Highlight Reel (August 2019 Favorites)

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the August installment! 

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This month, I read:

  • Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me by Lorilee Craker— this book made me laugh so much! And it was full of sweet remembrances from Anne of Green Gables, a favorite of mine and Craker’s. So good!

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling— So good, of course! I can’t believe I didn’t read these growing up, and I can’t wait to read more and then have a movie marathon with my best friend to watch the movies!

  • Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley— a great take on a man’s relationship with his dog, the trials and struggles of health issues, and the meaning of life without being cutesy or cliche.

  • What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum— such a great read about what it’s like to have different needs and live life with people who have different needs. A much-needed perspective!

  • Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca — Wow, this was an impactful listen. It was less novel and more court procedural than I expected (I guess I didn’t read the whole title closely enough), but it was a good glimpse inside society of the early 1900s, as well as giving insight into how some of the struggles are still current today.

  • Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink— wow. What a powerful look inside what happened in one Louisiana hospital when Hurricane Katrina hit. It made me question how well-prepared I am for disasters and hope that institutions have upped their game since this one.

  • Letters to a Young Poet by Ranier Maria Rilke— this was such a soothing listen as I got ready in the morning!

  • Spin: The Rumplestiltskin Musical by Neil Fishman and Harvey Edelman— what a funny listen that made me wish I had kids around to have them listen, too!

To find more details about my reviews and see all the books I’ve been reading lately, check out my account on Goodreads!


“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” —L.M. Montgomery. How refreshing a thought! We get to start new every single day.



I caught up on the most recent season of Heartland on Netflix, a sweet show about life on a horse ranch in Canada. It’s full of all kinds of family dynamics and struggles, but it also has beautiful scenes of horses running wild and people riding them across gorgeous plains.

I also watched the most recent of Riverdale on Netflix, which has a very different vibe. It’s significantly darker than I normally go for, but the storyline is captivating, and I always want to see what kind of plot twist they’re going to throw in next.


My FitBit. It’s my mom’s old one that she so graciously gave me, and it’s been such a good tool! I love that it measures how long and how well I’ve been sleeping, along with my steps, exercise, and water intake. I’ve been setting goals for myself and tracking those things, which is a great way to make sure I’m taking care of myself, which is especially important in this season of life.

(This is the kind I have, if you’re curious or looking into getting one!)

What are YOU loving lately?



I made some really good food this month!



I had a wonderful last bridal shower with family, and it was a great wrap up to all the showers!

I also got the chance to move more things to my fiance’s house, which just felt like a good accomplishment and progress toward the wedding and living together afterward.


I finished coaching, closing that chapter of my business. While I’m still working to figure out exactly what the plan is going forward, but it’s like having a clean slate or an open door!



I’m looking forward to my wedding and honeymoon, obviously! We’ve been working on putting the plans for the wedding together for almost a year, and it’s going to be so fun! And then we have a week in Mexico to rest and relax together.

I also have my bachelorette party this weekend, and I’m looking forward to spending that dedicated time with sweet friends.

School starts, too, and we’re all looking forward to having the kids and all the teachers back all the time. It’s been pretty quiet the last month, so it’ll be a nice change!


What were some of your favorite things this month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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Riverdale image credit: twitter.com

Heartland image credit: www.cbc.ca