Saturday, July 2, 2016

How Did I Do, June?

The first half of June was by far one of the most challenging of my life. I stopped blogging pretty much in February. I was super overwhelmed with my school/work/home situation and we had just found out our dog was terminally ill. I was a mess--waking up in the middle of the night, dizzy spells, constant headaches, etc. It was bad and I was actually pretty scared for myself for a while. The good thing was it helped me prioritize. I realized what I needed to take off of my plate (blogging was definitely a first to go) as well as the steps I wanted to take after school was over. 

I plowed through the Spring semester--and did well and handled it pretty okay. At the end of May, I was finalizing my thesis, our dog stopped eating and started rapidly losing weight, and things just went crazy. The first half of June was like February on crack! I was stressed, sad, overwhelmed, and completely exhausted. I had a headache and I was just a mess. There were some awesome moments--my brother got married, I defended my thesis (which--finishing my defense was one of the best feelings in the world-it went better than I could have ever hoped), and we took a family vacation to Washington DC--I was there for a work training, but the training was flexible and I wanted JaiseAnn with me--so we made it a vacation and that was so nice. BUT--we also lost our Mal and I still am reeling from that loss. It was just a hard month. I honestly feel like I was drugged or something because it was so intense that I look back on it and feel like it was a dream or something. So...June was filled with high highs and low lows--and the 2nd half of June was kinda just there--not really filled with much as we have tried to adjust to life without Mal, less intense work on my thesis (but it is still there), and tried to let things settle. 

So yeah, June was a month we won't soon forget. The things I did accomplish this month are definitely worth being proud of--and grateful for. We are so grateful.

*Buy curtain rods and hang curtains 
*Have a garage sale and/or get rid of a bunch of stuff in the garage
*Organize JaiseAnn's baby clothes into space bags 
The bottom two things on this list have been added to July--I'm waiting on curtain rods for budget stuff--our trip to DC went a  little over budget so we're cutting back until we're back on track. So no curtain rods still--but I'll get them soon enough. 

*Make a second bird feeder for backyard and buy and hang a hummingbird feeder, too (I made the feeder and plan to post it because it's super cute and I love it, but I haven't hung it yet. As for the hummingbird stuff-I did some research and I'm just going to have to wait until next year. Did you know that hummingbirds send out scouts to look for food in May? That way they know where to go--so the likelihood of them finding me now is slim. I am facinated by that, though, and plan to get a feeder for next year and have it up in the early spring.)
*Finish JaiseAnn's baby books (So I finished these-BUT when I went to print them I had so many more pages than I thought--so again, more than I budgeted for. We have a plan for how to get them--which will have to be one at a time. Oh, well.)
* 2 play dates
*Father's Day activities for Dad and Grandpa's (maybe just cards to keep it simple)
*Sign JaiseAnn up for swimming lessons

*Do something fun and different for date night
*Go on an actual date night (Scheduling this one for July if it kills me--and it should cover ^^ too, but I actually have a fun date night at home idea for July as we're covered I think)
*Play a card or board game together one night

*No refined sugar treats (I did great with this until we went to DC. I still did pretty good--the best I've ever done on vacation. But there's a Shake Shack in DC and that's a bucket list place for me, so I had a shake--and then a few other treats on our trip. **The shake wasn't anything to write home about, but the burger was good.** I struggled with the refined sugars this month, but ther's always next month.)
*No eating after JaiseAnn goes to bed with the exception of one night per week. (50/50 on this one.)
*70,000 steps per week (for the summer, I'm removing this. We're spending a lot of time at the pool/water park and my FitBit isn't waterproof so it comes off, but I'm still active and I don't want the anxiety of "not getting my steps in every day" so I'm going to modify this next month. I was worried my FitBit would ruin my trip to DC, so I left it home, but feel confident I got my steps in every day--even on the day that I was in an all day training--because ALL THE WALKING!)
*Get a massage 
*Schedule a dentist appointment
Apparently my health was not a priority this month--which probably contributes to some of the major struggles and anxieties I had. This is eye-opening for me. I did still exercise every day and ate relatively well, but these extras matter. 

*Write a conference schedule 
*Share conference schedule on blog (see it here)
*Nusery Father's Day activity
*Put up a new scripture to reflect on on the fridge

*Defend thesis (This was a highlight of the month for me for sure. It went so well and I am so excited about that! I loved my topic and my paper--my study was so interesting to me and I was really into it. I loved my entire committee, but am especially grateful for my chair! My mom and Zach and a few classmates came to watch and my brother and new sister-in-law watched JaiseAnn on campus. Zach, JaiseAnn, and I went to dinner to celebrate afterward. It was all around a very special day! It also felt so good to be done. I still have some revisions to make (see below) but the weight of having it so close to done with just minimal revisions is definitely something I'm excited about!)
*Revise and submit final approved version of thesis
*Complete trainings for two part-time work-from-home jobs for next year.

How did you do in June?

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