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it’s been a little quieter this past week on the blog, and i apologize. we’ve been working hard finalizing a project i mentioned in my last post and i can’t wait to tell you more about it once i am able! i am the worst at keeping secrets, so this has been the hardest! but once it’s all ready, you can bet i’ll be sharing it here first!

i have an MRI scheduled today for my knee and i am so terribly nervous. has anyone ever had one before? any tips for calming myself down and making it less nerve-racking? i know i’m jumping in this photo which might appear misleading with saying my knee hurts, but when has anything ever kept me down from a jumping pic? ;) the back of my right knee has been giving me a hard time for the last month or two when i straighten or tighten my leg or try to sit criss-crossed. i feel like i have a high tolerance for pain so it’s surprised me how foreign it feels to have such severe and constant pain in one place. they aren’t entirely sure what the source might be, which is why i’m going to have it looked at this way. having danced my entire life, i feel really lucky i’ve never had any injuries that have kept me down for long, so this is the first time i’ve experienced something that just doesn’t seem to be healing or correcting itself. i swear, after you turn 30 everything hurts and doesn’t stop hurting. lol. these past few years have been fascinating for me with navigating my body and all the changes that seem to be going on.

we have a busy weekend planned and this autumn weather is making me want some apple cider and a trip to the pumpkin patch. i completed my 30 day no sugar challenge on the 9th and i’ve held strong with not bringing diet coke back into my life which is a big deal for me. going to try to keep sugar in moderation but fully keep away from the diet coke. unless i’m in utah and near a swig. ;) which, full disclosure, is happening next weekend while we’re out west, so you know. maybe i’m looking forward to that more than christmas right now.

i can’t wait to share more photos soon from our new apartment with you guys. i’m going to hop onto insta stories this weekend and show you guys some videos of what our kitchen (or lack of kitchen, ha!) looks like right now, so if you’re interested in seeing it in its current state, stay tuned on my instagram video stories.

i hope everyone has an amazing weekend! i walked by kate mckinnon on the street yesterday here on the upper west side and i’m taking it as a sign that autumn in the city is gonna be a good one this year!

ps. red dress by ace + jig (a gift), black denim jeans from here, rain boots and backpack from here.

  1. Sarah

    I had an MRI, I tore my ACL skiing and I didn’t find out for 3 months after, when I did the MRI. Hope everything is good and nothing too serious. I had a 5 month old at the time and waited to have the surgery till she was 1. It was hard, but now it has been 2 years and I rode my bike 30 miles yesterday!

  2. Melissa

    Hi Naomi, I had a complete MRI last year. I am very claustrophobic so I was fortunate to have an open MRI, but what helped me the most was to not look at the machine when I walked into the room. I closed my eyes while the doctors were getting me all set up and I never looked at it until I was finished. The machine is VERY loud but they gave me earphones and asked me what I wanted to listen to on Pandora. The whole experience was a lot easier than I had anticipated. Good Luck and I hope all goes well.

  3. Anne

    Goodluck with the MRI! Hope everything will be fine and you can take a lot more jumping pictures without any pain!
    Ps I’m really looking forward to seeing little parts of your new place.

  4. AnNYC

    From a girl who has had dozens of MRIs, CT scans, etc. DO NOT OPEN YOUR EYES ONCE YOU ARE INSIDE and take yourself to a place of serenity. I would actually ask for anti-anxiety meds before I would go in closed MRIs. But just keep those eyes closed and picture yourself somewhere calm and happy with that precious family of yours :) **Hugs**

  5. Sara

    I recently had an MRI on my hand and I had to go head first on my stomach with my arm out. Before going I asked people what is was like everyone said “oh its just loud and you can’t move, no big deal” But nobody told me how horrifying it is! I guess not to scare me, but I’m a person who needs details, and I’m certainly not a scaredy cat, so why the big secret? Not to freak you out, but I kept thinking I was in a Stanley Kubrick film or the movie Alien. The sounds and vibrations that machine makes are in the horror-scifi category. And just when you think you’ve heard all the variations of sounds one machine can make, in comes a new one to haunt your dreams. But I couldn’t freak out, I knew I was safe and doing the best for my body. I stayed still and mostly thought about how my tongue feels in my mouth. The fact that we can even look inside the human body like that is astounding. I wish I would have had some foam ear plugs in addition to the headphones they put on me. If you can go in feet first for your knee that’s a bonus. Good luck!

