Days of April – A monthly wrap-up

It’s the last day of the month, which means it’s time to look back and see what happened in April and to think about the month ahead.

In April I:

  • I have been home, trying to take care of myself, spending a lot of time resting and just doing light, non-stressful tasks, like taking care of the house;
  • I have blogged every single day and I’m still loving it;
  • I spent a lot of time with my love, while on Easter break and his week off work.
  • We redecorated our house, did some Spring cleaning and rearranged most of our rooms and bought some exciting new stuff for our home, such as a new printer!
  • I got rid of my office, since I don’t plan on working for the next few months and there was no point in paying for the space. It was bittersweet but I feel better now, like I have closed a chapter and I’m ready for these new phase of my life;
  • I spent Easter with my in-laws, being there for a long, amazing, sunny weekend. I saw many people from Rui’s side of the family that I hadn’t seen in a long time. While I was there, my side of the family was spending Easter together, something that hadn’t happened in many years.
  • I celebrated two of my best friends’ birthdays, although I was not here for one of the parties (sorry, Rita!! I love you)
  • I started sleeping better, my nightmares went away (mostly) and I’ve been waking up earlier, with no problems.
  • A had a psychiatrist’s appointment, my doctor was very pleased with the way I was reacting to my medication and changes;
  • My medication was significantly reduced, which made me very happy!
  • My mom and I realized we could do video calls and we have been doing it almost every day, which is so much fun.
  • I watched Thirteen Reasons Why;
  • I started watching Poldark;
  • I watched the first season of Victoria;
  • I finished the first Harry Potter book and started the second;
  • We finally took Rosa to get the reinforcement of her shots. She needed to get sedated and was really high at some point, which was quite funny!
  • I was sick more than once and found out I have chronic sinusitis, just like Rui;
  • I found great bargains;
  • I cooked new recipes, more than once, trying new, healthier ingredients;
  • Got my first Postcards from pen pals!!
  • Won two giveaways!
  • Celebrated my third month of blogging;

 

In April, I’m grateful for:

  • My family, which includes Rui’s side of the family and Rosa;
  • My love, always so sweet and loving and making me happy;
  • Spending so much time with Rui and Rosa;
  • Finding amazing shows to watch;
  • Finishing Harry Potter;
  • Get inspired cooking;
  • Being able to buy some things to redecorate our house;
  • My new printer;
  • Spring cleaning;
  • Amazing and beautiful weather;
  • Being correctly diagnosed with sinusitis;
  • The reduction of my medication;
  • A healthy, happy dog;
  • Getting things in the mail;
  • New followers and friends;
  • My blog, that I love so much;
  • A lovely WordPress community which, always willing to love and support me;
  • Coconut milk, soy cream, black beans, whole wheat bread and pasta and brown rice;

 

In April, I would like to: (update)

  • Get out more, be in the sun, close to nature or in the city, explore new places, and take pictures; – Didn’t happen as much as I would like to, but I spent less time at home;
  • Drink more water. I have been trying but I’m not quite there yet. I need 1,5 l a day and I never get that, always a little less; – I tried, even downloaded plant nanny. Some days I have drunk more, some not so much. I must try to focus on doing it every day in May;
  • Drink less milk. It’s fat-free and lactose-free but I’m having too much! – Tried, without much success; Have been drinking less coffee, though;
  • Watch more movies; Nope, but watched more series;
  • Read more and a little faster. I used to be a very fast reader. I mean, I still am, but I only read for about ten minutes a day, so the progress is slow; I would like to read for at least 30 minutes a day; – No. I wasn’t even close to read all of the books I meant to;
  • Go back to swimming. I love it so, so much!! – I haven’t. Will try this month;
  • Take Rosa out on walks; – Not once;
  • See my family and friends more often (guys, please remind me) – Unfortunately it didn’t happen, unless you count Easter. Really need to work on this;
  • Spend quality time with Rui, pay more attention to him. Life gets in the way but I miss him; – Totally nailed this. The fact that he was home for a week helped!!
  • Wear Spring clothes; – Yes, I have worn some light blouses and t-shirts and light pants;
  • Keep losing weight; – I think I’ve gained weight with Easter and Rui being on vacation;
  • Working out more consistently. I have been doing it a few times a week, I would like to do it every day. 15 minutes of cardio, followed by 20 minutes of yoga. When I don’t do that, 45 minutes of swimming. I don’t want to force myself into doing too much, and I think this is light enough for me. But I need it. I’ve been sitting for long hours for many years and my back and knees and circulation suffered a lot. The warm weather is coming and I have really bad fluid retention issues. My feet and ankles and legs get extremely swollen and painful. I would love to be able to avoid that this year! – Didn’t work out that often. I hate the fact that I didn’t. REALLY need to work on this!!
  • Spend Easter with my in-laws and do a second Easter with my side of the family! – Spent a lovely Easter with my in-laws but the second Easter never happened;
  • Celebrate two of my best friend’s birthdays! – We did, although I was not present for one of the parties;
  • Go to my therapist. I haven’t been there this month! – I haven’t. Should definitely schedule some appointments;
  • Go to my psychiatrist’s appointment on the 20th; – I went on the 19th, actually. It was great as she reduced my meds;
  • Do some Spring cleaning (Mr.R’s t-shirts, I’m coming for you); – I’m not done with Spring cleaning but I have done some and purged Mr. R’s t-shirts;
  • Just keep being in a good mood and feeling better! – This was easy, I have been feeling better and in a great mood!

