A Joyful July

Yes, I realize that I am just now posting my “July” review as August is almost halfway over. Blogging has been on the back-burner as my new job picked up and I was busy with two back to back trips. So much joy and exciting things have happened and lie ahead. Praise be to God!

Fourth of July: Pool party & cookout with friends

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Moving

Volunteering

Big event work event

Trip to Boston: My boyfriend went to school there so we spent time checking out Harvard, his old hangouts, exploring the harbor area, and tasting yummy food! We even squeezed in a day trip to Salem.

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My Birthday: After arriving back home from Boston SUPER early, I bummed around the house until my J’s family came over for dinner and presents.

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Movies/TV

 Stranger Things

Twin Peaks

Books

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me (re-read) by Jenni Schaefer

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Was joys did July bring you?!

June Bugs

 

Last month was very busy, but things FINALLY began taking a positive turn last month. Keep reading to see what I mean:

My brother and sister-in-law visited from Georgia. I hadn’t seen them in over 5 months which was much too ling in my book. Plus, it was the first time that they got to meet my boyfriend (Facetime is nice, but not the same).

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Took my dad to a concert for an early Father’s Day gift – A Hard Night’s Day (Beatles cover band)

Started crocheting again

Visited our family friend’s new baby – it had been YEARS since I held a newborn

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Celebrated our family friend’s (the Faulkners) 90th birthday. Bill lives in Minnesota with his wife and his health has been diminishing due to Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years. I make a point to see him and his beautiful family as often as possible

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Started trying out BeachBody on Demand’s 7 day Shaun T workout. Even though I didn’t quite make it through (I’m not great at HIIT workouts), I enjoyed the other video options and was proud of myself for taking the initiative for working out at home.

Presented my Faith Share aka Life Story to my small women’s group – talk about emotionally draining…

Family Reunion in Iowa

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Started my new job!!!

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Celebration Dinner


Movies/TV

New Girl, Season 6
Lion
Wonder Woman 

Books

Food Freedom Forever​ by Melissa Hartwig
The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern

 

What were the ups/downs of your June?!

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My friends and I walked all the way around White Rock Lake for the first time ever (approximately 11 miles total)! Cue exhaustion and a super-bad sunburn…

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4th of July fireworks show

DPD shootings in downtown Dallas…

Saw 42nd Street at the Dallas Summer Musicals and LOVED it!

Spent the night at my friends house, making more time for friends overall

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Started “dating” again (again)

Dyed my hair

Young professional networking events

Lost my little betta, Monet

My 27th Birthday

 

TV/Movies

Veronica Mars, Season 2 & 3

Pretty Little Liars, Season 7

Beauty and the Beast

This is 40

The Secret Life of Pets

Room

 

Books

Outlander  by Diana Gabaldon

The Portable Veblan by  Elizabeth Mckenzie

What were you up to in July?