I seriously can’t believe I’m writing this post already. Just like that half of my birthday month has come and gone. WTF?!
As I mentioned in my July Goal Setting post, my focus for this month has been on self care. A positive body image and mindset was on the top of my list, even if that meant putting my work and business secondary. You guys don’t know how hard this is for me!
I’m so grateful for the wonderful friends and family that I have in my life. Whether it’s someone I see often or good friends that I see every once in a while, I value them all. They’re amazing and remembered me on my bday, most of them asking what I was doing to celebrate. I replied with a “absolutely nothing” and they were all happy for me! Lol 😂 They know how much I work and know me well enough to know that rest is exactly what I needed. It was glorious guys! I didn’t think I needed it, I actually had every intention to come in to work that day. But Charlie urged me to take the day off. It was a hot day so I stayed home, caught up on my TV shows, ate fried chicken, and took a nap. Best birthday ever!
As far as goal setting goes, I think I’m doing pretty well.
My plants that I bought and mentioned in my June post are still alive! It makes me so happy that they’re doing well. I bought a rosemary plant (I’ve killed a rosemary plant in the past) and I’m determined to keep it alive. It says on patio in our back yard since the directions say it needs 6 hours of direct sunlight. Because of the heatwave I think I need to water it more, though.
Skincare has been a big thing for me. I’ve never been one to take care of my skin growing up, I was lucky enough to not have to deal with acne. As I transitioned into my 30s skincare has become a priority of mine. Maintaining healthy skin not just on my face but my entire body has been something I’ve made part of my routine. Dry brushing, cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliating, masks, the whole 9. All of it, even the daily maintenance things, have become a treat for me.
One of my goals has also been to find gratitude in every day. I’ve made a section in my bullet journal dedicated to listing at least 1 thing I’m grateful for every day.
Growing my blog was a general goal I had for this month. Ever since I did the 30 Day Blogging Challenge I found blogging to be extremely therapeutic. The focus of “growing” my blog isn’t to necessarily grow my readership but to just grow its purpose and meaning for me. I realized how much I love writing and how valuable it has been to have a log of my life and things I’ve experienced for the past 11 years or blogging. Consistency hasn’t been the best because it’s a special month and resting is important for self care. But finding my stride in how I want to further blog in the future is starting to take shape.
Spending time with Charlie, friends, and family has also been on my list. This goes along with prioritizing my personal life over work because in the end this is what truly matters.
Improve self and do something fun. I think in my head this basically means to spend a little on something I wouldn’t normally, something I’d consider a “luxury.” Like going to the driving range, spend the morning reading a book on the beach, buy a book, get a hair cut…that kind of thing. This definitely contributes to a healthy mind.
July has been quite the month, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Except maybe cooler weather lol! 😂
I would’ve dug 2 inches and sloped to 4 inches instead of 4 inches to 6 inches. It really wasn’t necessary to go that deep and we probably would’ve spent a little less on the rock.
We should’ve done this in the fall or winter, it was so hot most of the days we worked on it and I got such a bad tan!
Because it took us so long to dig the pit weeds and grass began to grow where we previously dug. It took extra time to remove and kill what was growing in that area. Next time I’d make sure that we could consistently work on the project so we don’t create extra work for ourselves.
We made the mistake of not creating a straight line to follow when we were digging so our patio extension is a bit squiggly lol! We’re going to cover it up eventually but it still bugs me! We should’ve either spray painted the perimeter, used wood for our edging so it would be pretty straight from the beginning, or put stakes at the corners and tied rope to keep the lines straight.