Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Rewind.

One of my fave book bloggers, The Perpetual Page-Turner, does this monthly rewind every month.  I love reading hers, so I'm stealing her idea for September!


1.  After firing my paralegal of several years, I went through one of the roughest times I've ever had in my career-- both without an assistant and then with a new, untrained assistant.  It was the most stressful and trying month, and probably the least productive while also being the busiest.  I will say that two of my co-workers have really been wonderful to me this month and great friends, and I'm so thankful that they were there with me through the transition.

2.  I completed my second Whole30.  There were many ups and downs on that journey.  It was fantastic, and it was horrible.  I went from crying because I couldn't eat Chick-fil-A one night (thank God for Donny to help keep me on track during that stage...) to not having any stomach for food.  I fell off the wagon pretty hard the last week, so I'm fairly disappointed about that.
3.  For most of the month, I didn't read a whole lot.  I think July and August burned me out on reading for a while.  Add in Dawson's Creek expiring on Netflix (which obviously meant that I had to re-watch the entire show... duh), and I spent way less time with my nose in a book this month.  But I was on a tear the last week of the month, so it kind of balanced out.

4. Several couples from our previous sunday school class branched out this month into a new class with new leaders.  So far, it's been really great!  The ladies in our class even started doing a women's Bible study, which I'm so excited about since my former small group quit meeting a few months ago.

5. Donny bought me this awesome water bottle, and I've really been loving it!  It's 32 oz, which is perfect because I only need to refill it once mid-day to get my daily 64 oz in!  Having it with me all day sitting on my desk really helps me remember to drink more water.
6. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I was in a huge funk for the first half of September.  But Donny was really amazing through the whole thing.  Sometimes I really take him for granted.  We've been married for less than two years, and I'm learning that I have to be more intentional in our relationship.  Things that were once second nature are now things I routinely forget.

7. September is the best because it means new tv!!  New episodes of favorite shows and all new series to try.  I'm so excited that The Big Bang TheoryGrey's Anatomy, and New Girl are back, and I'm loving How to Get Away With Murder and Scorpion.  I'm still on the fence about Gotham though.

8.  I pulled out my Leaves candle last week, and it makes me so happy!

1. All About that Bass by Meghan Trainor
2. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nikki Minaj
3. Problem by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea
4. Maps by Maroon 5
5. Chandelier by Sia
6. Love Runs Out by One Republic

1. Moms, Stop Scaring Non-Moms by Syndal -- I 100% agree with everything Syndal said in this piece.  As a woman thinking about starting a family sometime in the future, I find it disconcerting how people try to terrify non-parents out of having children.  I have a co-worker who constantly tells me to not have children because it's hard.  (Then again, this same co-worker told me not to get married too, so I take this advice to mean nothing...)  Of course it's hard, but it has to be worth it, right?

2. This is Marriage by Bonnie -- I love reading Bonnie's blog.  This post about marriage is spot on.

3. Six Years and $72,000 Later... by Jodi -- I consider Jodi to be one of my blog BFFs.  She was diagnosed with MS six years ago in her 20s.  Instead of collapsing and feeling sorry for herself, she's taken her diagnosis and become a force of nature in the community.  She constantly has fundraisers and challenges and DOES something to make her own life and the lives of others with the disease better.  What an inspiration.

4. The Thing About Gratitude by Rachel -- I also love reading Rachel's posts because of her willingness to share what God has put on her heart and her honesty.  This post is a great challenge for us all.

1. Trader Joe's Organic Banana Chips -- SO GOOD!  They really satisfy my sweet tooth without being a cupcake or a doughnut...

2. OPI Nail Polish in DS Extravagance-- I haven't worn any other color on my nails this month.

3. Essential Oils-- We jumped on the essential oil train this month, and I'm loving it!  There's so much to learn, and I feel like I'll never know all there is to know.  But so far, they're fantastic.

1. Blowing Rock-- This Saturday, we're taking our annual trip to the NC mountains and stopping off at an apple festival first.  I can't wait!

2. Cooler Temperatures-- I do not do hot weather.  If it's over 80 degrees, it's too hot.  I'm so excited for October and the 50s and 60s that will hopefully come with it!

3. Crabtree Valley Mall-- In a few weeks, Donny and my dad are going to a beer festival in Durham, so my mom and I are going to go to my favorite mall in Raleigh while they're there.  It's also the only place in NC where there's a Lush store!


  1. I love this post! What a cool way to recap the month. I'm sorry that parts of the month were rough for you, but glad things are looking up. So did you get thyme oil and have Donny use it for snoring? I stopped snoring since I used it! I mean I did lose some of the baby weight, too, so it could be a combination of both.

  2. OMG I'm so behind in my blog reading that I didn't even see this until now!!! Thanks for sharing my post. You are so sweet.

    I can't believe you had to fire your paralegal. Sorry to hear that and glad you are through the worst part. I feel like I haven't talked to you in forever. So out of the loop w/ my blogging buddies. I hardly have time to blog anymore and even less time to comment (although I often read from my phone and just don't comment).

    Glad Donny is such a great support for you especially during your extra stressful times.