★ The month started a bit rough. I always seem to gravitate to Beyoncé’s music when I’m feeling sad and hurt.
★ Still loving my Rifle Paper Co. Secret Garden calendar
★ Found the perfect dupe of NARS Stormbird, Sinful Colors Smokin’ Hot
★ I found my creativity! Spent an afternoon with a friend cutting fabric for my Lady Mary quilt out of the Downton Abbey fabrics. Worked on three quilt tops and immersing myself in color. Pulled out the perfect Fall piece to stitch on too.
This summer is just zooming by like nobody’s business. Frankly, July was a rough month. Started out fine but then it took a nosedive. My crazy work schedule took over again and a lot of late nights left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Near the end of the month I made some adjustments in my attitude and did my best to start looking at things from a place of gratitude and abundance. Amazing what a difference that makes. Two things that have really helped me are the IG posts from @tarotandtea, particularly her daily tarot advice, and Katie O’Keefe’s blog and IG. I’m loving watching her moving through #intentionalaugust and #mth (making things happen). Both are two roads to the same destination, a destination of re-engaging with myself and what means most to me. All a work in progress, but I’m feeling a lot better equipped to deal with the “stuff” that’s going on in my life right now.
So, what adventures did I get up to in July? It was so nice to have a long weekend for 4th of July, and you can see I celebrated with a fun mani. I spent a day with some girlfriends over that weekend too – I even baked cookies! Eric and I opted to not go out to see fireworks, but instead we enjoyed the evening at home and watched some of the specials on tv.
We had lots of rain in July and it actually made for a much cooler summer than we’re used to in Texas. I love it when it rains, so it’s always a little bonus.
As part of my attitude adjustment, I spent some extra time on myself – nails (of course), some new makeup (eyeliner and powder), dug out my favorite summertime heels (don’t those cherries kill you?), and some summery statement necklaces like my starfish that jingle! I even went through all the lipstick I have hoarded in my purse. Amazing what you find in there.
I had a little bit of relaxation time that I spent working on a gift for my Goddaughter (a summery yellow quilt) and catching up on my DVR’d shows, namely the red carpet from the Oscars. Yes, it was in February.
Eric and I also did something for ourselves, we finally ordered our frame for the photo we printed from our honeymoon so we could hang it over our bed. The frame is perfect and goes beautifully with the warm tones of the sunset from the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome. Apologies for the reflection/glare in the photo…but trust me it looks wonderful. And it allowed us to mark our bedroom as complete on our home improvement list.
So that was July, and we’re already halfway through August so I’d better start thinking about my August in Photos post!
The months keep zooming by faster and faster and April was no exception. I’m really loving doing these month in photos posts, not only because it’s a great way to remember what the hell I was up to, but it’s also so interesting to see the way the photos change with the seasons – my photos from January are vastly different from these photos not only in subject matter but the light is so different!
So, April started off with a flight to New York for Eric’s grandmother’s funeral. I’m so glad that we were there, and got to spend a bit of time with family that we haven’t seen in a long while – some who I’d never met. And as I mentioned in my post about Easter, it really had a huge impact on me. And perhaps all of the feelings that were brought up by that period of time were what triggered my complete 180 mood swing? There were a couple of weeks there that I was so out of sorts, and so sad and angry that I could barely stand myself. I certainly couldn’t stand other people. And when I say a complete 180, I mean it. I went from happy Spring, happy bright sunny buttery yellow nail polish to my big “back off” warning sign of black nail polish. I did eventually emerge from the worst of it, but I still don’t feel like I’ve got my groove back.
I finished up the last of the Fever series on the plane back from NY, and I’d picked up the Jenny Lawson book in the airport so I started it on the way home. I just finished it yesterday and am starting something new for May.
Eric and I celebrated our seven (!!) year anniversary on the 8th and he made us a lovely dinner at home and brought me roses. I did some work on my dad’s memorial sampler and started assembling my Tula Pink quilt – both were unfortunately fraught with issues (I should probably have waited to work on things until I was over my whatever it was mood).
Things did start to turn around a little bit last week and I felt a little better, took a day off work and even painted my nails gold (OPI Glitzerland, which is a dupe for Chanel Diwali that I was seriously coveting!). I even had a few productive days at home doing some photo editing (I have a huge backlog) and getting some scanning done in our going paperless project at home. And I got to have a fabulous dinner with a coworker and we tried out a new to me restaurant called Whiskey Cake (where we, in fact, ordered whiskey cake). It was sooooo good!
So the month was not a total wash, and I’m hoping that I can begin to sort through what all was going on with me and get back to my happy place. But, it’s better. Oh, and a big big thank you to Eric for changing my little social media icons – I am much happier with them!!