In May I enjoyed working with a lot of new clients on some exciting projects, and I was also able to spend a lot of time with my family. This month I had three voice lessons and went to two of Joshua’s baseball games. I had a four-day at-home medical test in addition to three doctor appointments and one infusion, and struggled with losing more independence because of my health. I also fit in quite a bit of fun stuff in May: I spent a day with Grace Anne (!); we had a family Mother’s Day dinner; Brooke and I went out for coffee; I went to graduation at Joshua’s school, spent the night at the house, and Dad and I went to a Gwinnett Stripers game; I went to a fellowship lunch at church; Andrea came over; we went bowling with the Coxes; I went to my pastor’s house for lunch with some friends after church; and my family came over here for lunch on Memorial Day.
This month I’m…
Reading: Fighting Forward, Hannah Brencher. Everything that Burns, Giselle Trelease (DNF). Kate in Waiting, Becky Albertalli. Fully Alive, Susie Larson. Love A La Mode, Stephanie Kate Strohm. The Queens of Animation, Nathalia Holt. Girls’ Club, Sally, Sarah, and Joy Clarkson. Call Down the Hawk (reread) and Mister Impossible, Maggie Stiefvater (reread). 100 Days of Sunlight, Abbie Emmons (reread). Beyond Awkward Side Hugs, Bronwyn Lea. Kisses and Croissants, Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau. The Beauty in Breaking, Michele Harper. Ballplayer, Chipper Jones. Keep My Heart in San Francisco, Amelia Diane Coombs. Luck of the Titanic, Stacey Lee. 16 total.
Listening to: fire, Jordy Searcy. Supply & Demand, Wilder Woods. We Do Not Labor In Vain, FAITHFUL. whywhywhy, MisterWives. City of Angels, Damian McGinty and Cozi Zuehlsdorff. Another Place, Bastille and Alessia Cara. Funeral, Maisie Peters and James Bay. Float, HARBOUR. The Wire, Patrick Droney. survivin’, Bastille. Halfway Up, The Brook & The Bluff. Range Rover, Ben Rector and Steve Winwood.
Eating and/or cooking: Pulled pork with butternut squash zig zags. Trader Joe’s soft baked peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Banana bread with extra banana. Pretzel bagels with scrambled egg whites. Tostones. Mini PopTarts. Chicken and rice bowls with homemade pico de gallo (my current obsession).
Writing: This month was my last month with a client that’s made up almost half of my monthly income for going on two years now. After phasing them out, I jumped back into the swing of marketing, and things kind of blew up (it was one of those months where I’d groan and say “can people please stop offering me work” every time I opened my inbox). I ended up working with 12 clients total this month (counting retainer clients, old clients, and new clients) and making more money than I’ve made in a long time. I was able to work on some really exciting projects for dream clients like Chewy and Healthline. It was stressful and physically difficult, but made me feel excited about my career in a way I haven’t felt in a long time. Outside of work, this month I wrote 30 letters and received 24. I also did volunteer work with People Hope, Diamonds, and DSN.
Loving (this section is BACK!): Morning Brew and Marketing Brew. Everything that Made Me Happy in April, Tea Stained Adventures. I Ate the Shawn Mendes Bowl the Way Shawn Mendes Intended, Vulture. San Francisco Giants Outfielder Drew Robinson’s Remarkable Second Act, ESPN. The Youth Prepare for #Summer2021, A Glorious Summer They’re Unlikely to Get, New York Times. Costume Designer Mitchell Travers Teases IN THE HEIGHTS Looks, Talks Eye-Popping Career & More, Broadway World. Etcetera #15, A Farm Girl’s Life.
Buying: Birthday washi tape. Silly Putty. Two floral masks (lol, right before restrictions started easing). A Six of Crows laptop sticker. The Frey Life’s new “Take the Next Step” t-shirt. A new journal. A computer (that was not in the plan for this month, but it had to happen and I love my new-to-me MacBook Pro).
Grateful for: Broadway is coming back! Seeing a doctor who has some of my same medical conditions. Friends who can spot when I feel like bursting into tears even if I think I’m hiding it. My library buying all the books I ask it to (still not over this!!!). Needing less sources for a project than I thought. Baseball and vaccinations. The little girls at church making me cards. Summer storms.
What did you do in May?