10 Things I Loved In June

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Happy July!!! Is everyone getting ready for the fourth tomorrow?! I plan to just sit on the beach, relaxing with the hubs and pup! If you’re new around here, at the start of each month I do a little round up of my favorite posts, trends, or products from the previous month! Catch up on past “10 Things I Love” if you have some extra time!

My Birthday

ICYMI, last month I officially hit a decade of adulting! These last ten years have been a rollercoaster. While I am beyond grateful for where I am today, and wouldn’t necessarily have wanted a “crystal ball” I did write a post on what advice I would’ve told my 18 year-old self, which I think is applicable to most stages of life.

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Reading

Summer is always my favorite time to settle into a good book. It’s a great time to slow down, reflect, and grow. Here are some of my favorite memoirs by women I think everyone should read.

Orange Is The New Black

Since you already read about the memoirs I recommend, it should probably come as no surprise that I am a huge Orange Is The New Black fan, even before the show. These last two seasons keep getting better in my opinion. I love how they are tackling real issues that our countries criminal justice system faces. There’s the obvious more talked about: police brutality; but the not so obvious which I hope people don’t over look during this season: felons and inmates are treated like animals, less than animals, they are treated like they don’t exist (in my opinion, thats worse than being treated like dirt). You see, our criminal justice system is built around punishment. It’s designed to increase recidivism back into the system.

This season of OITNB happens over the course of four or five days during the riot, and I know some people on twitter were super pissed about that, but they clearly had their eyes closed! This season maintained the typical comedic relief in such a desperate situation, which maybe led people to overlook the amount of truth and reality on critical issues they shined a light on in those few days. Inmates can’t get access to basic things like adequate health care (imagine if you were totally cut off from credible doctors who can actually make a diagnosis, help you get the appropriate medications, or even from something as small as tampons). Or, imagine being cut off from humanity, and in turn losing your own.

If that’s not good enough reasoning to look at how we are doing things, then ask yourself why was President Obama the first ever sitting President to visit a federal prison? *cough* not wanting to face guilt and shame at the system? *cough* This is something that’s ignored in our country and then we wonder why crime rates are so high. I hope this show continues down this road. Jenji Kohan said that while the show is contracted for 7 seasons currently, in theory could go on forever. I hope she extends it!

 

Understanding Health Insurance

Health insurance has always been something that totally confuses me or overwhelms me.  I spent some time getting all the terms down, I called my doctors to make sure I understood what was going to be covered and shared it all with you guys in my post on understanding health insurance.

Sharing My Heart

June also marked seven years since my dad passed away. The year he past away Father’s Day happened to fall on my birthday. This year I decided to open up about him in my post, A Fatherless Father’s Day.

My Office

Did you catch my official Jungalow inspired boho office reveal last month?!? Ugh, it feels SO good to have my office done! I spend so much time in here each day that I needed a bright and clean space to really get the creative and productive juices flowing. This was the first room I have ever decorated 100% by myself in my life! It felt so good to see my vision come to life and can’t wait to share the other rooms with you as they come together the next few months!

Conference-ing

I attended my first every blog conference this year!! I had so much fun meeting other bloggers, drawing some inspiration and motivation from the energy, and of course, learning how to improve! Honestly, blogging is one of those things thats always evolving and changing, I feel like the potential and things to learn are limitless! As an introvert attending a conference can be tough, so I share my 10 tips for making the most out of a conference as an introvert.

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Mindset Shifts

I don’t know about you, but it seems like all the negativity in the world has been rearing it’s ugly head and impacting the conversations coming into my life. Without even realizing, I started to give into it, gossiping a little more, being a little more passive aggressive, and just generally throwin’ shade. I noticed it was a lot of other people’s energy around me that I was feeding off of. So I decided to cut out the toxicity, excuse myself from those conversations, and keep peoples names or topics out of my mouth that don’t serve me. I also loved this guest post on understanding health insurance which gives actionable advice on shifting your mindset.

Summer Dates

Summer has so many options of things to do! But sometimes, summer dates can feel a little played out. I shared some of my favorite summer date ideas for when your broke, that are a little more unique than “watch a sunset!”

