July Turns to August

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of summer. August is the month where we are soaking up the last bit of the warm weather, vacation time, and everyone’s summertime good mood. Soon people will be preparing for another school year, fall, and a more consistent routine. 

July was an interesting month in my neck of the woods. It seemed that most of our time was spent either out of town or preparing to go out of town. Justin spent a week in Texas, a week in the Upper Peninsula with his family, and now a second week in the Upper Peninsula with my parents. In addition to this week’s vacation, I spent 2 days in Grand Rapids and 4 days on the lake for Girls Weekend. In some respects July flew by incredibly quickly. In others, it seemed to go on forever. 

I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with how July turned out for The Corner Office. I spent some serious time planning and writing. I was able to set up a more consistent process for how to schedule posts ahead of time, leaving me ample time to write when the mood strikes. This was my second most productive month since February, which was my most productive month ever in my four years blogging. 

The Corner Office had 551 views, just 49 short of my goal. I posted 18 times, the most viewed being We are Broken, a post I wrote in the moment after the attack in Nice.  34 bloggers followed my site in July, taking my total up to 99 WordPress bloggers that are following The Corner Office. I am anxiously awaiting the next one. The reach of this blog is slowly growing, which is incredibly exciting. I’m really enjoying the process and have been so grateful for the community of engaged people here in this little internet world. 

I am out in the wilderness this week with a total of 1x service on my iPhone…I  don’t even know what 1x means so the chances of me being active this week are slim. Know that I’m reading when I can, commenting when I am able to read, and responding to comments as quickly as I can. 

Have an amazing week! 

Update: This happened today 🙂

Girls Weekend Hangover

Vacation is exhausting. Well, a weekend of laughing, drinking, eating, and laying in the sun is exhausting. Girls Weekend is one of my favorite events of the year, for ten years I have gone up north with all of the women from my mom’s family to spend four days in the woods being nothing short of crazy.

Emily Laura JodyI thoroughly enjoyed my weekend, for the first time in a long time I wasn’t attached to my cell phone and didn’t feel the need to take a thousand pictures of our experience. I was just immersed in the people around me, catching up with their lives, and enjoying our time together. I don’t have crazy stories to share, because we don’t do that. We keep our experiences to ourselves and secretly trade them back and forth throughout the year. But for me, girls weekend was:

  • Making music videos in the car to Janet Jackson with my mom
  • Eating the family recipe coffee cake…too much coffee cake
  • Sleeping until noon so we can stay up until 2am
  • Selfies
  • Talking about butts, boobs, poop, and the like
  • Scavenger hunts around the lake
  • Laughing until your entire body hurts
  • Beer, margaritas, and sangria slushies
  • Serious life conversations while floating in the lake
  • Water shooter fights…in my clothes
  • Moms making sex jokes to their kids just to hear them groan
  • Homemade soft pretzels
  • Running around town in matching, homemade t-shirts
  • Bags of homemade swag and gifts
  • And four days of feeling connected, supported, and loved by a crazy group of women

As you can imagine, I am exhausted. Those four days are so outside of my usual routine that I was exhausted by day 2. It’s a busy work week for me so I was back to the grind yesterday, with a grant proposal to write, mid-year reviews for staff to start, and a million other little projects to do before this week ends, I sequestered myself into a vacant office and pushed through the Girls Weekend Hangover. A lunch of fattoush and hummus, courtesy of my boss didn’t hurt either.

July is an odd month for us, weeks where we are home, we are preparing for our next trip. Both Justin and I were gone for a portion of last week, to come home and spend this week preparing for our vacation in the Upper Peninsula with my parents that starts in just five days. Six days of lounging in a hammock by the lake is just what the doctor ordered.

 

High Five for Friday: Welcome, July!

H54FJune was an odd month. Nothing spectacular, not awful, just a regular ol’ month that flew by without a second thought. The weather warmed up for us in June, we saw consistent sunshine as summer officially hit Michigan. As if on cue, I woke up this morning to our first drops of rain in almost two weeks! If that isn’t a metaphor for washing away an old month and bringing in a new one, I don’t know what is! Unlike June, this week seemed to fly by and before I knew it, Friday arrived!

  1. Justin is out of town this week visiting friends in Texas, I’m excited for him to be able to spend some time with his best friend and think about something other than hospital visits. His doctor was incredibly supportive of him traveling this summer as long as he pays attention to body, and wears a mask on airplanes. Deal!
  2. I am in the process of earning my Certified Nonprofit Professional credential as part of my professional development for the year and yesterday I got some direction and clarification from the program advisor. She was impressed with my ability to, essentially, advise myself on how to move through the program without speaking to anyone. I just laughed. I’m feeling more connected to my field overall just by doing the research to prepare for this process.
  3. June was a decent month for The Corner Office. At the beginning of the month I set a few goals for myself just to keep the motivation flowing. I surpassed most of them and started to bring my numbers out of the slump I’ve been stagnating in. There were 501 views, 211 visitors, 79 likes, and 45 comments in June! I continued as a participant in the Kindness Challenge, posts for Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6. I started a new category for the blog: EJFP Chapters, where I tell stories from my life. I’m incredibly humbled by the 13 new followers that started reading, and the people from the 13 countries that stopped by this month!
  4. On Monday of this week I gathered my team after assigning them the task of completing the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment. We had an engaging and interesting conversation about the strengths of each member of our team and how that could impact our ability to work together. I was really excited to start the conversation and think about us each individually and as a group of individuals.
  5. Also on Monday, Justin decided he wanted to go out to dinner for some wings. We headed to Applebee’s and binged on fried appetizers and I had my first beer in a while. A Short’s Soft Parade really is delicious. We had some great conversation, laughed a lot, and one of us (me) might have gotten a little buzzed and had to hand over her car keys. It was nice to just spend some time together doing normal people things, a little reminiscent of our life 5 years ago.