October Occassions

Well, only two more monthly reviews after I hit “publish” on this one. I have almost stopped trying to get these posted on time, but I do take notes throughout the month so I don’t forget anything! November has been pretty much non-stop, which I expected (hello, holiday season).

I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed with work, activities (friend gatherings, birthday celebrations, yoga training) and hit a pretty big slump mood-wise last weekend. I felt the lowest I had been in awhile – despite regular therapy and taking medication – I could not shake the cloud of depression that was weighing down over me. Thankfully I have been feeling more like myself he past few days (hence being able to complete this post).

Finished out Mother-Daughter trip to NYC

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Texas A&M Football game with J and his brothers

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Dallas Stars Hockey game with my colleagues and friends

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Attended a conference for work

Attended a gala for work

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Halloween party!

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Staff retreat – it was nice to escape to the “woods” for a few days

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Took J out to his favorite steakhouse, Bob’s for his birthday. Then we celebrated with family a few days later.

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My grandma and two aunts visited from the Midwest in honor of my grandma’s 90th birthday which was on Halloween. I only get to see them once a year if I am lucky. It was a special treat for them to meet all of J’s family before the wedding

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Movies/TV

To All the Boys I Loved Before

Pretty Woman

The Good Place

The Shining

The Haunting of Hill House

Books

Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

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Em

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September Socials

I can’t believe I have gotten so behind on posting… Here it is almost the end of October, when I should be preparing my “October review,” and I am just posting September! Better late than never, right?! As usual, fall is flying by. Work picks up; social events pop up, holiday prep beings, and wedding planning details! All good things, but can be very overwhelming.

I haven’t gone out with friends as much in the evenings as I had been. Work has been taking a lot out of me and I’ve come to cherish times at home, even if I’m watching mindless television. I’d love to get back to reading books, but even that can seem too daunting when I’m emotionally spent! Anyways, without further ado, my September…

Labor Day weekend – I didn’t do a whole lot since I knew the next few weekends were going to be packed

Went out on the town with some friends

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Started a 200 hour certified yoga teacher training (CYT) – will finish August 2019

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Got hooked on spin/cycle classes

I went to College Station a few times for Aggie football (Texas A&M). On one of the weekends my fiancé and I were able to have lunch with my cousin who I hadn’t seen in three years and her husband.

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Picked up my wedding dress!

NYC girls trip with my mom (photos to come – I promise)

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Movies/TV

Out Daughtered (guilty pleasure)

Real Housewives of Dallas (guilty pleasure)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society

Books

Little Fires Everywhere

June

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August Adventures

Housewarming/Birthday pool party

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Hashimoto’s Diagnosis – started meds. and supplements (DIM, ADK, Iron, Iodine) to get my energy up/thyroid levels balanced

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Wedding cake tasting

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Hiking on my day off

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Late night at the DMA and the Nasher with some friends

Tried a new Pilates reformer class and loved it!

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Ranger’s game

Went to my friend’s improve show

Started volunteering at a middle/high school youth night

Sent wedding save the dates

Saw the School of Rock musical

Movies/TV
Jane the Virgin
Game of Thrones

Books
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Interior Freedom by Jacques Philippe

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Em

July: my birthday month

Once again, I am suuuper late in posting my monthly review. I hate to make excuses, but… I have been horrible at uploading pictures. I have problems getting my phone and computer to sync. Each time it seems to take longer and longer. So I start dreading the process… Writing? No. Photos? Yes. Ironic since I love taking them. I honestly don’t take as many because of the upload process. I do use iCloud, but still haven’t “mastered” it – something isn’t working. Anyways, enough whining… Here was my July aka my birthday month:

Independence Day – slept in, pool with friends, burger, walk around the lake

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Last marriage preparation class with the church – 7 months to my wedding!

My (future) sister-in-law’s 40th birthday party

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Portland, OR trip

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Saw the musical “Love Never Dies” at the Dallas Summer Musicals

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My 29th birthday! – Went to daily Mass, had a Steel City Popsicle at Kylde Warren Park, then went out to dinner with my parents

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Movies/TV

The Office

The Crown, Season  2

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 4

The 12

Gifted

Meet the Parents

*I was hooked on Say Yes to The Dress (New York) for awhile…

Books

The Soul of the Apostolate by Jean-Baptiste Chautard

Gameplan: The Complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver by Sarah Harnisch

Above all Things by Tanis Rideout

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp,  John Zeratsky, & Brad Kowitz

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Portland

My fiance, Jose, and I have been wanting to go to Portland forever! We figured it would be a good birthday trip for me, but we already had plans on my birthday weekend. One of his former colleague, Katie, was born and raised in Portland and gave us a lot of great suggestions for our trip!