Noosa

I know I worked with Noosa on Instagram, and this part is not sponsored, but just SO dang good! You guys, if you’re looking for a delicious yogurt and over the boring flavors, you have to try out Noosa! They use natural and non-GMO ingredients (yes even their milk is tested for non-gmo’s and if you know about the dairy industry, you know what a big deal that is). I am loving the coconut and strawberry rhubarb. My friend Michelle from She’s Not So Basic recommends “the coconut yogurt with berries, almond butter, cacao nibs, flax seeds, and chia seeds” – which legit sounds UH-mazing and I am totally trying it ASAP!

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My Forbes Articles On Work-Life Balance From June:

How To Achieve Work-Life Balance Before 9 AM Every Day

5 Entrepreneurs Share Advice For Working From Home

How This Millennial CEO Integrates Work & Life To Create The Ultimate Workplace

Digital Nomads Living The Vanlife Share Challenges & Work-Life Balance Tips

CEO Of Mindbodygreen Shares How He Encourages Work-Life Balance

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  • Tanvi
    July 3, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Looks like you have head quite a productive month. I was great to go and read your previous posts. Followed you on Twitter.

    ❥ tanvii.com

  • Chelsea
    July 3, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Your office is just the cutest!! And yay for summer birthdays! I feel like no matter how old you get, birthdays will always be special. It’s my fiance’s 30th today!

  • Cassie Arenz
    July 3, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Sounds like you had an awesome month! I can’t wait to go back and read some of these! I understand the pain of losing a parent. I lost my mother last year. Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

    Cassie
    Cassie’s Big Adventure

  • Jessica Lam
    July 3, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the latest OITNB season, but I really liked the last episode! PS your office is so adorable!

  • Alissa Carpenter
    July 3, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I still can’t decide if I liked this season of OITNB… some aspects I did but still so mad about Poussey!

  • Kristen Jones
    July 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

    You had such a great month! I absolutely love your office –and too funny, I figured out all the ins and outs of my health insurance this month, too!

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    July 3, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I watched OITNB for the first two seasons then gave up my Netflix account, so I’ve missed it so much. I need to resubscribe so I can catch up!

  • Divya Budhraja
    July 3, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I love Noosa! The coconut flavor is my favorite, but I’ll only buy it when it’s on sale! It can get pricey!

  • Michelle @ And Then We Tried
    July 3, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I love the pumpkin Noosa that they have at Target!

    http://www.andthenwetried.com

  • Kait
    July 3, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Yay I am going to the beach today, too! So excited. The weather is so freakin beautiful. I was just in fL last week, but I came back to similar weather here in NY, so I’m pumppppped. Loved how you wrote about mindset in this post a few times. It really changes your life when you choose to rid of the negative & sprinkle positivity into the world xx

  • Lily Ayala
    July 3, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Happy Belated Birthday! So glad you had a great birthday month!
    I am off to see your office, it looks so darn cute!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Jill @ RunEatSnap
    July 3, 2017 at 10:56 am

    So many great links I need to visit and read now. Thanks for sharing!

  • Marcie
    July 3, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Happy Birthday! I love that you figured out your health insurance! It’s so important to understand what’s covered now because you just never know…

  • Melissa Cruz
    July 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    June was a great month! I will have to Noosa. I’m always looking for new yogurts to try since I get bored really easily with their taste or flavors.

    xx, Melissa
    http://elephantontheroad.com

  • Renee || Getting Fit Fab
    July 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful June! June was a great month for me too! So awesome that you got to to go BlogHer!

  • Shi Hui
    July 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    OMG anything related to insurance also confuse me! It’s like why is aduling so difficult! Haha

  • Neely
    July 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    OITNB was really good. I loved Taystee and Allison this season. Her backstory especially was fantastic.

  • Olivia Stacey
    July 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Yes girl– way to make such meaningful strides in June. Health insurance has always overwhelmed me too. I really appreciate your post on it– so helpful!
    xoxo,
    Liv
    http://www.livslookbook.com

  • Helen @ Hel On Heels
    July 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    You have a great list! I loved your list of memoirs and your birthday post. Hope you had a wonderful birthday month!

  • Lynn White
    July 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Great list. My birthday is in June also. Happy belated birthday!

  • Felicia Renee
    July 3, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I definitely want to go to a conference, but I’m an introvert too, so I’ve been apprehensive. This is a great list!

  • Courtney Connolly
    July 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Your office looks like an absolute dream!!