 

In April, for my blog, I would like to: (update)

  • Meet more of my readers! I know some people are shy, but I would love to talk to you guys, get to know you better, become friends; – done;
  • Find new amazing blogs and make more friends!! – done;
  • Keep writing every day. My health for days journey will continue! – yes!
  • Offer new content such as: More fun and interactive posts; Tips or informative posts, I know a few things I could share; House tour; Maybe some recipes; What I eat in a day; (I would love some new ideas. Would you like to suggest something? My comment section is always open for you!) – Did some of this 🙂

 

April in numbers – 1st to 29th

Posts (so far) – 185; 67 in April;

Blog views – 11,209; A little less than March, which makes me a little sad;

Visitors – 2,921;

Likes – 5,358;

Comments – 2,711;

Followers (currently) – 882;

Blogloving – 42 followers;

Facebook (last 28 days) – 22 page view, 15 likes;

Instagram – 176 followers;

Twitter – 135 followers;

Pinterest – 131 followers;

 

In May, I would like to:

  • Really focus on my health for days journey, not leaving weekends out of it. Having only one cheat day and enjoy only one treat on that day; I’ve been slacking a lot;
  • Exercise every day. Leave Sundays as a rest day. I know I’m being too ambitious but I REALLY need this. Plus, my doctor told me to walk 4 km every day. If she thinks I can and should do it, I should follow her advice, right?
  • Read the books there are on my current list. I really want to get back on the habit of reading every day and more books. It used to be such a big part of my life (I’m a literature student) and I miss it so much;
  • Watch more movies. I have a huge list of films I have been meaning to watch and I’ll never have as much free time as I do now;
  • Spend Mother’s day with my mom (next Sunday) and give her a nice present!!
  • Go to my brother-in-law’s graduation and buying something nice for him. My parents-in-law are coming to stay with us and I’m excited about that;
  • Rui has a wedding that I’m not going to, but I need to get his clothes in order for that;
  • Finish my Spring cleaning and organization;
  • Come up with a nice schedule. I have a draft already, just need to make it into a real thing;
  • Do a habit tracker;
  • Spend time with people I love;
  • Get outside more, maybe work on the garden and go to the beach;
  • Start studying and exam preparation. I think I need, at least 3 hours a day;
  • Keep blogging and reading blogs, discovering new ones and making good friends!
  • Keep making and eating healthy meals;

So, these are my plans for next month. I hope to have a happy, productive and calm month and enjoy Spring!!

How did you do in April? Did you have a good month? Did you manage to do everything you had planed on doing?

What are your plans for May? I would love to know.

xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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64 thoughts on “Days of April – A monthly wrap-up

  1. outnaboutweb says:

    Such a nice post! I always love to hear a bit about the month others had! I feel like you had a good one! And I know this feeling, I’ve had a little less views (no way as many as you have though!) and traffic too on my blog in April than in March. I somehow felt, like the blogosphere was a bit sleepy sometimes. But blogging every single day? That’s work you can be proud of! Well done! ❤
    love, elena

    https://outnaboutweb.wordpress.com

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  2. Dippy-Dotty Girl says:

    Couples who live together start to look like each other. Don’t they say that? Well, I don’t know about resembling each other but surely they start rubbing off on each other. So maybe the sinusitis might be such an example 😉 The fact that you are enjoying your time off work and making such progress is great news, C. Keep it up! Rui and Rosa must be proud of their favourite girl xx

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  3. mommytrainingwheels says:

    Sounds like you had a great month! I like to see you goals, it’s always interesting to get a peek in to others’ lives. Do you think you could send some of the fabulous weather you’ve been having our way? We’re breaking records here for amount of precipitation…

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  4. ignitedmoth says:

    Lovely post, and nice goals for May. I hope you have a wonderful month. 🙂
    I ‘m updating my goal board for the month tomorrow and am oddly excited about it. I crossed off some major goals and finished the things I really wanted to set out to do this month so I’m feeling really rejuvenated and pumped for May! 😀

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  5. Phaytea's Pulse says:

    You definitely had a splendid April and rounding it off with spending time with people you love…loved the tour posts..it added spice to the blog too…looking forward to your content for may.. Have a lovely new month dear

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