Life Lately: Au revoir August

San Diego California, Pacific OceanWeather: Warm & Humid
Days til Fall: 31

We’ve actually had a proper monsoon season this year, which means two things – 1) the temps have been reasonable and 2) it has been so humid! You’d think coming from the south I’d be used to the humidity, but turns out it doesn’t take long to adapt to the “dry heat” of the desert. It’s a trade-off I suppose, but in the end I’ll take the cooler temps any day. Who knows, maybe Arizona will have a proper fall by the first day of fall this year! (A girl can dream…)

For the past several months I’ve really struggled with feeling in control of my life. It felt like things kept popping up to dictate my time and energy, creating obligations that made me increasingly resentful. I find that this tends to happen when I don’t have enough alone time and it’s incredibly frustrating. The last couple of weeks I’ve made a much greater effort to plan my time, stick to the script, and say “no” to those things that I don’t really want to do. This has meant disappointing a few people, but it’s really helped me feel (slightly) more in control and balanced. I’m still working on finding the balance between happy in the present and planning for the future; at least now I’m on level ground to give it a go!

San Diego California, Pacific Ocean

My cousin made it out for a long weekend earlier in the month. Despite all warnings, she was definitely unprepared for the heat (bless her heart). We ended up heading further west to the coast for a little sea breeze. We stayed one night in San Diego and one in Huntington Beach. She’ll tell you that her favorite part was a proper Sunday-Funday on the beach (complete with champagne and good company), and I won’t lie, it was my favorite too! (smile) I sent her home with a sunburn, no glasses, a (partially) shaved head, and a new perspective on life.  Overall I’d say the trip was a success 🙂 (At least she didn’t go home with the tattoo she randomly decided she should get… I convinced her to save that one for another trip lest I never be able to return to Alabama again!)

I have finally gotten serious about studying for the PMP certification. It’s quite the process, but I’m hoping it’ll be worth it in the long run. Assuming everything goes to plan, I should have this out of the way by the end of the year. If/when I actually pass the exam, I’ll share the resources used and any additional tips/tricks that seemed useful. I don’t want to jinx it in the meantime!

San Diego California, Pacific Ocean

September promises to be a busy month with camping, Wyoming, and Iceland all on the calendar. I am finally getting excited about Iceland and all the beautiful scenery. All of the big plans have been finalized, so now it’s just a matter of deciding what to see in what order (which is my favorite part)! Once I’m back from that trip it’ll be time to start planning the next big adventure – a move to the east coast. That’s a scary sentence to write, but also so exciting! The thought of being somewhere that has a true autumn actually makes me tear up a little!

San Diego California, Pacific Ocean

I won’t lie though, I will miss these sunsets ❤

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10 thoughts on “Life Lately: Au revoir August

  1. Pingback: Life Lately: It’s Officially Fall!! | PonderTheIrrelevant

  2. Love all your adventures! Iceland sounds amazing! Can’t wait to see photos and read all about it! Best of luck on your future adventures. Sounds like a lot of change coming up which for me is super exciting!

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  3. Ahh! Good to know! So far the jury’s still out on the Blue Lagoon, but as I understand that it’s best to buy tickets ahead of time, consensus must be had soon. I’m going with my dad and brother, both of which seem to have some reservations about the hot pools… perhaps they can find something else to entertain them while I enjoy a quiet “spa” day 🙂 It should certainly be an interesting trip with those two!

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  4. Yes, the more research I do on Iceland, the more excited I get – particularly for the photos! It should also make for a much needed (if somewhat dramatic) break from the AZ heat.
    I’ve decided to move east, but the exact location is job dependent. I’m thinking it’ll likely be somewhere around the D.C. area. I’ve lived there previously and really enjoyed it. I’ll just have to adapt from sunsets to sunrises if I want sun over the ocean photos! There are worse things 🙂

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  5. As I understand it, Iceland is the new place to be! We shall see. My brother chose this location and although it’s a place I’ve always wanted to see, it wasn’t at the top of my list. So it’s taken some time to get really excited. I hope it’s one of those places that “exceeds expectations” 🙂

    It occurs to me now that I probably should’ve been more explicit here that I haven’t decided exactly on a where yet! I’ve been looking in the DC/surrounding states area. It makes the most sense from a job perspective, but that’s really what will determine a final location. I’m just determined to get it done!

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    • OH wow! DC or surrounding areas would be so cool! We are only a hour and a half away from DC 🙂 A hour and a half away from Baltimore, MD and a hour away from Harrisburg, Pa. I may be bias, but I feel we are at a great location. Close to a lot of things to do, but not smack dab in the city.

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  6. I think you should come to beautiful Pennsylvania!!! 🙂
    Off the subject, but since you commented on my blog post today had to ask you if you figured out the story behind it? 🙂 Have you read all the comments from last night and this morning, even a poem was a done, on my post from yesterday? I think then you will get your answer. LOL!

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    • Lol – I *knew* I sensed a theme! Reading through the comments it makes total sense!! The poem was pretty impressive, I have to admit, although the content wasn’t very nice.

      P.S. Did you notice the title of this post? I was on a roll w/the french yesterday – you inspired me! 🙂

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      • You are so smart 😉
        Yes I have to admit I was impressed by the poem as well, though I of course didn’t tell him that. LOL about the content mpt being nice. I can handle it 😉 The battle of wits between him and his daughter and I can get crazy! But we all know that we have each others backs when it comes to real life!

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