What a month! It’s been one thing after another, and everything is demanding 100% of my attention. I’m tired, sweaty, but ultimately happy with how the month went. I knew it was going to be a hard one, and I survived in just about one piece.

Do // Trip to DC     One of the best ways to add a little self-care and slow down to your month is to take a vacation! I took a trip to DC with, and it was a (mostly) no phone/no work trip.  I definitely wish I had better prepared for it, getting more work done before we left. On the whole, the best thing I did this month!

Read // A Gentleman in Moscow     There’s so much to say! As in my last Slow Down September post, I’m trying to read a little bit every day, just to add some relaxing time for my brain. I’m getting back into A Gentleman in Moscow and loving it. Keep up with my reading on Goodreads, and be sure to check out my short review of last month’s book, Crazy Rich Asians. I also have a new project I’m working on, more on that soon!

Watch // In Bruges     I’ve had In Bruges recommended to me for years now. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes, star in this amazing dark comedy about a job gone wrong. I don’t want to go much into detail to spoil the great writing and creative reveals, even though the film is already ten years old. It’s a bit long, but incredibly funny and surprisingly gripping.

Listen // Wolf 359     I’ve been looking for a good story-driven podcast and this is it. Told through the logs of communications officer Douglas Eiffel, this is the story of the crew of the Hephaestus, orbiting star Wolf 359. The audio drama ended after 4 seasons, so I’m coming to it late, but this has made my many log trips this month absolutely riveting drives.

Learn  // Mental Health from Kati     I have been watching Shane Dawson’s mini-docs for a little while now, and the new one on Jake Paul led me to find Kati Morton’s channel. She is a licensed therapist who posts videos twice a week on different mental health topics. I really enjoy her videos, they’re really gentle, if that makes sense, and interesting. It’s informative without feeling like a lecture. Definitely check her out!

Taste // Lemon Chicken Pasta     I am not a chef. Not in a million years. But I do try to meal prep for school and work during the week. I found this recipe from Taste of Home, and it is super delicious. And more importantly, it is super easy to cook. I cooked it without cheese, that dairy-free life, but I would definitely suggest adding a little more lemon for taste!

Wear // Uniqlo Cigarette Jeans     I bought these jeans last March and didn’t get much wear out of them until recently. I brought them with me on my trip to DC, and re-fell in love! I’ve been wearing them pretty much nonstop, rocking the dirty jeans 5 days in a row look. These are not a skinny jean cut, but I would highly recommend

Work // New Project     I’m going to say it again because I am THAT excited about it. I’m really looking forward to my new project and I cannot wait to fully share it with you. What I can say is that it’s book related, it’s cross-platform, and it involves you! Stay tuned, there will (read: should be) more information on this one coming soon

Want // Fitbit Versa     I’ve had my Fitbit Charge 2 for nearly two years now, and I really do love it. It works really well, but I really do want to upgrade to something with more function. The Versa is a smartwatch, and the phone, music, and workout functions are a step up from what I have. Definitely interested in this one!

Another month down, and only 3 more to go this year! I’m really looking forward to October, hopefully, it’s a little less hectic than September was, but we will see. If I’m being 100% honest, I’m not entirely happy with how I did this month. I got disorganized and messy. That being said, it’s not the end of the world. A couple crazy weeks, and let’s get back on track for October!