I moved out this month! I moved into my apartment on June 7th with help from friends and I absolutely love living here; it’s so perfect. It already feels like I’ve lived here forever.
I also adopted a cat, a five-year-old domestic longhair mix named Windy.
Moving was busy and stressful and once I got settled, I did a ton of (probably too much) of fun stuff and not much work (so, logically, my health suffered). I went to tap class; spent a lot of time at my pastor’s house; and my grandmother came to live at my family’s house again for a while.
All the other fun stuff I did beyond moving + normal activities: had Brooke over for dinner, had Mrs. Alvalee over for lunch, had my grandpa and family over for dinner, Joshua turned 14, Dad and I went to a lavender festival, Joshua and I saw Aladdin, Hannah helped me adopt a cat, Brooke and I had breakfast at Ihop, my old next-door neighbors came over for swimming and S’mores, Mrs. Alvalee and I went to the house for my grandma’s birthday dinner, and Brooke came over to watch the first Avengers movie and have dinner.
This month I’m…
Reading: Live Fearless, Sadie Robertson. Don’t Date Rosa Santos, Nina Moreno. Beautiful Blue World, Suzanne LaFleur. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer. Always Never Yours, Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (reread). Love Your Life, Not Theirs, Rachel Cruze. Legend, Prodigy, and Champion, Marie Lu. Elsie’s Stolen Heart, Martha Finley. No God But One, Nabeel Qureshi (I haven’t finished this yet but it’s been a HUGE part of my month). 11 total (and I also speed-read and wrote summaries of eight nonfiction books for work).
Listening to: Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Godzilla version. Shawn Mendes: The Album on rainy days. Light On, Maggie Rogers. Water, Bishop Briggs. Talk, Khalid. Stormy Weather, Etta James. Never Be Alone, Shawn Mendes. 7 Days, Alessia Cara. 7 Billion, OBB. The Wheel, Tuck Everlasting. Talking Slow, Dylan Jordan. A Whole New World, Arabian Nights, and Speechless, Aladdin (2019). Sweet but Psycho, Ava Max. Señorita, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Sunset Lover, Petit Biscuit. Nailed To The Cross, Rescuer, and Counting Every Blessing, Rend Collective.
Writing: I did so much fun stuff this month that I feel like I didn’t start working in earnest until the last couple days of the month, but my income was still where I wanted it to be, so that was nice. Clients I did work for: the magazine where I’m associate editor, a pet insurance company, travel sites, Runner’s World, my Inside Cycling newsletter, a parenting/technology website, an app that puts out nonfiction book summaries, a nutrition app, a new website launched by Bodybuilding.com, an old client that’s a media agency, an Instagram growth service, The Write Life, a mattress review website, and Livestrong.
Eating (this is a new section since I’m now cooking for myself and I have a TON of food pics from this month haha sorry): Tomato Parmesan grilled cheese. Lots of fruit. Sausage alfredo bake. Talenti dairy-free raspberry gelato. Frozen pizza. Pan cookies. Pork chops, steamed potatoes, and steamed broccoli. An amazing salad recipe from a friend. S’mores.
Loving: The Full Story Behind Shawn Mendes’s Brand-New Tour Wardrobe, Vogue World. We Need to Start Talking About Medical PTSD, The Mighty.
What did you do in June?