July/August Favorites

Between July and August I went from a month of crazy-crazy-crazy to a month of kicking back, carefree and happy. I’m so bummed to see my favorite time of year come to an end, but I think I did a pretty good job enjoying it to the fullest! Here’s a short and sweet list of my favorite things from the last two months. Enjoy!

1. LUSH bath bombs
July made me a little crazy. My work load was pretty intense and I relied heavily on the trip I made to LUSH with my mom for some relaxation. While I was there I grabbed two bath bombs and told myself they were just in case of emergencies. Sure enough, during July both of them were gone. Small things like a bubble bath can really be the glue that holds you together during stressful times.

2. Healthy Feet
For the majority of this summer I struggled with limited mobility. I had been seeing a podiatrist to get rid of several patches of plantar warts on my feet. In the very beginning it was very hard for me to deal with. I was unable to go to the gym or do yoga like I had planned on or go on long walks. Honestly, just walking to and from my car some days was excruciating, but as of August 1st I had my last procedure done to my left big toe. It has taken almost all of August for that area to feel normal again but now I have healthy feet once again! I do not want to take the ability to walk freely for granted again. The biggest challenge for me was to reconcile that the pain was temporary and that it will pass.

3. Kalamadoodle
After reading the book Beautiful Anarchy by David duChemin I started a personal project ‘100 Days of Doodles’ as a way to get myself into better creative habits. I have been having a lot of fun sharing small creations with friends and family through instagram. Then my friend, Jami told me about the Kalamadoodle group that was starting. They had their first gathering on August 20 at Arcadia Brewing Company and I loved it so so much! It’s basically the ‘Drink & Draw’ format geared toward creative people to get together, have a few drinks and draw. I love this concept because for those who aren’t so jazzed about networking, it gives you something to do besides nervously making small talk. I can’t wait to go to the next event.

4. The Chocolate Garden
In July, I went to 3 weddings, 2 bachelorette parties, and 1 chocolate garden. For one of the bachelorette parties we went on a winery tour in the South West Michigan area. It was so much fun because I had never been to any of these places before but my favorite stop was at the Chocolate Garden. Much like a wine tasting, they had chocolate tastings of their massive list of truffles. I went back for a second round of tasting because it was sooooo good.

5. ASL Ice Bucket Challenge
My brother challenged me to the very internet famous ASL Ice Bucket Challenge. By the time it had reached me I was getting excited about the prospect of making a video myself and I wanted it to be something special. So when I was nominated, I made some storyboards to have it resemble opening movie credits, planned the filming schedule and once it was all done, I threw it together in iMovie! Making this very quick short video has inspired me to make other kinds of videos, I just don’t know what of just yet…

6. Boyhood
One of my favorite directors is Richard Linklater and when I heard about his new coming of age story that was filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast I was super pumped to see it. Linklater was responsible for one of my favorite movie series of all time, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. That series, like Boyhood, starred Ethan Hawke. First of all, Linklater and Hawke are amazing together, the writing of the script and the delivery felt so natural, much like the ‘Before’ movies which is probably why I loved it so much. In the movie Boyhood, not a lot of traditional movie ‘action’ happens, but to me, that’s another reason why it felt so authentic. Sure, there were a couple of dramatic moments but more often moments in life were shown as non-dramatic, sometimes silly and other times full of questions. This approach to showing what it is like to grow up resonated with my own childhood experience. So much beauty, sadness, strength and struggle was captured in this movie. Everyone should see this movie. I think it would strike a cord with anyone who grew up in the late 90’s and early 2000’s the most, but the method in which this movie was made sets it far apart from your typical coming of age story.

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