On August

by Stephany on September 1, 2014

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Highlights of August: attending my first Miami Dolphins football game, supporting my friend as she taught her first-ever spin class (which reminded me how much I dearly love spin), celebrating my one-year “workaversary,” and going on a ghost tour with a bunch of girlfriends. August was good to me. It was fast and busy, but also slow and relaxing. I need a good mixture of busy and relaxing to feel satisfied, and that’s exactly what this month was.

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I didn’t make my goal of working out 31 times in August. At the end of the month, I logged 25 workouts. And honestly? I don’t feel bad about that because that’s still very, very good! But I’ve decided not to try to log 30 workouts in September. As much as I loved taking on this challenge for the past two months, I’ve been noticing that my workouts don’t have intention behind them. I’m not working toward any specific goal, simply working out to cross off another day on my list. I want my workouts to be less about logging in the most workouts I can, and more about quality workouts that help me meet specific fitness goals. I’m not sure I’m explaining myself well, but basically, I’ve found myself going for a quick 20-minute walk or doing a simple 15-minute strength workout and calling it good. And while, yes, that is exercise and it does count… I need more intention and more focus with my workouts, and I think the only way to do that is focus less on quantity and more on quality.

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Work-wise, August has been delightfully insane. My workload increased dramatically, I was given two new clients (with more to come!), I celebrated my one-year anniversary and had my review (which went wonderfully!), I got a raise, and I’m now eligible to participate in my company’s work-from-home program. Currently, we’re only allowed to work from home two days a month, but I’m hoping more writers will try this out and it will expand! All in all, it’s been a full year of writing professionally and I’m still so darn happy. I’m very, very grateful.

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Ready for some exciting news? I’m going to be an aunt again! My sister-in-law is pregnant and due in March with Baby #2. I honestly didn’t think she would have another baby because she seemed so satisfied as a mom of one, so this was such a pleasant surprise! I’m so excited to have another squishy newborn to hold and spoil and love.

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I rejoined OK Cupid this month. I’m trying to be excited about the prospect of dating again – and in most respects, I am – but I’m still dealing with some residual feelings from my crush and I’m trying to psyche myself up for the world of OKC again. I’ve not yet gone on a date (I was chatting with a few guys, but nothing ever evolved), and I had a good friend look over my dating profile and she, very nicely, told me that my profile gave off feelings of insecurity and being unimpressed with the whole process. (Accurate? Maybe.) I really need to shift my focus. I need to be excited about dating and the adventures that can ensue. More importantly, though, I need to have hope that love is possible for me.

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There is this small part of me that has begun to regret waiting until fall 2015 to move into my own apartment. I’m getting the itch to be on my own, fully independent on myself. I mean, I’m turning 27 in a few months. I think it’s time, ya know?! But my mom and I will sign our lease this month and we’ll remain in this apartment for another year. When I do move out, I want to feel completely prepared and that mostly comes down to finances. My bank account will take a major hit from move-in costs alone, not to mention that I need to buy furniture, kitchenware, and other random necessities. I’ve already begun apartment hunting, just to see what’s out there and to get a feel for how much move-in costs will be ($1,500 for the community I looked at this past weekend. Whimper.), so I can start preparing and be ready for this big change come next fall.

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September is the month of birthdays: my brother, my nephew, and my future stepdad all celebrate their birthdays this month! It’s also the kickoff to NFL football, which, of course, includes fantasy football and participation in a few “pick ‘em” leagues. And it’s the month I’m going to finally meet one of my most beloved blogging friends, Nora. (SO darn excited about that!) My biggest priority for September is going to be getting on track with healthy eating. I’ve not gone off the rails, but I need to tighten things up and get back to drinking lots of water and eating less sugar.

What was the highlight of your month?

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Five For Friday (v. 36)

by Stephany on August 29, 2014

1) The maintenance light is on in my car. Like a proper adult, I’ve been ignoring it, hoping it will magically go away, but it hasn’t and I’m going to have to take it in to be looked at. I thought it started blinking because I needed an oil change, but I got the oil changed and it was still blinking. So, it must be something else and I am scaaaared to find out what it is. I really hope it’s something fixable and covered under my warranty. Oh, please, oh, please.

