August Loves + September Plans

In an attempt to make some kind of commitment to myself (and you, internet), to blog at least a little more often,  I’m going to be doing a post each month reviewing the things I loved about the previous month and anything that’s exciting me coming in the current one. Plus, what a fab way to stay positive, yeah?

Yeah.

Boom. Let’s go.

August Loves

During the latter part of August, I did a whole shift-focus and took some much needed time to determine what brings me JOY. Like, real, authentic, smiley, feel-good, JOY and I did more of it.

Sounds easy enough, but I have historically had an issue with finding things that I love. More specifically, determining if I really enjoy something, or if I feel pressure to HAVE to enjoy it.

So, I decided to do one thing that I knew would make me over-the-moon joyful and took careful note of my feelings – from how I felt physically and emotionally to spiritually and intellectually.  After I had that comparison point, I tried a whole bunch of things and focused on how they made me feel. If they didn’t give me at least an impressive amount of fulfillment in most all of those areas, I wouldn’t do them.

The exception was getting out bed in the morning because I’m never going to want to get out of bed and no part of getting out of bed fulfills me as much as getting into bed with you does. But, there’s that whole job thing that I have to get to. And I gotta go to work. THE PANCAKES AREN’T GOING TO BUY THEMSELVES.

Here are some more things that I learned that I really really loved in August:

LifeaversaryDuh. Of course this would make the list. I spent my 5th year with my closest friends, seated around a table at my favorite restaurant.

Beautiful Day – I’ve been a long-time fan of Cucumber Melon by Bath and Body Works, but I can’t tell you the last time that I bought a bottle. Probably 8 years ago. Regardless, something made me wander into my local B&BW  on a mission to buy some. I was informed that they discontinued it. WHAT?! HOW?! WHY?! I DIDN’T GET THAT MEMO. After my small fit, the store associate gave me a bottle of a ‘similar scent’ called “Beautiful Day”, and I just died right there. Love the stuff. It really doesn’t smell anything like Cucumber Melon, but I’ve been addicted ever since.  I LOVE THE SMELL.

A Spoonful of Cinnamon – Not talking the cinnamon challenge. Been there, bombed that. I’m talking Cinnamon + Nutmeg + A sliced apple + 2 Cups of Water in a pot. On the stove. Slow simmer. YOU GUYS. I just did this out of no where one day and since then, my housemate and houseguests will confirm that our home smells like fall all day every day. I LOVE THE SMELL. AGAIN.

Keepin’ My Cool – I had a very unexpected, stressful few things happen to me. I won’t get into all the yuck details, but when I could have fallen apart and crumbled, I didn’t. It would have been fine and almost expected for me to get very upset and spiral into a dark place, but I didn’t. I stayed mostly calm. Centered myself. And pushed through. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. One point in the awesome column for me. Woot.  I LOVE THAT I DIDN’T LOSE MY SHIT.

YouTube: I’ve gotten back into YouTube Videos. More specifically, videos by Miranda Sings. If you’ve never watched this girl…you should. You’ll either love her or hate her and if you hate her, HATERS BACK OFF. If you want to venture into the world of awesome that is Miranda Sings, I’d recommend watching these two videos. AND THEN =HIT ME ON “THE TITTER” WITH QUOTES. #unclesgottalayonsomething

Interview With SuperFruit
Interview Bloopers with SuperFruit 

I just watched both again and I’m crying with laughter.

Reunited and it feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeels so gooooooooooooooooooooooood. -  had a fantastically inexpensive and wonderful night out with my best girlfriend at our favorite Center City restaurant, Tria last week. I went from talking to her daily and seeing her at least once a week to not seeing her in nearly a month and checking in maybe every other week. It was great to sit, and eat, and catch up, and love-up on her for a few hours.

Here’s a photo of wine from that night. Because wine!

 

September Plans

Living it up +  Counting it down – The countdown has begun to my 30th birthday. As with all birthdays, I’m mega excited and mega emotional. Particularly this year because it’s one of the milestone birthdays and I won’t get a card with $5 in it from my Grandmomma. But I will be spending it in Florida. For 8 days. Of course I’d much rather have my Grandmom here with me if I had to choose… however, a little sun and sand and relaxation is something I haven’t had in so long.

F*ck you, Fructose – More specifically, the HFCS in the bubbly, dark, body poisoning goodness that takes up my favorite beverage: Diet Coke. This was my creative way of saying that I’m a week into my eliminating soda mission. I haven’t had a single craving yet… except when a Diet Coke was calling my name almost literally with their new fantastic marketing campaign. But I already have two Katie and one Kate bottles, so I didn’t even give in. Woot.

The Shopping Cart - While this is one of my best white-girl-dance moves — that’s not what I’m going for. At least not now. What I AM going for is the mission to go to the supermarket at least one day per week. I live in Center City, Philadelphia. And while it’s super convenient for some things like coffee, inexpensive transportation, bars, and cheesesteaks… … it is NOT the best for any kind of grocery store that isn’t a mom+pop shop where you pay 5.99 for a loaf of bread. It’s just more convenient to go to these..erm..CONVENIENCE stores. Especially after a long day of work. But, in an effort to save some money and… well, just save some money, I’m vowing to go to the grocery store every Wednesday. Even if I don’t buy anything. So long as I go. This way I’ll create the habit, and am more likely to continue on.

Martha. Paula. Emeril. KATIE? – This will go in conjunction with my shopping cart September – but I really want to start cooking meals more. I CAN cook. I just end up choosing not to. Again, mostly after a really long day at work. The last thing I want to do is come home and preheat the oven. Especially when it’s just me that I’m cooking for. But I’m going to do it.  I’m thinking of doing at least 4 meals at home per week, even if it’s just a quick salad… that should also curb my spending for the on-the-go-meals.  So if all ya’ll want to come over for some dinner, you sure as heck can. You know i’ll be making pots of chicken soup big enough for an army. KTHX.

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Well, those 1200 words went fast. Perhaps I’ll talk to you lovelies again before September is over. But if not, I’ll talk to you in a month to chat about what kind of awesome this month brings me.

I hope it brings me a pony.

And coffee in bed.

And some pancakes.

I’m so easy to please.