July | Checking In And Catching Up


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PAST MONTH Reflections:

Well, the month of June has been a difficult month for me. Firstly because I had to live through my first father’s day without my Dad. Also, this time of year is nearing the anniversary of his death; it’s like my body remembers where I was last year, and the realization of this follows me around like a storm cloud. I suppose the year of firsts hurts in a different way than the years I have ahead, though I suspect this time of year especially, and life itself generally, will never quite feel the same.

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Otherwise, I’ve been facing a lot of frustration these past few weeks. Anger isn’t a feeling I’m overly comfortable with as an adult, and the experience leaves me feeling utterly possessed. I know in a logical sense that anger is meant to show you what needs to change or highlight what hurts, and to propel you to act on it. But it’s still an uncomfortable feeling for me, however normal it may be.

Outside of that, the weather has been shaping up and my plants are growing like crazy. I’m growing veggies and flowers on my front porch for the first time and it’s working out well. It’s a hobby I hope to build on every year if I’m able to. Do you garden? If so, I’d love to hear all about it in the comment section below!

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I’ve also gotten super into podcasts lately, notable among them being: Terrible Thanks for Asking, Family Secrets, Mental Illness Happy Hour, and Forever 35. Oh, and I just finished listening to The Shrink Next Door! It was great, and I hope they’ll be making a TV series like they did for Dirty John because that’s something I’d love to watch, too.

I finally got to spend some family time on the lake during Canada Day weekend and it really set a great tone for July. I’m hoping for a nice, peaceful summer - and I wish the same for you too.

The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.
—Ernest Hemingway

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LOVING LATELY

∼ this important reminder about tragedy, savings, and beneficiaries
∼ why the
hoya is one part houseplant, one part heirloom
∼ this clothing
company that donates proceeds to those going through a tough time
∼ ann lamott’s
ted talk about 12 truths she learned in life
∼ why millennials love their
houseplant jungles
∼ the song
falling like the stars by james arthur
∼ the secret side of grief:
the culture of blame
∼ the jonas brothers
cover lewis capaldi’s someone you love
∼ kate bowler’s everything happens for a reason
ted talk
∼ i’m terrible, thanks for asking - an
article by nora mcinerny

 

 

GRATEFUL FOR

∼ friends who show up
∼ engrossing podcasts
∼ unwavering support
∼ truth tellers
∼ terracotta pots
∼ being out on the lake
∼ reconnecting with the past
∼ the perfect song
∼ taking chances

 

 

Writing UPDATES

My most recent article is about all the ways this world can break your heart that have nothing to do with romantic relationships. I hope you can relate, but I also kind of hope you can’t. 

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF GRIEF

An inventory of all the things you cannot see.

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EXAMINING THE “ALMOST” RELATIONSHIP

And discovering which purpose, if any, it serves.

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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect in Order to Be Loved

Spoiler alert: neither does your partner.

 
 
 

 

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