Well, May has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Does anyone else feel like this year is going by way too fast? Even with the month flying by, I definitely had an eventful one with a lot of new favorites.
First up, running. When I was in high school and more active I would sometimes run the track after the after-school program (or drivers ed) was over and before colorguard/marching band practice started. It was both out of boredom and because I thought it was fun. Then when I started college, since my classes started later, I would go for runs in the morning. That didn’t last though because a) it got cold and I’ve already expressed my disdain for that, and b) people can be gross and would honk and catcall at me. That put me off running and even walking my dog for years. Recently, however, despite my asthma and knee issues, I decided to start running again. Oh, how I’ve missed it. To avoid being unsafe, I run trails (which possibly makes it more unsafe). I have always enjoyed nature and running through it is like a childhood dream come true. I use an app called Start Running so that I don’t overwork myself and train up to where I would like to be. It really helps and I really surprised myself with how well I’m doing. The app does have some in-app purchases, but I haven’t really encountered too many but as I progress on my running journey, as long as I stay consistent, I would not feel guilty if I did.
I have been wanting to try celery juice because of all the health benefits it has but I don’t have a juicer and I struggled to try to find a place that sold it. I then found out about People’s Pressed in Downtown New Bedford. Oh my goodness, it is so good. Soulshine (carrot, apple, ginger, and lemon) is my favorite so far and I’ve also tried Golden Glow (pineapple, cucumber, turmeric, celery, ginger, and lime) and their Ginger+Lemon shot. I want to try more but they are a bit expensive, which is their only downside. Everyone who works there is so nice and it makes me want to work there, too. If you are ever in the New Bedford area, I highly recommend that you stop in and try at least one thing on their menu.
Next up is a song that came out this past weekend by a blogger I follow on Instagram’s husband called Chubby Sexy. It is an absolute bop, body positive and I think it should be every chubby girl’s anthem. The music video is just as good. I don’t even know how to describe my love for this song. I just wish it was on the radio for everyone to hear. There has apparently been some backlash on it but I personally don’t see any issues with it and I still consider it body positive. There is no “shaming” thin people, and I don’t think that it is objectifying. The way I look at it, is that it is a song for girls who are chubby and may feel insecure, to make them feel good about themselves as they should be. And it is also hyping up his curvy wife who he clearly loves (they are expecting a child and I am so excited for them), is also in the video and is a huge inspiration for the song. But those are also my own opinions and you are more than welcome to interpret the song and video how you wish.
A couple of weeks ago I ordered these earrings from Etsy and they are my favorite purchase I have made this month. Noelle Downing, who I have mentioned before, got a pair that were similar and recently shared the link she got hers from. I liked them when she first started wearing them so when I saw that link while I was on my break, I bought them right there. Whenever I wear them, I get so many compliments on them. I also remembered my love for dangly earrings. I used to wear them all the time and then both my first and current jobs don’t allow anything other than a stud or something smaller than a quarter. The ones I purchased are rose gold and they were only $5. They are also a nice pair that you can wear dressed up or down and they still look cute either way.
I went to the Roger Williams Park Zoo twice this month. Once for only an hour with Arianna and then again the following week for most of the day with my younger brother. I forgot how much I loved going to the zoo – and how tall I’ve gotten. Here in New England, we don’t have red pandas, flamingos, sloths, elephants, or giraffes. Getting the chance to see these different animals in real life is wonderful so why not go to the zoo. And not only is the zoo fun to go to, but it is actually also good to help conservation efforts throughout the world. Many zoos are able to take care of species that aren’t doing so well in the wild. By doing this they are able to not only directly help the species but they are also educating people about the dangers these species are facing. Zoos and aquariums are incredibly important in conservation efforts and with the education for people of all ages.
When my friend Nicole came to visit we got tattoos together (you can read about that here). It is my third tattoo and seems to be the one people think is one of my cooler tattoos. If you don’t go back and read about it, I’ll reiterate: the tattoo is the coordinates of the summer camp that I attended as a camper, worked at as a staff member, and am volunteering there as one of the “adults” on the staff. It has been such a big part of my life and has basically been where I grew up and made most of my friends. I learned so many valuable skills from camp and made so many memories. If I could describe camp life for anyone who has never been, it would be “a reality show waiting to happen”. The stories I have and the shenanigans I experienced are so bizarre and odd, you’d think I was making them up. Camp is one of my favorite places in the world and I am so glad I have something so permanent to remind me of that.
I hope you enjoyed my favorites from this past month. I clearly did. But now I want to hear from you. What are your favorites? I really genuinely want to know! Comment them below and I will reply and check them out. Also, next month is Pride Month: are there any topics you think I should write about for it. I want to hear everything you have to say!