Weather: 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!
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!
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!