Hi! I haven’t been posting as much lately because of lots going on, writer’s block, and a general lack of inspiration. But whenever I stop blogging for a few days, I always miss it, so here I am 🙂 I got the idea of doing a monthly highlights post from my favorite vegan blogger, Faith, at The Conscientious Eater, and I think I’ll start doing one each month of both blog + life updates.
So…what happened in September?
On the blog
I posted just twice, an all-time Healthy Liv low. Womp, womp. I posted 5 times in August and in the early stages of the blog, I posted around 15 times per month. Life ebbs and flows, right?
On the bright side, I did like both posts a lot. The first was a day-in-the-life post and the second was a chocolate peanut butter cup smoothie recipe that I’m craving even now as I type.
I’ve been posting on my blog Instagram account more frequently, though, since it’s relatively quick and I reached 1,000 followers this month, which was a fun milestone!
In my life
Life has felt pretty busy, as I’m sure as it has for a lot of us. I’ve really been prioritizing sleep and quality (versus quantity) exercise this semester and I feel so much better than I did last semester. I alluded to it a little bit in this post, but last semester, more often than I’d care to admit, I felt like like a tired zombie who didn’t know how to swim, cheerfully drowning in a sea of schoolwork, obligations, and work. Funny but accurate imagery there. 😉
This semester, I’ve figured out how to balance things a bit better as I take classes, study for the LSAT, work both of my jobs, cook for myself, run, spend time with friends, blog when I can, etc. When it’s 11 p.m. and I can start a new assignment/project/blog post or I can start getting ready for bed, I’ve been choosing the latter and it’s been so good for me.
This month, there’s also been a few extra fun things happening.
A mountain retreat
Two weekends ago, I spent a couple of days in Black Mountain, NC, with friends. As much as I love college and UNC, it’s so nice to really escape every once in a while.During our free time on Saturday afternoon, we picked a “challenging” hike, assuming it wouldn’t be too bad. We ended up on our hands and knees, literally crawling up the side of this mountain, and sliding back down sitting down. It was an unexpected challenge, for sure.
The next morning, I got to run with one of my favorite running buds on the morning of my 21st birthday in the mountains and it was the perfect way to start the day.
This past weekend, I hosted a group of friends at my parent’s house in Raleigh for a game night. We played lots of sports (ultimate frisbee and trio ball- basically kickball with three different balls) in a park near my house.Some eye jabs and scraped knees happened throughout the night, but like my friend Joanna said, “That’s how you know you’re having fun.” 😉 I made strawberry poppyseed salad and sweet potato chickpea stew for dinner, with a 4-layer dark chocolate cake for dessert. We celebrated my birthday that night, too, and they made it really fun.
My grandpa’s 90th birthday
Speaking of birthdays, one of my grandpas turned 90 this month and we got to throw him a surprise party. He lives a few hours away near Charlotte, NC, so my parents picked me up at my dorm one Sunday morning and we drove there to help my aunts, uncles, and cousins set up.
When my grandpa walked through the door, his face was more than worth the seven or so hours of driving that day. He was so surprised and his reaction was priceless.It was a special day for a special man. He’s really kind and generous with a great sense of humor. He’s in amazing shape and still works out 5 days per week at 6 a.m.– I hope I’ll be rockin’ such great health when I’m 90, too!
So, there’s a little bit of what’s been going on in my world lately. Thanks for catching up with me!
Tell me…what’s been going on with you?
If you’re a blogger, what’s been going on with your blog lately?
What’s your birthday month?
Have you ever done an especially challenging hike?