June Roundup

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This summer is going to go by so fast, June had so much going on!

What’s new:

  • The Blog was updated! I can now be found under the name wandering and reading. I made the change on my blog-aversary. It’s so good to have a new name and a new layout. It feels fresh and more like me and my blog.

Current obsessions:

The past couple of months I’ve been posting about songs that have really had me obsessed. Today I’m really excited to mention that Dierks Bentley officially has a new album out. If you’ve been having a tough couple of weeks, I recommend you consider the album here. Below is a performance of one of my favorite songs off the album.

Speaking of some country music, can we just take a minute to appreciate the Queen and all she did at the CMT Awards. I mean, does anyone sing better than her?

Oh and I saw Keith Urban this month, I was pleasantly surprised but more on that in a later post.

However my summer jam this year, and current obsession has to be Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa. You can listen to it here.

The Adventures

Ummm we went to England! My first trip ever to Europe you guys! We saw Cornwall (hi Poldark!), Stonehenge (I mean, really?) and London (hello city life!) It was amazing! You’ll see a ton of posts about it in the next couple of months — everything you need to know about the trip and how to see what we saw, I can’t wait.

Books Read in June:

We did so much traveling, that I didn’t really feel like I read much this month. Which honestly, felt amazing. I took a break from my normal everyday life for over a week, it was the perfect refresh.

3.5/4 Stars

4/5 stars

5/5 stars

5/5 stars

5/5 stars

Upcoming:
July is going to be packed with moving out of our apartment and into our house! Which means the adventures will be on the back burner for a bit. But don’t worry, I still have some local Northeastern things to do! I can’t wait to tell you all about the house and how I’m feeling about it!

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The Blog Connect: Define Your Habits

This is my last post on the blog connect and what I learned. I already told you about nicheless blogging and burnouts that are real, this one hits a little differently than those.

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Photo by: Tim Becker Photography

Habits. It’s not just about blogging but in retrospect anything. Habits are your goals that you think will be easy to maintain on a regular basis. It could take months to get a habit down that feels right for you, there might be some that work and some that don’t. You might start one and change your mind and that’s okay. You evolve everyday and so will your habits.

This presentation was done by Sarah, of Yes and Yes blog. I honestly had never heard of this blogger before but after her presentation I started following her because of her amazing insight.

Anyway, I decided to come up with mine own habits/goals and see if in a few months they lasted:

  • Read everyday for a half hr
  • Blog once a week (with no distraction except music)
  • Cook every Monday (I know, I hate cooking, so I’m starting out small)
  • Workout every other day (even if this is just walking)
  • Use part of Sunday to meal prep (this is big, I need this in my life)
  • Schedule time once a week to seriously go through the blogs I follow (I can sometimes be horrible at this)
  • Touch base with my friends 😊

I’m going to ease into this, not do all at once and see what happens. I don’t know which I’m going to start with first but I’m leaning toward reading a bit everyday and meal prepping on Sundays….wish me luck!

Do you guys have “habits”? If do, what are they? Do they work for you to the point where they don’t feel like a chore anymore?

The History of Saratoga, New York

Happy Independence America! I’ve already watched some Fireworks to get in the spirit of our Independence, which occurred on July 4th, 1776, when the colonies wrote the Declaration of Independence. But did you know that my hometown, Saratoga Springs, New York has a lot to do with America winning it’s Independence?

In the past, I’ve written some detail about Saratoga National Historic Park, but I wanted to write another post on here of the history and the park in itself now that it’s Spring and you can really see what it has to offer.

While the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, the war for freedom was just beginning. In fact, in September of 1777 through October of 177720180609_113958 the Battle of Saratoga began and is now known to many history buffs as the “Turning Point of The Revolutionary War”. It was in October of 1777 when British troops surrendered to American troops, a battle that would change the tide of the Revolutionary War in favor of the American colonists. This battle was significant because other countries, like France saw what happened and joined the war to fight for the freedom of America.

I love the history of Saratoga for this specifically, there is so much you can see and understand in just a few hours. To think that you can walk on land that was once walked on by the very people who gave this country it’s freedom always blows my mind.

When visiting the National Historic Park, you can experience it in many different ways in the Spring and Summer. You can walk the trail or bike it (roughly 9 miles), you can drive through it, or even take a horse (if you have one). There are reenactments done at different points in the year, as well as guides and maps that can explain everything to you. We went for a bike ride (it’s a hilly 9+miles if you do this) and stopped at each section of the trail to see views of the battlefield and read the markings left to explain the significance of each site.

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It’s a great location to learn some history, get some exercise or even go to read and have a picnic. I’m hoping to have a lovely picnic there before the year ends — it’s on my summer bucket list. Once you’re done here, you can head to the Saratoga Monument and Victory Woods where you can learn more about the battlefield. Before walking through Victory Woods, you’ll pass through a cemetery filled with headstones from the 1700 and 1800’s, there could literally be Revolutionary and Civil War heroes buried in this cemetery. It’s an eerie feeling but one that helps you appreciate the magnitude of their sacrifice.

So, again, Happy Independence Day America! I’m so lucky to live in an area that had such a significant impact on our freedom.

Dierks Bentley Album Review

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Dierks Bentley’s new album: The Mountain was released on June 8th. I’ve had plenty of times to listen to it (maybe on replay) the past couple of weeks. There is such an uplifting quality to this album, and a few songs that just stood out as must listen.

Dierks Bentley has been around in country music since 2003, The Mountain is his 9th album. Dierks is different compared to other male country artists out right now, he adds some older country sound, some bluegrass and some rock, and very rarely goes toward the pop type country music that’s so popular these days. But the reason why Dierks stands out, is that almost every song he has brings such an emotion and real life experiences into his song. Take his 8th album (my favorite album) Black, written for his wife — details all the different type of emotions and scenarios that could happen in a relationship. Or Riser, which has such a meaning behind the video (below)

The Mountain is no exception. The Mountain is a pick me up album. You’re going to be okay, Dierks Bentley sings in almost every song. He finds a way to make his music fit into your life especially with The Mountain.

Take for example, You Can’t Hold Me Down, Bentley sings “Any cheap shots that you got, yeah, I can handle, You don’t get this far without knowing how to get up off the ground”. Or the Mountain singing about moving forward one step at a time, there will always be an obstacle but one step at a time and you can make it.

Then he has the uplifting stories about love and days when life isn’t perfect, Stranger To Myself  sung to a beautiful melody is one of my favorites from the new album. “Just sitting on the porch with you, Knowing now what I never knew like, How much more to life there is, When you have someone to share it with, You stretched this heart of mine, A million miles wide.”  Living is that song that brings the uplifting “life” to the album, sung with a fun, upbeat tempo: Some days you just breath in, Just try to break even, Sometimes your heart’s poundin’ out of your chest, Sometimes it’s just beatin’, Some days you just forget, What all you’ve been given, Some days you just get back, And some days you’re just alive.”

Other note-able songs, Burning Man, again, one of my favorites off the album, with Brother’s Osborne adds this upbeat song about life is what it is, and how everyone is just trying to figure it out along the way: “Some days I’m headed in the right direction
And some days I ain’t even close.”  There’s breakup songs that show the strength in you, like Goodbye in Telluride If you’ve gotta let me go I’m gonna be alright.”

Dierks Bentley took a risk here, he went off the map of normal country music of this generation, there is no real party song on this album, it’s more personal, it’s more deep, there’s this uplifting quality to it, with hope in every song. It was a risk, but it paid off, once again, I can relate to every song on The Mountain, I might not have even realized it at first. So thanks Dierks Bentley and everyone else that worked on this album for giving us all an album that we need in our lives.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars