Sunset in July – 311

I am going to be honest. Not much has changed since the June newsletter, but I am felling a little more positive since we last spoke. I spent a lot of time with family this month which has been rejuvenating on personal/mental health level. We had some family friends come in from The Netherlands, and I really enjoyed spending time with them. We got to explore Old Town Spring, swim, and eat so much yummy food. We also got to celebrate Mama-Summer’s birthday and Father’s Day. Shout out, Dad! Brice and I have also been spending a lot more time with his Sister and Niece (my soon to be sister and niece and law). We’ve really enjoyed getting to hand out with them and everyone mentioned above.

Kate giving a peace sign.

Work is finally starting to slow down, as we’ve hired more people. I’ve been working a lot on training our new team members, but once they are completely trained, work will be less overwhelming. I also took a much needed PTO day this weekend! I will say that the pressure to keep up with my savings goals is intensifying with each month we get closer to the fall. I know that once fall rolls around it’ll be pedal to the medal till the end of the year. As excited as I am for the wedding, since the start of this year I have this reoccurring stress dream where we get to the wedding day and we’ve forgotten something major and/or things go terribly wrong. If you’ve ever planned a wedding, can you let me know if you experienced this?

This month I am hoping to distract myself from my bad habit of shopping my feelings with some projects. I got some beginner cross stitching kits, so I am hoping to learn how to do that. I also might teach myself crochet if I can find my mom’s crochet things. In addition to this, we have somethings sitting in boxes in the garage that we brought down when we moved from Dallas. I’d like to go through these and down-size as much as possible, especially when planning for the van. Brice and I have also been wanting to go on walks more and start doing yoga again. We’ve dabble with this the past few weeks and felt really good each time. We are wanting to incorporate this into our routine more often.

Kate smiling with her hair down.

Van Update: We got the van back from the mechanic, and she has a clean bill of health! We still need to get her inspected and registered, but the next step is installing the Maxx Air Fan and the electrical. However, we realized that inverter we purchased is the wrong kind of inverter. Brice has explained to me several times why it’s the wrong one, but my brain would still rather endure an ice pick lobotomy than retain any information about the electrical for the van. That is to say, you’d have to ask Brice for the specifics on this and I am so incredibly grateful he has taken the lead on this.

Wedding Update: There is not a whole lot to report on here, but my lovely maid and matron of honor have gotten the ball rolling on planning the bachelorette trip, which I am very excited for!

Activism: I am heartbroken and angry at the news that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. If you’d like to know more about my thoughts on this you can read the activism section of the May newsletter. Instead of re-hashing all of that, I am just going to re-share the resources provided in the May Newsletter:

  1. Resistbot: This is a resource I have been using for years to contact my representatives. Just text RESIST to 50409 and follow the instructions. Resistbot will turn your texts to a letter and send it to the representatives of your choosing (from mayor to President).
  2. Click here to find out if you are registered to vote.
  3. This article also had some great resources for actions you can take.
  4. Listen and uplift people who are sharing their story, especially those whose communities are most marginalized.

It is time for us to remind our representatives that they work for us. If you’re like me, you may feel burnt out, tired of being angry, and powerless to incite change. It’s important to protect your energy, but you are not as alone as you feel. I am still choosing to believe that everyone doing what they can will still move the scales of justice in the right direction. Everyone taking whatever action they can is more powerful that a few people doing activism perfectly. When we trust the collective, we can move mountains. We can make change.


  • Stranger Things, but specifically these two:
Eddie Munson from Stranger Things Season 4.
Enzo from Stranger Things Season 4.
  • That’s it.

If you have anything interesting to tell me about any of the above topics, I will gladly take suggestions, thoughts, or compliments. If you’d like to hear more about any of these topics, let me know and I might make some additional content about it. Thank for taking the time to read my thoughts. Remember to have grace with yourself. Take breaks when you need it. Take your meds. Drink lots of water. Journal, if you need to. Stay groovy!


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