Guys, August has come and gone! The end of August always feels like the end of summer to me. When I was in school, it meant there were just a few days left of summer vacation because schools in Michigan start up the Tuesday following Labor Day. But I’m a full grown adult now (how and when did that happen?) and while it still feels like the end of summer, I’m buoyed by the fact that I no longer have to deal with the education system. 🙂 (*devoutly ignores looming student loans*)
So, here is my August in Retrospect, the first in a series I plan on doing at the end of every month. I’ll focus on a few categories that have been most prominent this month, say a bit about each, and wrap it up with my favorite blogs for the past few weeks and what I’m looking forward to in September.
My sister, Joslyn, came to visit from Tennessee, and she had a birthday party at her grandma’s house toward the beginning of the month. I got to see her mom’s side of her family for the first time in about 15 years, which was both weird and cool (but mostly cool). I love that my siblings and I have such a mixture of family members, because it means holidays and birthdays are never the same.
I also took my other sister, Julia, to Cedar Point for her birthday! Jonny also came, as well as Julia’s friend, Falyn. We had a great time, avoided sunburns, and rode loads of roller coasters.
After not going to the gym once in July, I got back into the habit of going two-to-three times a week this month! I also cut back on going out to eat, which has helped me both save money and feel better physically. (I actually didn’t go to the gym at all last week, so obviously that two-to-three-times-a-week habit isn’t actually a habit yet.)
My mental health has been a bit shaky. It’s mostly my anxiety. As I posted about before, I’m super stressed and having a hard time dealing with it. The stress and anxiety have caused my face to be broken out for weeks, and no amount of water drinking or charcoal face masks seems to help. Also, I’ve been feeling socially withdrawn toward the end of this month. I don’t want to talk to anyone or go anywhere, and I’m sure it’s because of this lengthy anxiety flareup.
My go-to BB cream in the cooler months transitioned nicely into a summer necessity: Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream (shade 130 because I tanned up quite a bit from my 110 level). I have naturally oily skin, and this BB cream is a gem. I’ve been using it for most of 2017, and I can’t see myself changing that anytime soon. It’s cheap, I can apply and blend it with my hands, it has great coverage (and is layer-able for troublesome spots), and it holds up all day with my oily skin. I would say that the shades are the product’s biggest downfall; there aren’t that many and I sometimes have to buy two neighboring shades to mix together.
A special shout out goes to my forever favorite, Batiste Dry Shampoo (Divine Dark). Not only do I have oily skin, but my thick hair gets oily on day one. Batiste keeps my hair fresh for four (sometimes five!) days. It’s amazing. The one negative to Batiste Dry Shampoo is that it gets everywhere, and if you use Divine Dark — well, you see it easily on your hands, light clothing, and counter tops. But! It comes off super easily. I put it on, then get dressed, and I don’t have any problems with it on my clothing. And wiping off the bathroom counter is done in seconds.
A few weeks ago, I started organizing my life with a task tracker to see if it would help me manage my stress and self-care. I think it was great for mentally organizing myself and helping me realize that I need to a.) start re-prioritizing my life and daily tasks, and b.) stop being lazy and get things done. (I think blogging has actually helped me more with my stress and self-care than the task tracker has, but more on that on Sunday, September 3rd when I talk about my first full month of blogging!)
For September, I’ll probably turn the task tracker into a tally sheet because — instead of just filling in as I went to see what habits I already had — I wanted to do everything every day and fill in every single square, which was not the point.
As this is my first Month in Retrospect and this is my first list of current favorite blogs, most of these bloggers have shown themselves to be friendly, helpful, and patient. I am so, so grateful for their support and guidance. (Check out my Blogger Recognition Award post for more recommendations!) In no particular order:
- Fashion for Lunch
- Damn, Girl. Get Your Shit Together.
- Jade Marie
- Beth Sandland
- I Wanna Be a Lady
- Read, Think, Ponder
- Kelly Prince Writes
While I don’t have a whole lot of activities or trips planned for September, there are definitely some things I’m looking forward to. Leaves changing, hot drinks, visiting cider mills… I’m going to work on nailing down my autumn/winter capsule wardrobe, my autumn bucket list, and chipping away at my TBR Bingo challenge. I also want to get a super head start on my Christmas shopping, because y’all know that shit comes round before you’re ready.
What are you looking forward to in September? Is it just me, or does it seem like this summer flew by? I’m not convinced summer really happened.