALLENGE (5.15.2021):

Pick a log, any log, branch, stick, or cell phone displaying a log image

Take 200 steps with your log

Perform 20 step-ups, also with your log

Repeat – 20 times 

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Running Shoes

Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit 3
Brand/Shoe:Review:
Brooks – Adrenaline GTS 21

(Support/Cushion)
I liked these the first few runs, but then felt that there was a bit of extra space causing my feet to move around too much, so I exchanged for a 1/2 size smaller + then was still having that same issue. I’m now thinking it might’ve been the laces or something about the way they lace up, but I did love the comfort the cushion provided on these.
Brooks – Ghost 13

(Neutral/Cushion)
I was excited to try these after hearing + reading a lot of hype about them esp. for distance runs. But…these didn’t stay on my feet. I felt like my ankle was slipping out the back + the ankle was too free to move around in general + the laces would not hold the shoe together tightly enough.
Brooks – Bedlam 2

(Support/Energize)
These are one of my favorites b/c the GuideRails technology was such a game-changer for me. This was my first stability shoe + I love how my foot, ankle, calf + knee all stay aligned/any extra motion is cut out. I also love the DNA Amp technology which produces a high energy return. The only con I’d say for these is that they’re more heavy than others. I’ve run the most miles in these recently + would say they’re the most reliable so far + durable.
Nike – Free RN Flyknit

(Flex/Barefoot)
Big fan of Nike Free RNs – been running in these since at least 2017, if not even earlier. Only reason I’m experimenting now is due to the lack of cushion + support esp. now that my distance has increased. (Although I did run my 10-mile race in 2018 in these + had no issues!) These are a newer version of the 2018 flyknit – the lightest weight shoe I’ve ever had. (p.s. these collect lots of rocks in the cracks in the bottom – will need to clean out)

Nike – Air Zoom Pegasus 36

(Neutral/Responsive)
These really give you wings! 💸 To be continued…
Nike – Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%

(Responsive)
I wanted to try these b/c of the Zoom technology + a lot of the positive reviews on these made me think they’d be more supportive than other Nikes. My issue w/ Nike is not enough structure/stability + a huge part of that is the laces not staying tied tightly (even when knotted). These are sock-style shoes, so it’s nice to not have to worry about the tongue moving around (find that issue in a lot of other shoes) + I loved the super bouncy cushioning – however, I still had the same repeated issue w/ the laces + the back area of the shoe curves inward so much that the pressure alone caused a bad Achilles injury to my left ankle after only one run.
New Balance – Fresh Foam 860 v 11

(Cushion/Stability)
These were recommended to me by a running friend + they are my absolute favorite pair right now! These are truly all-in-one shoes – stability, comfort, cushion, support + fairly lightweight. I didn’t have to adjust a single thing my entire run w/ these! The laces stayed tied + tight + so did the tongue. The cushioning feels great esp. on a day like today on my 5th run in a row. The only negative I can think of is that they’re pretty warm, esp. on an 80-degree day like today, but I’ll take that over structural or support issues any day. Highly recommend!
Nike – Infinity Run Flyknit

(Responsive/Flex)
Shocked that these are branded as an injury prevention shoe… had the v same issues as listed above w/ Nikes in general – pretty much constantly slipping out of the shoe, tongue is too free, lightweight was nice, but the laces were strange… would feel too loose or too tight, never just right – annoying AF! (*tried this one first, but forgot to add at the beginning)
Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 3

(Bouncy/Breathable)
#overrated(or maybe rather #overhyped) strangely narrow right in front of the very middle point of the shoe – v odd fit, unlike any others i’ve tried. bouncy + a really cool, stylish look, but thought the cushioning would be better for $200 😬
🥇Brooks Bedlam 3

(Support/Energize)
lighter than Bedlam 2, more cushion, feels a little more narrow but could just be me idk – not as tight of a fit – heel pushes forward/inward somewhat like Nikes do + irritates back of ankle, will see if improves w/ more wear

🥇Hoka One Ora Recovery Slides –

not a running shoe obviously, but related! 😅 + my absolute FAV things to wear otherwise. they are so light, breathable + curved perfectly to match the natural arch of your foot. they’re really comfy + loose/wide-fitting enough to be accommodating to post-summer-run swollen, sweaty feet, but still easy to walk around in + recover from your run in style.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36
New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v 11
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Running – 2021

best feeling 🙂
  • 🚨 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 = my new favorite running shoes (i know… i can’t believe it’s not Nike!) 👀 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 – 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 – 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 – 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! ✨
Brooks Ghost 13s just arrived – will be testing tmrw!
Another new pair – Brooks Bedlam 2! (yes, i have a problem… 😂)
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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 ✨

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. 💻📈

+ been working on rebranding my fitness/wellness instagram account + posting updates more regularly (@courtneynicole_fit) 👁

i also run 4-6 miles – 5-6x/wk + 6-7x/wk am also completing 100 pushups/day, 200 crunches/day + some weight-lifting/strength-training 🤸🏼‍♀️

trying to eat healthy, recently cooked more dishes (insert images here) although admittedly i am currently super obsessed w/ hawaiian bagels.😍🥯

keeping up w/ reading – might hit 100 books/year mark for the 3rd time 🤓 📚🤞🏻

plus, replying to text messages every so often, manifesting my goals, etc. –– also reconnected w/ an old friend, which was a little spontaneous (or possibly divine timing?? 🔮), unexpected + absolutely a complete and total blessing. 🤍✨

🧿 wishing everyone lots of love, success + fulfillment! 🧿

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#BYE 2020

NYE has always been my favorite holiday – if you know me at all, you know I’m big on goals/goal-setting. I’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 it’s more important than ever to celebrate even the small wins. LMK what y’all have been up to! 🤠 

Here are some of mine from this year:   

raised funds for my birthday that resulted in $275 donated to Resilience during Sexual Assault Awareness Month! 😇
  • started a new role at work (from Copy Editor to Creative PM) 💻
  • broke my record for # miles ran in a month (new record = 140) 📈
  • paid off my student loans 💸
  • read 100 books (for the second time! first was 2018) 📚
  • stopped drinking alcohol 🚫
  • started daily meditation ✨
  • finally invested a lot of time + effort toward my #1 goal in life 🔥

1.1.2021 update – 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 – 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 team’s emotional culture + your organization’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 – 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 – available on 1.1.2021. ✨

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. 😅

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. 🤓

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! 😉

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. ~

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