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  • Dreamy walks through gardens
  • brunch in Ravenswood
  • Baking strawberry cheesecake
  • Dancing. Dancing. So much dancing!

 

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 Song is “Thoughts and Clouds” by Lullatone.

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Rogers Park, Lincoln Park, Humboldt Park & Lincoln Square

  • Biking with a new friend.
  • Yoga in the grass by the lakefront.
  • Diner en plein air, with candles and fireflies.

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Saturday morning I had an 8am appointment with my counselor in Lakeview. I had been looking forward to this early morning ride all week, but when the day finally came it was pouring! I hesitated, but headed out into the storm anyway armed with a spare change of clothes and my laptop in a trash bag. Classy!

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Afterwards I scooted over to Heritage Bikes for some handlebar tape, a cappuccino, and refuge from the rain. It’s been over a year since I’ve stopped in, and the coffee/bike shop is as cute as ever! I especially loved the chandelier made of bike wheel rims.

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Sunday’s weather was much more beautiful! I took a detour on the way back from brunch at a friend’s and ended up finding a small bike path along the Chicago River, near Diversey Ave.

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I pulled over in some tall grass and meditated. Ugh. I have mixed feelings about meditating. I like the idea of stillness, being present, and spending time noticing your thoughts and feelings. I just don’t like the emphasis I’m receiving lately on simply observing my thoughts and not getting overly involved with them. We’ll see. The Headspace app is super convenient and great for beginners, if anyone’s curious.

 

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Anyway, I kind of decided that I’ll be going to brunch and on a bikeventure each weekend before I leave Chicago. Keep posted for more!

Top photo from www.heritagebikes.com. 

 

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The sun is the only thing I need to feel deep peace and joy. Thanks for shining on me, Alma.

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