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June Wrap-Up | July Goals

yeah okay someone's going to have to explain to me how HALF OF 2017 is GONE already.  BECAUSE THIS IS INSANE OKAY.  How is half of the year gone already? Like, I feel like it just started??? I mean, in a sense, I can see how half of the year is gone already, but still...that's crazy.  WUT. Time to make the most out of every second, right? xD 

June was a very s l o w month, so I don't think this post's going to be too long.  It was kind of a boring month, but hey, that's summer :) I'm excited for July and all that the future holds though.
+ Hit 200 followers!!!!!! June 20th, 2017. Y'ALL THIS IS LITERALLY THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE THING YET.  I'm literally in shock right now and IT IS CRAZY.  I'm so thankful to God and to all of you guys for like...reading these words that I write.  HOW AWESOME ARE YOU ALL?!!!!! This means so much to me and I'm so grateful :))

+ Made watermelon cake.  AND NO it isn't a cake that looks like watermelon, it's a watermelon that looks like a cake.  From the outside.  I saw this idea on Pinterest a long time ago, and I thought of it again recently and made it for Father's Day.  IT'S SO GOOD.  And easy.  So even if you hate cooking, you should definitely give this one a try :)
To be fair, my cake didn't exactly turn out picture perfect or how I had envisioned it to.  The frosting got a little weird, and the watermelon itself was all misshapen and crooked from when I had cut it; but hey, it tasted great xD 

+ Picked strawberries & the weather got REALLY hot which was the bomb, let me tell you. 

+ Went to the zoo.  This was kind of around my birthday, and it wasn't necessarily the most exciting thing in the universe or anything, but it was pretty fun to see all the different animals.  AND GUYS.  We saw these two bears there that were "playing" (or so they say), and it was pretty funny.
This thing is the cutest ever.  LIKE DOESN'T IT JUST LOOK LIKE A STUFFED CAT OR SOMETHING?

Not to mention how fat they were xD

So this thing is a wolf.  A WOLF.  And it is probably the laziest wolf you'll ever see.  It literally just sat there like a rock, occasionally looking at us.  LIKE WUT WHO DO U THINK U R.

+ Spent time with friends I haven't seen in a looong time.  This was honestly one of the best things ever and it made me realize how much I miss being around people a LOT.  Kind of sad, but you know, keeping the eyes set on Jesus :))

+ Got back into making videos? Kind of? I've been feeling really inspired to do it, and I need a good editing software to obviously edit the videos, so I've been looking into Premiere Pro, but I'm going to need a better laptop to handle Premiere, so we'll see what happens with that xD I'd really love to make those cinematic/nature videos because they are straight fire, but we'll see :))

+ Passed all the basic levels in figure skating.  Yeah, I haven't been talking about that a whole lot on the blog, but I'm still skating and now I'm in Pre-Freeskate which is really amazing and I'm so thankful that God has given this gift to me :))

+ Started bullet journaling.  I would definitely not call it bullet journaling.  AT ALL.  But it technically it is, so. Basically this past week I took (omw you know that phrase "bite the bullet"? like "bite the bullet" and bullet journal lol) my planner that I've quit using since school let out and I've been trying to make to-do lists and make them look artsy.  Not exactly working, but y'know xD It's the trying that counts.  So, yeah, I've started bullet journaling a little.  So far I've loved it!

+ Did a lot of little boring things.  I think.  Honestly I can't even remember what all I did this month, and apparently they weren't of that much importance anyways, so. xD Sorry, guys, I think I'm just in a really weird mood right now.
+ Get back into making videos.  Already touched on this, but nope, didn't happen because I need to make Premiere actually work before I can edit.

+ FINALLY WRITE AGAIN.  I mean, I did write, but not on my laptop  and not as much as I should have.  Whoops.

+ Reach 200 followers.  BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD THANK YOU ALL TO THE MOON AND BEYOND.

+ DO STUFF OUTSIDE. GO OUTSIDE. BE OUTSIDE.  Yeah, I was outside a decent amount of time this month, so I'll cross it off.  The great outdoors yo ♥
I don't really have anything specific in mind for July, to be honest.  Because every month so far this year I've had a little list here of things I want to accomplish in the next month, and yeah, that's great and lovely and awesome, but right now I'm not...really feeling that? I'm not sure how to exactly describe it, but it's July.  It's summer.  I don't really know what I even do every day (that makes no sense, yes, I know). I'm not sure what exactly God is doing in life, but I know He's in control and that is enough.  So yeah.  I don't know.  In July...I guess I just want to live a life that's good and I want to be in the center of God's will.  'cuz that makes life worth living :) 

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So that was June. I feel it's always like "oh here's a new month!" and then BOOM it's gone in a second.  People say that the older you get the faster time goes? I think it's true, though I can't quite figure out the logic behind it.  I guess the older we get, we take everything too seriously and forget to live in the moment a lot.  WELL I'M READY TO LIVE JULY.  How about you? God is good, life is good, and July can sure be good.  