Thursday: We had a late flight out of DFW to PDX. I wasn’t looking forward to getting in after midnight, but I liked the idea of not having to take an early flight and jump straight into exploring. Well, summer storms in Dallas delayed our flight to even later than it initially was, getting us to the hotel (which was only about 10 minutes from the airport) around 3:30 am (PT). Yikes!

Friday: We took our time getting up, but did set alarms so we could make it to the hotel’s breakfast. Since the rental car company was closed by the time our flight landed we took the hotel’s shuttle back to the airport (praise Jesus for 24 hour shuttles!) to pick up our car.

I didn’t have a huge to-do list for Portland since we didn’t have a ton of time. I’m learning from previous trips not to plan too much because I’ll come home exhausted, which kinda defeats the purpose of a vacation… Katie had set up a few things for us to do together and emailed us a few suggestions. What I mainly wanted to do/see was downtown so that’s where we headed. First stop was Powell’s Books which came highly recommended. I am used to Half Price Book’s flagship store in Dallas, but was still impressed by Powell’s. I totally could have spent more time browsing, but I didn’t want to buy something that I could find back home. Jose did buy a comic book that he had been looking for!

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We were getting hungry, but I hadn’t looked up many food places which is odd for me. We walked by the food trucks and wandered around town consulting Yelp. We ended up grabbing lunch at a Freshii, which isn’t anything unique, but it hit the spot. Next we strolled down the waterfront. I enjoyed the breeze and checking out all of the cool bridges and signs.

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Portland Sign

Jose suggested going to the Chinese Gardens which were in walking distance. The gardens were lovely and were a nice change of scenery. It was so odd being surrounded by Chinese architecture, then looking up and seeing a traditional brick building.

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Our last stop before dinner was Stumptom Coffee. I hadn’t had coffee all day because I wanted to have real Portland coffee. By the afternoon I was a little cranky so I chose a cold brew to cool off. Jose was probably the only person that day who ordered a hot chocolate. I’m more of a hot coffee person, but really couldn’t imagine drinking a hot beverage after walking around in the heat.

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We went back to the hotel to rest a little bit before going out to dinner with Jose’s former colleague and her husband. They even had our names printed on the menu – how cute is that?! Jake’s is a Portland tradition and tasty option for tourists and locals. When travelling, I like to get something that I normally don’t get to have at home and ordered the X which was really fresh and something different. We walked to a restaurant a few blocks away to share dessert. We went to bed reasonably early since we had an early morning, full day of sight-seeing, and had a morning of hiking ahead of us!

We started the day fairly early for being on vacation. Then again, most of our vacations tend to be busy with doing things (even Hawaii – oops)! We met our friends from dinner the night before and headed to Multnomah Falls for a little hike and take in the lovely Columbia River Gorge.
It was a little busy by the time we got to the falls (10 am-ish). unfortunately, the trail to the very top was closed and we were only able to go up to the bridge. We still got some great pictures and I love waterfalls so it was worth the 30-30 minute drive! We still wanted to go on a hike so we consulted someone at the information desk as to what hikes were open. We decided on the Beacon Rock hike, which was only about X minutes away. We got to drive over the “Bridge of the Gods” and into Washington State to get there. The hike was much higher and longer than I thought it would be. AMAZING views, but I’ll admit that I got a bit of vertigo on the way up. After taking in breathtaking views of Washington and Oregon we headed back down the trail- it was a much easier trip!
We were all STARVING and ate lunch at a local restaurant chain that our friend and her kiddos liked. I couldn’t have eaten anything at that point, but I felt a little more like a local since we were with locals.
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We had the afternoon to ourselves so we did a few more “touristy things:” rode the tram and had an awesome view, walked around Alberta’s Arts District. We were planning on eating dinner out, but since we had a late lunch so I wasn’t hungry enough to eat down there. We grabbed a drink and discussed plans for the rest of the evening. I knew if we went back to the hotel that I wouldn’t get back out again. Long story short, were pretty exhausted and ended up going back to the hotel around 5:30 pm. I could tell by looking in Jose’s eyes that he was “done.” We ordered pizza from a local place and ate in on the bed while watching TV and it was the BEST DECISION EVER!
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We had to be up at 3:30 am to catch  5:30 am flight (But the other option would get us back at 7:00 pm, which was too late for prior commitments)… Bonus was we got to see a beautiful sunrise and still had enough the whole day in Dallas once we returned.
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I truly loved Portland and all of its natural beauty and its unique vibe. It’s definitely a place I wouldn’t mind going back to and exploring futher!
Happy travels!
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Good & goofy

