You guys!! Summer is practically over! I feel like I barely had a chance to enjoy the heat this year. It was hot for like four seconds and now I’m reaching for my cardigans when I head outside. It’s funny how noticeable the little changes in the weather have become. The sun isn’t out as late anymore and our nights cool down way faster. I can’t say August was my most productive month, but it was really nice to have some time off in between school finishing and work beginning.

I am currently up in Muskoka at my best friend’s cottage for the week and loving every second of the lake life. Let me know if you’ve tried anything on my list and what your favourites this month have been in the comments!

Xx happy summering!

ICED COFFEE. I have been obsessed with iced coffee lately. I don’t know what has gotten into me! I think about consuming them constantly, the colour literally makes me salivate and I’m not ashamed to admit my conditioning flaws.

I live down the street from a Starbucks, so that is where I get most of my coffee from. I probably have one a day––which is a disgustingly expensive habit that I wouldn’t wish on anyone living in 2019.

I’ve been trying different styles of cold coffee to add some spice to my everyday life. I’ve tried the Starbucks’ Nitro and their Cold Brew, both of which I can happily drink black. My go-to is their iced coffee with cream because it’s under $4.00. I’ll alternate that with iced americanos––which are good either black or with cream (depends on my mood)––and the double shot on ice is really good, if you haven’t tried it yet.

almost 30 podcast. I first stumbled across this podcast back when it was first starting and I listened to a few episodes and didn’t really love it. But I wanted to.

Over the last couple of years it really blew up, I joined their secret Facebook group and vowed that one day I would give it another try. At the beginning of the month, I started it again right from the beginning. It took me about thirty episodes to really get into it and actually get excited about listening, and now I can’t get enough. Krista and Lindsey are awesome and their guests are so inspiring. I still have over 200 episodes to go, but if you haven’t had a chance to listen you definitely should! They cover so many topics, the range is great and I’ve picked up a lot of useful day-to-day information I wouldn’t have thought to seek out for myself.

THE COLOUR GREEN. Lately, I’ve been feeling really drawn to the colour green, so I’ve been trying to incorporate it more in my environment. I also feel like I’m being pulled by the idea of keeping more plants around, so I bought a houseplant for beside my bed! I actually just repotted it, which I’ve never done before. I have also been loving these awesome green apple candles from IKEA.

A GRATITUDE LIST. I used to write a daily gratitude list and I stopped when school picked up. Reading back through the list made me so happy that I’ve vowed to start again. I write 3-5 things from each day that made me grateful and they vary from small, minute everyday sensations, to big things like feelings, occurrences and people. I love being able to remember my days through such happily specific details and it does evoke gratitude in me for everything I have.

CRAFT CIDERS AND RADLERS. I’ve never been a big fan of alcoholic beverages, but lately, with summer and socializing outdoors and stuff, I’ve really been enjoying how refreshing ciders and radlers are. My favourites have been: Waterloo raspberry radler, Budlight orange, Thornberry wild blueberry and elderberry cider and Brickworks ciderhouse peach cider. And here are some of the ones I’m looking forward to trying in the next few weeks: Rekorderlig wild berries cider, Growers honeycrisp apple cider and Forbidden pink cider.

BOOKS. I finished The Seat of the Soul. I didn’t love it but I kept going with it because it’s been recommended to me time and time again. I found a lot of the information to be stuff I’ve already come across in other literature. There were a few good nuggets, but I found myself not overly engaged. I think I could have lived with getting the spark notes edition. FYI if you’re going to read it, maybe don’t idk.

I also finished What If This Were Enough? It took me a while to get into this book but I really love everything Heather Havrilesky writes, so I kept with it. I did find it to be really wordy and like reading my popular culture textbooks from university all over again, but in a refreshing way.

Her critique on our modern society gave me lots to chew on regarding our social norms. My take away from her writing is that we need to engage with and examine why we are so hollow and dissatisfied, then cultivate it and do something with those understandings, instead of spending so much time aimlessly scrolling through social media feeds.

ON MY TOES THIS MONTH: I spent most of the month with a french pedi and changed it to OPI How Does Your Zen Garden Grow for going up to the cottage.

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