Ha… last month I thought I was so awesome because I blogged more than once! And now here I go starting off July over a week late, yet again. 🙈 One step forward, one step back. Honestly though, I'm giving myself grace. I'm trying to be more loving and compassionate and understanding to myself, and that starts with not being so critical of everything I do. I'm not perfect and I can never expect to be, so I'm really working on cutting myself more slack in all aspects of life.
There I go off on a tangent. This has been happening to me a lot lately. I've been feeling restless and easily distractable. I'm constantly jumping around from subject to subject in my mind. I'm finding myself in a place mentally and emotionally that feels all too similar to feelings I've experienced before.
I've come to realize over the last year that I was just trying to do too much. I was overwhelmed, stressed, and burnt out. So now, I've been course-correcting. I've been going through a phase of editing and refining my life in many ways, and it's caused the pendulum to swing a bit too far the other way. I've felt unmotivated, uninspired, and uninterested in much of my work over the last several months and I've been clawing my way back to a happier place.
I've really had to sit down and think and journal and meditate about what it is that I enjoy and what lights me up. What makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning instead of groan and grumble and hit the snooze button on my alarm. It's all reminded me a bit of my time at Making Things Happen in 2012. I am starting to dig deep, be still, and listen to what my intuition is telling me. I look forward to seeing what I uncover along the way and am excited for all the possibilities…
But before I get too caught up in thinking and dreaming about what's next for me, let's recap what happened in June:
I spoke at Middle School Career Day
My friend Jayme is a teacher at a Middle School in Queens, and she invited me to come speak to some of the classes at the school for career day. I got to speak to two different classes of 7th and 8th graders, which was surprisingly less intimidating than I expected. I told them all about what I do running my blog, how I got started, what I was interested in during school, and what I went to college for. It was really fun talking to the kids, and they asked me so many great questions! My favorite part was sharing with them that when I was their age (yes, I really pulled that old person saying out for them) that what I do for a living now was not even a thing that even existed. I never could've known at the age of 13 that I would be running my own online publishing empire 😉 at the age of 33. Talk about crazy! It was such a rewarding experience, and I'd really love to do more speaking about technology, running your own business, and working virtually online with kids. It's definitely the way of the future, and I couldn't be more passionate about the industry I'm in. This was definitely a highlight of my month!
Went to a Gelato Making Class
In an effort to try to spend more intentional time together, E and I have taken to alternating planning one “special” date for each other each month. It was my idea, so I got to choose for June. My pick? Gelato Making Class! I found a Groupon Deal for this great evening class at Mia Chef Gelateria in NYC, and surprised E with it. During the two hour class, we learned all about Gelato and made four different delicious flavors as a group. At the end, each participant got to take home a pint of each flavor, so we are straight up *flush* with gelato in Casa de Bishop, and I'm not complaining about it. This was a super fun night and I hope to do another sort of cooking class in the future!
Rode the Cyclone at Coney Island
We joined our friends Brooks and Steph to watch the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island this year. Seeing the droves of people dressed in whimsical nautical apparel was quite entertaining and made for excellent people watching. We got some tasty bites from the local food trucks, walked down the boardwalk, and even took a ride on the historic Cyclone rollercoaster! Definitely a fun day all around. Next year, I totally want to dress up and get all mermaid-ed out because it just seems like a blast.
Worked a Photoshoot
I got together with some of my Aisle Society sisters to help put together a photoshoot for David's Bridal. It was a super fun day setting up and styling a tablescape, models, and ceremony setting for the shoot. This was the first time I'd assisted on a large scale photoshoot before… most of my shoots just happen in my apartment! 😉 It was fun seeing what all goes into putting something like this together, and of course, working with the other Aisle Society ladies. Can't wait to see images from the talented and sweet Cassi Claire!
Rocked a Fishtail Braid
My friend Brittny and I treated ourselves to blowouts compliments of the new Blo location in the West Village. It was a HOT Saturday in the city, so instead of my usual long and wavy look, I decided to switch it up and had the gal give me a beachy fishtail braid. I really loved it and wish I could recreate it, but it seems a little too advanced for me. 😂 It doesn't matter how many youtube tutorials I watch, I just can't seem to get the hang of the whole braid thing. Maybe someday…
Went to a movie premiere (kind of)
One of the perks of being a member of the “press” is getting invited to cool events. Recently I was given an invite to an advanced screening with cast and crew Q+A for the movie Rough Night. I have to be honest, I thought the previews looked awful, and I did not go in with high hopes in the slightest. This actually turned out to be a good thing, because it allowed me to be pleasantly surprised by how funny this movie was. It was cool to hear from the cast, filled with awesome and funny actresses like Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer and Jillian Bell. Eric and I both laughed our asses off. It was really funny, and what made it even cooler was that it was the first wide release R-Rated Comedy by a female director in over 20 years. Pretty awesome.
Saw Wonder Woman
Guys. This movie was awesome. Gal Gadot is a literal goddess and I don't understand how she is a real human. How cool is it to see a female superhero movie? I highly recommend seeing it if you haven't already, because when I left the theater I was on a major girl power high!
Recorded an Episode of a Podcast
I had the pleasure of meeting the ladies behind the Ring to Veil podcast at the Northwest Bridal Expo in January of 2016. So when they asked me to be a guest on their show, I happily accepted! We talked all about – what else – ways to save money on a wedding, and it turned out pretty great. Give it a listen at this link.
Pride in NYC is unlike anything else- it's such a joyful and fun time in the city. We celebrated by joining our friends Brittny and Eric for Brunch at Barraca (one of our faves) and then watching a bit of the parade. Unlimited Sangria at brunch and then drinks at the Knight's place meant that we had *quite* a good time celebrating Pride. I love living in a city that is so open, and seeing so many people out in the streets joined together to celebrate love and joy. Makes my heart full! ❤️
One rainy lazy weekend afternoon, I decided to check out Younger, a TVLand show I'd been hearing a lot of good things about. It didn't hurt that I discovered Nico Tortorella after he appeared on The Ladygang, which only made my interest in the show stronger. This show's premise is kind of silly and unbelievable, but something about the casting and storylines just drew me right in. Suffice it to say I'm OBSESSED and watched all three seasons on demand over the course of four days. Season Four just started and it's juicier than ever. Definitely recommend giving it a watch!
So that pretty much sums up my June. See ya next month!