because I'm into you, June.

Sometimes sisterhood looks like flesh and bone bookstore hopping instead of screen time and text messages.

Sometimes sisterhood looks like flesh and bone bookstore hopping instead of screen time and text messages.

June snuck up on me the way summer often does, through humidity and mosquitos and late night dinners with friends. The beginning of the month brought back the worst kind of anniversary, and I wrestled through another year of empty arms and the waiting that feels a little like forgetting. 

I tripped a little because of it, but soon put my head down and finally finished my second manuscript. Somewhere Between Water & Sky is so much of who I am in this season and I can't wait to get into your hands. 

Soon after I finished the very last sentence, women from all over the country were flying into Austin and we were making ourselves at home for a few days in the hills at a sprawling estate. We spoke about the keys we need to drop and the keys we need to pick up—and how this relates to our creativity as women. There were talks on shalom and beauty and working the dream. And the entire weekend, I kept pinching myself because when did this life become mine? It's a beautiful one. Doing life and art with the women of Story Sessions pushes me to create better, be better, and dream better. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

books read :: 

Tables in the Wilderness, Preston Yancey - full review is coming for this memoir, but you guys...it's so good. SO GOOD. I felt like Preston and I were back at a table in Justine's eating mussels and talking about his story. So recommended. 

Paper Towns, John Green - I'm unabashedly a late-to-the-table Green fan. I read Looking for Alaska a few years ago and loved it, and then resisted FiOS for obvious reasons. I gave into the madness back in May when I had the opportunity to see a screening of the movie and then read the entire FiOS book in one sitting. Paper Towns was the same way. I started the book Sunday morning, and didn't leave bed until 2pm when I finished the last page. It was engaging, well written, and only brought a slight eye-roll in some of the obvious head nods to the manic-pixie-dream girl trope. 

The Light Between Us, Beth Morey - another review coming to the blog later this week. This one was a quick, easy and fun read. 

books still reading ::   

#GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso

The Enneagram, A Christian Perspective, Richard Rohr

Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion

The Here and Now, Ann Brashares 

for the love of poetry ::  

The small woman
Builds cages for everyone
She
Knows.
While the sage,
Who has to duck her head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners

- Hafiz

television ::  

It's been all Ink Master and Chuck and Orange is the New Black around here. I need to catch up with Scandal and Pretty Little Liars BUT FIRST, Crazy Eyes.

music :: 

I've been having fun creating and listening to Somewhere Between Water & Sky's playlist as well as this one I created a few months ago for a secret project I'll be starting soon. (wink) 

on beauty ::

This month, it's purple lipstick only swapped out for bright pink or magenta. All of the color, ladies and gentlemen. ALL OF THE COLORS. 

Oh and pink hairs. Because everything is coming up rosy. 

everything else :: 

Falling in love all over again with peonies.

Falling in love all over again with peonies.

  • Steak and pipes on the porch with best friends
  • Watching my man do what he loves to do for other people
  • Continuing the tradition of story-sisters and jalapeño ranch with margaritas.
  • Reminding myself why Artful Blogging matters through a Story Sessions' workshop
  • Giving away the third scholarship for the Story Sessions' subscription
  • Lindsay Tweedle and her editing skills
  • Paint on my fingers
  • holding my nephew and niece 

What about you? What's made your June magnificent?  

:: Linking up with the amazing Leigh Kramer for her What I'm Into posts ::  

Posted on July 1, 2014 and filed under this-here blog.