3 Things To Smile About
1. Ogunquit, Maine. Chris and I are headed there this weekend for an end of summer mini getaway. We booked this on a whim in mid-July, and I am so glad we did. We’re staying at a cute B&B for two nights and have no set in stone plans other than to explore the beautiful and quaint New England beach town. The entire month of August has felt like early fall to me, so I have no doubt that being up north will only intensify that, but I’m okay with packing some sweaters and accepting that my tan is slowly fading away.
2. A new job. Yes, a new job! I accepted an offer last Friday and yesterday I gave my two weeks notice. It’s been a long time coming and while I am very ready for a new environment and day-to-day routine, I definitely will miss many of the people and many of the comforts I’ve grown used to. This job was the first job I’ve had out of college that I really feel served me well, taught me skills that are valuable to take with me elsewhere, and gave me true confidence in the workplace. It’s so easy to see everything through rose-colored glasses at the end, but there were so many reasons I was ready and looking for the next opportunity, and I am genuinely excited about where I am going. SO, we’ll see what comes of this new chapter. As they say: the only constant in life is change.
3. Calm. I feel like this summer was go-go-go. And it was all good go-go-go. I guess summer is like that for most of us. Weddings and celebrations and planned weekends and traveling and post-work nights out. As always, all with people I love so much. But I finally feel like I/we have some calm. Some weekends ahead with no plans in sight (including Labor Day weekend), and some planned weekends ahead that I am really looking forward to because I know they’ll be relaxing ones. I want less alcohol, less processed food, and to welcome exercise back into my world. September is a good time to start.
I have never been more saddened or terrified by this world and the people in it.
How will things ever get better?
There aren’t even words…
It has been such an unbelievably beautiful summer. The most mild summer I can recall experiencing. So many days have been sunny and only with a high of about 80. Some days, I wish it were hotter and grosser so that I could really be ready for the fall and welcome it with open arms, but this whole August has felt more like September to me. No complaints here though, just thanking the weather Gods for these pretty and comfortable days.
It was an awesome weekend that involved cousin Rachie visiting, and quality time with people I love, and my first wedding dress shopping appointment! So much pretty. So much fun. So surreal.
My lips have been chapped and thanks to the internet I discovered that drenching them in natural honey helps as a little home-remedy. So this has been fun and delicious. And it works! Some eventually drizzled down onto my chin and I had no idea (distracted by Tim Riggins, perhaps) but Chris was sure to inform me that it looked completely ridiculous. Ah, [pre]married life.
Fiancé brought home flowers for our 11-months-til-the-wedding anniversary. Cutie pie.