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I met up with Dani from Dani Reviews Things in Amsterdam

What's HappenedThe first part of August I was still in Germany. We visited Potsdam and Berlin and later on visited an uncle in Poland. The weather in Sweden hadn’t been really nice (no kidding, it was freaking cold). I packed tons of summer clothes and only a few warm clothes, but I ended up wearing my warm clothes. We decided to go to Germany where the weather was going to be really nice and I actually got to wear the shorts and tank tops I’d packed for the trip. Yay.

The day after I got home I decided to meet up with Dani from Dani Reviews Things. I met her through the Air Awakens Street Team I’m a part of (which was one of my best decisions EVER, because I made some new friends that I grew super close with through August). She was in Amsterdam and decided to meet each other (she was leaving the same evening so it was the only option) and who cares about being tired when you get to meet a fellow blogger you’ve been chatting with?! I was a bit nervous, as you don’t really know if you’ll have a connection in real life, but we hit it off right away. She’s the sweetest person ever, and has a wicked sense of humor, I had a blast.

August was also a month of buying a little too many books. I bought the Game of Thrones boxed set in Sweden. Then decided to try my hand at Graphic Novels and this turned into an addiction… I’ve read Saga Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3, Ms Marvel Volume 1, and I’m currently reading Lumberjanes Volume 1. Then I heard about Leigh Bardugo coming to the Netherlands in October and I absolutely love her Grisha series. Problem was that I’d read them as ebooks, and well, gotta get my books sighed, so I caved and bought the entire trilogy in hardcover. *winces* my bank account now officially hates me. I was constantly thinking “I already have so many books at home I still need to read”, but then I saw a bookstore and, well, the rest is history.

workoutsThis is something new I’ll be including in my Monthly Recaps. Last year I decided I wanted to get stronger. I’ve always been a pretty active person, I like sports and am always up for new experiences, but I just didn’t feel strong. And I truly hated that. So I made it a point to change that. I wanted to train more, and overall maintain a healthier lifestyle. There’s a wonderful community of girls all around the world doing Kayla Itsines’ BBG guides, and I’d been checking it out for a while, so I decide to just go for it.

I’d fallen a bit of the wagon during my holiday, so I decided to start at the bottom again and I just completed Week 2 of the BBG guide. Week 1 was tough. My muscles were on fire the entire week. My legs hurt, I could barely lift my arms, and sneezing (as well as laughing) was so freakin’ painful. It’s no joke. While I cursed myself for wanting to start this guide in the first place, I’m a huge believer in finishing what you starting, and I made it a point to remind myself that this was what I wanted. You’re not going to become strong and fit with a snap of your fingers, you have to work for it, and that means putting in the effort and conquer everything that stands in your way. I survived that first week. Week 2 was so much better. The exercises are still hard. By the end of them I’m sweaty and so freakin’ sore, but my body doesn’t hurt as bad as it did last week and that feeling is SO GOOD.

Funny as it is, I already notice some changes. I’ve been paying attention to what I’m eating. I don’t eat less, just healthier (and making sure I get the proteins I need), and I’ve been more energetic and happier. My focus is on becoming stronger, and I am getting stronger. It’s the best feeling in the world.

I might start including some posts about this journey on my blog as well. I asked before, and got a lot of positive reactions, so I’ll be slowly adding this to my blog and see how it is received. Maybe I’ll add some of my favourite (and least favourite) workouts, and share some of my favourite recipes. We’ll see. It all depends if this is something you’ll be interested in reading about *winks*.

Quote of the Month“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

On the Agenda

  1. University! September 7th university starts again. I’m really excited to dive into my second year, so many exciting new things to learn and seeing and just the regularity of having a schedule again. At the same time I’m nervous, because I’ll be taking a few extra classes and I’m hoping I haven’t put too much on my plate. I think I can handle it, but we’ll see how it goes!
  2. Queen of Shadows!!! I am BEYOND excited to read the next instalment in the Throne of Glass series, and I know, I just know it’s going to be so damn good! I know lots of people are as excited as I am, and I can’t wait to talk (read: gush and fangirl) about it with you.
  3. My birthday! Yes, September is my birthday month. Bake the cake and light 21 candles, because I’ll be turning 21 years old on September 20th.

How was your summer?