My favorite month has arrived! Yes—that would be my birthday month! While my birthday will mark my 33rd trip around the sun, I love November for many reasons. For starters, the trees are at their most beautiful shade this month, the weather is cool (but not too cool), and November gives way to the start of the holiday season.
While I will waste no time celebrating my birthday for the entire month, here are a few things I have on the agenda:
Try: I am excited to finally be trying my first Gyrotonics class on Sunday with Patricia, the owner and master trainer at Gyrotonic LINY. I first discovered the Gyrotonic workout and studio when a friend stayed with me a couple months back and took a private class there. I was intrigued by the low-impact yet powerful workout and was thrilled when Patricia offered to have me come in to try a class for myself. The Gyrotonic method utilizes special machines that operate on a weighted pulley system to train the body to connect better through movement and to move more efficiently. The Gyrotonic exercises help to tone, lengthen, and strengthen muscles and connective tissue to create a flexible body. Since I am new to the method and workout, I’m not quite sure what I’m in for. Stay tuned as I share more about what Gyrotonics is and what the workout looks like over the weekend. If you have specific questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section.
Go: This year, one of my birthday celebrations will include attending a concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. I love going to hear live music, so when a friend mentioned that Joe Bonamassa, a blues rock guitarist, was playing there this month, I was all ears (pun intended).
Attend: If you’ve been following along, you know that I recently attended a book lecture and signing by Kerriann Flanagan Brosky and medium Joe Giaquinto showcasing the Historic Haunts of Long Island. While there, I purchased Kerriann’s book, Historic Crimes of Long Island: Misdeeds from the 1600s to the 1950s. I’ve been trying to carve out more time for reading each night and I am now halfway through this book. As a former political science and criminology major, I find all things related to crime interesting—especially when they include crimes that happened on Long Island. Kerriann is hosting a lecture at the Haborfields Public Library in Greenlawn, New York on November 13th to discuss the stories in her Historic Crimes of Long Island book, and I can’t wait for it.
Relax: Lately, I have been focusing more on my self-care routine, which now includes a 30-minute full-spectrum infrared sauna session at my local pHountain franchise. I’ve read about the many benefits infrared saunas can have, including muscle pain relief, boosting the immune system, detoxification, and helping to relieve stress and fatigue, and I have found it to be such a nice treat for my body (and mind) after my weekend workouts.
What’s on your agenda this month?