August 2021 Recap

I can see us lost in the memories,
August slipped away into a moment in time,
‘Cause it was never mine

Anyone else feel like this month never even happened? The more time that this pandemic takes up on my calendar, the more my days and months just seem to blend together. Because nothing really changes. That may have sounded really cynical, but it’s just a sign of the times and right now I’m feeling like time keeps moving but nothing of significance is changing. I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed and burdened by everything that’s happening in the world today: the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, Hurricane Ida pummeling Louisiana, the delta-variant ravaging our country. This world is broken, plain and simple, but the onslaught of suffering and sadness in the news reminds me that this life is not my forever home. As a Christian, I believe that this life here on earth is not the end. I hope in life after death, life eternal with my creator. Christ came into this world to conquer death so that I might live my forever with him in heaven. I look with anticipation towards a future free from suffering, pandemic, persecution, death, violence, and sin. But meanwhile the world is hurting and aching for resolution. So as a Christian, I’m called to share that hope with all those I know and love. So if you don’t know Christ, please don’t hesitate to message me or seek me out. I’d love to share the good news of Jesus with you. We need him now more than ever!

RECIPES I TRIED

Daddio’s Kitchen S’mores Cookie Bars
Elisabeth & Butter’s S’mores Cookies

BOOKS I READ
Fighting Forward
Firefly Lane
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Restless
WHAT I BOUGHT

Dime Beauty Volume Mascara
Beautycounter Mascara
RayBan Dupes
The Power of Habit
BC Overnight Resurfacing Peel
Ninja Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker
Meat Masher
Resistance Bands
TikTok Hair Curler
Gold Hoops

MOVIES/TV SHOWS WATCHED

Love Is Blind: After the Altar
Manifest
Outer Banks (Season 2)
My Unorthodox Life
The Last Letter from Your Lover
The Nanny (Season 2 & 3)
Ted Lasso
Thor: Ragnarok
He’s All That
Clickbait
The Zookeeper’s Wife

ONE THING I ACCOMPLISHED

I graduated from counseling! One year ago, I reached out to a local Christian counselor. I was feeling burdened and at the end of myself as a healthcare worker amidst a global pandemic, and had experienced some intense isolation from my family. I needed tools to overcome my circumstances, gain perspective, and heal. It was one of the best decisions I made for myself in 2020. However, this month I graduated from counseling! With the help of my counselor, I was able to grow both in my own confidence as well as in my walk with the Lord. I learned how to overcome trials, like rejection, marital qualms, termination from a job, and beginning a new job. I feel like I’ve grown so much over the past year and I owe a lot of that to the Lord but also to having a counselor. I talk more about this in my post, Why Counseling Could Be One of the Best Decisions You Make This Year. Check it out and give it a read if you find yourself in a similar situation!

FAVORITE POSTS ON KITCHY LIVING

My favorite: City Series: Myrtle Beach
Reader’s favorite: deja vu

FAVORITE SONGS

Sittin’ In The Backseat – NEEDTOBREATHE
Remember This – Jonas Brothers
Shot in the Dark – John Mayer
You’re Still the One – Kacey Musgraves, Harry Styles
Love You Different – Justin Bieber
Lying – Dan + Shay
justified – Kacey Musgraves

FITNESS UPDATE

This month I bought 15 lb free weights to use in my Muscle Burns Fat workouts. And my body is feeling it! Love when my strength increases so much so that I can up my weights. It’s also fun to add to my free weight collection. But I haven’t felt this STRONG since I don’t know when. And I’m not ready to give up that feeling! Worked out 17 days out of the month in August.

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