Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now. *Eliza (Phillipa Soo) Voice
Another month in the life of 2020 has come to an end. Faced with the idea of mortality and inspired by the legacy that was Chadwick Boseman’s career, I chose the following for the quote of the week:
Though life feels chaotic, hard, unfair, and messy, there is also beauty and joy to be experienced. This is a friendly reminder that life’s too short to put off the things that light your soul on fire. Find time to (responsibly) schedule bursts of happy into your day. For me, that meant getting an iced pumpkin spice oat milk latte in August instead of waiting until it felt socially acceptable to indulge in pumpkin-flavored treats. No regrets.
Here are my other reflections for the month of August:
I loved re-incorporating Midweek Matcha into my routine! It def provides a different feeling than coffee. While I don’t find myself to be particularly caffeine sensitive, coffee has been shown to impact levels of anxiety and induce adrenal fatigue. It’s hard to explain, but matcha days made me feel more…steady/even? Anyway, I don’t plan on getting rid of my coffee anytime soon, but it was a fun way to use matcha as a wat to break up the week and have something to look forward to! I plan to continue and I will also be sharing how I make my midweek matcha latte on the blog soon!
This month I tested out using Youth to the People in an effort to have a better (and sustainable) skincare routine. I have pretty sensitive skin, so I opted to purchase the With Pride Minis Kit just to try it out and to support a good cause (GLSEN!). Honestly, I’m pretty surprised that I still have a majority of the product left, even with using it regularly. I’m still on the fence about whether the formula is perfect for my skin–there was minimal irritation with the Superfood Cleanser, which was calmed by the use of the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask at night. However, my skin was not a fan of the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial the first time I tried it. So, the jury is still out, but I’ll keep using them for now!
My discovery of a delicious new peach recipe was probably one of the best things to come out of August. I made Cheesecake Stuffed Peach Halves with locally grown peaches purchased at Nalls Produce and ya’ll–SO GOOD. The recipe was super easy to make and taste phenomenal. I def pinned it on Pinterest so that I could remember to make it next peach season! Find the recipe here.
This month I completed 5 out of 5 of the items on my August Bucket List. I even found time to have two picnics which was an item that I missed on my July Bucket List. In addition, I completed Callie’s Hot Little Bucket List this month as well! Really worked to squeeze in a bit of summertime magic.