Looking Back

Monthly Update: September 2017

I cannot believe it’s October already (and almost halfway through). September seriously flashed before my eyes.

Here’s what I got up to in September. It wasn’t a whole lot.

september places visited map

Places Visited

Hyannis, Provincetown, Sandwich, Wellfleet

wellfleet drive in


Wellfleet Drive-in Theater. After Labor Day, the drive-in shows double features of old movies instead of only new releases. Last year, I saw Goonies and Princess Bride, which are my FAVORITE childhood movies, and the year before was Jaws.

This year, the pairing was an old movie and a new release: Lost Boys and IT. A small, but… invested, crowd showed up the night I was there. A couple cars full of people in creepy clown costumes pulled into the row ahead of me to set up camp. Their costumes were so good that they received a round of applause from the audience when they jumped out of their vehicles.

working in provincetown

Challenges & Self-Care

For the majority of September, I suffered from a painful pinched nerve. I felt searing pain through my neck and shoulder anytime I moved my head from side to side, and I couldn’t even lift my head or put weight on my arm when getting out of bed. It was the worst pinched nerve I have ever experienced.

It came on at the end of a long day spent on my laptop and lasted for weeks, forcing me out of work for a few days. Just recently, the pain subsided and things are back to normal. This kept me from practicing some of my normal self-care activities, like taking my new kayak out.

I did do daily stretching, which is helpful for anyone, with or without a pinched nerve, for several reasons. I feel the most relief from stretches for my neck and hips, and make sure to stretch throughout the day. If your muscles feel tight or sore, add daily stretching to your self-care regime.

What I’m Reading

The Handmaid’s Tale. I have to admit, I always passed this one over whenever it was on a reading list in high school and even college. Finally, after watching the show on Hulu, I realized what a GREAT story it is. As soon as the credits rolled on the finale episode I jumped on my Kindle to get a copy.

If you haven’t read it before, or even heard of it, it’s a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood set in the near future United States. The country, now called the Republic of Gilead, is controlled by a group of men who live and rule by the literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis, with beliefs and practices similar to, perhaps worse than, those of the Puritans hundreds of years ago.

As great dystopian stories do, this one warns us of the darker side of humanity and consequences of stripping away people’s autonomy.

Get your own digital copy or save your money and borrow it from the library.

What I’m Loving

PatD Lucky. I think this guy is hilarious. So do 1.6 MILLION other people. Scroll through his videos on Instagram if you’re in need of a laugh.

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Pura Vida Bracelets. I have a small collection of these colorful, fun bracelets so far. The bracelets are a physical reminder to slow down and appreciate the moment. The clink of the signature “p” charms against my laptop in the midst of my 100th hour working online is a sign to get up to do anything else. They’ve been a big help in my productivity and my downtime this past month.

“Pura Vida” means living life to the fullest. It’s more than just a saying… it’s a lifestyle. – from the Pura Vida website.

I wasn’t drawn to the brand for this reason alone. The company provides full-time jobs to 150+ artisans across the globe and promotes positive working environments. Plus, they have a Charity Collection of bracelets that has raised $1.5 million for over 190 partner organizations and charities.

If you’re interested in starting your own collection, use this link to get 50% off your first order of $40. Full disclosure, I will get $10 towards my next purchase if you sign up through this link!

More Next Month

I’m writing this update from Salem, Massachusetts, one of my favorite places on Earth. I lived here for five years while earning my college degree and enjoying many Octobers and Halloweens. Perhaps I’ll add another one to the list this year!

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