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WTF, September?!

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I KNOW these posts are supposed to be all like “Hello, September!” and all excited about the smell of pumpkin spice in the air and the chill of fall settling and the flannels whispering my name to get out from the back of my closet but WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK, IT’S ACTUALLY SEPTEMBER TODAY.

and I haven’t posted on my blog in almost an entire month.

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Since the last time I posted, I’ve driven across the country – up to Seattle twice, moved into an apartment, spent 2 weeks babysitting (one away from home, one in a 3 hour commute away), and started processing life without a job.

Nothing major.

I keep thinking I WANT to blog, but then I see a pile of unlisted inventory and think, “oh crap, that’s unearned money right there.” Blogging doesn’t make me actual, consistent money. Selling other people’s trash on Poshmark does.

I’ll make a separate post with my September goals, but honestly I can’t even remember any of my August ones. Life happened super fast this month and I feel like I’m lucky to have made it this far without a negative bank account balance and still getting a solid night’s sleep. Little victories, y’all.

Something cool, though. We currently don’t have a dining table, and until we do… the wall where we eventually will put one makes for really great, easy Poshmark photos. One day I’ll get a lighting kit, but until then…

Looks much better than just laid on top of a white blanket, if you ask me! Also I found all of those things at the GOODWILL OUTLET, NO JOKE. Just saying. Also, if you’ve never used Poshmark, you can use my code (BWCTE) and get $5 off your first purchase on the app! If you’re interested in something from my closet, I’ll hook you up with a discount in addition to the $5 off ;D

I thought, “it would be nice to ease into blogging with a cute little apartment tour,” and then I realized that I still haven’t even unpacked everything and that I should probably do that first, and that’s the point where I put a few things away and then walk down the street to get a coconut mocha.

In other news, on Monday we’re starting Whole 30 because I am in desperate need of a food reset. It’s so weird, after my first Whole 30 I went INSANE. I started eating EVERYTHING. A lot of it was because I had no idea what Whole 30 was really about. I’ve been (slowly) reading It Starts With Food and I recently ordered The Whole 30 and I now have such a deeper appreciation for the heart behind The Whole 30, and I am very excited.

Also we’re having a record heat wave in the Pacific Northwest and if I don’t at least get a mild, healthy tan out of it I’m going to breathe fire. Speaking of sun, why is sunscreen so expensive? Justen and I were at Walgreens and sunscreen is like $10 for a bottle! Which I obviously wasn’t going to pay so instead I spent $22 unnecessary dollars on drugstore beauty products because they had a buy 2 get the 3rd free deal going on. You know me, the poster child for discipline and self-control.ย 

One more thing. Here’s a picture of me from the farmer’s market down the street. I was really pissed at Justen for not knowing how to make me look like an Instagram Celebrity, and then I ended up killing those flowers like 2 days later and I still have no idea how I did that…. any ideas?

RIP perfect Farmer’s Market flowers. You were $15 of temporary fun. Also that shirt was $7 on clearance at H&M. I tried finding the exact one on their site but I couldn’t. So here’s a bunch of other ruffle sleeves from H&M. Some of them are dirt cheap. But that’s coming from a girl who won’t spend $10 on sunscreen but spends $22 on drugstore makeup to get one thing free, so what do I know.

Okay one actual last thing. Anybody here know Taylor Swift? I think she should read the book Boundaries. I’m always kind of lukewarm about my feelings for her, but I’m currently stuck in eye roll mode when she comes up.
I missed y’all. Let’s keep in touch. XO.

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August Currently

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve jumped on the Currently train. Mostly because it’s been a hot minute since I’ve actually spent any time working on creating new content for my blog. But here I am, y’all!

Linking up ย (at the very last moment) with Anne and Sheaย for this month’s Currently Link up.

