June was a wild month. It started with a heat wave, then came all the kinds of stress at work, then father's day and now we're here. There was the opening of a shop, the receipt of books to read and review, the beginning of a few charitable projects, a hundred mile running challenge, and, well, it's been a month.
I've continued bullet journaling, but when I sat down to write this post I realized that it's been neglected. I've sort of stopped with everything and done all the kinds of painting and designing I can, but that's noT fair to the way my soul loves structure. Regardless, coming up with lessons from the month proved to be a bit of a challenge!
But I did learn things. I did and here they are:
STARBUCKS HAS AN ORDER OPTION IN THE APP.
Don't hear me wrong -I love going into Starbucks and have made "friends" with the baristas down the street from my house, my mom's house, and our office and I really do enjoy seeing them. However, there's a few times where I am in a rush, but want my Starbucks, but am concerned about the amount of line that could await me. So, I have used the Order feature in their app. And both times I've used it, the drink was waiting on the bar for me the moment I walked into the store. AWESOME.
ENCOURAGEMENT COMES IN MANY FORMS.
I can't count the ways I've been encouraged over the last two weeks, but I have. It's been rich and beautiful and, honestly, so humbling. From unexpected gifts in the mail, flowers from my mama's yard, praise from my husband, kind emails in my Gmail, I've been encouraged and it just floors me in the most inspirational ways.
THE RISK IS WORTH IT.
I've realized the reward of taking a risk is the self-satisfaction. I'm part of an awesome online writing tribe that I'm currently writing with and it's so scary to put words and ideas out for free judgement. But the support and wisdom that comes back is so rich. I thought telling Jason my dreams and him daring me to live them out would be the end of my creativity, but I've turned into a much more vibrant person in it all. So, take the risk friend.GOD MAKES BEAUTIFUL THINGS.
I'm so inspired by the earth and nature. I've been painting globes and flowers galore and I realize I'm just in love with the things God's made. And then I wonder: can I do the same and love me with such endless enthusiasm? I'm trying, but I can say honoring my deepest wishes has really, truly helped me appreciate how much more than a number or size or single word I might be.
CHALLENGES ARE IMPORTANT.
My mom and I joined a 100 mile running challenge this month. We simply needed to cover 100 miles in the 30 days that are June. She came in second and I ran 27 miles in three days so I could come in third (ended up in fourth). I was proud to have pushed myself, to have done something hard, and to be a little more sore than usual.
CREATIVITY THRIVES IN STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION.
I'm beating a dead horse here (I know). I dove in deep with the KonMari method last month... Organizing all the spaces I could get my hands on, in our home, and my favorite new space is the closet that is my craft space in our office. I can say the organization makes my brain feel calmer, more prepared to take on the world, and that's exactly what I need.
ROUTINES CHANGE AND THAT'S PERFECT.
I talked about my dailies and was doing well with them. Until I realized that I had a few that weren't truly about being productive or creative, it was about checking off a box. The point of dailies is to feed yourself through them, to establish a foundation for your creativity and, well, that's something I'm still working on.
What'd you learn this month?
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And, like every month, I'm linking up with Emily P. Freeman.