First Dance Performance of the Year {MIMM #13}

It’s on the horizon, (U.S.) folks. Yes, Thanksgiving is in sight! It’s my second favorite holiday after Christmas, and I seriously cannot contain my excitement. I’ve literally been having conversations with my Calculus teacher about what we’re making. She even gave me dessert recipes. Whatever. Besides the food, there’s the family time, coziness, and fun outdoorsy activities that I just want to bottle up and put in my back pocket. Gahhh!

But first, let’s take a look at all the marvelous things that have happened this weekend, hm? Thanks, Katie for hosting the ever-awesome link-up!


Marvelous is…

Company‘s first dance show of the year! This particular show is called the Choreography Showcase, where several professional artists get to showcase their recent dance works. It’s an intimate, black-box-type setting, which I absolutely love because it feels so classy and pro-fesh (<—a word that is NOT classy).  Company performed two pieces, one brand new jazz piece and one re-staged modern piece. Unfortunately, no photos or videos are allowed to be taken, so I can’t show you any of that, but here are some backstage shenanigans!






Pam and Susie


Lilly (“Little” Sis)!

It was a good time. I can’t get enough of the company girls.

Marvelous is…

The start of Elf 4 Health! Lindsay and Elle are hosting the second year of this awesome 4-week challenge. This is my first year doing this, but earlier this year I tried out the Healthy Self challenge also hosted by them. From that experience, I must say that I’m looking forward to Elf 4 Health! Those that signed up received their buddies this weekend, and my buddy is Emily from More Than Just Desserts! Buddies email one another and give each other some pep talks, motivation, and encouragement throughout the challenge. Check out the agenda! I’m pumped. If you follow me on Instagram, #Elf4Health will be hashtag o’ the rest of the year 😀


I may or may not participate in the challenges such as the circuit workout or fastest mile since I’ve decided to try slowing down my workouts. If I’m really itching to do it, I’ll probably do some sort of low impact circuit workout or run an easy mile.

Marvelous is…

Receiving Love Grown goodies in the mail from when I won Courtney’s giveaway! There are some super yummy things that I can’t wait to try. Those hot oats cups will definitely come in handy when we’re staying in a hotel in Canada for Christmas.


Marvelous is…

Our first flurry of the season! The flurry actually turned into a sudden, short-lived dump of snow. I wish it stuck to the ground. Ben and I would have gone sledding!



Eyyy, look, another selfie.

Marvelous is…

Quick workouts that make me feel. the. burn.



A month ago, I would have used this as my warmup, but I decided to just do this as an after-homework-pre-dinner-move-and-groove-workout. Felt good to get the blood pumpin’! I followed it up with Michelle and Lori’s killer 5 minute plank workout. Shoulders and core were dyyyying.

That’s all the fun stuff that has gone down this weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful week, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or not. Happy Monday!

So tell me: Are you doing the Elf4Health Challenge? Has it snowed where you live? Are you excited for Thanksgiving?! 


12 thoughts on “First Dance Performance of the Year {MIMM #13}

  1. I am glad you enjoyed your dance performance; I have a Nutcracker show on Sunday, which I am greatly looking forward to. It’s too bad that you can’t share any photos or videos, but I understand that there are probably copyright issues. Those Love-Grown treats look delicious; I always enjoy trying new brands of granola, even though it is generally cheaper to make homemade granola. I am definitely looking forward to Thanksgiving, since I am going to attempt to make a homemade vegan cherry pie, along with other vegan dishes for the main meal. Since I love to cook, Thanksgiving is always a fun day for me. I hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Merde, girl! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a real Nutcracker performance, which is like a dancer crime. Every year we plan on going, but other plans get in the way during Christmas…
      Vegan cherry pie sounds delicious! I love cooking also, so I am super excited!

  2. I’ve been a silent reader for quite awhile and I love your blog..its always a joy finding another person to relate to :). I’m going through a similar thing regarding the exercise front; but with me its more of an ED recovery & a bid to have my period return. I’ve actually cut out exercise completely aside from walks/stretching. Looking at your workout here it still seems quite strenuous, no? Just a thought. Stay strong girl ❤

    • Hey, girl! I so deeply appreciate your comment. First of all, thanks so much for reading. It’s also so wonderful to know that others are going through the same issues. It truly helps me to stay focused on my own journey.
      I’m very glad you brought up my workout and how it seems strenuous. Although I have scaled back on exercise significantly, I think I’m still having trouble figuring out what is actually “safe” for my body right now. Honestly, I have done burpees in the past couple of days. Nothing crazy, but I still did them. Perhaps that wasn’t the best choice, so THANK YOU for bringing me back to my goal. I am definitely trying to take it easy no matter what kind of exercise I’m doing now, but I have to still be careful. Cutting back even more might be the best thing to do. I’ll probably write a post addressing my thoughts on this. Thanks again ♥

  3. hey! just bummed in to your blog and i love it! I would enjoy to do the challenge first time i’ve seen it and no it doesn’t snow here, sadly. We celebrate christmas at the beach with 28 degrees, Which makes it really hard to get into the whole christmas spirit haha ♡

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