March favorites

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I hope you all had a beautiful Easter yesterday and were surrounded by family!! 🙂  We were invited over to eat dinner with a family from church and being able to see little kids play with their Easter toys definitely made it a million times better!  I’m excited to share some of my favorites from this month – it has been busy and full!  I was able to go to Mexico while Devin was able to see two musicals in New York City!

March favorites: my favorite posts and books I've read and I feature the shoes that helped me walk 9 miles a day on cobblestone roads in Mexico! | Stay gold Autumn

FAVORITE BLOG POSTS

  • My childhood penpal from Finland that I mentioned here began a blog!  It has been so exciting to read her adventures in Dubai! 
        
  • I loved this post about developing daily gratitude practices.  I’m probably not the only one that realizes the older I become the more pesky habits I need to work on ;).  
  • Have you ever moved to a new city without knowing a soul?  Me too… twice.  Adjustment is a beast and multiple year process for me.  I loved this post on adjusting to living in a new city!
  • Ever been super stressed out about finding your calling in life?  Yeah, I feel you.  I even wrote about my existential crisis on here about how I ended up being lucky enough to become an ESL teacher!  I loved this post on how we don’t have a one size fits all calling in life.
  • I love this post by Joy one of my blogger friends turned in real life friends.  She posted about people who judge millennials for being on their phones.  Hint: technology can be a really amazing tool to help us.
  • I have been enjoying reading blog posts from Holland Lane magazine’s blog and was excited to hear they are launching a magazine!  The magazine shares real life stories that people submit that show people really triumphing through hard experiences they have.  I like being able to see this type of dialogue ranging from mental health and other stigmatized topics.

FAVORITE BOOKS

My favorite book from this month was The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale .  She had me laughing and she had me crying…sometimes within several minutes of each other.  I’m positive that I will go back and re-read this book in a few years!

FAVORITE MUSIC

I am always looking for uplifting music and I LOVE male/female vocal harmonies. I found this band this past week on my Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” and this song gives me all of the weepies.  It isn’t the most lyrically diverse song, but the message is very sweet.


FAVORITE CLOTHING

My first promise to myself when I found out I was going to Mexico and Europe was that I was going to be wearing cute and comfortable shoes while doing it!  I walk 7,000+ steps in the city alone on the days that I am teaching and my feet felt like they wanted to die when I would get home.  I really needed walking shoes that could be worn to work and were really comfortable.  The last time I bought a new pair of shoes?  Three years ago.  Before that? Devin’s Mom and my Mom bought them five years ago for me when I was student teaching.  Please envision the passion of Scarlett from Gone with the Wind when she is saying “I will never go hungry again”…and then please imagine me saying “I will never have feet that hurt again…” while pounding my shoes them happily into our trash can.  
I’m happy to say these shoes were excellent for sometimes 9 miles a day of walking in Mexico.  My favorite pair of shoes though?  A $15 pair of Sketchers Go Walk wannabes from Walmart (that isn’t listed on the photo).  They were honestly just as comfortable and still had the memory foam padding.  I bought the pink and white striped dress pictured below in the black version and the pink lacey top in Navy.

So, now you know that we’re tight wads, but also that I have really happy feet.  Since we absolutely know that we’re getting out of this grad school thing loan free, I’ve been saving up my personal budget to make some purchases for summer and it feels great to have some new stuff!

What has been a favorite from March for you?

  • I loved Joy’s post, too! It sounds like March was awesome for you, with a trip to Mexico!

    • I loved her post too- so much truth about what a great tool technology is!! March was definitely a great one 🙂

  • I loved Joy’s post, too! It sounds like March was awesome for you, with a trip to Mexico!

    • I loved her post too- so much truth about what a great tool technology is!! March was definitely a great one 🙂

  • Thank you so much for featuring my post, Autumn! Moving really is a beast, and the adjustment process is no joke, but I know we’ll get through it! I’m so glad I found your blog 🙂

    xo,
    Natalie | Natalie Was Here

    • Moving…I totally feel you. Thanks for writing out your thoughts on everything. I hope it helps a lot more people!

