August Reads

 Book 26:
"The Hating Game" by Sally Thorne
"The Hating Game" is about two coworkers who loathe each other and then realize, well, maybe they actually don't.

What I Don't Post On Social Media

Call me a millennial, but I like social media. I like sharing my life online (hence the blog, obviously). There's a lot of talk around the negative impacts of social media but not enough about the positives. The sense of community, for one. A few of my friends tease me by saying they never have to ask me what I did over the weekend because it's all on my Instagram stories anyway. And, I mean, they're not wrong...

There are parts of my life that don't end up on social media, though. You know that already. It's impossible for every part of a person's life to be on the Internet. But I still want to say it, because not saying it makes me feel like a fraud.

90s Throwbacks And Finding Fulfillment | Sunday Shares

Happy Sunday, friends. I'm still behind on my writing, so instead of scheduling this a day in advance like I usually [try to] do, it's 10:15 on Sunday morning and I'm writing this while sipping my coffee and getting distracted by other blogs or tabs I have open.

I can't believe it's already been two weeks since my last Sunday Shares. It feels like I just put that up. Time flies when you're in a writing rut, I guess!

Here's what I've been loving lately:

Welcome Back To The Day-To-Day

Despite my running list of blog post ideas, I didn't feel like writing about any of them this week. Instead, I figured I'd take a page out of Francesca's book and give you an ol' stream of consciousness kind of post. It feels like a good time to just think out loud.

I Went On An Alaskan Cruise | Recap + Q&A

Putting up this post has been a battle. My original intention was to share my vacation through a vlog. I had brought my camera with me on my trip and filmed all of the highlights. I spent hours going through the footage and editing it together, only to find out that the files didn't input correctly and I couldn't save the footage out as a file. Despite trying out a few workarounds, it's looking like my only option is to completely redo it all from scratch. I don't know if I have the time or energy for that. We'll see.

I still want to talk about my trip, though, so I guess I'm doing that through a regular post now. That makes me nervous because while I usually prefer expressing myself through writing (obviously), I'm not great at reviews or recaps. Everything is "cool" and "awesome" and "pretty." I don't do it justice. But – I'm happy to give it a try.

Sunday Shares | What I've Been Loving

Hi, friends! Welcome back! I was on vacation for what felt like the entire second half of July. We took a week-long Alaskan cruise, then spent a weekend in Seattle before heading home. More on that later, as I'm in the middle of editing together a vlog of the highlights that I'm aiming to post on Wednesday. (Spoiler: Husky puppies make an appearance.)

Now that I'm back, I'm gradually getting myself back into the swing of things. The work days took some adjusting, and I'm not fully back at the gym quite yet, but eventually. Last night I had some friends over, and it was really nice to get a group together for my first weekend back at home. I love the feeling of community. This morning I woke up too late but have nothing on the agenda for the day so who cares. It feels great. I am currently sitting at my new dining table, drinking coffee out of a mug I bought in Alaska, typing away. And it feels good, to be typing away again.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

July Reads

Book 22:
"Unfu*k Yourself" by Gary John Bishop
I knew from the subhead alone – "Get out of your head and into your life" – that this was a book I'd benefit from. A friend lent me her copy and, lo and behold, ten pages in I bought one for myself to keep on my shelf.