2) I think I need to invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock. Right now, I use my phone but then I find myself scrolling through Instagram or Twitter or Facebook or Pinterest and before I know it, 15 minutes has gone by and the whole reason I was on my phone in the first place was to set my alarm! Sigh. I need an intervention. The truth is, I’m not even all that addicted to my phone. I don’t check it that much, and I usually leave it in my room or in my purse when I’m home. But in those last minutes before I need to be asleep, it’s suddenly oh! I haven’t checked Instagram today! or oh man! What is everyone saying on Twitter right now? or ooh! I remember seeing a notification on Facebook I haven’t checked. I don’t want to remove all social media apps from my phone, so I think the next best thing is to simply use an alarm clock and leave my phone in the living room or bathroom overnight.

3) This upcoming Sunday is the last one without football! My brother and I have been counting down for months, and I am so ready and excited for the 2014 season to start. Sundays without football are very sad Sundays indeed.

4) I was sore for three straight days after the workout I did on Monday. It’s been a long, long time since I have felt so sore – one of those hurt so good feelings! In the workout, you’re supposed to perform 10 sets of the 10 moves, and I only had time for two sets. And I’m not sure if I could have made it through another set, even if I did have the time! It was so hard. I’m going to work my way up to those 10 rounds, though – count on it!

5) I keep forgetting that this weekend is a three-day weekend! I honestly have no plans for Labor Day, other than sleeping, relaxing, and reading a good book. It’s going to be a super low-key, plan-less weekend and I couldn’t be happier!

Do you use an alarm clock or the one on your phone? What are your plans for the long weekend?

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A Day in the Life: Monday, August 25, 2014

August 27, 2014

Let’s do another day in the life post! I think I might start doing these once a month because they are so fun to put together. Even if my life is pretty boring. Ha! 4:36am: First alarm goes off. 5:30am: After five or six subsequent alarms (I use Sleep Cycle and then two backup alarms on […]

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The Tampa Bay Project #4: Take the Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg

August 25, 2014

  On Friday night, I knocked off one of my adventures on my Tampa Bay Project list! I went with five girlfriends from my book club to take in the Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg. Our book club turned four years old this month (though I’ll celebrate two years in the club in October!), and we like […]

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TGIF (v.3)

August 22, 2014

Happy Friday, friends! What a week! It’s been a busy one for me at work, as I’m trying to finish up my last few writing assignments before the end of the month. I celebrated my one-year “work”-aversary, and had my review with my bosses on Tuesday. My review went really well! I’m happy, they’re happy, we […]

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One Year of Writing Professionally

August 20, 2014

Yesterday, I celebrated my one year anniversary at my job! It’s kinda blowing my mind that I’ve already been at my job for a year… these past twelve months have flown by in a flash. I still remember how anxious and fearful I was to begin this new career path. Scared out of my mind […]

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part III

August 18, 2014

So far, I’ve talked about putting together a capsule wardrobe and what my ideal summer capsule would entail. I’ve also talked about purging my current wardrobe and where it stands today in regards to creating this capsule. I have some work to do with my wardrobe, mainly continuing to get rid of pieces and adding […]

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TGIF (v. 2)

August 15, 2014

  Happy Friday, friends! Fridays are really the best, aren’t they? And when you only work 3.5 hours, they are even better! Let’s dive right into another TGIF post! The high of my week was ladies happy hour with a bunch of work friends. It was a ton of fun! I drank a delicious mojito, shared […]

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Book Review: Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman

August 13, 2014

Goodreads review: On the surface, Olivia has it all: a high-powered career, a loving family, and a handsome fiancé. She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. But when Jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister Georgia are mystified. Their mother rarely spoke of her […]

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part II

August 11, 2014

Last week, I wrote about beginning to create a capsule wardrobe. I have been feeling very uninspired by my wardrobe lately, mainly because it was stuffed with clothes I didn’t love and rarely wore. So, to begin creating a wardrobe I love and a style that makes me feel good, I had to go through […]

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