September 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! [This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase items through my link, I will receive a small commission.]

Current favorites:

Books:

This month, I readThe Secret Journals of Adolf Hitler - Volume 1 - The Anointed by A.G. Mogan, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, and Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. The last one was my favorite by far! I listened to the audiobook version while painting, and I finished it so fast! I got wrapped up in the story very quickly and couldn't stop listening until I finished. I especially loved the afterword where the author talked about her own experiences and outlook on life.

Quote:

"Don't be afraid to give up the good and go for the great." - Steve Prefontaine. The hardest decisions I've ever had to make were between good and best, and boy, those shades of grey make life so difficult. But I'm learning to be willing to let go of some good things in favor of better things. And I'm trusting that even if I make the wrong choice, I'm not going to completely mess things up because God ultimately has the best plan for me.

TV Show: 

I watched all of Hawaii Five-0 on Netflix while painting practically all the walls in my house in September. It made for a great distraction! And I started watching the new season of Call the Midwife (I'm convinced I would have loved living in another decade, perhaps the 60's?). So good!

Song: 

"I'll Name the Dogs" by Blake Shelton is my new favorite. It's so sweet and adorable (especially the music video)! I'd love for my life to be like that someday.

Food: 

I've been eating a lot of apples, and just made this gingerbread apple crumble in the crock pot last night, which I'm so excited about! I made this cucumber salad, too, and a friend told me she's never (as in, EVER) liked cucumbers in anything before, but she loved it! I call that a win!

Podcast:

Emily P. Freeman started her podcast The Next Right Thing recently, and I'm loving it! Her words are so encouraging, and the podcast episodes are a wonderfully short length so I can easily find time to listen to them!

Memories from September:

I painted so many walls in my house! It wasn't the most fun thing ever, but it was a huge accomplishment!

I also went to an apple orchard with my cousins and their kiddos, and that was a blast! We went the day after I finished all the painting, and it was a much-needed change of pace and break from hard, sweat-inducing work indoors.

And, of course, I launched my course Discovering and Living Your Purpose! It started with my FREE 7-day From Surviving to Thriving Challenge (which you can still get in on!), and I'm so proud of it! I know it's going to be such a great way for people to get unstuck and start living and loving their purposeful lives.

Looking forward to in October:

I have a baby shower for some friends in a few weeks, and I'm pretty pumped about that. Also, the fall weather is my favorite! September's weather was alternately hot and cool, and I'm looking forward to some more straightforward fall weather.

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