One of my very favorite friends-I’ve-never-actually-met is Emily Freeman. But y’all already knew that. But did you know that at the end of every month, she invites Internets to list out what they’ve learned that month? The fun, funny, not-so-serious — and the big stuff, the life lessons.
I always find myself on the 29th or 30th thinking “Dang. I learned nothing this month except that I will forget everything I learned by the end of the four weeks. Again.” So. Today is my first time joining in after months of wishing I had kept track of these things along the way.
What I learned in June (and remembered to jot down for this post, you’re welcome): 11 small, medium, and big things… and a collage idea totally stolen from E.p.F.
1. Sometimes I think the rain is the radio.
When driving during a rainstorm, I will accidentally find myself reaching to “turn down the rain” because it is “just too loud.” As if it’s a song on the radio. I don’t know, y’all. I can’t fathom why my brain thinks this is logical.
2. I want to be a Braverman.
No, but really. I started the show Parenthood on June 9th. I’m on the last season and I have no shame. Also I think I’m slightly obsessed with Lauren Graham.
3. I have a thing for a white sky.
I don’t know just when this happened, although my first memory of it is tied to this Instagram picture. White skies are about the creepiest, coolest thing. Ever. I’m learning to look up more often.
4. Everyone is right. Being an adult is totally overrated.
5. I super-heart-so-much-love making printables and graphics.
I already knew the graphics part but oh my gosh why did no one tell me printables are even more fun?! [I’m starting to make some for the ‘ol blog here, so click over and download a few for free if you’d like.]
6. Listening to audio of the Old Testament is so handy, y’all.
As I’m working through the one-year Bible plan (side note: I am quite behind. But I’m not giving up.), listening instead of always reading has been a super useful change and has given me a new way of ‘seeing’ the stories.
7. Saturday was meant for a good book.
I’ve started and finished nine since graduation. Saturdays in June have brought reading time and it has been glorious. Also, to my still-in-school friends: there will come a time when Saturday does not mean hours upon hours of homework. It will be a beautiful thing. Hang in there, people.
8. I really miss being in school.
Like, whoa. I miss it so much more than I thought. The people and the place but also the classroom.
9. A freshly painted desk makes all the difference.
10. I want to be known for more than my job.
This could be an entire blog post, and maybe one day it will be, but for now I’m doing my darn best to never lead into a conversation with a stranger or new friend with “so what do you do?” Because we are more than that. We are people who live and breathe and play and love books, movies, TV shows, the outdoors, food. June has really taught me to search for deeper connections.
11. June has taught me how to live in the pages I never imagined.
When it wasn’t the dream, doesn’t meet the expectations of others, and doesn’t “fit” what made sense in my mind…
June has been teaching me about change and embracing (learning to love, even!) the pages I wouldn’t have necessarily written.
Big smile here as I read your list…and I need to talk to you about helping me make printables…do you help (for a fee) people who are printable-challenged like me?
Blessings to you,
Hey Dolly! Yes ma’am – I definitely do make printables for other people as well. :) Shoot me an email and we can talk some more. firstname.lastname@example.org
This is always my favorite monthly link up! Amen and How to all the love for Team Braverman and being obsessed with Lauren Graham… is there really any other way to be? I think not. Love you so!
Definitely not. I’m trying to stretch out the last season but it’s like, I just can’t. I have to know. And yet I don’t want it to end.
This was REALLY beautiful… Really.
I too, LOVE Emily!
You captured your thoughts so eloquently. I’m really moved by both the simplicity and complexity in your points. Does that make sense?
Re: the Bravermans… That would make us family! I love them so much and too have longed to be one for quite a long while. I deeply admire your pushing through in such a short period. I posted about my show binging as well (shamelessly) but it wasn’t Parenthood… I wish I could send you tissues for the hole you’ll have, when you’re done. Just know, sweet Braverman sister, you aren’t alone.
Wow… thank you! That is such a beautiful compliment.
Also: I’m going to completely ignore your comment about the finale of Parenthood because I. Can’t. Handle. It. Yet. #indenial
I’m glad you decided to join in with the monthly lessons learned! I think it’s such a fun practice, and I enjoy learning from other peoples’ lessons. Somehow, it opens my eyes to keep better track of what’s happening in my own heart/life. I think every new phase of life is a challenge to adjust to. There’s a sort of grieving that takes place with the change–grieving the good and the bad–and one that will become easier over time. Enjoy your no homework Saturdays.
Absolutely. I’ve been learning that the past two months, for sure. I recently read a post I’m going to share in my monthly newsletter about why we need to say goodbye. Such an important lesson.
Loved your first WIL post. You inspired me to do my first one as well!
Do it!!! I shouldn’t have waited this long – so fun!
I’m stopping by from the WIL link-up. I concur, being an adult is overrated. And I’ve been out of school for nine years and still miss it. What a great idea to listen to the Old Testament; audiobooks are sort of my jam, but somehow I never thought to listen to the Bible!
Thanks for visiting, Kendra! And seriously… listening to the Old Testament has really helped. It’s like hearing/seeing it in a whole new way.
Hi There from a few doors down at Emily’s!
I love your collage … the colors, the stamped letters … but it’s the ice cream on a stick that stole my heart!
Good to meet ya’ today!
Hey Linda, great to “meet” you! Oh my gosh, the ice cream… sometimes you just have to eat dessert before dinner. :)