Here we go again! Almost half way through the month of July and I just now got to this post. Opps! June was a beautiful month full of celebrating and long weekends away from home. I wish I could relive June over and over and over again. It really is my favorite month of the year. Here’s what made it great this year:

TOP LEFT – Belly Dancing
One of my best friends from high school is getting married next Saturday and during her bachelorette party our group took a belly dancing class at Belly Dance Grand Rapids. I had taken belly dance classes in high school so I was pretty pumped to get back into it. I remember really enjoying the music and the outfits. The dance moves felt very empowering and it was a phenomenal work out. That whole weekend was a blast, but for me, that activity was the highlight because this girl LOVES to dance.

TOP RIGHT – 2 year anniversary
On June 9, Christopher and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary! It was our ‘cotton anniversary’ so we exchanged t-shirts, mine was a Moosejaw Pancake Club t-shirt and I got Christopher a couple Michigan Beer shirts. Later in the week, we had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in town, Webster’s Prime. Christopher had the 28 day dry aged beef and I had the fish feature. We had amazing service and the food was perfect.

We always joke with each other that it feels like we’ve been married for 20 years, not just 2. At the same time, it feels like it was just yesterday when we were hard at work planning the wedding. I feel so lucky to be married to a man that is also my favorite human.

BOTTOM LEFT – Adobe workshop
Towards the end of the month, my co-workers Ashely and Chris and I hopped in a car and drove to the South Haven Yacht Club. We attended an Adobe Creative Cloud workshop hosted by one of our print vendors, Superior Colour Graphics. During the presentation we learned all about what we have to look forward to when our company updates our design software. The fed us breakfast and lunch and we had a great time hanging out away from the office, which every one should do from time to time. The best part of that day? I won a door prize from the drawing they held, $50 in Starbucks gift cards! Starbucks usually isn’t my go-to coffee but for the price of FREE, it is now :)

BOTTOM RIGHT – Comfortable heels
As I said earlier, my good friend from high school is getting married next Saturday annnnd I’m one of her bridesmaids! We had taken care of the matter of what dress we were going to wear months ago, but during her shower I got the info on what shoes to shop for and it was nude patent leather heels. Now, I do not typically wear heels because OUCH! But none the less, heels had to be found. I was preparing myself to either; spend lots of money on comfortable heels OR spend almost nothing and just pack extra band-aids.

Before I did that, I asked my co-worker Ashley what shoes she had because she basically owned what a I needed to have AND she wears them semi-regularly to work, which I took as a good sign of quality. She said Payless Comfort Plus and I thought I would give it a whirl. I’ll be honest, I was skeptical at first, because how nice could they be if they aren’t loads of money? When I tried them on I was SO shocked. I found my size in a wide and my feet felt fantastic! I’ve worn them to a baptism and to a wedding since purchasing them and they’re little rock stars! They have memory foam in the foot bed and, I don’t know, magic everywhere else? I can’t even believe I’m saying that I really like this pair of heels. I’d wear them again and again. Best part is they were only $20! So that means I basically got what I didn’t think existed, comfortable heels at a great price.

The drawing above is part of my new series I’m posting to Instagram called #100daysofdoodles. I’ll be making little drawings every day for 100 days and sharing them too. For me, this is an exercise to encourage myself to spend more time in my sketchbook, a practice that I love but has been rather neglected in recent months. Check in with me if you want to see more!

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