Life Lately Vol. 9

One of my favorite things about our house is our front porch — sitting out there on a weekend afternoon or in the evening after work is one of my favorite things. It’s especially fun when Fletcher joins me — he loves to watch all of the neighbor kids play in the yards!

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Last week, Andy swung by our favorite smoothie shop on the way home from work — this refreshing smoothie enjoyed on our front porch sure hit the spot!

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My Mom’s Life group ended last month and I was so sad to see it come to a close for the summer — connecting with these girls twice a month at ML has been one of the highlights of my year. There’s just something about having other friends that are in the same season as you that is so refreshing! I just registered for the next session of ML which starts back up in the fall and I already can’t wait!

Lately I’ve had such a pull on my heart to create more community in my life and one thing that’s really been on my mind is starting up a supper club at my house this summer. I texted a bunch of friends — both new and old a couple of weekends ago to see if they’d be interested and it was SO well-received! So many of them responded with an enthusiastic “YES” — that this is something that they have been longing for as well. So — I’m planning to order some dining room chairs to go with our new table and hopefully setting up the first supper club evening in July!

The way that this will work is that I’ll host a dinner and invite my friends, who are then also invited to bring a friend if they so choose. We’ll connect over a meal and hopefully leave feeling refreshed and uplifted. I’m thinking it will be a great way to connect with my old friends, get to know my newer friends, and meet some new people in the process. I’d love to eventually start having us rotate homes, where different people will host — I feel like this has potential!

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I set some new fitness goals for the summer and was all motivated and ready to go — and then I came down with a sinus infection combined with my already-bad seasonal allergies. Womp, womp.

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Until this sinus infection is cleared, I’ve just been focusing on my nutrition as I usually do and then will get back to the gym + treadmill once I’m feeling like myself again.

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I also put in my notice at my job and will be starting a brand new adventure very soon! I worked in the Brand Design Lab within Target Creative for the past year and had an opportunity pop up that I just had to jump on! At Target, I worked on grocery, touching brands like Archer Farms, Market Pantry, and Simply Balanced — once in awhile I would work on their Up & Up essentials brand as well.

My new job involves designing, illustrating, and creating seasonal products for both Target and Walmart. I feel like this is right up my alley, especially with my background in designing products for Caribou Coffee, Ulta, and Papersource! I’m SO excited to start this new role and will be sure to share more once I get settled in!

What have you been up to lately?