Monthly Musings: Reflecting on July

July has been a great month. The start of this month allowed me to fully settle back into my routine and life as a new wife after being away for over a month. I was visited by my sister-in-law, parents, and younger brother, and I took on more hours at work, spending more time connecting with children and supporting them and their families. The second half of July was a special treat. I went back to New York for a visit and was able to spend time with my family and friends.

Kristen's current book shelf including two books from The Things We Never Got Over series, Remarkably Bright Creatures, and Agatha Christie.

My cousin visited me at the end of June and she had read “Things We Never Got Over” by Lucy Stone on the plane ride. She told me how much she enjoyed it, so I went to the store the next day and bought it! Working right next to a Barnes and Noble can be dangerous. I proved this when I went and bought the second book after work a week later

Sometimes a silly little light-hearted book is all you need to lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. This steamy romance is perfect for a cozy day in bed when you are looking to rest and recharge.

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” -Confucius

A screenshot of Mel Robbins on Hoda Kotb's podcast.

I listened to a handful of podcasts yesterday trying to find one that matched my blog post this week. I wanted to hear and share about appreciating the people around you from another perspective. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, however, I did find a new podcast that I really enjoyed listening to.

Making Space with Hoda Kotb has some really inspiring, upbeat interviews that made me smile.

A screenshot of Oprah and Maria Shriver on Hoda Kotb's podcast.

August Reading Plans

Hoda Kotb interviewed Mitch Albom on her podcast and he had so many profound stories and statements to share. What an incredible human!

I read his book “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” when I was in school. I am looking forward to rereading that book as an adult this month. I am also planning on reading some of his other books, especially “Finding Chika”.

Three things that I am grateful for are…

  • having an incredibly supportive husband
  • having supportive coworkers and bosses that inspire me
  • my home
Kristen Carolan and her sister on the beach.
Kristen Carolan and her family eating icecream in Cape, May, New Jersey.

My Favorite Bread Recipe

If you are a sourdough girl like me, you must try out this recipe! It is the fluffiest, yummiest sandwich bread that you will make!

Kristen Carolan and her mom, Kathleen Stanley, at a wedding.

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