April had some highs and lows. It didn’t start very well with our apartment being robbed, which makes you feel quite insecure in your own house. But the truth is, it could have been a lot worse if any one us got hurt. While it was heartbreaking to realize what got stolen, we have to feel grateful for what didn’t and for not being inside when it all happened.
On a happier note, April had also some really good things happening. It was lovely to have our family reunited for Easter, to eat lots of chocolate eggs, and to have some days off from work. My parents and I also went to Vigo, Spain, last weekend – the weather was very sunny and warm so it looked like Summer which was great!
1. Declutter my bedroom.
Well, I can’t really say I accomplished this goal entirely but I did make some progress. I went through my makeup and threw away out of date bits and gave a few other things I no longer wanted to my mom. When it comes to the closet, I only went through clothes in the hangers and set aside what I wanted to either give to someone else or throw away. There’s still a lot to be done, though – not going to lie.
2. Read more.
I read almost every night before bed and it has helped fall asleep way faster than when I waste 20 minutes mindlessly scrolling through social media. The only issue is that sometimes I get really into the book and have a hard time putting it down. It wouldn’t be an issue if I didn’t have to wake up so early (or if you went to bed earlier, Joana).
3. Go back to yoga.
I (finally) went back to yoga! After writing my goals last month, I sent an email to the yoga studio I used to go back in December asking if I could go back and they said sure! As usual, I always struggle to get out of the house for the class but I leave feeling calm and happy. It’s been a bit hard to catch up after so long, though – it makes me realize I’m sooo out of shape.
4. Practice more self-care.
I believe one of the biggest self-care activities I did for myself this month was getting back to yoga since it is good for my body and mind.
5. Declutter my inbox.
This was a hard one but so worth it. It took me ages to gather the courage to go through 700+ emails sitting in my inbox but I finally did it. I even wrote about my experience and everything that helped me deal with an overwhelming inbox in case you’re struggling with it, too.
1. Bring more personal posts to the blog.
I love when bloggers share a more personal side of their lives, it helps me connect and relate to them, and I’ve been wanting to bring that to my blog, as well. My monthly goals posts are a great way to do it but I feel like it is not enough. That will be my goal for May. Do you have any suggestions of what you would like to see more of around here?
2. Save some money.
Our apartment was robbed almost a month ago and one of the things they took was, unfortunately, my DSLR camera. It was something I daydreamed with + saved up for for a while so it was hard to realize it was gone. But complaining will not bring it back, isn’t it?
So now I need to save up money to buy a new one. As I live with my parents, I’m lucky to not have to worry about things like rent. I do have to pay gas and other essential bits. But I’ll try my best to avoid impulse buys or afternoon cravings.
3. Sell clothes I no longer wear.
Following last month’s goal of decluttering my closet, I set aside some things to sell online. It can be a great opportunity to make some extra money with things I no longer want.
4. Don’t use my phone until after breakfast.
I have the terrible habit of waking up and grabbing my phone to either go on social media or take a look at my emails. It is not a good way to start the day since I’m still half asleep so it makes my eyes feel very weird. But for some reason, I keep doing it.
So my goal is turn off the alarm and then avoid it until after breakfast. I do enjoy watching Youtube videos while getting ready so I’ll keep doing that as it helps me start the day on a happier note.
5. One touch.
Totally copying this one from Mara. The one touch is about simplifying and being more organized. Do you ever come home, take off your clothes to put your pj’s on and leave everything piling up in your bedroom chair? I’m so guilty of that. As Mara puts it, your wasting your energy because you will have to deal with it sooner or later and give it a “second touch”. If you clean after yourself, you’ll save time and avoid the feeling of a messy room
Do you have any goals for May?