July 2014 Life Favorites
By brightshiny on August 10, 2014
July has come and gone by far too fast. There have been many exciting adventures this past month. Two of which were presentations for school. This month, around the 15th, I will officially be done with my Master's program. I am excited and a little nervous about this new chapter in my life. I plan on working in my field and then someday pursuing a doctorates (hopefully, and well into the future). I am excited about all the new changes that are about to unfold in my life and am optimistic about the future.
Since July was so great, I wanted to share with you some of my July favorites. These favorites are not only going to be about beauty, but about practically everything in my life. I plan on making this a monthly post. It is a great way to stop and enjoy the moment.
So onto the favorites....
The Band Perry- If I Die Young. P.S. Notice one of my favorite poems by Tennyson- "The Lady of Shalott"- in the video. This was also in "Anne of Green Gables"... my favorite movie, and seems to be the reason why it also appeared in this music video. This is more of a serious song, but it really makes you think about life. Added bonus points to them for alluding to my favorite movie and poem.
Favorite book that I love to hate:Moby Dick by Herman Melville
I couldn't choose another book as favorite because I have been reading this for several, several months. It is a lengthy and arduous book that was pure torture. Reading this book prevented me from picking out an actual favorite for the month. Since I was stuck reading this thing, I had to include it somewhere. I would recommend to stay away from this one unless you want to come out of it knowing everything and anything there is to know about whaling; including a lengthy history lesson, cetology, and whale art information. Melville, I really wanted to love you. I just couldn't get into it. However, Captain Ahab is incredible! His crazed "monomaniac" passion to kill Moby Dick is almost inspirational. Lesson learned: never give up, even if it leads to to certain death. Or...be sensible and don't risk your life to capture a whale.
Book cover art from Amazon - make sure you check it out there since they have a kindle edition for free.
In my quest for better health, I stumbled upon a few great videos. The one I am loving this month is the Mike Donavanik Extreme Burn Ripped. I've included a preview of the workout video that I found Youtube. It is pretty difficult and you do need your own set of dumbbells at home. However, it is only 30 minutes. 30 minutes and then done! What could be better? Although, I admit, I am a sweaty mess by the end of this and have to modify a few things to get through.
Personal blender. Got this on Amazon for $14.85 with the Prime option.
Aztec printed maxi skirt from Target.com. Only $12.58 on sale now.
Toile-theBalm- Strawberry toned cheek stain
pictured is the Mirenesse Lip Bomb. Get this from their website.
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