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July Wrap-Up | August Goals

Question of the day: HOW THE FLIP IS JULY OVER ALREADY

Fact: July 2017 is gone.  Howwwwwww even I can't

& also: it's good to be back blogging, yo :)
+ idk man it just went by too fast.

+ Started painting.  There's a room in our house that desperately needed painted in my opinion, and after getting really inspired by probably watching wayyyy too much of Fixer Upper (;P), I've actually gotten it patched and primed, so now I just need to sand it down and paint.  I'm thinking about painting it a light yellow.  AND GUYS I PROMISE EVENTUALLY I WILL GET A ROOM TOUR UP.  It's still not perfect to me (#perfectionist probs), so once I get it done I WILL TRY TO GET THAT POST UP.   And like I mentioned, I started watching HGTV a lot more these past few weeks, and WOW I have been so inspired to tackle our house xD It's crazy how much my perspective's changed on houses in like...two weeks.  But at the same time, it's kind of great because now I actually want to change up all the rooms and make them look...good :P This last weekend I went to my local Ace Hardware to look at paint colors, and I literally started FREAKING OUT in their store when I saw the Magnolia paint line there, I kid you not.  My dad was like, "You're smiling so hard over...paint." I JUST CAn'T, GUYS.

+ Got (& trying) to get mentally ready for school.  Because as of August 1st, I have 17 days till I'm back in school.  Wooo.  *note sarcasm*

+ Wrote a little more.  I feel like July I got a "okay" amount of writing done, because I actually got some stuff done, unlike the other months where I didn't really do anything.  My novel has been put on hold temporarily until we get our computer fixed, so that's been really frustrating, but I did get some other writing done, which I'm glad for.  Also...writing in second person is SO hard wow.

+ Figured out I'm the best procrastinator I know.  I think I have this natural tendency to be lazy, it's really bad, I need help.  PROCRASTINATING WILL RUIN YOU, KIDS.  ughhhh.

+ Attempted tennis.  So one of my summer goals was to play tennis, because I've always thought it looked really fun.  SO, on the last day of July I headed out to the park to try playing it, and let's just say it went....well, interesting :))

+ Made a 4th of July cake....that looked more like a 5-yr-old's birthday cake.  Why, you ask? WELL, because I was going to make a three layer cake with red, white, and blue layers.  Fun, right? The first time I tried baking the red layer,  I thought I would be healthy and use red beet powder as a dye.  That didn't work.  When it was done baking that layer, apparently all the redness baked out and it looked like a plain old vanilla cake.  I was like..okay? So I decided to just use food coloring (which every fiber in my being hated doing because food coloring is evil).  I didn't want to use half the tube in each layer, because OH MY GOODNESS NOT SO MUCH.  And so, I dyed it until it looked, y'know, colored enough.  Baked it.  AND THEN...guess what.  IT TURNED OUT ALL PASTEL !!!!

ugh.  why.  just why.

oh, and not to mention, I put red + blue sprinkles on top of the cake to give it a more patriotic vibe, and YOU GUESSED IT.  They turned out pastel too !! NOOOOO.  (Especially the red...it turned out like...pink.)

BUT at least it tasted fine (I used a whipped cream icing...mm...that's what I'm talking about :)), and it looked perfect for a little girl's birthday party!! So if you need a cake for a five year old, hit me up !! (actually no)
I didn't set any goals for July, because I knew it'd be a really laid-back month.  Not much happened out of the ordinary or really exciting, quite honestly.  But I know one day I'll look back on these days and realize how incredibly blessed I was, even though life may not be perfect :)) Also, God is faithful, and that blows my mind.  So yeah.  July was a pretty good month.  Average.  Hot.  Summer.  I don't know what the future holds, but I'm excited for it.  School starts this month, which is crazy to think about.  It's going to be a really important year, and I want to do my best at it with God's help.  My current motto is: Live well.  Love God.  And that's what I want to do.  Live to create and inspire. So yeah.
+ Start school successfully.  The key word here is successfully.

+ Pick peaches.  Because I feel like this is such a summer thing and I really want to do it.  I have a lot of good memories tied to peach-picking, plus....peaches, so.

+ Finish painting & decorating room.  This really has to be done gahhhhhhhhh.  BUT GOOD NEWS I talked to a few friends and they said they might help me paint, which would be an absolute lifesaver, so hoping for that :))

+ Be a better blogger.  And by that I mean....like....post every Wednesday this month. I have some posts planned for August that I'm really excited about :) 

+ Hustle.  If I can say I did this at the end of this month, then it was a good month.
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So what about your July? CAN YOU FATHOM JULY IS OVER? When do you go back to school?  Have you accomplished a lot of things off your summer bucket list? GUYS, ENJOY THE LAST MONTH OF SUMMER.  *sniff* I can't believe it's August already.  I just can't.  TIME TRULY FLIES, MY FRENS. But fall is beautiful too, honestly. *sigh* Live well, love God :))
 Any tips on how to just stop being a procrastinator? xD 

-autumn

42 comments:

  1. wow that cake looks so good can you pls make me one

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    1. why yes of course that would make my day

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  2. Wow! You have had an incredible July!

