Monday, June 17, 2019

Step Into My Week 6.17

Happy Monday! I always want to start these posts by saying good morning and find myself stopping myself since I know not all of you start your day by reading my blog. I’m not sure why I feel the need to share this, but I do. Also, I so appreciate the positive feedback on these posts since whenever I am writing them, I am always convinced they are boring since it’s just a detailed list of what I’ve done during the day. I’m so glad to hear that at least some of y’all find them interesting! Sadly, I don’t feel like I was particularly interesting this week, but I did do a few more out of the ordinary things, so I’ll let you be the judge of that. 

Monday morning always starts with me combing through emails I missed from the weekend and responding to social media comments. It’s a nice way to get my brain going first thing in the morning when I get to work. I had a team meeting that morning as well and spent most of the rest of the day finishing a piece I was working on, sending out complimentary copies, working on resources, and scheduling out social posts. Before I knew it 5:00 came, and it was time to leave. I went straight to the YMCA to work out before heading home to shower and cook dinner. While I was making dinner, I also made my favorite baked oatmeal to have for the week. Once I finished that it was off to sleep knowing that the next day would be busy. 

As soon as I got to work on Tuesday, I was focused on the shoot we had had happening later that day. I never even opened my computer and instead spent most of our time before packing up the van and heading to the location ironing the linens we were using and making sure that we didn’t forget anything. The shoot was outside, and we were lucky that it wasn’t quite as hot as it has been the past few weeks. We also lucked out that it didn’t rain and we were able to finish right around 4:45. Once we wrapped the shoot, I took all the props back to the office to unload them before heading out for the day. I went to the Y for a quick workout so that I could be back home and showered in time to watch the bachelorette with my roommate. Once the episode was over, we went to our rooms to get ready for bed. 

On Wednesday morning, I had to play catch up on my emails after being away from my desk the day before. I finished up a piece for an upcoming issue of Southern Lady and finalized the resources for the Autumn issue of The Cottage Journal. Aside from that, I had to find pillows for another shoot happening during the week, read through our team members’ pieces for our October issue, and write and about me for our website. I was excited for 5:00 to roll around since I had dinner plans with Kate (you may have remembered her wedding weekend from this post). She officially lives in Birmingham now, so we tried out a restaurant neither of us had been to called Chez FonFon. It was delicious, and the burger I ordered was arguably the best one I’ve ever had. When we left after dinner, it was especially nice to say goodbye knowing that it wouldn’t be months before we see one another again! I ran home to change before hanging out with Nell for a bit before bible study that night. After I got home from bible study, I went straight to bed since I hadn’t slept super well the nights before. 

Thursday felt like it should have been Wednesday when the morning got started but didn’t necessarily feel that way once the day was over after productively checking things off my to-do list. I spent the morning writing and working on social content before being bombarded with emails about an event we are hosting in the Fall. After making it through some of those emails, I read through our September binder and finalize the resources for the issue. In the afternoon, I continued to work through emails and plan some of our content. My roommate and I had planned to go to the baseball game that night, but both ended up wanting to bail, which worked out perfectly. Instead, I went to the Y to work out before coming home. I showered, put away laundry, and she and I watched part of a Netflix movie before getting in bed relatively early and finishing up blog work from there before falling asleep.


I decided to get up early on Friday to workout before going to the office since I wanted to go to the pool after work and would have to shower anyway. At work, I was able to schedule our social media into our publishing platform and look back over our resources, among other things. Working half days on Fridays always has me feeling so productive since I try to fit my whole to-do list in before noon. After work, I went to the library to check out some new books before heading home to make lunch and change and grab my pool bag to go and sit out by the pool. I spent a while reading and relaxing before I finally came back to my house to shower and hang out before my evening plans. One of our friends was having a gathering at his house, so my roommate and I walked that way around 8:00. We stayed until close to 10:15 before heading back home and going to bed.

I didn’t do a ton on Saturday which was honestly kind of nice. I worked on blog posts from my bed until about 10:30 before putting on sunscreen and grabbing my book to sit by the pool. I stayed there until I got hungry and came home to make lunch. After eating and rinsing off, I continued to do some blog work before reading and then going for a walk. I came home and fully showered and hung out before going with a friend to dinner. After we finished dinner, I decided to go to Trader Joe’s to get my grocery shopping for the week taken care of. 

On Sunday, I got up and did some laundry before getting ready to meet a camp friend who was in town for the weekend for brunch. We went to the Essential (always delicious) and finished up a little after 11. I read by the pool for a bit after and caught up on the phone with Nell. Once I was home, I started another load of laundry before going for a very long and hot walk. I ran to Publix after that and then showered, and meal prepped for the week. I watched an episode of The Bold Type and then got in bed to read. 

It’s been a bit since I last shared a Lately portion on a Step Into My Week post so here you have it…

Listening To: The Jonas Brother’s Album
I am only just at the point that it takes two hands for me to count the number of concerts I’ve attended in my lifetime and honestly, I have Furman to thank for most of them. I didn’t even see my first real concert (aka not at Furman) until the end of the summer going into my senior year of college. So, it’s especially funny to me that my roommate and I ended up getting pre-sale Jonas Brothers’ tickets. 

Loving: Stok Iced Coffee
The first time I tried Stok Iced Coffee was before agreeing to do this sponsored post last August (fun fact about that post, I got up super early that day to shoot those photos since I also had to pick up a Uhaul and move out of my apartment on the same day). I instantly liked it but got in the habit of buying Starbucks Iced Coffee at the store after it was buy one, get one free (thank you Publix). Well, Stok was recently buy one, get one free, and I rediscovered how much I love it! I get the one with the orange cap and put a little bit of cream in it to enjoy at work in the mornings, and it is delicious. 

Wearing: Walmart Sandals
Anytime I wear these sandals people ask me where they are from. People think I’m kidding when I answer that I found them at Walmart. If you’re looking for a fun summer sandal that looks good paired with lots of different outfits definitely give these a try. They come in lots of different colors, and I’ve found them to be really comfortable. 

If this were under $100, I probably would have justified ordering it and have worn it multiple times by now. I love easy to throw on dresses in the summer so add in a cute embroidered design, and it’s an easy sell. Honestly, my wallet and I are thankful that my size is currently sold out. 

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