  6. Marcella

    Getting an MRI is not that bad! I’ve had one on my shin and they just had to put my leg into the machine. You basically fall asleep, they give you a pillow and you have to stay very still for about 45 minutes. It’s actually kind of nice, haha. Don’t stress about it!

  7. Allison

    I’ve had a lot of knee problems, and have had an MRI before for it. It’s really not too bad! Just try not to think about what’s happening and keep your mind elsewhere. It helps to count–one, on the inhale, two on the exhale, etc.–up to 10, and then start over. Good luck!

  8. Aww Taza, I hope the pain you’re experiencing is nothing serious! ❤️ // I’d love to go to a pumpkin patch one day and experience autumn. ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Harriet

    Sorry about the painful knee. I’ve had to have lots of MRIs, and the main thing I tell people is to expect a lot of noise. If you don’t know about the noises it can be a surprise. (Probably too late now, you must be all done). They give you earplugs. The best MRIs I have had were at a place where they gave me some stereo headphones and asked me what radio station (or Pandora) I preferred. That was a lot better.

  10. Julia

    Ugh pain is the worst! I broke my leg a few years ago and had to have a couple MRIs. The first one I was in so much pain so it didn’t matter but the last one I remember praying that it would all work out fine (they needed to see if I needed a third surgery and I was over the pain of surgery). Thankfully it was healing well and all was fine! I’ll be praying for you!

  11. Emily

    I’ve have an MRI on my knee and I tried to just take a nap haha and just focus on my breathing! I have torn meniscus in my knee and knee pain is the worst! Especially little things like walking and going up stairs! Positive vibes coming your way!

  12. Cathie

    I ask for a warm blanket & try to take a nap if I have an MRI! I’ve had a knee MRI & its NBD–you’ll be fine!

  13. Katie

    Pertaining to mystery pain/injuries… In my mid/late 20s, all of a sudden I was realizing I was having elbow issues including pain, tenderness, inflammation, and loss of range of movement (I couldn’t bend my left elbow up to touch my shoulder!). I had no idea what caused it, as I wasn’t doing any kind of active sport that required me to wield a golf club or tennis racket or anything like that. My left hand/arm isn’t even my dominant arm! So. I go to doctors and they were kind of cold toward me, gave me no answers, other than saying I’d likely never get range of movement back. I was pretty discouraged. I did; however, walk away with a referral to a really great physical therapist. I think the doctor thought he was just pushing me off to the side, but the PT was amazing! He was patient and kind. Though he was also stumped by my strange injury he said things like, “Well, I don’t know what might have caused this, but it’s my job to help make you better.” So for weeks I went to PT, had a few breakthroughs and setbacks and then we had a lightbulb moment one day: I mentioned I mostly slept on my left side with my arm curled under my pillow. We both agreed that certainly wasn’t helping my elbow heal, so he fashioned me a splint of sorts to wear at night so I wouldn’t bend my arm and that was the key! I still have elbow flareups now and then, but after PT I have a tool of techniques to use to treat it. Just wanted to share my story – good luck as you find answers and healing!

  14. Julianne

    I’ve had two MRIs on my right knee (and surgery twice…) and there’s nothing to worry about! You’ll only go into the machine up to your waist, so it wont be so claustrophobic — and ask if you’re allowed to listen to music with headphones. That really helps! Hope the MRI gives you some clarity for the pain…and that you wont need to have surgery like I did!

