Lists and journals are the latest fad it seems, particularly bullet journals, and they don’t always demand a set of “to do’s”. They can serve as a weekly or monthly lifestyle plan. Although I find them to be especially pretty and seemingly therapeutic, I don’t have the patience to keep up with them consistently. After all, this is why I created this blog. Nevertheless, I’m jumping on the band wagon in my own little way and I want to share it with YOU! Here is a list of all the things I’ve loved in the month of August.
B O O K S
If you enjoy time traveling books and films as much as I do, then this is a must read. The book is very similar to The Time Traveler’s Wife in the sense that the narrator takes it’s readers back and forth through time. Tom Hazard, is 400 years old, but only ages 1 year for every 13-14 human years. While it sounds like a great super power to have, this condition places a great burden on him as he must watch everyone he loves die, and he must never tell anyone about his condition. I’m especially excited that I’ve read the book because it’s just been released that Benedict Cumberbatch has purchased the film rights with the intention to play Tom Hazard. I honestly can’t think of anyone else more perfect for the role. Now all we have to do is get the script to the Queen of Time Travel: Miss Rachel McAdams!
T E L E V I S I O N
If you were a fan of Spotlight, then you’ll definitely be interested in this mystery docuseries that unveils yet another dark secret that was covered up by the Catholic church. The documentary introduces two former students who have dedicated their retirement years in pursuing the mystery of Sister Cathy Cesnik’s murder. The real crux of the documentary though is the intriguing possibility that Cesnik was killed just as she was about to uncover a very bizarre case of sexual abuse that took place at Archbishop Keough High School, an all girls Catholic high school in Baltimore, Maryland. I’m inspired by the bravery of all the women (and men) who came forward with their stories to help bring about justice for other victims.
Me and everybody else right? I love the humanness of the characters, the self-doubt, the honesty, the affirmation, the disfunction, the heart-to-hearts, and the life lessons. The characters and their back stories are believable, whole with intricate details, relatable moments, and conversations and confrontations that are funny, tender or painful, or all three at once. I can’t believe I waited so long to indulge in this, what feels like a sweet and savory Sunday morning brunch.
A P P S
MyFLO is a syncing and scheduling app that will change your life, well at least a not so fun part of it. Unlike other period tracking apps, MyFLO will teach you how to eat for each phase of your cycle so you can achieve optimal hormonal balance quickly and permanently. Your body experiences 3 pivotal hormonal transitions as a woman and it’s important to know how to navigate each of these transitions so you can feel great in your body. I especially love the tips for exercise, because I can sometimes abuse HIIT training and do intense running workouts when my body has extremely low energy levels. I end up feeling not so great about myself afterwards, completely drained physically, mentally and emotionally. I’ve been trying to follow the food tips as well and have noticed that my cravings begin much closer to my period and I’m able to plan with intention rather than giving into my usual cravings which lead me to feast on peanut M&M’s. If you’re someone who struggles with hormone imbalance, especially around the time of your period, I high recommend MyFLO. There are even 3 month long programs that can be very helpful if you’re struggling to get pregnant, lose weight, clear your acne, or cure symptoms of PCOS.
L I F E S T Y L E
We’ve all heard of the concept “less is more”. Well I’m all about that lately, especially when it comes to makeup. Gosh, I really wish I followed this rule in my early twenties. I mean, even less than a year ago I was trying to draw on super thick eyebrows and have a perfectly lined lash. I’m over it. This isn’t to say that I won’t continue to wear makeup because I love the way it enhances one’s natural beauty and I especially love me a red lip, but I really really think that women look most beautiful with less. Thank you Aunt Becky for this valuable life lesson that only took me nearly 20 years to grasp!