I seriously cannot believe November is over. This month flew by so quick!
As you may have noticed, I did not post an October favorites last month. Truth is, I did not have anything special to share, so I decided not to waste your (and my) time. But November, man… It blew my socks off!
1. The hubby has a new job!
Chris is now part of the big University of Alabama family – can I get a Roll Tide?! He will be working as a Learning Resources Functional Administrator for the Faculty Resource Center and I could not be any more proud. This has been a long time coming, but now he will be working a job he actually enjoys and will have a fixed schedule. Also, holidays off… yaaaaas! I am so proud of this amazing man of mine.
At the beginning of the moth I did something I never imagined I would do. I grabbed my yoga mat and sat through 2 full days of yoga training and I am now a yoga instructor through YogaFit. This has been a crazy journey, and I love it. I have been practicing yoga for quite some time and have played with the idea of teaching yoga. But let me start from the beginning.
For years I trained and studied dance with the desire of becoming a dance instructor and perhaps owning a dance studio. In college, I realized my calling was not being a performer, nor a choreographer; I enjoyed the thrill of being on stage and the creative process of choreographing, yet my heart was not in it. What I really loved was the time spent in the studio, helping others understand the movements and steps, or simply helping better their technique. By the end of my college career I had a job lined up after graduation, a job that had nothing to do with dance. While adjusting to my new lifestyle I really started deepening my yoga practice. The mat is my safe haven. No matter what is going on in my life, I know I can always come back to my mat to breathe, move, and feel. After years of practice, a friend introduced me to YogFit and it’s been love at first sight. The beauty of this program is that you can work toward becoming a 200 hr RYT instructor at your own pace. Other programs I have researched ask for a full year or two of continuous training, which is quite impossible to accomplish with a time-consuming job. With YogaFit you choose how fast you want to train by signing up for weekend training hosted all over the country. The beginning of this month I started my training by attending YogaFit’s LEVEL ONE:Foundations. It was the best training experience I have ever had! YogaFit focuses on creating knowledgeable, prepared, and conscious instructors. If you are interested in becoming a yoga instructor, or simply taking your practice to the next level, checkout YogaFit’s website here.
3. Thanksgiving feast
This was the first Thanksgiving my parents, Chris, and I celebrated together, and my heart was filled with joy. Growing up in Italy Thanksgiving was not a regular holiday. My parents would always try to make this day special, but by falling on a Thursday, work and regular routines would always get in the way. Most of the time we would end up including turkey breast, maybe some biscuits, and kernel corn in our regular dinner. The first couple of years in Alabama, we had Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma’s with the entire family (an ecstatic experience). The whole family in one house eating together, laughing, and joking. I thought Italian families were loud, but let me tell you, Alabamians can be loud too! This year, since Chris got his new job, we were both off for Thanksgiving (thank you UA) and were able to drive to the beach and visit mamma and papà. Since the parents had to work until four in the afternoon, Chris and I prepared the feast. I was so happy with the way our food turned out. And that turkey! Yum!
4. Meet The Parents
Turkey and pecan pie are awesome, but my parents are even better. Spending time with my parents was very refreshing. We had good talks, lots of food, Gilmore Girls marathon, plant shopping, pizza nights, hiked gorgeous trails, and a sunrise walk on the beach with mamma. It was fantastic. I was sucking it all in as this year will be my first Christmas without my parents because they are going back to Italy. I see a big family reunion in their near future 😉
As mentioned above, we had so much fun with my parents. My favorite part of our stay was walking this beautiful trail at sunset. The scenery and vegetation was breathtaking. It was a nice getaway from the busy streets of the city.
6. Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
I’m not going to write much about it as I don’t want to spoil anything for you. All I’m going to say is, those last 4 words!!!
7. Black Friday
I am not a fan of black Friday, mainly because I get overwhelmed in big crowds, but this was Chris’ first Black Friday off from work and he really wanted to get some Christmas shopping done (who is this man?). So we all hopped in the car, drove to Tanger Outlet, and spent a few hours walking in and out of stores. I have to say there were some very good deals and my man was very satisfied. I mean, just look at his face!
Well, there you have it folks. If you need me I will be singing and dancing to Christmas music. Christmas is coming!!