  • Mom Noms
    July 3, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    It seems like you had a great June. I haven’t seen the new OITNB yet, but it’s on my list right now. I’ve been meaning to try Noosa, but never really think about it when I go to the store. I’m definitely putting it on my list.

  • Elizabeth Johnson
    July 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Y’all the cutest! Date nights are the best! Love the new office space and getting a glimpse into your heart. Really really great posts last month!

  • Cayla Daniels
    July 3, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Your office is beautiful!! And I feel like “mindset shifts” have been ongoing all year for me…ha! But the Summer has definitely provided chances to practice positivity.

  • Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
    July 3, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Your office is so pretty! I totally forgot that OINTB released it’s new season in June… last month was a tad crazy for me with some really stressful stuff going on, but also some really good stuff. And Noosa! It’s one of my favorite yogurt brands. I love it so much!

  • Rachel G
    July 3, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    You had a very full June! Birthday months are always a little extra-exciting–July is my birthday month!

  • Jenny
    July 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Still obsessed with your office. Can’t wait to decorate mine.

  • She's Not So Basic
    July 3, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I loved all of these things in June toooooo!!! I loved that you got a little more personal and I also loooved your office reveal! I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the house! Alsoooooo thanks for sharing my yogurt concoction! I highly recommend getting the fresh ground almond butter from either Fresh Market or Whole Foods before you try it lol it makes a huge difference!

  • Allison Ellzey
    July 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I love this! Happy belated bday! I feel like I spent all of June understanding health care/insurance too and boy is it frustrating!

  • Samantha Bender
    July 3, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve got a lot of your posts to catch up on! Thanks so much for opening up and talking to us about such important things in your personal life, like your father and your birthday. And thank you for also talking about super important current issues like the health care and penal systems.

  • Jiawun
    July 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Sounds like such a productive month! I haven’t gotten around to watching OITNB but now I want to. Heading over to your post to see your office now!

  • Molly Moon
    July 4, 2017 at 12:08 am

    1. I’m still obsessed with your office.

    2. I wish we’d had a chance to meet at BlogHer! Let’s grab a coffee the next time we’re at the same conference.

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  • Desiree
    July 4, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Sounds like a great month!! Happy belated Birthday! Also your office, omg. I love.

  • Johanne
    July 4, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Yep, your office. #goals. Sounds like you’ve had a good month. I’ve just started watching the new season of OINTB (ep 1, check), but I’m going to binge watch it next week.

  • Kaylee
    July 4, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I love your office! I find anything involving insurance to be super complicated and hard to understand.

  • Harmony at Momma To Go
    July 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Happy birthday! I need to redo my office too! I skipped over then oitnb recap bc I’m still on season 4!!!

  • Kallie
    July 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    yay for monthly roundups. You looked like you had such a great time at the conference this past month (and a great birthday!)

  • Kara
    July 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I love this post! 1) yes to Orange is the New Black on binge lol and 2) I wish I went to that conference! It looked like such a great experience.

  • Katherine @ Slightly Savvy
    July 4, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Girl I love your Forbes pieces! So thorough and informative.

  • Taylor Smith
    July 4, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I love monthly reviews!!! I also love OITNB.

  • Lizzie McCulla
    July 4, 2017 at 10:39 am

    This is such a great post! I’m going back and reading all of these. I definitely want to attend a blog conference at some point. Also, I need to finish watching Orange is the New Black. I keep skipping around on Netflix shows because there are way too many good ones!

  • Sara Giboney
    July 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Such a great list. I’m also on an OITNB binge and I love a negativity detox! Also, your office is amazing ; )

  • Patricia Conte
    July 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Great post! I love memoirs, so looking forward to adding a few from your list, onto mine! I haven’t started the new season of OITNB yet, but cannot wait!

  • Sharon Glascoe
    July 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I did my first ever conference this year too! I had such a blast networking with bloggers and learning a TON! So glad you got to enjoy one too 🙂

  • Corey Wheeland
    July 4, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Noosa is the best!! I know the people who provide them with their honey, and it’s just the best. I’m a big fan of the raspberry. It’s like dessert!

  • Bailey
    July 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Understanding health insurance has been a recent goal of mine as well!

  • Seersucker Sass
    July 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    So much yes to the mindset shift! I cannot tell you how many conversations I’ve excused myself from lately. I’ve also felt like I’ve had to stand up for myself a bit more.