    Also, that cake looks AMAZING! :)

    - El @ El's Book Reviews

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    1. Thank you, El! That means a lot.

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  3. THAT CAKE LOOKS SO GOOD. <3 wow I'm hungry now

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    1. AWWW YOU'RE TOO KIND. *hands you virtual slice*

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  4. How is it that you manage to bake something incredible and make my mouth water every time I visit your blog? I have been wanting to paint my room white for nearly two years, and I promised myself if I get good grades until winter break then I will finally get around to painting it as a reward (watch me, I won't paint anything ;).

    OMG Fixer Upper is the best!! Not my favorite show on HGTV (Property Brothers and Love It or List It will always hold special places in my heart), but I love Chip's childish personality, though my mom can't stand it, haha. I went to Nordstrom's a few months ago and freaked just like you when I saw some of Jo's decor products.

    My friends call me the queen of procrastination. :P I'm homeschooled, so since I don't have any actual assignment deadlines (other than the one year I have to complete my entire course), I am still working on English and bio. Looking forward to when I have two weeks off before I start school again on September 1st. ahhhhhhh!

    Aliah | Indigo Ink

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    1. GIRL YOU FLATTER ME. That literally made my day <33

      AH yes you totally should! I painted all my walls white except one, and I don't really regret it, I just want to add more pops of color now to all the white. Hopefully you can paint your room and love it! FIXER UPPER IS MY FAVORITE. Oh yes, I've seen some of the Property Bros too! Haha, yeah, I love how he adds that funny bit to the show, so it's not all serious and work. OMG REALLY? I might just have to hit up Nordstrom's now.

      Aaah, that's cool you don't have deadlines! SCHOOL STARTS WAY TOO SOON I KNOW.

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  5. Welcome back!!! That cake looks really goooddddd, even if it's not *quite* the right colors XD

    I wanted to repaint my room this summer, but I SEVERELY overestimated the amount of time I would have this summer. >< so welp

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    1. EEEP thank you!! AW THANKS, HANNE.

      lol same bro

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  6. YESS PICKING PEACHES SOUNDS SO LOVELY. I haven't had a peach cobbler yet this summer :/

    Best of luck with school!! School starts in exactly three weeks for me, and I couldn't be more excited. I just spent around an hour printing out pictures for my locker collage!

    My July was pretty fun! I went on a family vacation out to the Pacific Northwest, and I attended an anime convention in my state (which was probably the most fun I've had for months). I didn't get much actual writing done; though I did succeed in dreaming up yet another story idea I probably won't get to for 10,000 years.

    In terms of productivity, I've found mine has been improved dramatically since I've started using an app called Habitica! It treats your to-do list like an rpg quest; every time you check off an item, your avatar gets gold and experience points. But if you fail to do a to-do item on time, your avatar loses points! It's super fun and motivating, and I know I'll be getting even more use out of it when school starts.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. *Habitica high-five* :D
      Jem Jones

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    2. OOH I had a crisp that was super good, but I haven't had a cobbler yet either.

      Ah that's awesome you're looking forward to school! OH THAT VACATION SOUNDS WONDERFUL TOO. I'd love to go the Pacific Northwest. Like...that's my dream. The convention sounds great! HAHA I KNOW THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.

      OH OK I've definitely got to check that app out now!! It sounds good. I feel like it might actually motivate me xD

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  7. I think your cake looks really good! I love the sound of a fresh project too. July was really nice for me, much relaxing, little productivity, but I don't mind the break. I'll try to be more productive this month though!

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    1. AAAH thank you, Anna! You're too kind. The only problem with me and fresh projects is that I usually burn out halfway through them and that is not the way to finish a project xD

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  8. I want cake now. Like seriously. That looks amazing. Awesome post!

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. AAAH, girl. GO. EAT. CAKE. Haha, but thank you so much!!

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  9. Man, I laughed on your cake story but then I see those pictures...I NEED SOME CAKE XD <3 I loved reading your wrap up post Autumn and all of those plans and pictures are all gorgeous :) <3 About the paint...that would *whispers and points to self* be me. I hope you have a wonderful August! <3

    Anna | www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. *I saw those

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    2. Haha, I'm glad it made you laugh, but YEAH. that cake was muy interesting. xD AWW thank you!! GLAD I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE. You too <33

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  10. I'm so hungry now...

