Looking Back

Monthly Update: August 2017

I read somewhere recently that August is the “Sunday of summer.” In this analogy, June and July are equivalent to Friday and Saturday nights, and Sundays are meant for relaxing and recuperating from the weekend.

So, I couldn’t agree more with whoever made this astute observation!

I took it easy during my Sunday of summer. Now I feel refreshed and ready for September. I am looking forward to fewer tourists, changing seasons, and busting out my favorite scarves.

Here’s what I got up to in August.

Places Visited

 

Believe it or not, I made it up to Wellfleet for a night. Aside from home and work, that’s about it, though. With tourist crowds drastically thinning out over the next couple weeks, I’ll be more willing to hit the road and spend time in my favorite spots across the Cape.

Highlights

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Donavon Frankenreiter, live at the Beachcomber. Wellfleet, Massachusetts

 

Seeing live music. Two shows, two nights in a row! I haven’t done that in years! I saw the Beach Boys play at the Cape Cod Melody Tent and Donavon Frankenreiter at the Beachcomber.

Although, the Beach Boys show wasn’t the most energetic, considering most people in the audience were the same age as the two original band members, but I’m happy that I finally saw them perform live.

As always, Donavon and Matt Grundy put on an excellent show in Wellfleet. Seeing them play is one of my favorite parts of summer on Cape Cod.

Catching up with old friends. I’ve been a bit of a hermit since I returned home from New Zealand. In an attempt to remedy that, I met up with two friends for a snack and a chat in August and have been slowly reaching out to others.

I bought a kayak! In true Brittany fashion, I was overthinking the whole kayak thing. So, after work one night, I just went and bought one. The kayak, paddle, and two life vests came to $250, accomplishing my goal of spending no more than $300. I’m so happy to finally have my own kayak that I can bring over to the pond across the street, or any beautiful waterway, anytime I want.

Challenges & Self-Care

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I clearly love Mexican food and margaritas. San Diego, California.

 

One form of self-care, maybe my favorite one, is giving in to food cravings. Meal plans and diets have never been my thing, and I allow myself to eat cereal or chips or pizza whenever I feel like it.

I also crave salmon, broccoli, grapes, and other more healthy food options. I actually crave fruits and vegetables more often than I crave unhealthy food. That’s why I know it’s ok to give into the demands of my appetite.

The second part of food as self-care is the act of cooking a delicious meal. Cooking is a wonderful and rewarding hobby. I love trying new recipes or going off the cuff, being creative with random bits of food and ingredients that I have scattered around the kitchen.

No matter what kind of challenge I’m facing day to day – anxiety, illness, overwhelm, chronic pain – great food (no matter where it falls on the health spectrum) is great self-care.

What I’m Loving

Anything by The Awkward Yeti.

Tiny living and minimalism. The tiny house movement is blowing up, as is minimalism and downsizing. The desire for experiences and authenticity over material items and living beyond your means is becoming the way of life for so many people. I’ve been watching videos from Hopscotch the Globe, Tiny House Giant Journey, and Dylan Magaster for alternative living interviews, tiny house tours, and inspiration to continue on this path.

More Next Month

As I mentioned earlier, I look forward to enjoying the transition from summer to autumn. Crisp, quiet days are on the horizon (hopefully with a few Indian summer days thrown in), and far fewer people obstructing my view.

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2 Comments

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    Emily
    September 9, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    The Sunday of summer is so accurate. Never heard it before, but I agree/love it!

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