Happy Halloween!

Okay, I’ve committed a grave blogging sin — I have completely lost track of time and haven’t been on here in a month, and for that, I am sorry. I’ll do a quick catch-up post and show you what I’ve been up to during my favorite season!

I’ll recap the healthy living stuff first: I’m still gluten-free, caffeine-free, and mostly dairy, sugar, and alcohol-free. After nearly a year, I finally tried alcohol and was so relieved to find that I didn’t have any panic attack or anxiety symptoms. To me, it was less about being able to have alcohol and more about getting my body to a place where it didn’t react violently at everything. I do realize that it’s not healthy, so I don’t drink often and never have more than two when I do. I continue to come up with fun and creative ways to treat my sweet tooth in a healthier way, and this week, in the spirit of Halloween, I’m going for homemade gluten-free Kit-Kats!

I still work out 5 times a week, and I do yoga, strength, and cardio exercises. I am also still taking my daily walks and have also rode my bike a few times during some of the more gorgeous October Chicago days. Work has been alright, though I still get a bit fearful at the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Chicago, so I have no clue what the future looks like.

I have been meaning to get on here for ages to show off my Halloween decorations. The moment it hit October 1 (well, fine, technically September…), I started decorating for Halloween. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s my absolute favorite holiday and time of year, and since I didn’t feel so great last year with all my thyroid issues, I really wanted to do it up big this year. During this whole month, I have been watching horror movies, visiting yard displays, lighting all the fall candles, and taking walks in the woods and various cemeteries.

I took this week off work so I could really enjoy all things Halloween (I usually take my vaca during the week of Halloween, actually!) and so far, I’ve binge-watched The Haunting of Bly Manor and taken a walk in the woods, which were just so autumnal and picturesque. Today, I plan to carve pumpkins and check out a few home decorations in the neighborhood — a lot of people went all out this year, and I absolutely love it. I also anticipate going to a pumpkin patch, possibly visiting a Japanese garden, doing some Halloween crafts, dressing up in my own house, and just enjoying the spirit of the season!

I promise I will get back into the swing of blogging, but for now, please enjoy some photos of the fun and spooky Halloween decor in my home!

Hope you love it as much as I do, and I especially hope you have a delightfully spooky and fun Halloween!

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