June 30 is special for a few reasons. Scratch that, only one reason…it’s my half-birthday. Go ahead and laugh. Yes, it’s very self-indulgent and silly but you gotta do what you gotta do when your birthday is in between Christmas and New Year’s. I wrote about why my family celebrates half birthdays here. Say what you want, but who would pass up a (made-up) day to treat themselves extra kindly? Answer: No one.
Moving on…time to recap some of my favorite things from the month of June. I try to post items/topics that I haven’t shared on social media or in earlier posts, but a few might reappear (hint: puppy).
Also known as ‘Archibald’ when he’s in trouble. Did we name him after Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl? I’ll never tell.
If I had to sum up the month of June it would be “Archie.” My dog Rocco is 8 years old so I had forgotten how much attention and care a puppy needs. Obviously he’s not just MY dog (I have three other people helping me) but we still have to coordinate work schedules and activities. It’s been a team effort. Archie is (knock on wood) a really good puppy! He doesn’t hate is crate when we do leave him (sometimes he goes into it on his own), he likes cuddling with soft toys, playing in the grass and stepping in his water bowl and then walking all over the kitchen.
Rocco is warming up to him, although I have a feeling it will take a few more months. Archie has brought so much youthful energy into our house.
I’m on a podcast kick at the moment. I go through phases of LOVE and ehhh but right now I’m in the former. I’ve been listening to them while running, driving, blogging and even job application-ing (go with it). Two newish podcasts worth noting:
“I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein.” Lindsey is a runner/blogger and I’ve followed her on social media for about year. Her guests are fellow runners, bloggers, women and/or friends and Lindsey starts genuine conversation with each person. Topics ranges from running and health to life, kids and The Bachelorette. I’ve listened to probably 10 out of the 16 episodes so far and have enjoyed them all.
“Millennial.” After my post last week Amanda suggested I listen to this podcast. Best. suggestion. ever. It’s all about navigating your 20’s and feeling lost and overwhelmed along the way. The episodes are shorter (about 20 minutes) but very entertaining and reassuring. My situation isn’t identical to what Megan (the podcast host) goes/went through, but it’s similar enough to be a comfort.
As for other podcast favorites…I still love Balanced Bites, Happiness Hour and Blissful Bites. The titles all sound alike, right? The topics are actually pretty different (health, happiness and business, respectively). Each is worth a listen!
Meeting Blog + Instagram Friends
Last weekend, 12 bloggers and Instagrammers met for brunch at Piquant in Tampa. Community is one of the main reasons I blog so meeting these inspiring and supportive women (in real life) was such a treat. Hopefully we can get together again soon! Next time maybe I’ll I get the “wear blue or white” memo.
Favorite Posts from the month
I forgot to mention that I was published on Elite Daily again! Check out my article titled “4 Ways You Can Stick To Your Wellness Routine on Summer Vacation.”
From my blog:
From other blogs/websites:
Balance, The Double-Edge Sword– In It For the Long Run
The Glorification of Busy– Foodiecology
A Letter From Your Token Celiac– Southern in Law
10 Women on Success As They Know It– via Man Repeller
Favorite Tweets/Graphics/Funny Things I Just Had To Share
I hope you have a great 4th of July weekend! Crazy to think that last year I was in NYC and going to the hot dog eating contest on the 4th.
I’ll be back on Tuesday (no Monday post!) with a marathon training recap and, later next week, a (long) update on the state of my gut health…quite possibly as complicated as the state of the union.