It’s the middle of August. I actually can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. When I start thinking about it, it makes me want to take a little more time to enjoy each moment. The past few days I’ve spent time with my sisters and my niece at my older sister’s house. These are the times that I will cherish forever! Because there is nothing like the bond of sisters!
Since my older sister is pretty laid back, I have been able to catch up on some sleep and just relax these past few days. Today, we woke up and decided to be active and went for a walk downtown. My sisters and I love seeing older homes, and I especially love their charm. I’ve decided my dream home needs lots of windows! We also got to enjoy random conversations about whatever came to mind.
It was also nice to be outside even though the heat is always a staunch friend this time of year. Also, the shots I took for today’s post were from outside around my sister’s house. Nature is beautiful.
So if your wondering, I decided to try posting something new! Basically it’s a list of 10 random things about me or things going on in my life. Barefoot Blonde does these types of posts, so I thought I would give it a try! She has an awesome blog, so definitely check her out: www.barefootblonde.com/.
1. Grow my hair out
To me summer screams long locks of curly, wavy hair, and I so badly miss my own long flowy hair and milk-maid braids! So I decided after my last hair cut to grow it out. I just randomly had this urge to have long hair, and now I’m trying to figure out what makes hair grow faster… 🙂
2. Permanently stop dieting- listen to my body- balance
This is a struggle I’ve dealt with for a long time. I’m an all or nothing person. So when I used to “diet,” I would diet all the way and restrict myself, which ended up causing me to binge eat every weekend and “start fresh” each Monday. So I’ve decided enough is enough and I want peace in my life, including peace in how I eat and exercise. I love being healthy, and I love the way exercising makes me feel, so I want that to be my motivation and not a perfect body. I’m also wanting to get more in tune with my body and listen to its needs, all while learning to enjoy treats without feeling guilty- AKA balance!
3. Redecorating my room
Currently my room is a disaster… but I’m sorta ok with it since I’m currently redecorating and trying to get rid of some things! So I’m in the middle of updating and maturing my space. I’m transitioning from bright colors to lots of white and neutrals like gray, and I’m also using lots of wood. I’m also adding a few colors like a rosy pink, a deep green, and mint. I’m actually excited about it except for the small amount of stress that comes from all the decisions! So my current mottoes are ‘slow and steady’ + ‘only one thing at a time.’ My favorite thing about my room so far, just might be my new IKEA white, trestle desk. Seriously, IKEA is the place to shop cute, inexpensive furniture!
4. Favorite tv series
My favorite tv series right now is Person of Interest. I’m hooked, my family’s hooked, even some of my friends are hooked. It’s so good, and it makes me secretly want to fight someone. Plus I discovered that I love Jim Caviezel- nothing better than finding out your favorite actor is actually a normal person in real life and a Christian!
5. New favorite face product
Recently, I have struggled with break outs on my face. I tried everything I could think of, while trying to keep it natural. I bought a face scrubber, I tried apple cider vinegar, turmeric, home-aide face-masks, I did a 10 day sugar, gluten, and dairy cleanse, and I tried a natural foundation. I even tried different natural cleansers. I was just about to break and try Pro-Active, something I have fought for a while, when my cousin recommended Shea Moisture. It’s a natural brand for acne and so far I LOVE it. It’s extremely gentle on my skin, and I’ve seen an improvement since using it. Hopefully, it’ll continue to work!
6. Coffee mug
So I needed another coffee mug like I needed a whole in my head, but I wanted a special mug for my desk when I do my devotions and school work. I ended up getting one from Target, and I love it! I call it my heavy duty school mug for intense studying since its super tall, like twice the height of a normal mug. It’s white and has cute dimensional polka dots all over it.
7. Commitment- go to bed earlier
Getting beauty rest is definitely an over-looked health need. Since the beginning of the summer, I developed a bad habit of going to bed at 11:30 or later, but I want to commit to getting more sleep, especially when school begins!
8. Good reads
Good books are like gold. Currently, I’m working on reading some books that I would highly recommend. The first two are great Christian reads and the second two are good reads for buffing up on your history. Especially Of Plymouth Plantations, because it contains essential knowledge of the history of America’s foundation- the depths of God’s involvement in America’s foundation and in the people who founded America is remarkable!
- When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy
- Your Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
- Of Plymouth Plantations by William Bradford
- The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
9. Homemade hot chocolate
You will probably find this recipe in a later post but I thought I would include it. Last night I wanted something sweet, but I had all ready had ice cream and was wanting something slightly healthier. So I had this random idea to make hot chocolate using some of my coconut sugar and it was so good! Like the best I’ve ever made and I think better than a mix! I basically started out with almond milk in a small pot and heated it with two stevia packets, a spoonful of coconut sugar, a sprinkle of sea salt, around two tablespoons of cocoa powder, some vanilla, and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Ya, it was delicious if I do say so myself!
10. One thing I’m looking forward to
I think by the sounds of my new “heavy duty” mug, you can guess I love coffee. I love it not because of the buzz, because quite frankly, I’ve never felt a buzz from coffee, but because of the taste and smell. It’s just a ritual for me to have a cup, and it makes me look forward to the mornings. Since, hopefully I will be getting my license in the next month, I’m looking forward to my many dates at the coffee shop during the school year- just me and my school books! Well, it’s not the school books I’m looking forward to, but I’m very excited about me and the coffee! I’m thinking I’ll need some nerd glasses to complete the look!
I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you for reading! Cheers to the month of August! It means fall is right around the corner!
“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”