Monthly Life Update, August 2021

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sailboats in Seattle, Puget Sound. A quick life update about my health, our cabin, our pets, my business, and more.

I truly cannot believe that the month of August is over. Mentally, I’m starting to feel that shift toward thinking about cooking fall foods like soup and maybe even putting on a sweater. And the other day I joked to Sean that I miss building a fire in our woodstove! Thankfully, summer is still holding on here in the PNW because there are still a few more things I wanna do. It was a really busy summer work-wise, so now that it’s cooled down I finally feel ready to venture out and explore of our ‘backyard.’ Here’s a bit more about what the month of August was like for us!

The Tiny Zoo

All of our sweet creatures are doing great! I am officially up to 37 chickens, including 4 roosters. It’s been a trip hearing them crow, to be totally honest. It makes both Sean and I laugh because it’s still so new to us. The babies I got this past spring are all grown up and some are every starting to lay eggs! Which is excellent (or eggcellent?) because my older ladies are molting which means they won’t lay for a while.

As for the dogs and our cat, everyone is doing well! Despite his age, Noodle is still truckin’ along and loves exploring riverbeds. Diamond is officially 18 months old now. For everyone who told me that she’ll settle down after 18 months: you were so right. She’s not just a good dog. She’s a great dog. I’m constantly impressed with her and how quickly she learns new things.

One week, I got impulsive and decided to drive to Seattle overnight to surprise Sean and stay on the boat with him. It was Diamond’s first time EVER on the boat and she handled it like a pro. She’s still learning how to behave on a leash in a city setting… and how to go potty in a city. But overall, she handled that situation really well!

Meanwhile, Georgette, our cat is finally more settled into the new house. Andy made a cozy nook for her upstairs on the landing and she barely even leaves that unless it’s time to eat or use her box. Every time I walk by, she’s passed out.

My Health

I’m still doing really well! I caught a crappy little head cold or sinus infection thing in the middle of the month and that sort of got me off track. I’m just really grateful that it wasn’t COVID. Other that that, I have my next pulmonary check up in September for my Birt Hogg Dubé and I think that means I’ll be getting my annual kidney scan as well.

Business + My Blog

As for work, I’m busier than ever and working on some really great campaigns. I was lucky enough to sign on with Better Homes & Gardens and Walmart for another year which is such an honor. In the work I do, having a brand sign on to work with you for another full year is the best possible scenario. Not only does it mean I get consistent monthly income, but it also gives me the flexibility and ability to create content I really want to share!

I also have some fresh behind-the-scenes help in the way of a project manager. She’s been helping me get organized and establish some workflows and prioritization so that I can work smarter, not harder. There are so many more things I want to do and ways I want to grow this business of mine… but as a team of one, I am limited. But now that I have someone helping to keep my to do list in check, I feel a lot more in control.


Sean and I are doing great. We’re making headway on the cabin and trying to get it to a place that feels more and more like home. Our two year wedding anniversary is September 7, so we’re looking forward to that. And maybe trying to take some time off and away from the cabin? We still haven’t gone on a honeymoon thanks to COVID and wanting to save money, but maybe soon we can!

So that’s a snapshot of what life’s been like for us in the month of August! As always, thank you so much for following along on our journey and being so wonderfully supportive of everything I share here and on social media.

Behind The Blog

Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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