currently | july edition | olive june

currently | july edition

“the world will tell you how to live, if you let it. don’t let it. take up your space. raise your voice. sing your song. this is your chance to make or remake a life that thrills you.” 
― shauna niequist, present over perfect: leaving behind frantic for a simpler, more soulful way of living

documenting | my dreams- both big and small. as you all know, i love, love our amazing church and last week, the focus was on resistance and achieving your dreams. i plan to make a board with my micro and macro dreams, along with how i plan to achieve these; conquering the resistance. 

accomplishing | last week was beyond successful! i can't even count all of the things i knocked off my to-do list but it felt great. lots of trips to good will + organizing almost every inch of our home + a deep clean. i am also focusing on healthy eating and working out... @emilybreeze on insta is doing a burpee challenge this month. it started with ten on july 1 and then you add one each day. you should join as well! 

enjoying | having a clean, organized home, where everything has a place and relaxing on the white rocking chairs on our front porch (my birthday gift from my boys) 

reading | chasing slow (it's probably the coolest + most beautiful book i have ever owned and so, so good!) and then our july book club pick is the handmaid's tale by margaret atwood. our book club began seven years ago this month and i still enjoy it very much. do you have a book club? if so, what's your set-up? we used to go to one another's homes but several of us had babies in the same year- so now we venture out to a local restaurant or wine bar. (and yes, we talk about the book... for a few minutes. haha) 

spending | time together with loved ones as much as i can. my parents visited charlotte this past weekend and we enjoyed walks, church, popsicles, delicious meals in and out, a shopping day with my mom all day monday, the splash pad + market uptown, parks, brunch, cocktails, and games at night. it was a very nice visit. in addition, i loved celebrating our anniversary with tim and parks last thursday at the whitewater center. parks loved watching the kayakers and rafting go to down the rapids- he would laugh and clap. we enjoyed salads, a beer, live music and a long walk. lastly, a fourth of july cookout with friends last night was the perfect way to celebrate ~ we grilled burgers/hotdogs, awesome conversations, we laughed, i made a trifle (layers of fruit, whipped cream, pudding, and pound cake) we spelled our names using sparklers and watched fireworks as they surrounded our neighborhood. how did you celebrate? i hope it was lots of fun!! 
haberdish sunday evening was fabulous and we had the best service- i love this place.
after dinner, we walked across the street to popbar (delicous!) 

i love his golden brown eyes 
cookout ~ rockin' his american toms
errands + juice bar today with parks 
diaper bag | bella tunno
he loves to be outside
these patriotic shorts were $4.99 at kid to kid | park road shopping center
my outfit : anthropologie
lastly, if you missed my post last week about summer travels + flying with a toddler, here is the link
{thank you again, evenflo!}

thank you anne and shea for hosting


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    1. thank you! deviled eggs- the best i have ever had! hope your week is going well!

  2. Beautiful post! sharing for you! :) <3

  3. I love feeling accomplished! It's so awesome! I love your pictures! :)

    1. yea, girl! it really is... and it was at an all-time high! so sweet- thank you SO much!! xo

  4. How do you like Handmaids Tail? We just finished watching the show on Hulu. Ohh I need to order Chasing Slow -- I keep forgetting!

    1. you will love chasing slow!! and i haven't ordered it yet but ohhh it's a show :) i had no idea- this is so exciting!! enjoy your weekend, girl. xo

  5. I wish I had a book club! That sounds like so much fun! The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favorites, and I am adding Chasing Slow to my Amazon wishlist now!

    1. yea!! i hope you love them both :) enjoy and have a wonderful weekend

  6. 7 years - that's so great! I used to be in 3 different book clubs before I moved, and I really miss it. For now I started just a mini one with one friend, and that has been great as a way to really connect with one other person, and it also makes scheduling easier than having to juggle a lot of people's calendars! We also have small kids, so the biggest treat about it is meeting up at the local frozen yogurt shop and getting a kid-free treat too :) Thanks for linking up!

    1. that sounds wonderful!! a few of the girls in our club are new moms as well so we do a 'moms club' sometimes where we can talk about the kids without feeling bad ... girl time is so precious now! i usually skip out of the house!! thank you for hosting and stopping in- i love 'currently' - xo