July Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced each month.
Rose: Ooh, baby, baby, ba-baby, baby!
After reading the title, I hope you have the Salt-N-Pepa song stuck in your head. Big news this month; I’m going to be an aunt! My littlest sister has moved into her second trimester. In an explosive surprise involving a burst of pink chalk and tannerite, we found out my sister would be having a girl in January. Meaning, I can tell the world and start hoarding baby clothes like a doomsday prepper preparing for an economic collapse.
I’ve never had to think about the amount of preparation that goes into welcoming a baby into the world. Clothes, diapers, furniture, and car seats are just the tip of the ice burg. Picking out a name has been our family group chat’s most challenging activity. Everything from dead pet names to archival family names has been suggested. It is a daunting task when you think about it. Naming a child is something that will forever be with a person. In the meantime, we have made sure to continually suggest every possibility, even if the options are names like Clementine, Finn, or Elliot. All of which have been quickly dismissed.
Thorn: You Are A Bag Of Chemicals
In contrast to the exciting baby news, the majority of the month was an emotional rollercoaster. Both professionally and personally, I found myself in really high-highs and very low-lows. I’m doing a lot and not seeing results in the amount of time and effort I’ve given to a person or a task. Leaving me exhausted at the end of each day.
I know I’m not the only person who feels this way. But I came up with a mantra to repeat when I’m feeling out of wack, “You are a Bag of Chemicals.” The brain is a jello-mold floating in a punch bowl of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. The rise and fall of any four of these chemicals is akin to someone spiking the punch bowl at a party.
July Blog Post Recap
In case you missed any posts this month:
BEST THINGS TO DO ON RAINY DAYS IN TAMPA BAY – The Florida weather isn’t always sunny in the summertime. Find out what indoor activities the Tampa Bay area has to offer.
TOURING TAMPA – THE TAMPA BAY HOTEL – Step back into the early 1900s to explore the height of the Glided Age. The Tampa Bay Hotel was a tropical paradise to escape the harsh winters for the rich and famous. Today visitors can enter the past by touring the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa.