five things / may 2019 edition


It is my favorite month of the year. MAY! Spring is in full swing, my tomato plant is thriving, and it’s my birthday month. Truly, why wouldn’t you love this month?!

Because May tends to keep my in a perpetually good mood (except when Patrick leaves for the summer…) I decided to share five things that have been making me happy lately!

Personal Finances

Lol. Y’all. If you know me, chances are I have talked to you about finances or you have at least overheard me talking about it in the last few weeks.

I never thought I would be the person to choose to read personal finance blogs or budget or seek out high interest savings accounts, but here we are!

I really freaking love it. It makes me feel so empowered and excited about my money. It has also made preparing to pay for grad school slightly less terrifying. I love it so much that during a walk the other day I recorded myself just gushing over getting my finances in order.

If you’re interested in finances (particularly women who are interested in finances), I’d recommend The Fairer Cents podcast, or these two blogs that I enjoy. We Bravely Go is how I got started budgeting!



Patrick and I recently had a discussion about self-care, so he downloaded the Headspace app. I’ve been joining him in the meditations right before bed and they’re awesome. Like I seriously sit in bed feeling like it’ll take a while for me to fall asleep and then we do a 5 minute meditation and I am out like a light afterwards.

In addition, I have been trying (trying being the keyword) to leave my phone on the bookcase at the foot of the bed, rather than on my nightstand. I don’t want to use it so much right before bed and I want to have to get up to turn my alarm off in the morning.

This is going so so, but I have high hopes!

Lizzo’s New Album

Okay, have you heard Soulmate? or Like A Girl? or Exactly How I Feel?! All of them are amazing. Catch me playing them all summer.

My Giant Hydroflask

Patrick got it for me and it’s the best. 40 fl. oz. with a straw lid and I have never been so hydrated. It keeps water cold for a ridiculously long time and I take it with me everywhere.

I also have a smaller, 22 oz., Hydroflask with a straw lid, but it resembles a cup more than a bottle. Having this giant Hydroflask frees up my smaller one for iced americanos.

Y’all. They’re investments. And they do dent if you drop them, but once you go Hydroflask you can never go back.


This one is random, but true. For whatever reason, we’ve been making enough food to have leftovers and it is rocking my socks.

Normally I bring a salad to work, mostly because we have the stuff for it and it’s easily assembled, but it’s not wildly satiating and I normally end up eating something at work anyway! But having leftover pasta?! Yes please.

I don’t think Patrick really reads my blog, so I feel safe in saying this: we don’t normally have leftovers because Patrick does his PhD stuff mostly from home so he eats it while I’m at work. No shade no shade. Except sometimes when I am really looking forward to something and homeboy ate it.

It’s bittersweet because I hate that he leaves for the summer, but I also sort of like having a house to myself? Lol. I can cook whatever I want and however much I want and if there’s dishes in the sink I can only get frustrated with myself. Not to mention, I am on a budget to save for grad school and I plan to get really aggressive with my savings this summer.

So what does that mean? Lots of cooking and leftovers galore!



I hope this month is going splendidly for you so far and I hope you make the time for plenty of sunny, summery activities!


Hasta luego,


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