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Warmer temperatures are here to stay, and we are currently in that blissful spot between Springtime loveliness and the hell of Texas summers.
My happy place before I either learn to deal with the 100-degree heat, thigh chafeage, and under-boob sweat or hibernate indoors next to my box fan.
History leans toward the fan, but we’ll see.
So, April was fun. Bridal showers, bachelorette parties, a trip to Florida for a great friend’s wedding, a brand-new baby joined our friend group, I laughed, I cried, I tried new things, I worked on my second book, I secured a new opportunity that I’m nervous/excited for (I’ll expand more when I’m ready).
It was jam-packed with activity, but perhaps not enough self-care. After my sister-in-law’s wedding this weekend, I am determined to re-center and focus on me. That feels weird to say. Does anyone else ever feel guilty for choosing yourself? I was discussing this with my mom last week, and she kind of chuckled at me. She reiterated what my journal prompt of the week did: Day to day, people’s priorities change. And you won’t always be one of them. Learn to respect yourself, love yourself, choose yourself. Your needs matter!
Believing this and putting it into action is something I’m working on. To see that focusing on my needs does not make me selfish or vain. It means I know my body and mind better than anyone else, so I better take care of them.
I’m excited to share with you all in the next couple of weeks two new things I tried in April. I’m also continuing on the Beachbody bandwagon and have started a new fitness challenge called 80 Day Obsession. 80 days of working out paired with clean, timed nutrition. I finished day 2 this morning. I’m slightly terrified, but the challenge aspect works for me. I refuse to give up!!
Besides the inner workings of my rambling mind (HA), I wanted to share some of my favorite things I discovered in April. Check it out!
The article I can’t stop thinking about...
People. This article in The New York Times Blew. My. Mind. I mean my eyes widened, my heart puttered, my fist pumped, my smile grew. I felt it all. Jessica Knoll is unapologetically a badass. She knows what she wants. She doesn’t downplay her talent. She says “I’m a damn good writer, and I know it. I’ve always known it.” Gah. Girl crush. I can’t tell you how many times I murmur rather than proclaim, “I’m a writer.” Or I wave it off like what I’m doing, what I’ve done, is a hobby. A fanciful playtime. I feel ashamed by the amount of “I’m trying to write a book” statements that uttered from my lips. DAMMIT! I wrote a book! I secured an agent! I’m a writer!
Thanks to my friend Sharon who told our writing group about this article. I printed it out and tacked it to the wall above my desk. It’s a reminder to own who I am. To not be afraid to go after what you want. To take the bullshit roadblocks society places on women and give them the middle finger.
I love this quote from the article.
The book I can’t put down...
Circe by Madeline Miller
I’m often as much a reader as I am a writer. In the writing world, we call it “research.” It’s only a problem when you research more than you write. Oops. My friend Lindsay gifted me three months of book choices from The Book of the Month Club. Each month I got so excited to see what new books were on the shelf. I found myself picking books I might normally not, and Circe was one of them.
I’ve always been fascinated by mythology, but admittedly, have read very little beyond what was required in school. But something about the description of Madeline Miller’s book pulled me in. It tells the story of Circe, daughter of Helios—god of the sun and the mightiest of the Titans. Born into a formidable world, Circe is a strange child. Not overly powerful like her father, nor beautiful and enthralling like her mother. But Circe is mighty, she just needs to discover this for herself.
I love Little, Brown & Co’s (publisher) last line from their description of the book: [Circe]…an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love, and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.
I can’t wait to finish this novel. It’s compelling and vivid, and I recommend you all check it out!
The bathing suit that makes me feel pretty...
I discovered Cupshe bathing suits last year. And I’ve loved all of them, which is often difficult to do. Love a bathing suit, and even further, love yourself in a bathing suit. But I appreciate Cupshe because they make suits for all shapes and sizes. And their one pieces don’t resemble 1920s neck to knee coverage. They’re a little sassy, a little hot, and I’m here for it.
My family is headed to Mexico in June (30th birthday, woot!), so I started searching for a new suit. I found this one and loved it as soon as I put it on! One of the other great things about Cupshe? Almost all of their suits can be found on Amazon!
The song I can’t stop singing...
Ahhh… Thomas Rhett. I heart you. I’m obsessed with his new song, “Marry Me.” And then I watched the video and felt all the feels. Honestly, all his videos are great. They tell a story, and this one is a goodie. Check it out. Sing along. Fall in love. Weeeeeeee.
The recipe I think is quite yummy...
Warmer weather means it’s time to BBQ! There is something mesmerizing about the smell of cooking on a BBQ. It’s achingly nostalgic. It smells like safety and happiness. It flashes to childhood camping trips and ketchup-soaked hotdogs. It’s one of my favorite parts of summer. I found this recipe in an old issue of Southern Living, and it’s quickly become a family fave. It’s relatively easy and quick to prepare. Pair it with some wild rice or a pasta salad, a bottle of white wine or a frosty beer, and you’re good to go!
There you have it! A few of my favorite things from this past month. How about you? Let me know what left you happy and smiling in April.
Until next time,
And because I can't help myself...