Isn’t it crazy how times flies? It’s September y’all! And that means one thing’s for sure here on AbundantlyKate – a new ABSQ!
If you haven’t read my first ABSQ post, I’ll link it here. This is my take on monthly favorites. Each month, I will write about my new favorite album, a beauty product or practice I’ve been using, something style/fashion related that I’ve acquired or a trend I’ve discovered, and a quote. Hence, ABSQ. You got me?
But before I get to that…I have a quick favor to ask. I just uploaded a new original song to my Youtube channel and I would so appreciate it if y’all would check it out! I’ll link it here – if you like songs about road trips through the desert and taking inspiration from Joni Mitchell, I think you’ll like this one 🙂 Thanks!
Anyway, it’s time for my August ABSQ!
Let’s jump right in.
Album: Lillie Mae, Forever And Then Some
I know, I literally just did a post on Lillie Mae like, three days ago. But I have to be honest! Forever And Then Some really is my favorite album for the month. Go check out my Music Monday to read the details. I go into her back story and everything, as well as my favorite songs. She’s just fabulous, I can’t contain myself! So, so good.
Beauty: my summer skin essentials
These are my go-to face products. I hate wearing heavy foundation and concealer in the summer, so most days I go for a lighter look to go to work or run errands. The Too Faced primer is incredibly hydrating, and followed by some Revlon BB cream, I can create a natural glow with light coverage. A couple swipes of bronzer, and I’m good to go!
body – coconut oil + Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub
I’ve been using coconut oil as a full-body moisturizing treatment for a while now – it’s cheap and a whole jar lasts forever. Once a week or so, I treat my skin to this Soap & Glory shower scrub beforehand, and then use the oil to follow – boom, magic. The scrub also smells so good, which is a plus. However, if you don’t want to use this store-bought exfoliator, you can make one using sugar and olive oil! Just Pinterest it.
Style: western belts from Target
I am very much a jeans and t-shirt type of girl, and these belts are the perfect accessory to spice up my #basic outfits. I had been on the hunt for a western-y belt before I finally came across these babies at Target. They’re affordable and the detailing is so pretty. I initially purchased the brown, and I loved it so much that I went back and got the black! Add these to high-waisted denim and a white t-shirt, and you’ll be good to go.
I have this quote taped to my laptop, so that every time I’m trying to write a song or struggling with a blog post, it’s right there, peeking out from under my left wrist as I search for the words to type. It’s taken out of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic – an inspirational book all about living out your creative purpose and not being afraid to try. This book is a gold mine of motivational quotes and concepts, and this particular one spoke to me in a very personal way. Here’s a short summary of my everyday life – I send a lot of emails to potential venues for live gigs that I do not get replies to. I’ve played a lot of open mic nights, and I will play more. I’ve sang my music to rooms that were almost completely empty. I currently have nine (fabulous) subscribers on Youtube. There are days where I write great songs, but most days, I don’t. I’m working towards buying a car for myself – today at work, I made $10 in tips.
But, all of that is okay.
This life is a grind, and this quote reminds me that if I work really, really hard, it will pay off. My dad recently told me that every “no” that I get is simply one “no” closer to a “yes”. That’s why it’s so important to keep pushing. It’s important to remember that nothing worthwhile in this life will be handed to me – I shouldn’t want anything to be handed to me. I want to strive tirelessly, I want to pour my entire self into something, and I want to taste the sweetness of success that I achieve because of the work that I have put in.
I turned 20 on the 29th, and as I reflect back on these last 20 years, I am so grateful. My parents are immensely supportive of me and I know that I am incredibly lucky. There is no room for me to ever throw myself a pity party because I have been blessed too many times for me to count. That is the fuel that pushes me, motivating me to work harder and smarter and longer, believing that I can achieve.
All I can say is, I can’t wait to bloom.
I hope y’all enjoyed this post! I really have fun sharing my favorite things with y’all, so please let me know your feedback. Much love, and happy September!
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