Currently…

snacking (on)…
Hi my name is Stephanie and I am obsessed with Veggie Chips. The plain sea salt ones are SO GOOD. Do y’all hear me? They are SO GOOD. Buy them all and buy them often. They’re like Pringles but apparently better for you because they have “veggie” in the name. Also, I got a bunch of salami + deli meats sent to me from Columbus Meats and I’ve been snacking on these a LOT. Justen and I kept commenting on how sometimes they had more of a kick to them than other times and I only just realized that there are more than one flavor, haha. They’re REALLY good.

anticipating…
Well, moving into our apartment. If you remember, I’ve never actually been in our apartment. In just a few days I will be there! Justen’s picking up the keys TODAY and I’ll get to see it on Wednesday WHEN I START MOVING IN. The. Anticipation.!

borrowing…
vehicles to move stuff! We actually don’t have much to move in. Last month my mom spotted a really nice couch + loveseat on Facebook so we bought those. That and my bed are really the only things we have to move in that require more than just our vehicles. It will be interesting to see how that changes whenever we move out.

admiring…
all the pretty Pinterest pins. This is a huge deal for me, you guys. I’ve been living either with my mom or roommates (who had their own stuff) for my whole life. This will really be the first time that I get to make a space mine. and by mine, I do mean mine and Justen’s but he is part of the equation that makes it mine. So I’ve been looking at Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for the feel of our apartment. I guess I’ll just share some here and y’all can let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ˜‰

purchasing…
a LOT of coffee. Y’all my coffee spending has SKYROCKETED in the past month. I’m really looking forward to mornings at home with a pot of coffee. I’m trying really hard not to purchase a bunch of stuff because my employment situation is up in the air and that could be really awful combined with getting a wedding put together and all of these changes.

Overall, I’m currently ย just ready to unpack from Nashville and figure out what life is going to look like for at least the next few months… then I get to adjust to a whole new life living with a boy.ย 

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After all this time. Always.

For the past two and a ย half-ish years, I’ve been really bad the worst at reading. My goal to read 50 books in 2.75 years was laughable. I hardly picked up a book, and then at the end of last year I thought “well (@*&%, I need to read the whole Harry Potter series,” so back in November I decided to try and re-read the HP series by the beginning of June.

Harry Potter // justalittlebitlouder

Last night I put down Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with a heavy but empty heart and stared at the ceiling and thought, “where do I go from here?”

I’ve read Harry Potter. I’ve seen the movies. But each time I read the books, I pick up on more than I did before.

I’m about to spoil some stuff so if you’ve never read the books or seen the movies and don’t want to know anything, then please X out now.

Harry Potter // justalittlebitlouder

On this read through I fully appreciated the growth of Ginny and Harry’s relationship. I’m not sure why but I kind of glazed over it previously. I was reading the part where Harry was suppressing his feelings towards her because she’s Ron’s sister and I had to stop and show Ernie the Cho Chang song from A Very Potter Musical (PLEASE TELL ME YOU’VE SEEN THIS IF YOU’RE A HARRY POTTER FAN). Unfortunately for me, Ernie Halter has no interest in Harry Potter and as I was reading the scene where Dumbledore dies, Ernie kept singing “CHO CHANG!” at the top of his lungs, and I just couldn’t handle it.

For the first time I actually understood why Harry was the proper master of the Elder Wand. For whatever reason I just kind of shrugged and agreed and it didn’t make sense to me, but this time I read it and completely understood it.

At the end of The Goblet of Fire, when Voldemort comes back, I felt a sense of fear and panic that I’ve never felt before and was so stupid since I OBVIOUSLY knew what was going to happen. I remember putting the book down and getting up and pacing around the room, wishing I had HP + The Order of the Phoenix with me so I could keep going. I’ve never had such an intense response to the story. It was kind of weird.

I texted Mei-Ling about how I’d finished it and she said it gets worse each time you re-read it. I realized it’s kind of like how drunk drivers walk away with less pain from a car crash than the person they hit – they have no idea what’s coming, but the sober drivers see the danger, tense up, and tries to avoid it. Re-reading HP is like being the sober driver in that example. You know what’s coming and you’re bracing yourself for it, which means you’re likely to walk away a little more sore than if you had no idea what was coming.

