What I Learned in June (Part 2)

June CollageAnd just like that, it’s a week into July. By now, you know I’m shocked every time a new month rolls around. Seriously, I don’t know why I’m constantly stunned by time passing, but I am. I’ll try to spare the exclamations, though, and move right into recapping what I learned in June. Or at least, what I learned in the second part of June. (I discussed the first half in this post from a couple of weeks ago 🙂 )

  1. Instagram accounts featuring books are the best. Most of my feed these days is filled with books, so every time I scroll through it makes me happy. It also makes me want to buy books, which I never need more encouragement to do.
  2. Speaking of, book thrifting is a new extension of my addiction. I’ve always ordered used books from Amazon, but lately, I’ve been foraging through secondhand shops and used bookstores. It’s time consuming, but it’s also relaxing and rewarding. Nothing is more exciting than finding the exact copy I was looking for. True, I could order the book online, but discovering it beneath a stack of others is like unearthing a treasure.
  3. There are A LOT of options when laptop shopping. Most of which I don’t understand. I’ve already forgotten the specs of the one I ordered. But it’s lovely, and this is the first post I’m typing on it… I should probably go read the manual now.
  4. Chick flicks + popcorn + best friends = insanely late, memorable nights, filled with laughter and jokes that don’t make sense the next morning. I don’t realize how much I need moments like this until I’ve gone too long without them. When I do finally experience these times all over, I’m reminded how much better life is with friends.
  5. Starbucks Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade is my new favorite summer drink. I don’t know what made me choose it over a frappe one day, but it’s fantastic. I’m craving another.
  6. No matter how prepared you are to say goodbye, it’s impossible to be completely ready.
  7. I physically require time to be an introvert. Especially when I’m stressed, I need to recharge alone. Funnily enough, I make the least time for this when I’m stressed. It’s something I’m trying to be more conscious of this month.
  8. Writing muscles require exercise. In the last few months, I haven’t devoted nearly enough time to writing and I can feel atrophy setting into my ability. My goal for July is to get back into a writing workout routine.
  9. Sometimes the most spiritual thing is to sleep. There are too many nights I stay awake being anxious. In those times, I have to remind myself that I can “Go to sleep in peace; God is awake.” (quote, Victor Hugo)
  10. Keep not settling. I came across this quote on Pinterest, and it’s become my mantra. Life is too short to stay stuck. Even when it’s scary to step out, refuse to settle.

That’s all for Part 2 of June! What have you learned in the past few weeks? Have you set any goals for July? How is your summer going thus far?

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5 thoughts on “What I Learned in June (Part 2)

  1. I definitely need to get back into writing more. I’m trying to do camp nanowrimo with a goal of 15000 words, which is almost 500 each day. So far, failing miserably but not completely empty. Writing is definitely a muscle that needs exercise. And mine needs to go for a walk.

    By the way, I love all your book-ish posts. And you can never buy too many books (says the person who now needs a fifth bookshelf in her room if she gets any more books).

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    1. I really wanted to do Camp NaNoWriMo this month, but I failed miserably. I haven’t even logged in, or touched my manuscript. (Cringes) 500 words a day is an awesome goal! I think I’m going to steal that as my target. Goodness knows I need to get these writing muscles back in shape!

      I’m so happy you’re enjoying my flood of bookish posts! Knowing that makes my day 😀 A fifth bookshelf sounds glorious. I think I’m going to try to cram a third one into my tiny little room.


  2. My main goal for July is to start growing my blog followers, now that I have some existing content. I’d love to connect with others who have similar personal blogs, but it’s time-consuming to find them.

    My other goal is to finish a couple of short stories in July and to get a handle on this whole “becoming a mother” thing. 🙂

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    1. Hi Lauren! Sorry I’m so terribly late at replying. I was away for a while, and I’m just catching up now. 🙂
      I love your goal on growing blog followers! One of my favorite things about the blogging world is the connections I get to make with other writers. You’re definitely right, though- it takes a lot of time to find those people! Thanks for being a follower here; it means so much. You have a reader for your blog in me, too. 🙂

      Best wishes on being a mum! ❤ It's the most important job in the world, and I'm so happy for you.


  3. I have to agree with that best friends part. Our sleepovers are the best! Talking, laughing, making fun of chick flicks, eating insane amounts of snack food–who could ask for more?


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