Things that make us smile | Kristin June Update!

June 17, 2022

Somehow it is June already... When it hit me, my first thought was "HOW? I have so much more I want to do before the year is over!" But now that I've had a moment to look back, I've realized that the first half of 2022 has held a lot of adventures, change, and experimentation! Here's a few of my favorite moments and activities from this year:


Just like many of us going into 2022, I wanted to stay active this year. I was doing ✨relatively✨ well and was enjoying hikes, the gym, and doing yard work. However, I wanted something different to mix up the routine of trying to find a new hiking spot or planning a gym workout. Enter kick boxing!

I had tried these workouts before and loved them. Then COVID hit and my kickboxing gym closed, I moved, and amidst all of the change I seemed to forget how much fun I had at the classes. Luckily, I was able to find a new kickboxing gym in my new neck of the woods and it's been even more fun and rewarding than last time!

This time around a few things were different. I am able to go to early morning classes and it has been so refreshing to talk with members before the class starts! I will definitely be continuing these classes for the rest of the year and hopefully even longer. 🥊


Something else I've been trying to be conscious of lately is making the little moments special, even if it's a moment alone in the kitchen at 7:00 a.m. on a Tuesday! An easy way I've found to appreciate the moment and treat myself a little is making fancy coffee at home. 

This has absolutely been a trial and error. I am not one to run out and buy 13 different syrups for 10 different Pinterest recipes. However, I AM one to already have 1,000 spices and heavy cream on hand. (It is basically unheard of to be out of cream at my house). Even with just spices and cream I found that I was able to make some delicious drinks!

And, to be transparent, some truly horrible drinks. Have you ever had salty, vodka flavored coffee to wake you up in the morning? I can now say that I have thanks to a heavy hand on the vanilla extract and, of course, too much salt. 

It has been fun to experiment despite the failures!


I will say I haven't been able to read as much as I'd like in the past 6 months. But what I have read I've really enjoyed! My last book was Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney. 

I can usually predict twists a book is going to throw (which doesn't necessarily detract from the enjoyment) but this one was a shocker!

When the unexpected bit was revealed, it made me want to go back to the beginning and re-read the entire thing right then and there. I really enjoyed the different perspectives that the book was narrated in and would absolutely recommend to a friend. 

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