People always crack up when I tell them my favorite part of living in Tennessee is “having actual nature.” It’s true! I’ve lived in nine states and this is the first time my home has had mountains, rivers and incredible natural beauty that I’ve never experienced before.
To give you my background...I’m TERRIFIED of bugs, and I really hate dirt. To be completely honest, I hated the outdoors before my move! A few months before coming to my new home, I went to “Mississippi’s Grand Canyon” and hiked for the first time for a shoot.
I took two interns with me and the whole time, I kid you not, we took selfies and struggled to climb up a steep, clay-covered mountain.
At one point, I thought I was going to die in sinking mud and never make it out of the hike alive.
I’m happy to report that I now hike on the reg.
Recently, I caught up with one of the interns from the shoot. She told me she couldn’t believe I was such a “nature girl” now! I had to agree, I had surprised myself!
There’s something to be said for being out in nature! You get to decompress and really connect with being outdoors!
Now that it’s summer time in Tennessee I'm in heaven! My town is coated in beautiful blooms, green and gracious hikes and of course, incredible mountain backdrops! It’s such a refreshing breath of fresh air to be able to get outside and hike, run and paddleboard after a long stretch of winter!
Here are five things I’m loving this month!
Two of my favorite things combined! I’m fortunate enough to live in an area with lots of beautiful lakes and rivers! There’s nothing better than inhaling, turning sideways and catching the water’s horizon and mountains as your view. While a bit unnerving at first, paddle board yoga is incredibly calming and one of my new favorite workouts!
Nothing says the start of summer like blueberry beer…(and in this case chocolate donuts). My favorite is SweetWater’s blue! It’s light and has the perfect fruity hint. I love drinking these after I run 5ks at my neighborhood beer market.
Rose Gold Sunnies
I’m obsessed with sunglasses! I own 13 pairs and counting! Right now my favorite frames are my round rose-gold tinted sunnies! They literally go with EVERYTHING!
I’m a girl that loves getting my nails done. I finally tried dip and I’m obsessed!!!! My nails have lasted 3 weeks and still look great. In my line of work, I do a little bit of hand modeling (LOL) and having nails that last is a big win.
Two Less Lonely
Last month I had several long drives and plenty of time to find new podcasts. My favorite is the HILARIOUS, Two Less Lonely Girls with Rose Bud & Corrine. These 30-year-old comedians are obsessed with Justin Bieber and dive into the meanings behind his tattoos, his relationship with his mother and his instagram account. I die every time I listen to them.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m also a belieber! In high school, I even tried to interview the Biebs while he was touring in my city!
Cheers to summer!