July involved a lot of sickness, a lot of stress/burnout from work, and a lot of weariness. There were some good times too, but overall I was glad to see July go.
I didn’t make it out a whole lot this month to tap class or Bible study or comparable activities. We hung out with old friends on the Fourth for board games, food, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. I spent time mentoring a younger girl from church, got involved with music ministry, and went to a fellowship lunch. My friend Emma visited from college for a fun weekend involving lots of salad and Hadestown (and an 11:00 PM call to the police lol). Dad and I went to a butterfly farm and Joshua and I went to Chattanooga for a weekend, despite my health being very poor. And that’s about it.
July made me realize I really needed some more boundaries in my life. I needed to take a step back–several steps, actually, because I was dying. So now I’ve done that. For real, this time. And it’s so amazing and refreshing.
This month I’m…
Reading: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly (reread). A Very Large Expanse of Sea and Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi (reread). Letting Go of Gravity, Meg Leder (reread). Call It What You Want and Letters to the Lost, Brigid Kemmerer (LTTL, reread). The Running Dream, Wendelin Van Draanen (reread). The Deceivers, Kristen Simmons (reread). I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Marjorie Agosin. The Borrowers, The Borrowers Afloat, The Borrowers Aloft, and The Borrowers Avenged, Mary Norton (reread). With the Fire On High, Elizabeth Acevedo. Understood Betsy, Dorothy Canfield (reread). Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder (reread). Every Soul a Star, Wendy Mass (reread). 18 total. I also speed-read and summarized 8 nonfiction books for work.
Listening to: bad guy, listen before i go, and COPYCAT (Sofi Tukker remix), Billie Eilish. Hey Look Ma, I Made It, Panic! At The Disco. Sucker, Jonas Brothers. Colourway and Anchor, Novo Amor. Fallin’ All In You and If I Can’t Have You (Gryffin Remix), Shawn Mendes. Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia. Take Off All Your Cool, Diamonds Are Forever, and Mona Lisa, Sabrina Carpenter. God Help The Outcasts, Hunchback of Notre Dame. Blood for Blood, Sarah Sparks. He Has Time, Common Hymnal. Hadestown, especially Wait For Me (Reprise).
Writing: I set a goal for Camp NaNo to write a 10,000 fanfiction to ease my way back into writing fiction. I only made it to 7.3k, but that’s more fiction than I’ve written in over a year probably, and it was so amazing and just downright fun to rediscover who I am as a fiction writer. I also posted a story I wrote last February and received over 100 responses in 24 hours! I’m going to keep focusing on fanfiction for a while just to have fun and build up my fiction muscles again.
As far as work writing, I did a million projects for 18 separate clients. I made a ton of money but it was not fun haha and that’s all we’re going to say about that.
Eating: Not a lot because I was nauseous and having stomach issues most of the month (it seems I’m lactose intolerant now?). Cute strawberries for the Fourth. Talenti layer gelato, mint cookie (this was before my lactose intolerant epiphany). Chicken and zucchini foil packets. Lots of waffles cause apparently that’s all that sounds good when I’m sick. Asiago cheese bagels. Pork chops. And the most amazing meal ever: a salad with cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, hard boiled egg, bacon, and balsamic vinaigrette plus butterscotch bars.
Loving: Lin-Manuel Miranda and William Daniels Talk Hamilton, 1776, Mr. Feeny, and More (Playbill). We hired Fiverr workers to write about Fiverr’s IPO (Quartz). Learn Something New This Summer (The Rebelution). Why Spoonies Should Be Mentors (Romans 5:3-5). Open Hands (Madyson Grace). Slow Down (Through the Wasteland). Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse: On Relationships, Riverdale, and What the Future Holds (W Mag). How This Fake Financial Expert Tricked Outlets Into Publishing Her Advice (Huffpost). Working Full-Time Despite Chronic Illness Does Not Mean I’m “OK” (The Mighty). Crushing Burnout Before It Crushes You, The Goodness Revolt.
Grateful for: Finally having a church family. Laughing hysterically over a dice game with my friend, mom, and grandma while it rains outside.
What did you do in July?