June in Review

June in Review

This may be two weeks later than normal, but honestly work/life has been a little crazy...and it's my blog, so I guess I do what I want, right?!

Anyways, on with the show (aka post). 

If you are a consistent reader of my blogger, you know by now that I planned to set mini-goals and mantras for each month that will all build up to my larger 2017 goals. This June, my goals consisted of: spending more time with quality friends (check!), finally booking tickets to go back to Nashville (woo! check!), finishing 2 books (check!) and going to the fair (nope). 

Beyond these goals, my mantra the last month was "find calm in the chaos." I set this mantra before I even knew the news about my health, but I kept going back to this thought. When my whole world felt like it was crumbling down around me and as I was going through an identity crisis (still am...), I tried to focus on the small calm things - waking up with Walt cuddling me, days off of work on the weekends and a new spot working the front desk in a yoga studio (because what is more calm than that?!). I still have miles to go with this mantra...it's really challenging for me to shift my perspective all the time. While I mad strides and I couldn't have set this intention at a better time, it did reveal to me how overwhelmed I can be when things get stressful and a little crazy - be it work, life, relationships. But, baby steps right? 

Here are some other highlights from this June: 

I got off crutches. For third (and hopefully final) time! It came a week early, and I wanted to hug the doctor I was so excited. Walking never felt so fun. 

I celebrated Walt's adopt-a-versary. Just a year ago, I adopted my fur baby and my life changed. I know most people aren't fond of cats, but seriously, Walt is a hoot. He's hilarious, playful and almost always down to snuggle. He's my little companion. 

I wrote the cover story (and another big feature) in LOCALE Magazine's June issue. This was one of my life's biggest achievements, and I honestly couldn't be more excited. 

I visited Seattle. My sister, Ashley, graduated undergrad (with honors - so smart), and I was lucky enough to head up to Seattle for 36 hours to see her walk and celebrate. My trip was so brief, but the bits of Seattle I saw were gorgeous - and so green! I need to go back. 

I went to my first blogger event. My friend, Dana, took me as a guest to a style blogger event up in North County San Diego. While I am certainly not a style blogger (and most certainly opt for comfort over all, most of the time), I had so much fun. It was essentially a networking opportunity - with a jewelry trunk show. I scored the cutest rose gold earrings, met a few new gals in the San Diego blogging scene, and even ran into my friend Teresa. I hope I can start attending more events like this! 

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I was surprised by the best gift from my friends. I still can't really articulate just how grateful and touched I am and how loved I feel, but anyways. Last month, I was surprised on a coffee date (which was just a setup!) with a  $3.1K donation and hundreds notes and letters of inspiration and encouragement from my SD family to support me as a I try to find a passion post-running-career with EDS. Right now, I'm going to use it to pursue YTT and purchasing a bike. I never thought I'd have the financial resources to explore what other fitness avenues make me happy...and they all made it possible. Wow. 

This month, I will be focusing on: "I am present now." 

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