Things I Loved in October + Monthly Wrap Up!
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Hi friends! I want to start a new series here on The Faith Project where I share all the things I loved during the past month. These could include books, blogs, podcasts, tv shows, movies, people on Instagram and really just anything I’m LOVING that month! I’m really excited to share some of my favorite things with you because I’m always interested in seeing what other people like, listen to, or read. So, let’s get started with October.
All the blogs I’m loving.
As a blogger, I also really to read other blogs. Go figure. But seriously, I get a lot of inspiration from other bloggers and honestly, taking the time to read and comment on other blogs means a lot to me and to those other bloggers. These are some blog posts that I’ve loved this month:
- Coming Up Roses – Erica talks about fashion and blogging and so much more. I love reading her posts. October held a lot of surprises for her as she had her baby several weeks early, but both her and the baby are okay!
- The Daily Tay – She’s funny and her posts will always leave you smiling!
- Simply Every – I really loved this post about Motherhood that I found on Pinterest.
TV + Movies
September brought the end of Bachelor in Paradise and after that, I was mostly just rewatching The Office and making my way through Criminal Minds on Netflix (I really watch a random assortment of shows.) But, the end of September (and now October!!!) Brought new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (which I discovered after Von was born and I’m low-key obsessed with all the drama) and This Is Us. Yes, let’s just pick all the tv shows that make us cry Taylor, great choice. But really, I am LOVING these new seasons and if you don’t have Hulu or cable you should get something so you can watch these because I am living for them.
All the Books
I finally got out of my reading slump and I finished several really fantastic books this month.
City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab is a middle-grade novel about Cassidy who had a near-death experience and can now see ghosts. Her parents are moving her to the most haunted city in the world for a few weeks to film a ghost hunting show and well you can guess what happens when they get there. Victoria/V.E. Schwab is one of my favorite authors. And City of Ghosts was also a winner for me. I don’t read many Middle-Grade books, but this one was fantastic. Plus, if you’re looking for a good Halloween/spooky read for the fall this one. is. a. must.
Circe by Madeline Miller. This one took me a while to get through butWOWZA! So incredible. I haven’t read many Greek mythology books but this one was fantastic. Definitely worth the hype and this one is also one that you should pick up. (Also, I just have to say that I had to buy the UK cover edition from Book Depository because it’s absolutely gorgeous and I LOVE it more than the US cover. Yes… I definitely buy all the books with pretty covers.)
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Oh my goodness! This book was great! Hal talks about the six things that you can do right when you wake up that will help you change your life. And help you be excited about waking up every morning! I just started practicing the miracle morning (in a way that fits in this season with an 8-month-old baby) but I am loving it. I no longer dread waking up in the morning, and even on my hard anxiety days, I am still able to get out of bed.
All things FALL
It’s finally fall!! My absolute favorite season. Bring out all the sweaters, comfy blankets, and all the homemade soup. I really do just love this time of year. Plus, we got to spend a week with my family in the mountains up at the Snowbird resort and it was absolutely lovely. I love going up there and spending time with family and seeing all the gorgeous colors. LOVE IT! Plus that was probably the last time we’ll be in Utah in 2018 which is a bummer but it was also so good to be there. We also took some family photos and well, I love this little family of mine!
And to be completely honest I do sort of feel like Colorado goes from summer to winter without a whole lot of fall weather, but hey, the little glimpses of fall were/are still really great!
On Social Media
I’ve been trying to be more active on Facebook, so if you don’t like The Faith Project Blog page on FB yet, be sure to go and give it a like and a follow! Instagram is still my one true love when it comes to social media and I’ve been *trying* to be on IG stories every day, whether or not I’m posting a picture or not. Again, if you aren’t following yet, come say hi! I’d love to connect with you.
I’ve really tried to make IG and all of my social media places where I can go to be inspired and uplifted and this month I’ve been loving Elise from @huntersofhappiness and Erica from @ericaligenza (especially her stories, they are the best!) and I’ve really been enjoying Courtney from @courtneycasper.letters stories (and products!) I cannot wait to dive into her Advent study guide!
Von is officially 8 (almost 9) months old and crawling all over the place. She also really really wants to be walking and tries to stand up all the time. We’ll see when that happens. We’ve been reading lots of board books:
My Simplified Planner came! (You can get $10 off yours if you are interested. This isn’t sponsored at all, I just love the product) and I’ve been working through the Simplified Prep work and planning all the things for 2019. Good things are coming and I can’t wait to share them with you!
And the last thing I want to mention is my favorite talks from General Conference. GC was at the beginning of October and it was uplifting and inspiring. I received a lot of personal revelation and I’m already loving reading and listening to the talks again. But a few of the ones that I really loved were these:
- Russell M. Nelson’s talk in the Women’s Session. He invited us to all take a 10 day fast from social media and to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year (among a few other things). It was a great talk and I wrote a post about it here.
- It was also announced that starting in 2019 church meeting on Sunday’s will be 2 hours long and there will be more emphasis on in-home learning and personal conversion that is strengthened in the church meetings. While this is slightly intimidating as a mom it is also a really exciting time. I am excited to make our home a more spiritual and Christ-centered place.
And ICYMI these are the most popular blog posts this month: