Monday, August 1, 2016

Happy August + A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!


....August.

august august august augUsT AUGUST.

I'M NOT READY FOR AUGUST.

Honesty time? August is one of my absolute least-favorite months. Mainly because of the dreaded thing that is SCHOOL. I'm not ready to exchange free time and fun and adventures for sitting in front of a math book as my brain slowly dies. And exactly three weeks from today, it all begins.

But we're not going to think about that horrible little thing right now.

Honestly, July was awesome. Favorite month of the year, for sure. (With December as a close second because CHRISTMAS but also exams so sorry December you get second place.) So many fun things took place! It was full of lake trips, the Fourth of July, Finding Dory, novel work, bedroom styling, time with friends, turning SIXTEEN, ballet, milkshakes, lots of books, and more. I had the pleasure of guest posting on The Cwtch.  I decided to have a Q&A, which I'm sort of terrified about. (Leave me your questions HERE!) The heat has been almost unbearable here, even by my terms. I also signed up for classes at a local college for the fall, which is terrifying. I feel old.

July felt like a fairly productive month, which was nice. I did tons of planning for something that I'll tell you all about in a few moments, I got some work done of my novel, and my room is slowly but surely coming together. I can't help but imagine just how much that I could get done if school wasn't a thing for nine months of the year.

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// Post 9 times. I'M SO DETERMINED GUYS.  I DID IT!!! I FINALLY DID IT!!!!!! Literally so happy. I haven't posted this much since January! August is looking to have even more posts coming. ;) 

// Read 6 new books. (Yes I'm ambitious)  Complete! I barely made it, but I made it! 

// *Finally* get back into journaling - Ish. I'm calling this halfway because I did journal, but not a TON. So halfway credit. 

// Finish redoing my room- Another half-credit. I've been working on it a lot, but there's SO MUCH STUFF TO DO because I'm a perfectionist and I'm not calling it finished and posting pictures until it's *perfect*. So it might be a while. XD

// Write at least four new chapters of my novel- Fail. Utter fail. I've realized I need another subplot, so that's taking up my writing energy. 

// Work on a few new hand lettering pieces  Complete! I'm working on a few things for my walls. : ) 

// Spend time with people I haven't seen lately  I caught up with a few friends, which was really nice!!

// Attempt some baking- Fail. I don't think that I did any baking all month. Maybe I'll pull that resolution into August. 

// Drink more water- I'm not sure how to categorize this resolution, because I haven't actually been measuring how much I drink. But I've been getting less headaches, and I get headaches when I'm dehydrated, so maybe..?

// Stretch and work out a bit more frequently I didn't stretch as much as I probably should have, but I've been going on the exercise bike and walking, as I'm attempting to get in shape for an upcoming trip!

I actually didn't completely bomb my resolutions I'm really excited right now. 

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// Figure out this evil subplot issue

// Attempt some baking

// Finish all of the wall hangings for my room

// Read 4-5 new books (toning it down bc school is evil)

// Don't die going back to school

// Start using my planner again (ew)

// Spend less time on my phone

// Complete THE AWESOME UPCOMING BLOG PROJECT

// Start brainstorming Christmas gifts so I don't die in December

// Journal

// Don't kill another succulent (Yes one died and yes I almost cried)

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Now that I've teased this for AGES on Twitter and Instagram and in this post, it's time for the exciting announcement! Well, I think it's exciting. Hopefully you think it's exciting. 

This August, I'm celebrating something crazy- my second blogaversary! The fact that I've been a part of the blogging community for two years now is kind of mind blowing. I decided that it was something worth celebrating. SO, here at Totally Graced, we're turning August into a party! Welcome to....



