I thought I should fit this post in before we get to September! Man, August is just flying by. I remember looking over the three months of summer approaching when we were in May and I felt like it would be an eternity. Don’t get me wrong, I love the laziness of summer. I enjoy sleeping in a little bit later, not having to prepare lunches or work on school projects. I like that the pace of activities is a little slower. But, as an entrepreneur who runs my business out of my house, it’s really hard to balance work and having the kids home all day. I want to do fun things with them, but I also have commitments and deadlines.
Well, we’ve managed to balance it all out (some days better than others) and the summer that threatened to drag on is now coming to a rapid end.
Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
I love the trend of everything coming in mini-size after the years of everything getting bigger. I’ve mentioned here and there that I’ve been working on losing weight, but I’m trying to be very balanced. Slow and steady and balanced.
A part of balance means that I’m not cutting out any foods. I can eat anything. It’s all about portion, moderation, and making sure the good decisions outweigh the bad. And one of the foods I’ve been enjoying are old school, mini ice cream sandwiches. They are made with artificial vanilla and probably contain high fructose corn syrup. But, you know what? I just have 4-5/week and they are tiny and I enjoy them.
Mustard Seed Mentoring
This was one of my favorite things for June, because it was shiny and new, but it carried into July and August as a favorite part of my work. I have seen growth and excitement from our participants and it has been fuel for me. I’m always thinking about how I can be better, so I can help them be better. I’m learning with more intention and taking notes on anything I observe or ingest that might translate to a valuable session or an encouraging word. It’s been an awesome group.
If you currently own a creative business or are considering starting one, we will be opening the group again the week of September 23 and we’d love for you to join us. I have a few one-on-one slots available, too. If you’re interested in joining, you can get on the waiting list HERE and we’ll let you know when we’re accepting new members.
We have done sessions on photography (styling, editing, and lighting), harnessing the power of Pinterest to drive traffic to your site, the nuts & bolts of starting & running a business, multiplying content & profits, and more.
Of course, I was all over my favorite summer fruit – cherries. This year, though, I ate a lot more Ranier cherries and I think I like them even more than bing cherries if that was possible! I’ve been eating a mix of both cherries along with sliced strawberries and that mix is perfection.
I still haven’t bought a cherry pitter and I cut out the pit of each cherry by hand every morning. There’s something soothing about it to me, even though my fingers are stained for three months!
I hadn’t painted a piece of furniture in a while and I loved working on this hand-painted piece. It turned out just how I imagined. You can find the tutorial HERE.
You Come Too
My favorite painting was definitely the cow & calf pair named “You Come Too” at the suggestion of a reader. It’s after the Robert Frost poem The Pasture, which is also a new favorite!
I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too.
I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too
order, disorder, reorder
This summer has felt a bit like disorder to me. It’s not just the interruptions of being asked to make second-breakfast or act as an intermediary in a dispute, but there have been a lot of small stressors that keep piling up. It’s nothing major or catastrophic, but I’ve had to be intentional about managing my stress reaction to it all. Anyone who’s ever dealt with anxiety to any degree knows how that train can gain momentum even when things are generally okay.
Anyway, I heard Jason Gray perform this song at a concert this past winter and I was so happy when it was finally released on his latest album. I prefer the acoustic version, so here is Jason performing the song at a church. You can listen to the radio version just by Googling it or looking it up on iTunes.
It’s a great song about the pattern of order, disorder, reorder and how our lives go through seasons.
The song starts around the 4-minute mark on the video below…
King of my Heart
This is another song that’s been amazing for me. When I felt uptight, I would go on walks, breathe deeply, and just savor the words… “You are good, good, oh…”
If you get it, you get it. If you don’t, it’s weird. My mom is probably in the weird camp. Jeff and I eagerly awaited season three to come out and, while it wasn’t perfection, it was enjoyable to watch the kids and the story grow up. If you’re into the 1980’s-Speilburg-X-files-ish-genre, then you’ll like it. (Oh, you can find it on Netflix.)
Five Feet Apart
I rented this movie when Jeff was away and, I have to admit, it hung with me. It made me full-out cry, it made me ache for the characters, and it made me thankful for simple things.
This movie isn’t perfect. It’s a teen flick. The parents are hardly ever there (in the hospital with their sick kids) and the filmmakers seem to insert little points of personal agenda here and there, but none of it distracted from the heart of the story for me.
Toy Story 4
Our boys dragged us unwillingly to see Toy Story 4 this summer and it was so surprisingly good, it made it to my monthly favorites list. I was honestly dreading it. Really? Now we need to save a toy fork? Couldn’t we just have stopped at the beautiful ending of Toy Story 3 where all of the toys were in a happy, imaginative home?
But Pixar did what Pixar does best and they told a great story. It was funny and touching and I laughed so hard at “plush rush” that I could hardly catch my breath. Duke Caboom was a riot, too.
If you were resisting this movie as I was, give it a try.
I know we’re three weeks into August, but can you remember your favorites from July?