Welp, another month come and gone. It was just starting to feel like summer here in the city, and now at the beginning of August it’s starting to feel a little cooler. I have my fingers crossed that it stays warm for awhile, but I do also love fall…
In regular monthly fashion, here’s a look back at July and what’s been going on around these parts.
July was one of the busiest months so far this year. The biggest thing we had going on was a party for our five year anniversary which effectively lasted from Friday — Sunday and brought in family and friends from all over the country.
We held the party at State and Chestnut — a local apartment building with a BEAUTIFUL top floor that we rented out. All of the walls are glass, which allows you 360 degree views of the whole city. There was plenty of space for our 60+ guests, and everyone had an amazing time!
We catered food from Protein Bar (wraps, make your own bowls, and salad), Lawrence Fish Market (best sushi for your money), and Sweet Mandy’s B’s for desserts because DUH. As usual, you could find me documenting a lot of it with my phone.
While I did take some time initially for photos, I didn’t have much time at all that day to be on my phone, which was a pretty relaxing and freeing feeling. I should try it more often. 🙂
After the official party, we took it back to our condo and were somehow able to fit a ton of people into less than 1000 square feet. Donut did a great job with all the newcomers, but she did also pass out for about a full day when it was over.
We had an amazing weekend with everyone and everything went off without a hitch. I ate my body weight in sugar which didn’t feel great by the end of it, but it was worth it to get some of those brownies from Velvet Dessert.
July is also my birthday month, and to celebrate, Neil and I drove an hour east to Indiana to visit the Albanese factory store. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have a slight obsession with their gummy candy, so when I found out the factory was so close, we had to make it happen.
I also wanted McDonald’s because they have the best fries.
Donut did a great job helping me go through my candy haul.
Speaking of Donut, July 8th marked one year since we brought her home from the shelter. I wrote a post recapping our first year and you can read it here if you’re interested!
One of my friends got married this month as well, which gave me another excuse to put on real clothes. I wore this to the ceremony, but then when I went home to fix my hair before the reception, I decided that it wasn’t conducive to dancing and ended up changing. Ha.
We had such a good time and it was great to have an event to go to where I wasn’t allowed to wear exercise clothes. 🙂
We also redecorated some of our house, which I talked more about in this post. I love it so much more now and everyone who came for the party gave it positive reviews.
I had the opportunity to speak on a panel with Craveity entitled “Secrets of Social Media Marketing.” The unique thing about this panel is that I was the only blogger/influencer and the audience and other panel members were mostly young food businesses. It helped to hear their point of view and I was able to speak to my own role in influencer marketing and answer questions that people had.
I attended a blogger brunch hosted by Kodiak Cakes at TWO with a custom menu using their products. It was delicious, but after such a carb-heavy meal I had to go home and sleep for a couple hours. 🙂
They had me at sour cherry and waffles. There are a ton of new and delicious products out (many involving chocolate, yasssss), so if you haven’t had a chance to try any of them, I’d start now.
I also hired a virtual assistant in July to help me with Pinterest. I know that there is so much more that I could know and I figured I could either take the time to learn it, which would take me away from things that actually make me money, or I could hire someone who already had a handle on it and could take that off my plate. Good news is stats are up across the board, so it looks like it was a good call.
Remember last month when I said I was happy because I hadn’t had an injury in awhile? HA.
Shortly after writing that, I injured my back again. It was my own speed and sloppy technique and I knew it as soon as it happened. I took about 5 days off and attempted to come back, only to have it flare up again almost immediately. I made an appointment with a sports doctor and have been getting it acutely treated for the past couple weeks.
I was told to continue to work out in order to keep things moving, but that I should modify certain movements. I’m going lighter on the weights and staying away from things I know could potentially aggravate it again, but I’m almost back to 100.
I’ve been through enough injuries to know when to stop and rest, and man they’re frustrating. If you are dealing with anything similar, here are some posts you may find helpful:
- What I Learned From Not Working Out For A Month
- How To Know When To Sit Out
- Injury Update and the Five Stages of Grief
- How To Cope With An Injury
It going, guys, it’s going. My book proposal is being presented to a team at the publishing house, so fingers crossed that I get some good news soon.
In the meantime, I’ve been plugging away at it in 2000 word chunks. I take my laptop to a local coffee shop that makes me feel like I’m in another country, order a tea, and write for about three hours. This usually results in ~2000 words, which is pretty significant if you ask me. I’ve tasked my therapist, who I see every few weeks, to give me deadlines or I will put it off until the last minute. So far it’s been working and I’ll keep you updated on the publishing front!
That’s all the main excitement for this month. Check back next month for a look at August!