  • Thank you so much for featuring my post, Autumn! Moving really is a beast, and the adjustment process is no joke, but I know we’ll get through it! I’m so glad I found your blog 🙂

    xo,
    Natalie | Natalie Was Here

    • Moving…I totally feel you. Thanks for writing out your thoughts on everything. I hope it helps a lot more people!

  • Those dresses from Old Navy are super cute! I really need to invest in a few new pieces for Summer.

    • Old Navy has really been killing it! I go in there and want to buy up the whole store! I think they did some size changing too??

  • Those dresses from Old Navy are super cute! I really need to invest in a few new pieces for Summer.

    • Old Navy has really been killing it! I go in there and want to buy up the whole store! I think they did some size changing too??

  • Oh I love all of these! The blog posts and the clothes! I really like the white top! So cute! And the blog post about moving to a new place! #mylife! lol! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Do y’all end up moving around a lot? I’m kind of like “I don’t ever wanna move because…this was WAY TOO HARD.” Getting friends in a new place is always the hardest!!

      • Yeah. The hubs is in the military. So we are in Texas now but only for a year. Then 4 months somewhere else and then hopefully the next place will be 3 years!!! 🙂

        • You are a brave lady!!

          • hahaha! Or insane. Ya know. No big deal. hahahaha! I do like moving though. I mean it’s always hard and lonely at first. But then you get to meet so many new people you never would have before! And try new foods and see new things and experience different communities! I kinda think it’s a blessing! 🙂 We’ll settle down eventually! But for now I am trying to enjoy the ride!

          • It is a blessing and you have a great attitude. Thanks for your /your husband’s sacrifice ❤️.

  • Oh I love all of these! The blog posts and the clothes! I really like the white top! So cute! And the blog post about moving to a new place! #mylife! lol! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Do y’all end up moving around a lot? I’m kind of like “I don’t ever wanna move because…this was WAY TOO HARD.” Getting friends in a new place is always the hardest!!

      • Yeah. The hubs is in the military. So we are in Texas now but only for a year. Then 4 months somewhere else and then hopefully the next place will be 3 years!!! 🙂

        • You are a brave lady!!

          • hahaha! Or insane. Ya know. No big deal. hahahaha! I do like moving though. I mean it’s always hard and lonely at first. But then you get to meet so many new people you never would have before! And try new foods and see new things and experience different communities! I kinda think it’s a blessing! 🙂 We’ll settle down eventually! But for now I am trying to enjoy the ride!

          • It is a blessing and you have a great attitude. Thanks for your /your husband’s sacrifice ❤️.

  • Holl & Lane

    Hey Autumn! Thank you so much for the shoutout for Holl & Lane Magazine! I just wanted to let you know that our magazine actually launched last year, before the blog! So we’re launching our 7th issue on May 1st!! We’re so glad that you’re loving our message 🙂

  • Holl & Lane

    Hey Autumn! Thank you so much for the shoutout for Holl & Lane Magazine! I just wanted to let you know that our magazine actually launched last year, before the blog! So we’re launching our 7th issue on May 1st!! We’re so glad that you’re loving our message 🙂

  • I love the blog post suggestions. I’m actually moving this summer so I’m definitely checking out the post about moving to a new city. And, I totally feel you on the Walmart shoes. I have a pair of $10 basic ballet flats that have lasted me years! Great post!

    • Moving is such an adjustment! Just give yourself a lot of grace :). My longest lasting pair of shoes were some ballet flats from Walmart too!!

  • I love the blog post suggestions. I’m actually moving this summer so I’m definitely checking out the post about moving to a new city. And, I totally feel you on the Walmart shoes. I have a pair of $10 basic ballet flats that have lasted me years! Great post!

    • Moving is such an adjustment! Just give yourself a lot of grace :). My longest lasting pair of shoes were some ballet flats from Walmart too!!

  • Autumn, thank you so much for sharing! It’s such an honor to be featured by you!

  • Autumn, thank you so much for sharing! It’s such an honor to be featured by you!