I love when other content creators put together edits so I’ve made the executive decision to start offering them monthly too. Especially as we inch towards the holiday seasons, I think this will be especially fun. Look, I’m going to be honest here and tell y’all how much I’ve struggled to create content lately. Between Covid and blatant racism, xenophobia, people losing their livelihoods, and all the other uncertainties that accompany the first global pandemic we’ve seen in over 100 years. It’s hard to get on here and share a pair of jeans. So, I’m going to open September’s edit by saying this: I am praying over you and your family. I’m praying for your hearts and your health. I know this time has tried my mental health in so many ways. As my friend put it, it’s a cycle of feelings/emotions. Some days I feel blessed by the slower pace of living that has naturally came from quarantine. Other days, I feel trapped in Groundhog Day like I can’t escape. There’s no end in sight kind of feeling. I also know from having walked through another recession at the start of my adult life how much of a trigger that instability can be for me. I think it has advantages, it’s taught us to be frugal and live below our means because many of us watched our families lose just about everything. But it’s scary for me. Then, I turn on the news to watch something cheerful and upbeat and shift and improve my mood only to see an Asian family has been stabbed while grocery shopping. I sneak up and peek on two of my sons and want to sob that anyone would hurt them or speak unkindly to them. I go to bed and pray for tomorrow to be a better day, a “normal day.” But a normal day hasn’t came since March..
However, I need to get back to writing. I need this space. My corner of the internet that gives me the creative breathing room I need. So, here we go. Let’s get into it for September.
I’m two months into my generic acutane treatment. My face looks markedly better. I’m so pleased with the results, even though I had a really challenging week of side effects last week. (I think there’s a connection to side effects and certain times of the month.) I’ve also just had to come to terms with — I can’t be anywhere without water, and when I think I’ve had enough water that means I need another glass. I also chapstick is key and low intensity exercise is about all I can manage at this point. The treatment itself is only up to 6 months. I’m 1/3 of the way through, so I can do this!
One thing I have recently learned though, I can’t stop, won’t stop telling you to get the defined dish cookbook or at a minimum follow her on Instagram. Her recipes are genuinely easy to make and delicious. I’ve really gotten out of my comfort zone, purchasing new items and trying new things. I’m also a recent convert to Walmart delivery! It’s 12.95 a month or 99.00 a year and you can add stuff straight from the app. There’s a free two week trial and it’s been saving me lately! I add stuff straight from my cook book or Pinterest and then it arrives a couple days later. I’ve added this to Saturday chores and it’s been glorious to get that done.
I’ve also been loving Target fashion lately. As OG followers know, I took 2019 off from purchasing new clothes. So, I’ve been rebuilding my wardrobe with clothes that actually feel and I feel confident in. Target and Amazon have not let me down. I’m also super into camo now apparently.
I’ve also seen the Lord moving in my life a lot lately. My heart, especially. I think my struggles with control during covid season has helped me refocus and see that his plans will always be better than mine. Periodt. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I hope it’s for his glory. As we head into fall— here are some things I can’t live without:
The princess drink from Starbucks.
My favorite target shorts.
The Netflix show, The Outer Banks.
My camera — I’ve been able to rediscover my love for photography during this season.
Audiobooks to carry me through pick up line.