    My best tip to stop being a procrastinator: figure out how tomorrow. ;)

    Hailey
    www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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    1. that's literally the best tip actually. very, very profound ;))

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  11. Ashley8/03/2017

    You did such a good job on the cake! I would love to know how you made it. Could you perhaps post a recipe, please? :)

    ~Ashley
    ashleysyarnworks.etsy.com
    creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, thank you!! I actually used a mix because I was running low on time! And I used whipped cream icing.

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  12. Man, don't knock your cooking skills! That cake is impressive. And I like your motto too. :) Oh, picking peaches sounds so good! I'm hanging out for some fresh peaches..

    I'm a terrible procrastinator too. It gets annoying, but I still manage to be distracted somehow. My tips (that do actually work when I use them XD) would be: getting up early and doing the procrastinated-over-task first thing, and taking short breaks to keep productivity up (because normally I keep trying to plough through, and get slower and more distracted).

    Anyway, all the best with your August goals! And I'm looking forward to the posts you have planned for this month. :)

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    1. HAHA OK THANK YOU, GIRL. I'm glad with how it turned out, even if it wasn't what i'd imagined. YES fresh peaches are the best!!!

      SAME HERE UGH. I am the best ever at wasting time. Oh, I'm definitely going to try that! Yeah, because I feel like sometimes I'll get up early and do the hardest thing, but then after that everything just goes downhill and I'm really sluggish and unmotivated. Maybe taking breaks will help with that!

      AH THANKS JESSICA. You're really the greatest :))

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  13. HAH. I love the cake you baked. You may think that looks like something a five year old would make BUT I can't bake for one. It looks like something I want to eat! (;

    You start school WAY TO SOON. Heh, not to rub it in... but I start sept. 26. YES there is a lot of time until then but I also am super excited to start up school again! SUCH A NERD. Girl. You can post every Week. I know it!

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    1. THANK YOU <33 I'd love to give you some if I could lol

      YES I KNOW UGH UGH UGH WHYYY. Oooh, but hey, if you're looking forward to it, then that's good!! I'm not really looking forward to it, but yeah well. THANK YOU V <3

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  14. Your cake looks good to meee (even tho I dont eat cakes) nice post! :)


    rudealignments.blogspot.com

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    1. hahaha, dude, how do you not like cake? xD HAHA THAT'S FINE THOUGH. thanks!!

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  15. I WANT TO EAT THAT CAKE NOW DANGIT <3 IT LOOKS SO GOOD EVEN THOUGH IT'S PASTEL. < I seriously understand the struggle when food doesn't turn out as perfectly as you'd hoped! IT IS A FRUSTRATION LIKE NO OTHER, MAN. :') Fixer Upper is literally the only thing I watch on TV....the only thing my whole family watches on TV actually. xD I didn't even know they had their own paint line!! That's so cool!

    AAAAH GOOD LUCK WITH ALL YOUR RENO PROJECTS AND YOUR GOALS!! I hope school starts smoothly for you! :D I really can't believe it's August already omg like it makes me want to cry just THINKING ABOUT IT. *screams angrily into a pillow*

    rock on,
    abbiee

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    1. lol THEN MY SAGE ADVICE IS TO EAT THE CAKE. but thank you so much <33 YOU'RE TOO NICE. AND YES YOU RELATE THANK YOU. It's the worst ever xD

      YES I KNOW. I don't even watch TV, but Fixer Upper? IT'S PRETTY GOOD. Ah, yeah, you should definitely check out their paint!! THANK YOU!!!!!! (using so many exclamation points rn wow) I KNOW 2017 has flown by. crazzzzzyy.

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  16. Omg, Your cake looks good though. ^^ Nice color. Follow you here, feel free to visit my blog. ;)
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    1. haha thank you so much!! i'll have to check your blog out.

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  17. Well, for a cake you say is good for a 5-year-old, it sure looks wonderful =)

    I also think it's awesome that you baked another layer after the beet juice failure. I don't know if I would have. I probably would just throw my hat in dramatically.

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    1. THANK YOU GIRL <3 that means a lot.

      Well, honestly, I had bought two mixes, and so technically I had enough batter for four layers, which turned out to be a lifesaver here. Otherwise, I honestly don't know what i would've done xD

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  18. As a Master Procrastinator, I'll give you some tips on how to get past procrastination... sometime next week. Or sometime. ;P

    Your photos (and cake!) are really artsy!
    Jem Jones

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    1. Hahah, learn from the pros in procrastinating, right?? xD I KNOW THOUGH UGH THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.

      Ahh thank you so much!

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  19. Looks like you're having so much fun working on the house! Loved the smiling at paint comment :)

    teensliveforJesus.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, thanks for reading!!

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  20. Honestly girl, as long as the cake tastes good, it doesn't matter what it looks like. (although tbh I can't tell it's not red)
    Ugh, school, I feel ya. Why does summer have to be so short????

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    1. Hahaha, YES TRUTH. AW that's comforting. but it still looked pink irl xD

      UGH RIGHT?!?

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