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July Monthly Recap
Month Reflection and Highlights
July was a great month! I’m delighted with everything in my life currently. I have the most incredible relationship with my boyfriend whom I love more than anything in the world. I have gotten back into the dance world that I have missed for the past two years. I also started going back to church regularly each Sunday.
This month’s adventures with Dawson included two races, plenty of car shows, and spending time with our friends and family. I sadly didn’t take that many pictures of all the trips and date nights but I have the memories forever.
I missed teaching and creating dances for the next generation of dancers. It has definitely come back to being my happy place and creative outlet. My high school team and I started the month out at UDA Summer Camp to learn and get ready for the upcoming season. Spending the time with the girls and getting to know them more was fun but also getting back into learning new dances, styles, and techniques was super refreshing. I believe this team will do amazing things this season and I can’t wait for Friday night lights again!
Church hasn’t been at the frontal since moving two years ago. Louisville is just so big and we had no clue where to start finding a new church home. Luckily since moving to the outskirts of Louisville we have had amazing neighbors who have become more like family. They invited us to their church one Sunday. We loved the worship, sermon, and the people. Mom and I are so thankful to find a church family here.
The highlight of July was definitely receiving a bid to Nationals at UDA Summer Camp. The girls and I are so excited to go to Nationals in Flordia in February. I’m super proud of them. This will be the first time in over five years that the dance team will be going to Nationals!
Fashion & Beauty
As summer continues I’m wearing my Fabletics Bike Shorts more and more. This month I was invited to a Fabletics VIP Event at their new store location here in Louisville. To say I splurged on the VIP deals is an understatement. I walked away with bike shorts, two pairs of leggings, and a sports bra. I’m looking forward to continuing to shop at the new store location.
Dancing with the girls has become my daily exercise lately. I honestly should do the conditioning alongside them but I haven’t. I keep telling myself I will start a Fabletics Fit app program but keep putting it off. Hopefully in August will start a regular routine I can schedule a program workout along my practice and work schedules. My church has an amazing Fitness Center available so maybe I’ll start lifting there this upcoming month.
Food and Drink Cravings
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I have still been keeping up with Legacies. I’m in season two now, but I read more than watched TV in July.
My mystery and thriller kick did not stop in July. I finished the series of A Good Girls Guide to Murder. This month I jumped on the bandwagon of Kindle Unlimited. I already finished one book in a matter of 48 hours after downloading it. The Twisted Series is currently what I’m reading through on Kindle Unlimited. In book form, I started Where the Crawdads Sing.
I have been listening to Podcasts more than music this past month. I have to have a Podcast on to keep focused on working while at home.
Goals Achieved and Left Short
Finish reading 2 books – Complete
Start a Fabletics Fit program & Stick with it – nope
Drink 20 oz of water each day – over half complete
Become an early riser – nope
Post to stories each day – nope
Post a reel each day – nope
Learn something new each day – nope
Time-block every day – complete
Once again this month it was hard to keep motivated is hard, especially with working out and starting new habits. I am still in need of a motivation buddy to keep me in check. I have been doing better with time blocking my social media work time. Finding time to make content, then engage, then schedule posts. Posting to stories has still become a back thought along with posting reels each day. All of these can be accomplished I know I can do it I just need to keep myself in check. What do you guys do to stay motivated, get new habits started, and keep them? Let me know in the comments below!
July Blog Posts
My physical TBR pile has gotten out of hand in the last few months. I blame one of our Barnes and Nobel’s going out of business and a new Half Price Books opening up in my favorite shopping area. It might take me a few months to get through this stack especially if I keep…
Do you have your pencils, books, and paper? But most importantly do you have your first day of school outfit picked out? Luckily, there are so many back to school trends this year to choose from. Whether you’re headed back to high school or off to your first-ever day of college, quickly scroll through these…
August is a time for catching the last moments of summer, the first days of school, and a new beginning. This month tends to be one of the busiest for everyone but don’t let your favorite hobby fall on the back burner! Pick up a new release to spark and keep the reading joy alive…
It’s Ipsy Glam Bag review time! The five July products I got are valued at $50+. This month’s theme is “The Great Escape”. The bag is a beautiful satin material. It’s a bright pink with gold accent flowers. Instead of a zipper bag though it is a drawstring bag this month. Ipsy’s message for this…
The concept of capsule wardrobes—a closet full of items that can be mixed and matched with one another for an infinite number of combinations and a permanent fix of the most famous, “I don’t know what to wear today” conundrum. Here is what I would put in my Summer Capsule Wardrobe! Knit Tank Top Wrap Tank…
Everyone knows that summer is the best time of year. The days are longer, layers of clothing have dwindled down to tank tops and flip-flops and there are so many tasty summer beverages just waiting to cool you down. And when it comes to you and your one-and-only, summertime means a plethora of options for…
May’s BOTM is a novel of terrible first impressions, hilarious second chances, and the joy of finding your perfect match. Yours Truly is another bestseller from Abby Jimenez. Goodreads Description: Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and…
Warm weather has arrived, bringing with it longer days and packed calendars. With so many opportunities to get dressed. Such as vacations, weddings, you name it. Knowing the summer fashion trends of 2023 is essential. This season’s most popular trends range from the practical massive pockets, and airy fabrics to the decadent and fun mermaid-inspired…
There are plenty of new releases coming out this month. From thrillers, romance, mysteries, nonfiction, historical fiction, and everything in between. Here are my top July Releases on my TBR. The Paris Agent by Kelly Rimmer Genre – historical fiction, mystery 1970—In the aftermath of his war-ravaged past, Noah Ainsworth is still haunted by memories…
Spring has already left us and I’m a tad behind. Spring is another season that is perfect for reading due to allergies. Here are a few of the books I read this spring and my thoughts on each one. My Spring Book Reviews! Stone Maidens by Lloyd Devereux Richards Lloyd Devereux Richards skillfully builds layers…
August Look Ahead
August is going to be focused on balancing work, dance team schedule, and blogging. At work, I’m going to be focusing on building a new website, new branding, new social accounts, a new marketing plan, and new classes that could be offered. For the high school dance team, I’m focusing on game-day material such as drilling sidelines and halftime performances. Meanwhile, on my blog business I’m transitioning into two posts a week, creating relatable and helpful content, but also being myself in the posts and on social media. I read somewhere that if you work in social media you should only consume as little as possible of your own social accounts. I’m going to take this advice and limit my time scrolling through my social accounts when I’m bored. I will only scroll on social if I have planned that time for engaging.
Finish reading 4 books
Start a Fabletics Fit program
Drink 20 oz of water each day
Post a reel 3 days a week
Use a 90-Day Goal Plan this month
Create new products for the digital shop
Read a chapter
20 oz of water
Health and Wellness
Fabletics Fit is an app offered to VIP members of Fabbletics. I used to use it religiously before I moved to Kentucky. It offers so many different workouts. I re-downloaded it in June to find that they added even more programs, workouts, and meditations. There is something for everyone on this Fitness App. Workout classes range in all different categories such as barre, boxing, cardio, dance, HIIT, pilates, recovery, strength, toning, and yoga. Programs are just as versatile. You have so many to choose from all lasting from 1 week to 5 weeks. I WILL start a program this month and stick to it!
I hope to finish the Twisted Series on Kindle Unlimited but also finish a few of the books stacked on my TBR pile this month.
August is going to be a great and busy month. What are you looking forward to most this month? How was July for you? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you have an amazing month babes!