Happy June, y'all! I decided to get on top of my May recap this month… it helps that I just returned from vacation (more on that in this post) and basically writing this monthly update is my way of procrastinating on getting back to work! #truthbomb
In all seriousness, I am happy to be getting this update posted on time because May was a wonderful month in many ways and I'm excited to share some of that with you.
I mentioned last month that I'd been dealing with a bit of depression. I've been trying to combat it in many different ways, including some medication to get me back to feeling more stable. I feel like with the beginning of lovely spring/summer weather, my mood has started to lift. I've also gotten back into the habit of getting regular exercise which really helps clear my mind as well. In the last month or so, I've also tried to make an effort to do some meditation and mindfulness exercises, something I never really thought I'd get into. It's difficult work – my mind is often a tangled mess of different strings of thought – but just taking some time to be still and try to clear my mind has been really great for my mood, focus, and stress.
Anyway… back to what happened in May… let's get started:
Celebrated 8 Years of Marriage
May 2nd marked 8 years of marriage for E & I. In many ways, it's hard to believe it's been 8 years, but in others, it feels longer. (ha!) Our relationship isn't perfect… I don't think anyone's is. Over the last several years we've faced a few challenges and transitions. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind and forget to make time to nurture your relationship. It's easy to take each other for granted. But the good thing is that it's never too late to make an effort, and even small gestures can have big results over time. On our actual anniversary, we opted to go out for dinner to a great new restaurant in our neighborhood, The Fat Monk. But we saved the real celebrating for vacation, which was a great opportunity for us to have some fun, relax, and reconnect. 💕
Attended Create + Cultivate
The first weekend in May, I attended the Create + Cultivate conference in NYC with my friend Cambria. This event was pretty overwhelming, but there were tons of fantastic brands to connect with. The whole event was like an Instagrammer's heaven, with stylish vignettes and booths, and some cool brand activations that were super fun to take part in! I got my Aura read, jumped in a giant ball pit, wore a flower crown, drank fresh coconut water out of a branded coconut, and so much more. Not to mention, they had tasty snacks and drinks to enjoy all day. As with most conferences I've attended, I definitely didn't learn anything groundbreaking from any of the sessions, but I enjoyed mingling and meeting new people and just kinda taking it all in. I came home with an epic goodie bag and I have loved so many of the products I received or had the opportunity to try out. So much so that I'll be sharing more about some of them in upcoming posts! (Promise!!)
Celebrated 9 Years of The Budget Savvy Bride
It's hard to believe my little blog baby is growing up. I started BSB mere weeks after becoming engaged and it's been amazing to see how far its come! I am so proud of the site and the work I am blessed to do. I'm excited to give the blog a little love this summer during the down months of the year… a little site revamp is in the works as well as a new mobile-friendly version of the site.
Had my Aura + My Tarot Cards Read
I had the opportunity to have my aura read in the Gorjana booth at Create + Cultivate and I jumped at the chance. I've been super interested in all things spiritual lately and I thought this would be an interesting thing to check out. You can see my reading in the image above! I thought it was interesting that my colors were all in the blue family… Gorjana has a whole collection of gorgeous power gemstone jewelry that you can wear to channel the properties of the gems. I loved that my favorite– turquoise– falls within my aura color family. I picked up one of their Power Gemstone Bracelets to wear and I *love* it!
On a night out with Cambria and some other girlfriends, she insisted we all go and get our tarot cards read by a psychic at Employees Only. The reading was pretty interesting and insightful, but nothing that I found to be earth shattering. Basically, the woman told me that I am very driven and have achieved a certain amount of success in my field, but that I am overly critical of myself. She told me I need to take more time to be good to myself and give myself some more credit. All these things are totally true, but also pretty vague or general. Overall I don't put a ton of stock into what these things have to say about me, but I found them interesting nonetheless!
Gave a Webinar
As part of Aisle Society's new venture, Matchology, I was asked to give a presentation for a webinar all about how wedding vendors can take advantage of being published on wedding blogs. This was the first webinar I've given in a while, and barring a few technical hiccups along the way, the presentation went pretty well.
Went to a Mets Game
Eric and I decided to take in a Mets game this month since they were playing his favorite team, the Angels. I'm definitely less into sports than I used to be, thanks mostly due to running my own business and being generally pre-occupied, but I still enjoy going to a live game in person. I especially love drinking a cold beverage and eating peanuts, and the weather was especially nice that day so we had a really nice time.
Went to Disney World!
We jetted off for the last week of the month to sunny Florida, where I finally got my first real Walt Disney World experience! When I have time, I'd love to do a longer recap of my favorite things at Disney… but regardless I'll be writing about the parks as a honeymoon destination for The Budget Savvy Bride! Yep — this trip was *partially* work. I was given 1-day Park-Hopper passes for free to visit the parks, so we really tried to fit in as much as possible. We spent two days between the parks, taking in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. We didn't get to ride everything that we wanted to, but we definitely enjoyed ourselves. I think my favorite part was eating and drinking (are you sensing a theme here?) around the world at Epcot. That and the new firework show, Happily Ever After, at Magic Kingdom. It was EPIC! However, I felt like kind of a wuss because by the end of two days wandering around in the hot Florida sun, both Eric and I were wiped out! We had planned to also visit Universal Studios but opted instead to make a beeline for South Florida and spend an extra day at the Beach. BEST DECISION EVER.
Went to the Beach
We got down to my aunt's house in Hollywood, Florida around 2pm on Saturday and quickly unloaded our stuff. We slathered on sunscreen and headed straight to the beach, where we spent much of the afternoon. We spent a good amount of time out on the beach and man, was it SO needed. I soaked it all in… the vitamin D, sunshine, sand, and saltwater. I honestly didn't want to come home, y'all. I even joked with E about requesting a transfer to Florida. 🙈
I'm hoping to make a trip back down in July when my parents are going down for vacation. I just need more beach in my life right now!
That pretty much wraps it up for May. We flew home and arrived back in the Big Apple last night. In my mind, I'm unofficially still on vacation until Monday, because starting my week on a Thursday just feels weird. I don't have any travel scheduled for June so I am looking forward to things calming down a bit and enjoying summer in NYC. Until next time!