This month, we're celebrating everything about blogging- the amazing content, behind the scenes realities, and the epic people behind the blogs! There are so many fun things in store- Flashback Fridays, a Q&A, some fun looks at the craziness that DOESN'T make it to the blog posts, and more! Some pretty amazing girls are going to be a part of this as well, and I could not be more excited. All of this is leading up to a BIG surprise at the end of the month that you do NOT want to miss! We're also going to be celebrating on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #2yearsTG , so feel free to join in on that as well! I'm super pumped for all of the exciting things coming this month- I hope you are too! I'm actually adopting a legit posting schedule for this- there will be posts coming out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So stay tuned!!

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So, tell me- how do YOU feel about August? Did you have a good July? How has your summer been? Did you leave any questions for the Q&A? Are you excited for the blogiversary extravaganza? LET'S CHAT!!!






35 comments:

  1. That sounds SO fun! I'm definitely excited!

    Here are my questions:
    What is your favorite color?
    Could you share a testimony?
    What is your favorite Bible verse?
    What is one thing you cannot stand?
    What is your favorite thing to do?
    What is your favorite season?
    If you could do one thing for a year, what would it be?
    What is your favorite song?

    Have a good day! :)

    Allie D.
    www.alliesblogdesigns.blogspot.com
    www.friendlovesatalltimes.blogspot.com
    www.sevenbloggersandtheirdolls.blogspot.com
    www.sincerelyallied.blogspot.com
    www.spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Allie!!! I'm really excited, too:) I can't wait to answer your questions!!

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  2. 2 YEARS!!! *CONFETTI AND WAFFLES* GIRL, THAT IS SO EXCITING!! :D tbh tho i feel like such an oldie because all these fabulous blogs are turning 2 and mine just turned 5 (and i did literally nothing omg) I'M AN OLD LADY FAIRY SQUAD MOTHER WHERE'S MY CANE???

    It sounds like you've got some super fun stuff planned, Grace Anne!! ALSO HAHA I TOTALLY GET YOU ABOUT THE PERFECTIONISM THING. Like I'm very particular about it too, almost to the point of not crossing something off my to-do list because I didn't really do it PERFECTLY even though I did it. #lolhelpme

    OKAY QUESTIONSSSSS:

    - What was the first movie you ever saw in theaters? (I ask everyone this question and I have no idea what my fascination with it is. XD)
    - Unicorns or dragons?
    - What fictional character would you like to go out for waffles with?
    - If you could snap your fingers and be anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    - What is your favorite word and what does it mean to you?
    - How many books have you written and what genre do you like writing the best?
    - Also (if you write first person) do you prefer girl's or guy's POV? (I guess this could apply for reading books too)

    OKAY I'LL STOP THERE FOR NOW. ;)

    can't wait for the q&a can't wait for the partay asdfghjkl!!

    lotsalove,
    abbiee

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    1. AHHHHH FIVE?!?!?!??! That's so crazy!!! OUR FAIRY SQUAD MOTHER IS ELDERLY!!!

      I'm super excited!! And I'M THE EXACT SAME WAY I'M SO GLAD THAT I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE. We need serious help.

      YAYYY I CAN'T WAIT TO ANSWER THESE!!!! !<3

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  3. CONGRATSSSSSSSS TWO YEARS THAT'S SO AWESOME!!! Dude, I'm celebrating my two year blogoversary this month too but I'm not doing anything big or awesome x) Probably a special post and that's it. But gurl. SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!

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    1. WE'RE ALMOST BLOG BIRTHDAY TWINS!!! <3

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS, GIRL!!! THAT IS SO SO EXCITING. Whoa, that is so incredible! AAAH I CANNOT BELIEVE JULY IS OVER WHAT EVEN IS HAPPENING. July was fairly uneventful (my summer was.) but...I'm still thankful. BUT DUDE YOU MAKING AUGUST YOUR BLOG PARTY MONTH WILL MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE BEARABLE. EEEEEEk!! Absolutely cannot wait :)
    Haha, and my goal is the same as yours -- "Don't die going back to school" SAME DUDE SAME. WE GOT THIS TOGETHER.

