I went back and forth a lot on if I wanted to write and publish this post. Health is so personal, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself wanting to keep more parts of my life private from the internet than I did in the past. I also think it’s harder to share the hard experiences as you’re going through them—it requires a level of vulnerability I’m not always comfortable with. And candidly, being more vulnerable in my offline life is something I am working on, and I find it even harder to be vulnerable on a public platform where you have no idea who is seeing it.
But as I was debating the pros and cons of sharing the health journey I’ve been on the last couple of months, I ultimately decided I would share for a few reasons. For one, I’ve been having a lot of conversations with my dear friend and one of my best blogging pals, Monica, in recent weeks and through all those texts, I realized that my experience may help others in some way. For another, I’ve recently found a renewed passion and been really inspired when it comes to my blog and want to create content that I would enjoy consuming. I personally love following people who are more vulnerable and give you a look into their personal lives—let’s face it, we’re all nosy af sometimes!—so I want to get back into doing that more on this space, too. And lastly, a lot of what I went through, fingers crossed, is behind me and has a clear resolution, so it’s easier to share about this experience now as I’ve had time to process it myself.
Before I tell the story, I want to preface this by saying if you know me in real life and weren’t aware of my health situation, please don’t take it personally that I didn’t let you in to this part of my life. I told very few people—my family, four friends, and my bosses at work—because I didn’t have the mental capacity to manage other people’s emotions on top of my own.
And, hopefully this goes without saying, but I work in PR, not the ER. None of this is meant to be medical advice—talk to the professionals for that! I’m just here to share my story that has taken me on quite a ride the past few months. Read more “A Health Update.”
I, for one, cannot believe it is already Q3! This year started out somewhat slow for me, but from April on have just flown by. The first quarter of this year, I read 21 books. Then, during this past quarter, I ended up reading 28 books—and I am excited to share them with you today! My reading goal for the year is 75 books, and I am more than on track to meet that. Throughout the spring, I had a lot of travel, which meant I had a lot of transit time which I could use to read.
Before I recap all the books I read this spring, I wanted to remind you of my book rating system:
- Five Stars: an amazing book I could not put down and/or stop thinking about once I finished it; would highly recommend reading it!
- Four Stars: a great book that stands out above your average read that I would highly recommend reading.
- Three Stars: an average book that I generally enjoyed, but if you asked me for a book recommendation, I’d probably recommend another title first.
- Two Stars: a terrible book that was hard to finish; I would not recommend reading it.
- One Star: a book that was among the worst I’ve ever read. You probably won’t see too many of these because I usually DNF (do not finish) these books and don’t count them towards my yearly reading goal.
I keep track of everything I read in real-time over on Goodreads and via my Instagram Stories if you don’t want to wait for these quarterly book roundups.
As is custom on these posts, I wanted to call out that I’m part of a program where Random House will send me some of their new titles each month. I’m under no obligation to post about any titles I receive, so I really can tell you my own opinion (good or bad!) about them. I’ve starred the books Random House sent me for free below. I’m so lucky to be sent books and am really grateful for the opportunity to partner with Random House in this way. And, as always, you can follow along with what I am reading in real time over on Goodreads.
Happy reading—and please let me know if there’s been anything good on your nightstand lately.
Read more “On My Nightstand: Spring 2022”
Hi y’all! It has been a hot minute since I did a life lately post—almost a year, in fact. These have always been a good way to update you with the happenings in my life, and I will try to bring them back on a more regular cadence. Today’s life lately post is a little round-up of some recent trips I’ve been on over the last few months that I didn’t write full-length posts on for one reason or another.
When we started the year, I don’t think I realized how busy the first half of the year would be for me. Starting in April, I had a whirlwind travel schedule—from Charlottesville, to Puerto Rico, to Chicago, to Austin, to Scottsdale, to Ocean City, to Wilmington, and most recently, to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. I had so much fun, don’t get me wrong, but it was quite exhausting at times, and my wallet was definitely feeling it, too. I’m excited that the second half of my year will be a lot lighter on travel, leaving more time, and money, in my life for things here at home.
In terms of work, while things are still busy, they have calmed down from the end of last year, which has also freed up more of my mental space for other things—it’s been really nice. We are still working from home, but are planning to return to the office three days a week after Labor Day. It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years now since the pandemic began and we were sent home “for a couple of weeks.” Much like it was an adjustment to start working from home, I am sure it will be an adjustment to going back to the office. For one, I am going to need to refresh my work wardrobe—over the past couple of years, I’ve mostly invested in athleisure or clothes I can wear on the weekends or on vacation. For another, I’m sure the earlier wake up call won’t be easy. But, I do think it will be nice to see coworkers in person more often and feel like I am more out and about in the world.
But enough chit chat—here’s a look at my life lately:
Read more “Life Lately”