October 2017 Favorites

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the September installment! 

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CURRENT FAVORITES:

 

 

BOOKS:

This month, I read On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis, and I thought it was great! I generally do like dystopian books, but I found this one to be distinct from the others I've read because of the complexity of the characters, the plausibility of the circumstances, and the unique twist on events.

I also read Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery, which was adorably sweet. I read Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, too, and was deeply intrigued, gripped until the end when I finally found out what happened and how it all ended (it also was the last book I needed to complete my 2017 reading challenge courtesy of Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy!). And I finally read my own copy of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, despite the fact that it had been sitting in a pile of books at the foot of my bed for a year.

QUOTE:

"Am I being led by love or pushed by fear?" - Emily P. Freeman. Sometimes, I waver when trying to make decisions, not knowing which is the "right" choice. But considering what's motivating me to choose either option can be helpful in clarifying what the best option is for me in that season of my life.

TV SHOW: 

I just finished watching Mad Men, which I thought was okay, but not necessarily up my alley. I also got caught up on the second season of This is Us, which I'm a big fan of. 

SONG: 

"Bleed the Same" by Mandisa is one of my current faves. It's so inspirational!

FOOD: 

I made some pretty good pumpkin cinnamon rolls from this recipe, one batch for myself and another to share with my community for our breakfast-for-dinner night. It was a hit both times!

PODCAST:

I binge-listened to Amber McCue's podcast, The Modern CEO, which is fantastic! She gives so much great advice for entrepreneurs, and her tone is so upbeat!

MEMORIES FROM OCTOBER:

I celebrated a dear friend's baby shower, which was so sweet! I also got to spend time with my extended family, which is also a great time, especially since it's becoming less frequent.

LOOKING FORWARD TO IN NOVEMBER:

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving the most, since it's always so much fun! There's so much delicious food, and my family is planning on doing the Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America in the morning, so if you'd like to help us support Second Harvest Heartland's efforts to provide food to local families in need, we'd love your help!

I'm also heading out to WI to a roommate reunion in November, and I can hardly wait! Those girls are some of my dearest friends, and I always cherish our time together now that we no longer live under the same roof.

What were some of your favorite things this month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!