Monthly Roundup: May Favorites

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I struggled through a bit of writer’s block this month. I’m sure you figured that out considering I aim to post every Friday, but this month I definitely did not do that.

I’m not sure why exactly. It just happened. I didn’t want to write fluffy stuff just to post something on here. That’s not fair to you, and that’s not who I am. I’d rather have quality over quantity. Usually I have lots of blog post ideas, but this month my creativity tank was empty. Looking back, there are definitely things I could have written about but the ideas didn’t come to me at the time.

The month went by quickly. The weather got nicer and our schedules got busier, but here are a few May favorites. In June, I promise to be better at posting! (I already have a few ideas up my sleeve.)

{ONE} Social Media Week in New York City

I quite literally started this month heading to a conference that’s been on my career bucket list for a while now: Social Media Week in New York City. I love attending (and speaking!) at conferences and have wanted to attend Social Media Week for a few years now. On May 1, my coworker and I woke up at 4:30am, hopped on a train, and heading to the big city for a day full of learning. I definitely geeked out and had a blast learning from brands like Under Armour, State Farm, The Daily Show, and NBC Universal. (Photo about of my coworker and me in Time Square.)

{TWO} Gym Routine

Luke and I joined a gym this month! There’s one 5 minutes from our house and I couldn’t wait to join it. I’ve never joined a gym before. Usually I’d attend a workout class or run around a local park. Now that we’ve joined, though, it’s a game changer. I try to go at least 4 times a week right after work. I’m only a few weeks into this new routine but I can already tell it’s turning into a habit. I’ll write a full blog post about my gym routine soon. I’m *slowly* getting back into running, which I am thrilled about. My playlist is lacking, though. It literally has not been updated in years. Song suggestions are appreciated!

{THREE} Old Navy Dresses

Old Navy had a great online sale last week and I literally couldn’t resist. I have two dresses of the same style from last year and have wished that I purchased more colors. It’s so comfortable and versatile. It just so happened the dress was on sale so I bought it in three more colors. It’s perfect for summer and I already know they’ll be worn quite frequently (aka all the time).

{FOUR} Laura Story Concert

I attended a Laura Story concert this month, hosted by a non-profit that’s close to my heart, MARKINC Ministries. Admittedly, I wasn’t too familiar with Laura Story’s music prior to the concert but I recognized a lot of her songs! Highly recommend listening to Blessings if you haven’t already. It’s one of her most recognizable hits.

{FIVE} Outdoor Update

During Memorial Day weekend, Luke and I took advantage of a furniture sale and bought ourselves a table and chairs set for our porch! (#Adulting.) I’ve already dreamed of having a front porch that’s perfect for relaxing, working, and enjoying the warm summer days (and nights). We ate lunch out there over the weekend and it was so nice! I can’t wait to sit out there the next time I work from home.

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Monthly Roundup: March Favorites

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My birthday month is almost over, but what a great month it was! The weather (slowly) got warmer and spring is definitely in the air. I got my nails done for my birthday and it made me so ready for shorts, flip flops, dresses, and all things spring fashion.

I’m also ending the month by heading to Florida for a few days with my mom and cousins. By the time you read this, I’ll be en route to the Sunshine State. I can’t wait to relax during the quick getaway before the craziness of April.

{ONE} Speaking at a Social Media Conference

This month I had the opportunity to speak at a social media conference. I wrote all about it in a recent blog post so you can read that for more information. The conference was a definite highlight of the month!

{TWO} Daylight Savings

It’s a bit weird that daylight savings is a monthly favorite, but I am loving the fact that we have more sunlight in the evenings. During the winter, I struggled with staying productive after work because it was just so cold and dark. Now I’m getting home when it’s still light outside and it makes the evenings so much better. It’s just another reminder that summer is coming.

{THREE} Rita’s Water Ice

Not gonna lie, a mango gelati from Rita’s Water Ice is one of my favorite summertime treats. There’s a Rita’s close to our house (a blessing and a curse) so Luke and I enjoyed our first Rita’s of the season one night this month on our porch. It made me so excited for summer and spending more time outside. I captured the photo above when I noticed our dog Thalia living her best life that night, too.

{FOUR} I Turned 26

I turned 26 this month and felt the love from friends and family. My mom and I had a girls day that included coffee, getting our nails done, lunch at Panera, and shopping. It’s turned into a tradition of sorts and I love that. Luke and I also went out to dinner and it was delicious. If you haven’t already read it, I wrote a post about 25 things I learned from Year 25. You can check it out here. 

{FIVE} Becoming Mrs. Lewis

I like to include at least one book in my monthly roundup because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to read at least 35 books this year. (Check out the progress here.) I read 4 books in March, which isn’t terrible considering how busy this month ended up being! One of them was Becoming Mrs. Lewis, a non-fiction about C.S. Lewis’ wife. I love the Chronicles of Narnia series and the rest of C.S. Lewis’ work, but I didn’t know anything about his wife until this book. It was dry at times, but overall really interesting and definitely a recommended read if you are a C.S. Lewis fan.

Presenting at a Social Media Conference

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Last week I had the incredible opportunity to be part of a local social media conference as a speaker (!!!).

I was blown away and humbled for the chance. Speaking at a social media conference has been a goal of mine for a few years now, and to say that I did it thrills me. I’ve attended multiple social media conferences since college as I yearn to learn more and more about the ever-changing digital space. As an attendee, I always hoped that one day I’d be on the stage presenting to a group of people…and now I can say that I have!

Leading up to the conference, I was anxious, excited, and definitely felt a bit out of my comfort zone. I have presented in front of groups and college classes before, but never to a group of businessmen and women who took time out of their days to attend a conference. When I heard the conference was sold out, it definitely increased the anticipation as the conference slowly crept closer and closer.

The day, from beginning to end, was amazing. I had the privilege of meeting several other presenters and we were all excited to get the day started. Over 400 people attended the conference and they came with questions and open minds.

I don’t talk too much about my career on this blog, so you may not know that I work full-time in digital and social media marketing. I love talking about all things social, whether it’s discussing Instagram strategies to grow a business, learning more about the *dreaded* Facebook algorithm, or brainstorming ways to further strengthen a brand’s online community. Whatever it is, I want in on the conversation and I love when others are excited to talk about it, too.

If you’re wondering, I presented in two sessions. In the first session, I joined another presenter for “Ask Me Anything,” where people could ask us anything for an hour. My second session was all about paid social media opportunities for your business. Sounds fancy, but basically it was all about how to create awesome, thumb-stopping ads across social platforms.

Simply put: A brand wants you to stop scrolling when its ad appears on your newsfeed and there is a plethora of ways on how to make that happen. My presentation walked through some of those opportunities and concluded with an engaging Q+A.

To be honest, I could go on and on, but to sum it all up, I’m truly thankful for the experience. Now it’s time to officially check it off the 101 in 1,001 list!