Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sarasota on a Rainy Sunday

About a month ago, Charlene (from Charlene Zale) and I took a day trip down to Sarasota. The forecast looked a bit grim that Sunday morning, but we refused to let it alter our plans in any way. It took roughly an hour and a half to reach our destination. Once in Sarasota, we wasted no time in making our way to the first stop on our list of places to visit ― Bookstore1Sarasota. It was a charming little shop with a very nice selection of books, so it's really no surprise that we spent a good amount of time looking through everything they had to offer.

By the time Charlene finally picked out a book to purchase, we were both ready to get our caffeine fix from Buddy Brew Coffee. Thankfully the coffee shop was within walking distance of the bookstore. As I was sipping the last of my vanilla latte, Charlene realized that she had a big dilemma on her hands. The memory card in her camera was full. However, it didn't take her very long to track down a nearby BestBuy and buy a new card. We really dodged a bullet there. By the time we got back to the car, the clouds cracked open and it started pouring.

It was nearly lunch time, so we figured it best to pop into a restaurant for a bite to eat. We quickly decided on First Watch. It's one of my favorites, but Charlene had never been before. I knew they offered a wide range of healthy dishes, as well as vegetarian options for her. Our food was delicious, but I didn't expect anything less. It seemed like we finished eating just as the sun started coming out. It gave us the perfect amount of time to explore the Main Street area + St. Armand's Circle. The clouds were starting to grow dark again as we broke away from the hustle and bustle of the shops to visit Lido Key. After enjoying some time on the beach, I was concerned we wouldn't get back to the car before the rain started falling again, but we made it just in time.

The drive back to Tampa was a bit nerve-wracking, as heavy sheets of rain seemed to fall for miles and miles. We were both finding it difficult to see the road in front of us, but we finally drove out of it. Besides that, the trip was awesome! I'm looking forward to more adventures together in the future. There's never a dull moment whenever we hang out. Well, I suppose I've said enough. Now, onto the photos. I'm also sharing the vlog / montage that Charlene pieced together at the end. She really has a knack for video editing!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

July Goals

We're officially on the downhill slope of 2017. I realize I say this every month, but where did June go? I feel like my life is stuck on fast-forward. Each day seems shorter than the one before. It makes me sad, but it also gives me a good reason to live every moment intentionally instead of simply going through the motions. I've noticed that I tend to guard my time now. I view it as if it were a sacred gem, a cherished possession that mustn't be mishandled. Anyway, I wasn't able to get through all my June goals, but I slashed through half of them. July is going to be very busy for me (work-wise), so I won't be aiming too high this month.

J U N E  G O A L S

(✘) Start writing in my gratitude journal daily.
Nope. I only managed to do this for about three days. Smh.
(✘) Finish reading the rest of The Circle.
No, but I did get through most of it. I still have about 100 pages left.

(✘)  Take my niece + nephew to the gun range.
Negative. Just couldn't work it into our budget for the month.

(✔) Go to the beach at least once.
Yep. I was able to visit Lido Key with Charlene (post coming soon).

(✔) Reorganize my bedroom closet + drawers.
Yes. This was actually done the day after I shared my goals here.

(✔) Go see Wonder Woman in theaters.
Heck, yeah. And it was nothing short of incredible.

(✔)  Locate my sketchbook + start drawing again.
Affirmative. I only sketched two pieces, but it still counts.

J U L Y  G O A L S
two . thousand . seventeen

(01) Get outside more (if the weather allows).

(02) Finish reading The Circle + reread The Night Circus.

(03) Plan at least one inexpensive date night.

(04) Go to OneBlood to give a donation.

(05) Take my niece + nephew to the gun range.

(06) Try to create some semblance of a schedule.

(07) Reorganize my desk in preparation for school.

What are some of your goals for July?