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Photobooths

Rooftops

When you remember a computer password on the first time

Practicing headstands

Finding decorations (on sale) for my wedding

Warm popcorn

Show tunes

Seeing J’s 84 year old grandmother dance

Cuddling with my mom’s cat

Getting a goooood stretch

The smell of Anthropologie

Finishing marriage preparation classes

Naps

When the people at your favorite wine bar remember you

Finding a parking spot in the shade even when I’m late for work

What are you especially thankful for this week?

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Sun & somethings

Sunsets over the lake

Red, white, and blue everything

Getting hooked on new TV shows

Rooftop pools

Juicy watermelon

Sleeping in

When the morning sun, peaking through the blinds

When people ask for my advice

Folding and putting away laundry the day you wash it

Chats with my brother

Getting rid of things that don’t serve me anymore

Getting things (not bills) in the mail

When my mom sends me funny pictures of her cat

Each day being closer to marrying “my person”

What are you especially thankful for this week?

June: a month of moving

June flew by. Every month I wonder, “how can it be (insert month here) already”?! Growing up, one of our family friends used to say how quickly summer went by after the Fourth of July. I am sure I’ll be writing how I can’t believe that school is “back to school season!” But until then… This summer has been pretty chill for me so far. Not chill as in temperature wise because I am MELTING in this Texas heat, but low-key for the most part. A big thing that has been going on is my fiance and I being preoccupied getting things organized for the new house…

Bridesmaids dress shopping

Dinner with friends from out of town

Moving! Me into J’s condo – him to our new house (insert chaos here)

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MANY Trips back and forth later

Saw The Lion King Musical at Fair Park

Father’s Day lunch with dad at True Food Kitchen

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Celebrated my 1 year work anniversary

Reconnecting with long-lost friends

Attended a conference for work and saw one of my favorite speakers

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Fr. Mike Schmitz

Movies/TV

The Office

The Crown, Season  2

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 4

The 12

Gifted

Meet the Parents

*Recently hooked on Say Yes to The Dress (New York)

Books

The Soul of the Apostolate by Jean-Baptiste Chautard

Gameplan: The Complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver by Sarah Harnisch

Above all Things by Tanis Rideout

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp,  John Zeratsky, & Brad Kowitz

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Re-focus that funk!

I’ve been in a funk this week, which is all the more reason to focus on the good!

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Closing down restaurants

Being able to keep up in Zumba

Ordering coffee on Starbucks’ mobile app – no lines!

Great turn out for an event my team hosted for work

Catching up with friends

Keeping a dream journal

Compliments

The first bite into juicy, fresh fruit

When you have a song in your head and it comes on the radio

Feeling the closest to Jesus as I have in awhile

Planning for an upcoming trip (Portland!)

Routines

What are you especially thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday

Today marks the beginning of my “Thankful Thursdays” series. I (like many people) tend to focus on the negative – what’s going wrong in the world and beat myself up over mistakes. I start complaining and it’s harder to see all of the good around me. My intent with these posts is to share all of the little and big things than have brought me joy this week. By expressing gratitude, I am hoping that my attitude will also shift to become more positive.

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Going to the walk vs. the gym

Morning yoga

Having a good make-up day

Booked trip to Portland next month

The sound of tolling bells

Cooking dinner at home vs. going out to eat (again)

Going to bed earlier

Sunlight streaming in through blinds

Keeping my succulents alive (they were dying)

Getting my first check from Young Living!

Laughing out loud

Starting new books

What are you especially thankful for this week?