Q: What’s better than the first day of a new month being a Monday?!
A: A lot of things, obviously. But for goal-setting and motivational purposes you can’t get much better than this.
I’ve said it a few times but July was a rollercoaster of a month. It tested my patience and faith a few good times, but just like there’s always a new day, there’s always a new month. Even though it’s still the dead heat of summer, I’ll take you, August!
Instead of skipping over a monthly recap I’m looking at the GOOD. Not a monumental post with crazy stuff but still nice to reflect on favorite products and happenings. And yes I’m using the same main photo as last Thursday’s post…I can only take so many good ones ;)
An obvious highlight of my month was visiting family in D.C.! I recapped my trip in this post. It left me wanting to travel more…always seems to be the case with trips.
This is what happens to me when there is no sports on TV! But really, between the convention “scandals” and the Taylor Swift-Kim Kardashian feud I sure got my fill of drama for the month.
This is the extent I’ll talk about politics, but I did enjoy watching both the Republican and Democratic conventions. I stayed up way past my bedtime to listen to the speeches (major eye roll for starting at 10 p.m.) but it was worth it for me. Entertaining, informative, historic, whatever you call it, it was good TV. Did you watch?
A few favorite non-food products from the month:
Essie Gel Couture
Major first world problem: I love having my nails done but hate when they chip. Duh, doesn’t everyone? I’ve had a gel manicure before but it ruined my nails so this new Essie Gel Couture is hopefully the miracle I’ve been waiting for. Miracle, yes, I said that. You just apply it like regular nail polish and it’s supposed to last for 14 days. No UV rays needed, like typical gel manicures. It costs $12 at Target and they had most of the 42 colors available. I bought “Sheer Fantasy” and it is a little too light for my liking but still a pretty shade. It’s only been 4 days so I’m shooting for 10 to make it worth the purchase.
Random side story: I have a weird shaped nose/face. I’m not sure which one directly causes it but sunglass DO NOT stay on my face. Even with a nose piece they will slide off in a few minutes. I’m used to it at this point.
I’ve had the same pair of sunglasses for almost five years and they finally reached their breaking point. Sometime before the Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom had a “10x bonus point day” (my mom’s favorite holiday) so I was inclined to search for some new glasses. I ended up with the “Original Aviators” and I love them. Minimal sliding off!
I kept my old pair to wear during times when the glasses could get ruined…you know like when I almost got eaten by a shark while kayaking. Slight exaggeration.
Kale Snob Tote
My sister gave this to me for Christmas but I’ve used it so much within the last month that I want a new one (just because…). I get some funny comments! I don’t know if this is where she got it, but here’s a similar link.
From my blog:
From other blogs:
Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Others– via RunWiki (this was published in May but I read it this month. Needed it)
Is the Boutique Fitness Scene Too Obsessed with Intensity?– via Well + Good
Social Media Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story– via Picky Runner (a new round of “Behind the Instagram” coming next week)
The 3 Lessons that 23 Taught Me– via In It For the Long Run
Favorite Tweets/Graphics/Funny Things I Just Have to Share
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Here’s to a great August and enjoying all this season has to offer! Plus, the Olympics start this week. That’s a definite bonus.