This read through I was able to really appreciate the way that Harry Potter becomes a man. We see him go from being a little boy to trying to figure out girls to making really big decisions all on his own. I think it’s the whole trying to figure out girls thing that made me really appreciate the journey he was on.

My new 101 in 1001 list has me re-reading and re-watching the Harry Potter series in the next two and a half years, so I’m excited to see what I pick up on this next time. I’ve already started re-watching them in anticipating of going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in October (as part of our honeymoon!). I cannot wait for the butterbeer ;D

Harry Potter // justalittlebitlouder

Let’s geek out about Harry Potter. What are some things you’ve picked up on during your second or third or etc read-throughs? What house are you sorted into? I’m definitely Gryffindor, but I’m definitely Neville Longbottom.

ps these really terrible pictures are from a time when I was going to post a Butterbeer Latte recipe, but realized that the pictures sucked, I lost the recipe and I didn’t actually know what Butterbeer tasted like, haha.

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August Goals

Time to look back on last month’s goals and set goals for the month ahead. Y’all ready?! ๐Ÿ˜€

July Goals

  1. Finish the Harry Potter series
  2. Post 5 blog posts {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}
  3. Read a book of the Bible 1st Peter
  4. Send 5 letters {1. Justen 2. my mom 3. Ellen}
  5. Visit a church in Tennessee
    It just wasn’t a priority, and that’s just being honest.
  6. Visit 2 coffee shops {1. Billy Goat Coffee Cafe 2.ย Rembrandt Coffee}
  7. Hit $3,000 in Poshmark sales {2,793 as of 7/30/17}
    Visiting Washington and then packing for going home is what held this back, I think. At some point I stopped listing new inventory and packed a bunch of stuff, meaning all of my inventory wasn’t accessible for shipping and had to be marked as not for sale. It was a small hiccup, so I’m not beating myself up over this.
  8. Get a manicure
    I decided I actually didn’t want to spend the money. Insert the shrug emoji right here.
  9. Buy 3 things for the wedding {3 of 3}
  10. Make macarons

Okay so it was MEANT TO BE – I saw my sweet friend Amber post a picture of some macarons she’d just baked and a light bulb went off in my head because making macarons was on my 101 list! I added it to my July Goals and asked if she’d be down to help – which she was! She surprised me with the flavor (coconut mocha WHAT!) and helped me make them. They were so tasty and now I feel like I could make a fair attempt at making macarons on my own. Who knew they were so specific in how they’re made?!

Coconut Mocha Macarons // justalittlebitlouder

Total June goals accomplished: 60%

Thaaat’s a D-. Yikes! Barely passing, haha.

August Goals // justalittlebitlouder

August Goals

  1. List all of my Poshmark inventory
  2. Hit $4,000 in Poshmark sales
  3. Post 10 blog posts
  4. Read 2 books
  5. Redo my Whole 30 mocha post
  6. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself
  7. Try a new recipe
  8. Get rid of all but 50 pens
  9. Get rid of all but 5 nail polishes
  10. Buy fresh flowers

Here’s what’s up with these goals, y’all. In case you missed it, Justen and I got an apartment (YAY!) that I’ll be moving into as soon as I get myself back home. I’m currently 100% unsure about my whole income situation, so I’m looking at this transition as if I’m going to have to work. my. butt. off. Poshmark has been going well for me, and I have a bunch of inventory to list (it’s only $0.80/lb in Nashville, y’all!!!) so I’m going to dream big and work hard. It’s scary but exciting.

My goals are partially related to all of that. They’re all about putting up guardrails to protect myself from apathy and move myself more towards the mental/physical/emotional space I’m wanting to be at.

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Things I will not be taking to our apartment.

I’m really excited about this, y’all.

Justen and I have found the place we’ll live in after we’re married (AND THEY APPROVED US TO LIVE THERE). Insert that happy crying emoji RIGHT HERE.

I’ve been wanting to find a place that wasn’t cookie cutter. I didn’t want the same cream carpet and beige walls and brown cabinets. I wanted character and charm and something that was different. I’ve been trolling listings for awhile and FREAKED OUT about this one. Justen went to see the apartment, we decided to apply, and then about a week later we found out we’re approved and get the keys right after we get back.

