Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019

August was a whirlwind of busy and it passed by so quickly! It was definitely much better than July and its left me feeling positive going into September.

Reading

Somehow I read 8 books in August which is shocking me because it felt like I read about 2? Obviously this wasn’t a great reading month for me (I’m not really happy with anything under 13) but I’m cutting myself a break because I was incredibly busy with everything else. What I did read though was high quality! Here are the ones that were 4 or 5 stars:

Blogging

I POSTED EVERY SINGLE DAY IN AUGUST AND I’M SO DAMN PROUD.

It can be really stressful sometimes to get posts up every day but I always feel so good about it afterwards that it makes everything worth it. I’ve got a really good streak going now and I’m going to try my hardest to keep it up throughout September, too. It’s one of my blogging goals.

For August I wanted to hit 2,000 views, have 1,000 visitors, and reach 400 WordPress followers and I did it all three! Setting goals for myself really helps keep me motivated. In September I’d love to reach 2,250 views and 1,200 visitors. I don’t have a real reason for those numbers – they just feel right. It’s insane to think that August was my sixth month of blogging. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

My three most popular posts for August were Beginner’s Guide to ARCs: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know (And More) About Advanced Reading Copies, Taylor Swift’s Lover Book Tag [Original], and 26 of My Friend’s Favorite Things for My 26th Birthday. If you missed out on any of my other posts from the month, Iโ€™ve linked them all down below for easy browsing!

Reviews

Top Ten Tuesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays

Miscellaneous

Life

My sweet boy turned 2! Last year was filled with so much uncertainty and fear. It’s been incredible to spend this year just living and enjoying life with Elliott. He had a Sesame Street themed party and planning and throwing it was a ridiculous amount of fun. Elliott has always had a hard time being around a lot of people because of his time in the hospital but he’s been doing way better lately and he seemed so happy.

My birthday was in August too! My husband got me a shirt I had been eyeing every single time we went to Target and the cutest llama pop socket. I was even able to spend some time with a couple of friends by going out to dinner and then doing some artsy stuff afterwards. It was nice to take some time for myself and celebrate another trip around the sun. I don’t know what this next year will bring since Elliott’s future is so uncertain but I’m doing my best to go into it with positivity and hope.

The annual toy drive I run for the hospital that takes care of my son also ended in August! This year we managed to collect over 700 toys for the kids. Running this toy drive takes so much time and energy but I look forward to it every year. I love that I’ve been given the opportunity to make a difference.

Elliott also had a heart procedure done towards the end of the month so we spent a couple of days in the hospital. The cath showed that his pulmonary hypertension has gotten better but still isn’t perfect. We’re going to start him on a new medicine which will require him to start having monthly labs drawn. The hope is that we’ll be able to hold off on more surgery until the spring time when respiratory season ends.


How was your month? Did anything exciting happen or did you read any amazing books? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019”

  1. I’m so glad that things are starting to get better for you! I know how stressful it is to have all the health complications in general, let alone for someone you love and take care of. I’m always keeping Elliott in my thoughts and hope that this new medication helps. โค

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