Summer has come and gone and now I’m about to get into my busy season for work and life in general. Bring it, fall!
Seattle and Lake Chelan for a friend’s wedding
Celebrated 6 months with my boyfriend
Caught up with old friends & spent time with new friends
Had my first facial
Stayed busy with my church group, planning for our fall retreat
Went back to counseling
J’s Abuelita’s 87th birthday party
Arrested Development, Season 1
Call the Midwife, Season 2
Longbourn by Jo Baker
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
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.
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.
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?!
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).
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
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
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
Started my new job!!!
New Girl, Season 6
What were the ups/downs of your June?!
Now this is a fun questions:
What excites you?
New (or new to me) things – clothes, shoes, etc.
Thinking about the future – with my boyfriend, job, and family
Upcoming trips & Traveling – Boston (July), Seattle (August), and NYC (September)
Onwards & Upwards…
I decided to take a break from my daily personal growth exercise to catch you up on what else has been going on in my life. If you’ve been following along with my blog then you know that I am overdue for a monthly review! Last month was full of many blessings and opportunities for personal growth. I have continued to move forward with hope despite the frustration of being unemployed. I do so by making the most of my time off, doing things that would be harder to do if I had a full-time job. As you will see, I’ve been doing so with family, friends, traveling, and spending more time reading.
Me and my boyfriend J’s 3 month anniversary – he isn’t an OU fan, but was a good sport when I gave him the bag
Cinco de Mayo
Church women’s retreat – Christ Renews his Parish (CRHP)
Mother’s Day. I took my mom for an early mani and pedi since she was out of town recovering from her procedure
10 year anniversary of when I graduated high school…
Top Golf to celebrate J’s brother’s birthday
Family birthday celebrations – J’s brother and nephew
I started taking Zumba classes at my local gym
Chicago/Lake Geneva, WI trip with my boyfriend to visit some of his old roommates for Memorial Day weekend
More dead-end job interviews…
Brother and sister-in-law visited from GA. I hadn’t seen them since the beginning of January and, as my brother and I are close, I was excited that they could finally meet my boyfriend (P.S. my brother approves!) We all had fun at the Ranger’s game together.
Parks & Recreation, Seasons 6-7
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13
The Children by Ann Leary
The Assistants by Camille Perri
The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig
The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern
My Word of the Year: Brave
Road trip with my dad to New Orleans. My brother and sister-in-law met us there (from Georgia) so they could go to the Sugar Bowl
My brother and sister-in-law came to visit us from Georgia for a week
Joined a gym
Went on a couple of dates…
Found a new “home church” and a new young adults group
Last day of my job – Laid off
Booked a trip to LONDON, England for next month with my mom
More hiking, jogging, and yoga
Volunteered for a new mission – The 635 – and make a lot of new friends
How did the first month of 2017 treat you?!
So 2016. I thought that 2015 tested me both mentally and physically, but 2016 didn’t give me much of a break. I’m not really sure how I feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a terrible year. There were plenty of great things that happened and I continued to grow and challenge myself – even when I felt like I had done all the “growing” I could (or wanted to).
I’ve compiled my “monthly reviews” (click on the month to check out the post) from the past year and included some of my favorite things. Checking out my old posts was quite an exercise as sadly I forgot a good chunk of things that happened…
Enjoy and here’s to an even better year!
Favorite Book: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty & Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Favorite TV Show(s): Pretty Little Liars, Veronica Mars, & New Girl
Favorite Movie (s): Brooklyn & Room
Onwards and upwards to 2017!
My younger brother’s wedding in Tampa, FL
Began my first grad school class (online)
Texas/OU game – Boomer Sooner!
Checked out new bars and clubs in Uptown
Dallas Farmers Market
State Fair of Texas
I went back to my young adults group after “taking a break” for over a month
Grey’s Anatomy, Season 12
The Good Wife, Season 5
This is Us, Season 1
New Girl, Seasons 1 & 2
Charlie Brown & the Great Pumpkin
Sweet Bitter by Stephanie Danler
Highlights from My January: