Favorites,  Lifestyle

September Favorites

School’s started back up, temperatures are slowly dropping, and September’s already flown by, leaving a trail of monthly favorites behind.

Places

Black Dog at Lake Ella

If I’m honest, I’ve always loved this place, but this September my love for this place has blossomed into a full-blown obsession; I’m talking three times a week. If you read my last post, you know that my cat, okay, my roommate’s cat, makes it hard to be productive at home. By that, I mean his cuddliness is distracting. So I’ve taken refuge at Black Dog. It allows me to finish my work without getting too overwhelmed. The best part though: it’s on a lake, well a big pond, meaning I can enjoy my iced chai and vegan chocolate chip cookie as the ducks waddle by.  And on Saturdays, I can get a snack from my favorite falafel couple.

Peace Field Farms

Early in the month, I visited my best friend at the University of Florida (UF). Alongside eating good vegan food (a.k.a. Karma Cream) and catching up, she took me to visit the animal sanctuary she volunteers at Peace Field Farms. Needless to say, I was immediately obsessed. I got to fulfill my middle-school dream of holding a pig. I also got to hold a chicken, which is surprisingly cuddly. Their eyes even roll in the back of their head when you pet them, like a cute fluffy demon.

Tallahassee

This may sound stupid; after all, I live here and have lived here for over two years, but Tallahassee has become one of my favorites. This September, I spent almost all my time here. No shit Sherlock is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but hear me out. I usually get anxious when I stay in one place for longer than a couple of weeks (it’s a problem I know), but I’ve loved spending time getting to see my city. By staying home, I’ve been able to enjoy the little things like going to markets and parks or even just hanging out at home with my cat, my roommate’s cat. I’ve even been able to spend more time with my human friends, including a scary movie night with her campus. Spoiler Alert: scary movies will NOT be making it onto this favorites list…or probably any.

Lifestyle

Fresh Flowers

In my apartment tour, you’ll notice the obsessive amount of flowers that I have splattered about. Sure, I could mention the bucketload of benefits that flowers have, but really they just make me happy.  I typically buy babies’ breath because they’re one of my favorites, and they last forever! However, I recently spiced it up with burnt orange ones for fall.

Budgeting

It’s official. I’m an adult, an adult who budgets. Budgeting is something I tried but drastically failed to do while I was in Sweden, but now I love it. This month I made a monthly budget guide, laying out how much I can spend on necessities, cafes, and of course trips! I then made a bar graph to keep track of how much I have left in each category. Instead of feeling like work, like it used to, it makes me feel productive. Now, when I spend money on myself, I don’t feel guilty because I know I’ve budgeted it out.

Amazon Echo Dot

Alexa, I love you. My Echo Dot has honestly just been so convenient.  I can have it play background music when I sleep, or study, or have a full-on dance party. I also use it to set my alarms, which makes it harder to sleep in because you have to tell Alexa to turn off the alarm, and sometimes she can be a bit of a stubborn one.

 

Beauty/Health

Experimenting With My Workout

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my recent Her Campus article. I had been experimenting with my campus’s gym classes and decided to take it to the next level. I tried a new class every day for a week. I’m now obsessed with trying new classes. It’s such a fun way to spice up your workout. If you don’t have a campus gym that offers classes, Class Pass is a great alternative. It gives you access to a multitude of workout classes in your area. Along with channeling my personal fitness goals, this challenge also made me feel like a little YouTuber. I’ve decided I’m going to do more week-long challenge, as it spices up my weekly routines and helps me to adopt new healthy habits, so if you have any challenge you want to see me try, drop them down below!

Pushing My Style

Workouts aren’t the only things I’ve been experimenting with. I’ve also been challenging myself to go out of my fashion comfort zone. I’m in the process of defining my style. Right now, it’s the unlikely family reunion of golfer grandpa meets trendy art hoe meets Steve Irwin. If you don’t know what I mean by that, congratulations, you’re probably a normal human being, but also scroll through my Instagram you’ll probably find yourself nodding your head saying “oh.”

Hydrating Mist

Not going to lie, for a while, I thought hydrating mist was stupid. What’s the difference between hydrating mist and dousing yourself in a tub of water? Well, let me just tell you, there’s a difference. Not only does mine smell like coconuts and pear, but I can feel it retaining moisture. It’s the final touch for a self-pampering night; self love my friends.

Let me know what your monthly favorites are in the comments down below!

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