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Agh, NEITHER CAN I HOW IS IT ALREADY OVER?!?!? I don't understand. Like, at all. The blog party is the only thing getting me through at this point. XD
      WE WILL SURVIVE TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. THIS IS AWESOME, GRACE! HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY :)

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  6. AWH YAY FOR THIS WHOLE POST GRACE! I am absolutely pumped for the whole month of August now, legit. Blog-anniversaries are so much fun! I can't wait for everything in store! AM I ALOWWED TO LEAVE MORE QUESTIONS I FEEL LIKE YOU ALREADY HAVE SO MANY?!?! (lol bc you got a better response than me)IF YOU HAD A PET PTERADACTOL, WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT?

    If you could have any language as a naturally spoken first language aside from English, what would you want to speak?

    oki oki that's all for now,

    much love as always, xx -JacyRayn

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    1. a pet pteradactol..

      wow jacy you never cease to amaze me. *laughing emojis*

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    2. EEK YOU'RE SO SWEET JACY!!!! And OF COURSE I LOVE YOUR QUESTIONS AGH!!! The pteradactol question is officially my favorite ever XD

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    3. Isn't that literally the best question ever?? XD

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  7. OMG MY BLOGOvERSARY IS THIS MONTH TOO AHH. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE ALL THE AWESOMENESS. *screaming*

    okay okay some questions:

    / favorite music artist?
    / pet peeves?

    SOOO EXCITED FOR YOU, GRACE. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. <3

    // katie grace
    a writer's faith

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    1. YAYYY ALMOST BLOGIVERSARY TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I can't wait to answer these questions!! Eep!!

      YOU ARE EVEN MORE AMAZING <3

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  8. DEFINITELY LEFT QUESTIONS FOR THE Q&A!!!!!!!!!!! SUPER DE DUPER EXCITED ABOUT IT!! XD

    Hmmm, July, flew by... literally...my goal? To be more outside and reading in August. I have been on my computer watching movies, and stalking people on Instagram more than is appropriate for summer life. And... YES!!!!! I AM SOOOOOOO STOKED FOR THE BLOG EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!!! WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!!!! XD

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    1. SO AM I!!!! XD

      Gosh, I feel ya. I need to go outside. I can't go back to school even paler than when I left!! XD YAYY I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE EXCITED!!

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  9. Oh my goodness, the blogiversary celebration sounds radical. Imma go leave you a question right away :) And also, so glad to hear that you had a productive and awesome July. My July flew by....I don't even know where it went. But yes, super pumped for making the most of August, and your awesome celebration! WOOT!

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    1. Thank you!!! XD I'm so excited to answer all of these amazing questions. July really did fly by, it's crazy. I hope you have an amazing August, Erin!

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  10. TWO WHOLE YEARS?!?!? WOWOWOWOWOOW!! I can't wait to see what happens at the end of this month! XD

    #2YearsTG

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    1. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT IT MAKES ME FEEL OLD!! I'm so excited for the end of the month oh my goodness XD

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  11. HEHEHEHEHEHEEE I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR AUGUST PLANS!!!! HEHEHHEHEHEEHHEHEHHEHEHHEEE

    but dude CONGRATS ON ACCOMPLISHING MOST OF YOUR GOALS!!! heading over to ask questions!!!

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    1. NEITHER CAN I!!!!!!!!!!

      THANK YOU!!! It's kind of the biggest miracle ever. YOUR QUESTIONS ARE THE BEST XD

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  12. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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    1. XD <3 I totally read that in Rapunzel's voice and it was awesome.

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  13. I. HATE. AUGUST! But I love this post. Now I know I'm not the only one that hates August, yay!

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    1. Nope, you're not!!!! Definitely one of the worst months. XD

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  14. I am so sticking by and seeing what's up for your blog anniversary! ^.^ EEEEEEEEPPPPPP!!!

    xoxo Morning

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  15. Congratulations on 2 years! I feel like I've blogged on and off for years but I've really only committed to blogging this January. Two years feels like a lifetime away for me!

    xo

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    1. Thank you so much! That's so awesome that you've committed to blogging- it's such a fun experience:)

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