What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I've always been a chocolate fan (I know there are plenty of people that don't like it though xD), but I like cookies and cream too, and there's nothing like butter pecan either.  Eh.  ANYTHING WITH CHOCOLATE FOR ME.  Out of the three months June, July, and August -- which speaks SUMMER most to you? I feel like July/early August does for me, even more so than June.  BUT JUNE IS DEFINITELY SUMMER TOO DON'T GET ME WRONG.  xD

-autumn 

Summer '17 Bucket List (-ish) | Summer Ideas!!

OKAY so here's the deal...I was thinking of what I was going to post this week, and the thought came to mind that YES summer is practically here in full swing and if I had wanted to set a bucket list for this summer I probably should have done that last month :)) BUT nevertheless I thought it would be fun to compile... you know like a list of ideas of fun stuff to do in the summer and see what all I could cross off.  Because why not, right? xD So basically this post is a list of things to do in the summer and stuff I want to do this summer? tbh I honestly did already do some "summer" things already (it's almost the end of June like wut), but still.  HENCE THIS POST. 

If you've been around long enough you probably remember that I've done a post similar to this for the last two years (oh my goodness that's a long time wooow), so I guess it's kind of like tradition now? Eh...BUT I went back and looked over the list I had last year, you know, just because I'm writing this post now and WOW.  My goal last year was to have a perfect garden, y'all. :P Like that...ever...happens.  *cough* And also to be fair with my last-year-self, macarons are hard to make and you definitely don't have time to make them :))

T H I N G S   T O   D O   I N   T H E   S U M M E R  //

+ go dance in the rain
+ make homemade ice cream
+ eat a lot of watermelon
+ see how late you can sleep in
+ see how early you can get up
+ go fruit picking 
+ work on your hobby and master your game yo 
+ go play tennis at the park
+ plan a day with your friends
+ blow balloons up and take pretty pictures
+ watch sunsets
+ watch the sun rise
+ feel the wind beat down on you before the storm
+ breathe deep 
+ drink a lot of water
+ put pretty fruit in your water bc it's summer ok
+ give thanks for 10 things every morning
+ go barefoot
+ visit the zoo 
+ make an dessert  
+ go buy some ice cream (butter pecan is so good with brownies ok)
+ think about the future 
+ pray a lot
+ go to a yard sale 
+ plan a picnic


   + make cold lemonade for those hot days
+ read a book
+ look at your bucket list & actually work at it
+ try gardening (even if it's just one plant)
+ read the Bible
+ go look at the stars
+ sleep under the stars if you can
+ climb a tree
+ make a scrapbook
+ call your friends who you don't see very often
+ send snail mail
+ find an ice rink + go skating bc it's hot out there
+ cook a full course meal
+ thank God for your friends
+ host a bake off
+ grab the hose and spray somebody
+ try a totally foreign cuisine
+ take a long walk or hike
+ have a photoshoot
+ work hard
+ go a day without wifi and electronics
+ bake cookies (for yourself or someone else ;)
+ make a DIY 


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SO THERE YA GO.  That's literally 50 ideas for when if you get bored this summer :P I'll probably refer back to this once and awhile to see if there's anything I feel like doing (because I already did do a 1/4 of these probably), but it was fun just trying to come up with a whole bunch of "summer" themed activities, y'know?  What do you all like to do in the summer? Are you pretty busy? It seems like so many of my friends have jobs and stuff now, so they don't always have a lot of free time in the summer.  BUT GUYS.  It's worth it to make time every now and then for the little things :) They're important.  What are some more things I should add to this list? (Because I know I didn't get everything xD) 

-autumn 

made to inspire #16


architectural design, architecture, buildings
chopping board, cup, dessert

Wooden Pathway to Beach Shore

bloom, blooming, blossomsSelective Focus Photo of Fire during Night Time
Yellow and Green Hot Air Balloon Floating on Mid Air Under Blue and White Sunny Cloud Sky
cliffs, daylight, frame

forest, nature, trees
Enjoy every single moment.  The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the inspiring, the not-so-glamorous moments and thank God through it all.  -Meghan Matt

I think I might've used this quote before, but I like it so it can get a repeat xD Originally I was going to do a recipe and/or video this week, which I was super excited about (!!), but stuff didn't happen and sadly I can't edit anything yet ARGHHHHHHH.  So instead since I was overdue for this post anyway, I thought I'd share some pictures I found on the internet :)) Lesson is -- life happens.  Sometimes it's difficult.  You get through it.  :P 

How's your life? Not just "good"...but HOW ARE YOU? How's June been so far? Which was your favorite picture? (I'm not going to lie...sometimes when I  do these posts I feel like the pictures have no coherence and are super random...but I REALLY love this set.  IDK WHY IT'S JUST GOOD VIBES) HAVE YOU BEEN HIT BY THIS AWESOME 90 DEGREE WEATHER LATELY? It's been so warm and lovely I just love it.  This is summer living ♥♥ Do you have a job this summer? Let's talk!!! 

-autumn