Oh and… I haven’t ever actually seen it. Justen FaceTimed me while he walked through it, and I loved it, but still. My first time seeing the apartment is when I’m bringing stuff into it to move in (I’ll be moving in first).

But y’all. It’s located above an antique store on a cute little downtown street we’ve visited many times before. It has hardwood floors and an exposed brick wall in the kitchen and pretty white doors. I’d show you the pictures but they just don’t seem to do it justice. It’s within walking distance of a $5 theater, a coffee shop that serves Monin coconut syrup, and a bakery with the best nitro cold brew I’ve ever had. AND IT IS ABOVE AN ANTIQUE STORE.

So anyway. When I get home, I’ll be packing my stuff up to move in. and you know what I’m excited about? I’m excited about a blank slate in which to not put a bunch of crap. It’s like the ultimate act of decluttering. Do I take the crap or not?

I’ve already begun to think about what I will not be taking with me to our new home.

6 things i will not be taking to our apartment // just a little bit louder

  • More than 5 bottles of nail polish
    One of my 101 in 1001 items is to get rid of all but 5 bottles of nail polish and not buy any more until I use them all up. This seems like the absolute best time to do this. While there is something really definitively girly about having eighteen zillion shades of pink nail polish, I will never be able to use them up. They will always win. It’s a small victory over clutter and I’m going to claim it.

 

  • Bread and Milk
    If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen the post I made about being ready to do Whole30 in September. A few years ago I was 100% rocking the gluten/dairy-free lifestyle. It was my jam (on gf bread, of course). After my last Whole30, idk what happened. I went food crazy and I’ve been eating all the crap. Having empty cupboards and an empty fridge gives me the opportunity to NOT put things in there. Things like bread and milk and cheese. Instead, I can stock foods that are 100% good to put in my body and not have to worry about it.

 

  • More than 50 pens
    This was also on my 101 in 1001 list – to get rid of all but 50 pens. Justen wrote me a letter earlier this summer and in it mentioned that he didn’t have many pens and would have to get more. I freaked and told him NO WAY JOSE, because I have more pens than I should! Again, it’s that same setting myself up for a small clutter victory thing. Instead of bringing all infinityzillion (made that up) of my pens and then deciding what to keep, I’ll only bring what I’m going to keep.

 

  • Samples
    This is a big one, y’all. Today I was using up a teeny tiny bottle of cleanser I got in a Birchbox a few months ago and I realized that I need to just clean slate the samples. I’ve been trying to be more diligent with using them up, but there’s no way I’ll be able to get this under control. Honestly, I just need to go through and only bring the makeup/products I actually use, and then it will be a joy and not a burden to receive new samples in the mail each month. This one might be hard.

 

  • Trinkets I’ve kept out of sentimentality
    I’m the worst at keeping things because they were gifts. I have a really hard time getting rid of gifts, no matter how small or insignificant. Over the course of my life, I have collected quite the trinket collection. But since this will be Justen’s home too, I don’t want for him to have to be surrounded by tiny clutter-y gifts people have given me over my lifetime. I’ve spent a lot of time and energy taking care of these items and now it’s time to say goodbye to them and move on.
  • Books I’ll probably never read
    Whenever someone offers to loan me a book, I lose my mind. I have so many books, y’all. Books can be so cheap if you buy them at second hand bookstores, garage sales or thrift store 1/2 off days. Like the trinkets, I’ve accumulated a collection of books I’ll probably never read. Instead of bringing them with me to be a constant, daily reminder of how I don’t read as much as I should, I’m just going to put them back into the second hand bookstore, garage sale, thrift store cycle.

I’m sure that as I’m packing things up, I’ll find more things that aren’t worth taking with me – any suggestions? I’ll keep y’all updated. It’s like the biggest, most efficient decluttering ever. Just don’t take stuff. I love it and I’m so excited.

Plus.

This apartment, you guys.

 

I’ll take more pictures once I step into it and see it for myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

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