Happy July! You know, they say that the #1 way to achieve success in blogging is to be consistent. Well, lately I’ve been nothing if not inconsistent. I’ve been planning my editorial calendar for content here then when it comes time to do it I’m like “Ehhhh…maybe later” but then later never comes and the next thing I know it’s been weeks and I’ve barely done a thing. I don’t know why I’ve been so detached but I like to think that maybe it’s because it’s summer and the last thing I feel like doing is sitting on my laptop longer than necessary after a long day at work. I just want to be at the pool or in the gym or sitting outside working on my plants. You all know the feeling, right?

Brandon and I chose “Connect” as our word of the year for 2019; at the beginning of each month I’m sharing a check-in to update you on how we’re living our word of the year. Our goal is to spend this year connecting with each other, with our new city, and with our community so we can feel rooted in life and content with our day-to-day.

June – Recap

I spent most of June either outdoors or with my plants. After being cooped up all winter and working full-time in an office building, it’s been nice to be able to spend time outside. Last month, I mentioned wanting to go to the Missouri Botanical Garden and we finally got down there. We took a 3+ hour walking tour and walked nearly the entire 70+ acres. It was absolutely incredible and it has certainly earned its ranking as one of the best botanical gardens in the country. They have a concert in the garden every Wednesday throughout the summer and it’s been nice to have a great outdoor place to go after work and unwind.

There’s been a lot of stress due to work commitments and other scheduling commitments so I feel like I’ve been out of sorts and off-kilter for a while. There’s nothing wrong exactly but there’s a more general feeling of stress and malaise, maybe like overall exhaustion.

Summer is a great time for me to share all my plants and plant care tips and houseplant decor but I’ve had a hard time bringing myself to do it much this year. I’ve wanted nothing more than to be outside by the pool with a book and a glass of lemonade just soaking in these long dog days of summer. Besides, this time last year we were moving to Missouri and I feel like summer got lost. This year I’m just trying to take it all in and enjoy it.

July – Looking Ahead

This month we’re hoping to head out of town and go up to Indiana Dunes National Park. It’s only a few hours away, is dog-friendly, and has 15-miles of beach on Lake Michigan. I think a nice quiet retreat would be a great way to spend the middle of the summer although to really make it a quiet retreat we’d probably leave the dogs behind. I can’t remember the last time we didn’t take the dogs with us on a trip but this time I think a pet sitter might be exactly what we need.

Other than that, I’m trying not to make many plans for July so I can just let the month happen on its own. I’m sure it’ll be full of good books, picnics, dog parks, and hopefully a road trip or two. I need a little time to clear my head and recharge. It’s been a long few months but I can see little moments now and then where I feel like myself again. Things are starting to settle in and life ahead is starting to look bright.