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Field Notes | May by Emily Margaret

Welcome to Field Notes, a monthly blog series. At the end of each month, I'll share a few things I learned, books I read, interesting blog posts from the web, recent projects, and other things of the sort. This month's Notes are brought to you by bacon-peach pizza. So much yes.


Read: Last month I had a goal to finish the (several) books I had in-process and read The Girl on the Train and I almost met that goal. I finished The More of Less and wrote a review about it, and I'm really close to finishing Restless. I started and finished The Girl on the Train and I'll be honest that I wasn't expecting to like it, and while I appreciated the writing and the twists in the story, I anticipated correctly. The story was a bit too dark for my taste, but was overall well-written. As for blogposts I loved this one and this one here, and found them to be fitting for my month. (Bonus- if you're looking for some new titles, Anne Bogel's summer reading lists do not disappoint.) 

Listen: Still lots of podcasts! Find some of my favorites here.

Think: When your priorities and boundaries get out of whack, everything else shifts around, things get unbalanced, and life gets messy (not in a good way.) It's amazing how little things like shutting down the screens at 8PM, doing yoga, making time to read, and cleaning out the closet make such a big difference. Resting well is essential to working well. Doing less allows you to do the things you do better. Other things that also help- Powersheets and webinars from Hannah Brencher.

Do: I did a little promotional photography for a new local hotel and photographed my little cousin's 6 month portraits. I also launched my Session Films as an add-on to my photography collections and can't wait to do more of them. And I discovered my new favorite pizza combination when I visited Bowling Green for the first time (bacon and peaches, you have to try it). An instagram workshop was also taken which included networking with local business owners and pretty flower arrangements.

Enjoy: This in-home family lifestyle session. I'm seriously in love.

Goals: Surprisingly, I completed 5/6 goals for this month! Hopefully that momentum will carry over to June. Here's a few of my goals for June:

What was your month filled with? What are some of your goals for June?

Field Notes | April by Emily Margaret

Welcome to a new blog series called Field Notes. At the end of each month, I'll share a few things I learned, books I read, interesting blog posts I found, and other things of that sort.

Read: I had a goal to finish the books I had in progress at the first of the month. I finished All the Light We Cannot See (highly recommend 5/5), made progress in Restless, and got halfway through More of Less. It wasn't as much progress as I would've liked but it was a good amount! I felt like I got my reading groove back, like it was before college when the constant flow of textbooks and research papers burnt me out. I also learned that I really like having one fiction and one nonfiction book going at the same time. (Bonus: blog posts I enjoyed- here and here.)

Listen: Lots of podcasts while editing and blogging. I'm planning to do a post this month on some of my favorites, but a few of them are Sorta Awesome, Chasing Creative, and The Simple Show.

Think: I got tired of the internet and figured out what to do about it.

Do: Photoshoots! I did some photos for family members, second shot a wedding, photographed a couple high school seniors, started a new project, and did a few other random shoots. Lots of fun stuff! I also went on a spontaneous weekend trip up to Iowa with a friend to help her go apartment hunting, during which I was reminded that I have more of a southern accent than I think I do, haha.

Enjoying: The 1SecondaDay App, time with friends, springtime, a new haircut, getting to know the members of my photography mastermind group, and k-pop music.

Goals for May:

  • Finish the books I currently have in progress and start The Girl on the Train.
  • Launch my new projects
  • Get back into a daily rhythm/routine
  • Make a plan for my next personal project
  • Clean out my closet and get down to more of a capsule wardrobe
  • Send in my passport application

What did you do this month? What are some of your goals for May?