July Things

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I've been in a weird funk lately. Early mornings, busy days, little sleep, and having to put more than a paycheck's worth of money toward my car. Not the best. But now it's August, which means we are one step closer to fall, my favorite season. Another new beginning.

Despite my busy days, I've still been able to see my friends a lot, which makes me happy. I spent a day in the city with my friend Jade eating good food and seeing her new workplace. I went to a bonfire and caught up with some friends I haven't seen in a while. I've also gone to the movies more than I have in the past year probably.

So now, here are some of my favorite things from the past month:

— Not using the word "just." I came across an article a few weeks ago that discussed how using this "permission" word can be a "subtle message of subordination, of deference." I thought it was really interesting, and it made me realize how much I use the word, especially in work emails. Since then, I've been very aware of it and have tried to use it less.

Broad City was one of my greatest discoveries, and Ilana Wexler is queen. If you watch the show, you're familiar with her infamous criss-cross bralette style. After wanting one for months, I finally bought one and am in love.

— I've been doing yoga for at least three years now, but have been gotten more into lately, going 2-3 times per week. If you ask me, finding a good yoga teacher is just as important as finding a good doctor, dentist, etc.

— I'm not a big lipstick wearer because I usually feel like it looks weird on me, but I am loving e.l.f. matte lip color. I have it in "rich red," which has definitely upped my Taylor Swift game.

— "The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World." After writing about being an introvert, I ordered this book off Amazon. I'm not too far into yet but look forward to reading more. Sophia Dembling does a great job of putting the introvert's thoughts into very accurate words.

— John Green's response to Cara Delevingne's painfully awkward interview, "But Did You Read The Book?" He makes some great points in Cara's defense. Most interestingly, he mentions that Nat Wolff was usually asked when he read the book, whereas Cara was asked if she read the book.

Now, I am welcoming August with open arms.

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