    You’ve had so much amazing content this month. Your content is always great, but I love how much you’ve shared your heart with us lately.

    I need to try Noosa! I have eliminated all of the fun things out of my diet, and this sounds like a good way to get some calcium and enjoy a sweet treat 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • Sydney Power
    July 4, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I have been working on watching orange is the new black, I was really shocked by how intense this season has been!

  • brittany
    July 4, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I LOVE all of your favorites on this list! And NOOSA… It’s so yummy!

  • Hannah Palamara
    July 5, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I love the way your office turned out! And happy belated birthday 🙂

  • Shani Ogden
    July 5, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Sounds like a great month! I can’t believe how quickly June passed by!

  • sandsunandmessybuns
    July 5, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Your office looks really cute! I need to read up on health insurance instead of avoiding the topic at all costs. 🙂 And good for you regarding the mindshift. I always try to surround myself with positivity and get such an icky feeling when someone or something too negative starts to creep into my life!

  • Laura
    July 5, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Wow girl!!! You had a BUSY month! You packed so much into 30 days!

    I’m still loving the office, and I enjoyed reading your vulnerable posts this month. You’re a beautiful woman inside and out <3

    Xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • Joy Lynn
    July 5, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Your summer dates look so fun! We need to get to a waterpark – that looks amazing! And I adore your office makeover – that couch gives me all the heart eyes! And yesss to letting go of toxicity. This week has felt so negative and I’m trying to shift it!

  • Kristen @ TheSophisticatedGal
    July 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Loved all your posts in June, as per usual! I especially loved your post about attending a conference as an introvert. It’s perfect timing, I’m going to a conference this weekend and will be using your tips! 🙂

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew
    July 5, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Wow! I loved these posts from June! Especially the birthday one since mine is next week!

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses
    July 5, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Your post on understanding health insurance was SO SO SO GOOD. Also OITNB. <3333333

    Coming Up Roses

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye
    July 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Happy belated birthday! So glad you self reflected to keep negativity away!

  • Lacey- The Glitter Gospel
    July 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Loved meeting you at BlogHer! I love OITNB too! This season was intense to say the least!

    xx,

    Lacey//theglittergospelblog.com

  • Tilley
    July 5, 2017 at 9:55 am

    All such good posts! I especially loved the one on your new office and the conference you attended!

  • Miss ALK
    July 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    You had some great blog content this month. Happy belated birthday to you! I hope the rest of your summer is wonderful!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • katie Mondulick
    July 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Looks like it was quite the month! 🙂 Loved your office reveal + Noosa is the best!!
    XO, Katie from http://www.meshkomoments.com

  • Janie
    July 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I also had to deal with health insurance during the month of June. It can definitely be very confusing! I absolutely love attending conferences and meeting other bloggers and learning so much that you probably never considered before.

  • Dara @ The Southern Thing
    July 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Looks like June was a great month for you!!

  • Makaela Premont
    July 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    This month was crazy good! I wish my month was just as entertaining but I was on rotation for the month for pharmacy school!

    I would love to guest post sometime!

    -xo, Makaela
    http://www.uniquelymickie.com

  • Jordyn Upchurch
    July 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I so want to get into OITNB (I’ve watched all seasons except for the one that just released) but after having read the book, it’s hard to connect to the show because they’re so different!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  • Bella B @ xoxoBella
    July 5, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    All such good posts!!! Your june seems awesome!

  • Paula
    July 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    What a great list. I am especially excited about your tips for a conference-going introvert. I’m also looking for a new book when I leave on vacation next week – I can’t wait to check out some of your favorite memoirs!

  • Kristine Circenis
    July 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I loved the content you cranked out in June and I loved following along with your Conference journey! Can’t wait to see what July holds!

  • Suzanne
    July 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    How have I never seen OITNB?! LOVED the pics of your office. Gorgeous!

  • Kate Simpson
    July 6, 2017 at 7:35 am

    That yogurt does sound really good! Also your dog is super cute (but what dog isn’t?)

  • Carly Ned
    July 6, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I thought this season of OITNB was excellent! They definitely covered some very important topics.

  • Greta Hollar
    July 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    You had such a busy June! I’m also obsessed with noosa yogurt and need to buy it by the gallon!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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