Happy June! At the beginning of May I mentioned that I wanted to keep the calendar as full as possible so that I didn’t have time to dwell on Mother’s Day and the sadness it brings over our infertility struggles. Well, I can happily report mission accomplished because May turned out to be a super-busy month. I had a lot of priority projects at work that demanded my attention. When I wasn’t working, we were out exploring the city with the pups. I found a new plant shop which has now become my new favorite place in the St. Louis metro area. I have so many plants now they’ve started to infiltrate my office, haha.

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.

May – Recap

Honestly, I didn’t want or expect much from May. For the last few months, I’ve struggled off and on with my mental and emotional health. I’ve spoken to a therapist and my manager at work about it. There have been good days and bad days. All I wanted from May was to end it feeling like there had been more good days than bad; I feel like that happened. I am still struggling but I feel more myself than I did in April so there’s a notable improvement.

We’ve continued to go to the gym and although I haven’t seen the weight loss I want to see it’s been good for us to go. It’s a nice addition to our schedule and it helps me have a little time for myself as I transition from my work persona to my home persona. I’ve discovered a major love of rowing and can spend hours on the rowing machine. Brandon and I have been talking about maybe investing in kayaks this summer so we can take them out on the Missouri or Mississippi rivers. That 5k goal might be replaced but a kayak tour and I’m ok with that.

My birthday was the last week of May and it felt nice to have a little time to dedicate to myself. Brandon took me garden shopping for new plants and I got a long overdue pedicure. Add a couple of cupcakes and a few sweet gifts and it turned out to be one of my favorite birthdays yet. I stayed off social media and the blog so I could just enjoy the moments. It was fabulous.

June – Looking Ahead

This weekend Brandon and I are finally planning to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden! It’s been on my list of things to do since we moved here last June and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it’s taken us an entire year to get down there. Tomorrow is the Green Living Festival at the garden which I’m looking forward to attending.

I also want to see the desert show. I love desert landscapes and I’m excited to explore an entire desert themed exhibit at the garden. The #NatureGetsLit garden parties start in July which means we’re probably going to be spending a lot of time at the Garden this summer. There are no complaints here at all. Visiting the gardens is one of my favorite things to do during the summer.

The last weekend of June we are hoping to go on a camping trip with the dogs. We’ve been on the lookout for a new tent that will sleep the two of us plus the two dogs comfortably. I prefer one that sleeps 6 so we have room for all of us and the dog’s stuff. They are definitely more the “glamping” type since they travel with toys, blankets, sprays, and treats. They are high maintenance for sure. A neighbor of ours offered to dog-sit but I can’t imagine a camping trip without them! Besides, they’d know and they’d never forgive me. There are so many great campgrounds around here and I’m looking forward to getting out this summer and enjoying them all.