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Y’all, how is it June?! My mind is blown that 2019 is almost halfway over. WHAT?! While I’m hoping for a less chaotic second half of the year, I’m not holding my breath. Let’s take a few minutes today, catch our breath, and catch up on each other’s lives. (If you missed the April chat, you can check it out here.)
June’s drink of choice is a strawberry green tea from Starbucks.
17 items have been checked off of the list! I am confident that at least two more will be completed by the end of the month with around 11 more checked off by the end of the year.
My work travel has slowed down a bit. In April, I attended a conference in Nashville and wrapped up my leadership program with a night at the General Morgan Inn located in Greeneville, Tennessee. I also attended Yale Bulldog Saturday with my little brother. I’m obsessed with New Haven and plan to share some of my favorites with you soon.
I had no travel planned in May because of my move, which turned out to be a really good thing because it was delayed twice. I did sneak in two trips to Lake Keowee – the first weekend of the month and the last weekend of the month.
Oh my goodness, so many things to celebrate! I graduated from the leadership program in April, and it rocked my world. My eyes are open wide to so many things that I previously knew nothing about. And the friendships I made were unreal.
The past two months have been huge for my brother! He broke records, swept meets, and performed well at his final state meet… while running with a torn hamstring! He graduated high school summa cum laude and with perfect attendance. And he won a couple of academic awards along the way. I’m so proud of him and thankful for the opportunity to celebrate all of these exciting times in his life. And I’m still trying to prepare myself for his impending move. The longest distance we’ve ever lived apart was one hour, and now it’s going to be 11 hours. Whenever I feel sad, I just remind myself what a great opportunity this is for him and thank God for technology like Facetime.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I also had the opportunity to celebrate the wedding of a sorority sister that is one of the best people I know. I made it through graduation without crying, and a few hours later I couldn’t get the tears to stop falling at Katie’s wedding. My heart is so full for my sweet friend and her wonderful husband.
The next day, my friend Amanda asked me to be her Maid of Honor! Amanda and I have been best friends for over seven years, and I’m so honored to be by her side as she embarks on this new, exciting chapter of her life. (And selfishly very happy that she’s moving back to our college town so I can see her all of the time. She is never going to be able to get rid of me 🙂 ) When she gave me the card featured below, I sobbed in a Panera Bread. It’s fine, I’m fine. I’m in the thick of Bachelorette party planning, so if you have any favorite vendors, please send that info my way!
Health & wellness
I wish I could say that I’ve been the picture of health and wellness over the past two months. In reality, I have really struggled. I packed up in early April so that the apartment was show ready, and I didn’t want to buy any groceries that were just going to go to waste, so the delayed move really got me off schedule. Now that I have settled in, I’m eating more nutritious dinners, juicing more, and taking advantage of the available exercise space.
I’m also trying desperately to cut back on my caffeine intake. My doctor explained to me how the half-life of caffeine works, so I’m trying no caffeine after noon.
I’ve been reading up a storm lately! Since our last chat I’ve read:
- I’m Fine and Neither are You – This book includes bits and pieces about influencer culture, and I found it to be extremely relevant to issues occurring in today’s world. (4/5)
- Trophy Life – I loved this book so much. It’s a great reminder that there’s more than what meets the eye, and we’re all a little more resilient than we think. (5/5)
- The Overdue Life of Amy Byler – Another “love” for me. This is a feel-good, girl power read that also gets into the dynamics of mom guilt and mom shaming. (5/5)
- Only Ever Her – This book is written in present tense, which was kind of a buzzkill for me. This is a book that gets better as it goes on, and there’s great character development, but it fell flat for me. (3/5)
I’m currently reading This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips, and y’all, this book has gutted me. Despite the cheerful cover, Busy shares some extremely heartbreaking and vulnerable stories.
- Summerland – Does anyone remember this show? I was obsessed in middle school. Moving made me nostalgic, and for some reason, I’ve been watching this on Youtube and I can’t stop.
- A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum – This stuff is good. I’m not ready to go full on prescription retinol yet because it’s lake season, and this serum is the perfect compromise. After one use, the little bumps on my chin were already disappearing. I’m excited to see what will happen with continued use.
- Overstock.com – Furniture is expensive. That is one of many truths that school did not prepare me for. I love that Overstock has reasonable prices and there is always some kind of sale, coupon, or discount.
Whew, that’s a lot! What’s new with you? Leave me a comment below or follow up with me on social media – @seersuckersass!