June was good to me. Looking through the photos I took this month for Project 365, I realize it wasn’t an altogether exciting month, but it was a good one. June was low-key, relaxing, and peaceful. Here in Florida, we’re definitely full swing into summer and the days are hot, hot, hot. While we’re hovering around the low 90s temperature-wise, with the humidity, we’re easily hitting the triple digits daily. Tank tops, shorts, and blasting the air conditioner will be the MO for the next few months.
Jessica, a blogger I’ve been following for years, was in town for a PR conference and she had some time before the conference started to meet up with me. It was so fun to meet her in person! This was probably the first blogger meet-up where I wasn’t scared out of my mind beforehand. Maybe I’m getting better at meeting bloggers, or maybe I just felt like I was just meeting up with an old friend to catch up. She’s wonderful, though, and we sat outside, sipped delicious margaritas, and chit-chatted about everything – vacations and dating and jobs and blogs. It was incredibly fun! She’s a good soul.
I didn’t always love summer. And I still don’t think summer is my favorite season, but I’m learning to love it. There is so many fun things to do in the summer, and a lot of it is free or very cheap. I don’t exactly have a summer bucket list, but I would like to spend more afternoons at my pool, visit the beach at sunset at least once, take Dutch to the dog beach, and eat as much fresh watermelon as humanly possible.
This month, I’ve started taking Dutch on a Saturday morning walk at a nearby park. He loves long walks and he keeps up a pretty brisk pace, so it’s a good workout for both of us. The park is beautiful early in the morning, it’s not too hot, and I know Dutch looks forward to it. For an old guy, he’s pretty active and never turns down the chance to run around in the grass.
I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching about my diet and losing weight this month. I haven’t been weighing myself regularly and I haven’t been following any formal diet plan. I’ve just been… eating okay, trying to implement healthier habits, and trying to worry less about the scale and more about how I feel overall. I have good days and bad days. I have days when I’m happy, and days when I see a photo of myself and want to bawl my eyes out. I’m working on kindness. I’m working on recognizing where I am right now, and trying to give myself props for every little step I take in regaining control over my health.
All in all, I’m happy with June. It was a good month, with more ups than downs. And I’m looking forward to July. I don’t have a ton of big! fun! plans! but I have small things I’d like to do, and I’m leaving my options open to let whatever happens, happen. I want to get outside more and enjoy each and every day I’m given. It’s truly a gift, and I’m realizing more and more to not take any day for granted.
Is summer your favorite season? What do you have planned for July?