  15. Michelle

    Sounds like everyone gave great advice on the MRI. Mine was for back problems and for me the hardest things were staying still (difficult to do when you are having horrible spasms) and the extra pain the tumbling/vibration of the machine made. I just kept my eyes closed to avoid an unexpected attack of claustrophobia. My son has a neuromuscular disease and has had regular MRIs on his legs–usually they slide him in up to his waist. He’s been doing it since he was 6, so I think you’ll do just fine. ;) Good luck. Pain makes being a kind and happy mom a difficult task.

    (P.S. The doctor told me I had to cut out the D.C. because it was causing some really difficult health problems for me. It was a hard thing for me to give up but one added benefit that happened was that my chronic [we’re talking 12+ years] back pain has improved exponentially. I still miss it, especially when I’m stressed, but I truly feel better without it. 😑)

  16. Kelly

    I thought of my kids during my MRI it really was the only thing that kept me sane!! Maybe some essential oil of some kind the calming kind. You will do great, think of it as a time to escape.

  17. Kelly

    I thought of my kids during my MRI it really was the only thing that kept me sane!! Maybe some essential oil of some kind the calming kind. You will do great, think of it as a time to escape.

  18. Kate

    Love this shot of you! MRIs freak me out too, I just closed my eyes during mine because I tend to get a bit claustrophobic. It really helped! Hope all goes well for you!


  19. I have had MRIs pretty much every year since contracting meningitis aged 18 almost ten years ago to monitor the side effects (i have an issue with my spinal fluid from the trauma). It can be a bit scary, its a little noisy, but often they give you headphones with a local radio station tuned in to distract you a little – I think the machine’s noises sound like dubstep so that’s a good distraction. I always recommend bringing your own clothes too – hospital gowns are sheer and often the room is quite cold so if you have yoga pants with no zips and long sleeved top you can be cosy and comfortable in something that feels familiar. Oh and the fluffiest socks you own – I always get compliments on mine! Good luck x

  20. Wendy

    Good luck Naomi, I have the same thing going on right now with my right knee – my physio seems to think it’s a tendon thing associated with a very tight ITB (the tendon that links the knee to the butt :0). I’m hoping it might fix itself one of these days with the assistance of exercises, cos it’s just a pain not being able to squat, cross my legs or even drive for long periods (we’re left hand drive here in NZ) without pain! Let me know how you get on!

  21. Kelly

    I love a good jumping shot and can’t wait until you can tell us more!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  22. Rose J.

    Hope the results are not too serious because I know how much you love to dance, and jump around! There are some knee strengthening exercises I found on pinterest, and they seem to work well for me. I’ve never had issues with my body, but as I get older I feel my joints are not what they used to be! I’ll be 46 this Sunday, but as long as I take care of myself I’m embracing my age with grace! You look strong, and healthy and I’m sure you’ll be fine!

    take care!


  23. Annette

    Hi Naomi!

    This is the first time I’m commenting a post on the Internet. But reading about your pain is too important for me to not tell you about my experience. Although I don’t have any experience with knee pain, I’ve been struggling with back pain for some years now. It took me a while until I learned where my pain is coming from and how to address it. The most important insight was that it’s the fascia that hurts and the reason is mostly the stress I have in my life. It’s possible to have a perfectly fine MRT and still have a lot of pain! There are already a few documentaries on YouTube that explain how fascia literally tightens when we have stress. This article is a very helpful overview:
    It took me even longer to see how much stress is going on in my life: I’m 31, my sons are 7 and 2 years old. With no family nearby, a hubby who works a lot, a job and next to no time to relax, years of interrupted sleep and night and the nutrient deficiency that comes along with breastfeeding, I didn’t see that there have been lots of stress hormones flooding my body. When the pain was worst, getting child care for both kids in order to lay down for a few hours (!) a day was a game changer. Also, staying away from sugar as it curbs inflammation. Dr. Frank Lipman’s book “Revive!” Has been a huge help on my journey.
    I hope you can avoid taking drugs and address the cause of your pain instead! Wishing you a pain free live,