Days of June – A monthly wrap-up

Good afternoon everyone,

Buckle up, this is going to be a long one. Hopefully you like to read monthly plans and reviews. I’ll try to make this as non-boring as possible.

Before I get into the monthly reflection, let me tell you I forgot to update you on my day, yesterday, because I fell asleep. I won’t do it now, but I’ll apologize.

I watched 2 movies and 10 minutes of another lol I watched Conviction, with Hilary Swank and really liked it. Then I caught about 10 or 15 minutes of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which is one of the saddest movies ever (I have seen it more than once). I really makes me cry. In the evening, Rui and I watched Little Miss Sunshine, which I had never seen but has been on my watch list for ages. I loved it. Funny, yet dramatic.

Anyways, there’s three things that are important that I want to share with you:

  1. I didn’t meet my goal of getting 15,000 views this month, which is totally my fault because I know I slack a lot. I’m not even close at 11,516. Still needed 3,484 views to meet my goal. It was even worst because I had less views than in May, the total being 13,337 last month. I had 1,821 less views this month. Don’t worry I don’t lose sleep over this and I don’t obsess about it either. I just like to set goals and reach them. That is all.
  2. I’ve noticed that my perfect party series posts didn’t have as much views or likes or comments as I was expecting. This is not for me, it’s for them. I would be so happy if you would go over the posts again, show your support to the bloggers, go over to their blogs, compliment their work. It would mean the world to me. It took so much work and they’re such special people and I think they deserve more love and attention.
  3. I’m no longer taking any exams or finishing university this year. It really breaks my heart. I had not yet paid my tuition this year and I thought I could pay it later in the year, no problem with paying interest. Turns out they have a new rule, where you’re not allowed to do exams unless you have paid full tuition. It’s over 1000€ and it’s not like we don’t have it, we just cannot spend such a big amount right now, because we don’t know how long I’ll need to be home and we need to save and be frugal. I’m really sad. I’ve been trying to finish my degree since 2011 and I’m only 3 courses away. The need to work or mental illness have always been in the way. The worst part is, I’ll still have to pay this amount, of course, but enroll again next year for those 3 courses, paying an extra 800€. Life is never easy, is it?

So, this is what I wanted to share or talk to you about. Let’s now get to see what I accomplished in June, shall we? Don’t expect anything too grand.

My June goals were:

  • Drink 1,5 l of water every day. – I mostly have because it has been hot and I have no issues in meeting my daily goal in the Summer.
  • Do my yoga every single day and find one video with exercises for back pain to add to my regular yoga routine; – You know I didn’t do this.
  • Go to the beach; – Went once. In my defense, it has been to windy and colder since.
  • Wake up early every day, maybe 8.30 hours would be a good time; – I do. But then I get so sleepy I have to get back to bad. Pills.
  • Go to bed earlier, between 11.30 and midnight; – No way.
  • Take a walk in the morning, at least 3 times a week; – No.
  • Do some gardening, at least every other day; – I’ve been pretty involved with gardening and my inside and outside plants and they’re all still alive and thriving.
  • Keep up with house chores, they count as exercise; – Slacking so much.
  • Go swimming; Didn’t.
  • Watch 2 movies a week; – Yes, I have, give or take.
  • Finish reading 3 books I need to finish and get back to the library. (bonus points for 5 books); – I finished one.
  • Go to therapy once a week or every other week; – I went once. Things didn’t go as planned, totally my fault. 
  • Finally schedule a gynaecologist appointment, a dental appointment and a dermatology appointment; – I didn’t, but that’s because I’m waiting for my insurance to come through on July, 25.
  • Don’t slack on self-care: Wash face morning and night, use toner, moisturize, exfoliate once a week, do green clay mask once a week, do hydration mask twice a week. Moisturize body, exfoliate twice a week. Brush teeth 4 times a day. Do a pedicure and manicure. Make sure I get sun protection. Keep taking my multivitamin and my hair supplement. Do hair masks twice a week. Take my pills. – It wasn’t so bad.
  • Don’t sleep too much. – Let’s not talk about this. 
  • Cook healthy meals. – Not always but we have.
  • Never let food spoil. – I don’t think we let anything spoil.
  • Make breakfast for Rui and leave his clothes prepared every night. (I like taking care of him and he has a lot of responsibility and stress at work so I like to help as much as I can so he can focus on work); – Never thought about this again. Poor guy.
  • Spend more time with friends and family; – Not much.
  • Spend more time outside; – Definitely have.
  • Drink less coffee, eat less sweets and fast food; – I have.
  • Try new baking recipes; – Haven’t baked for 2 reasons: So we don’t eat sweets and to save because our stove and oven are electric (some are gas) and they use up a lot of energy. 
  • Study hard and in an organized way for my exams; – Doesn’t even apply anymore. 
  • Reach out to people I haven’t talked to in a long time; – No, but I have asked a few to be my friends on Facebook and to follow me on Instagram.
  • Send postcards and letters; – Still haven’t.
  • Wash dishes after dinner; – We bought the machine and have been good at putting it to work every day.
  • Eat three meals and three snacks each day, be more consistent with meal times. Do a food journal. – No food journal but I think I’ve been eating better.
  • Do a habit tracker; – Done. 
  • Get more plants; – Done.
  • Try to cut back on laundry and spend less water and electricity (we’re paying too much); – Done.
  • Slowly get back to work. I’ve got some students already and I’m happy I’ll be able to work from home; – Maybe now in July. Rui and my doctor are kind of reluctant about this.
  • Save money; – I have spent almost nothing, if you don’t count medical expenses. Which were over 200€.
  • Help Rui with the veggie garden; – I haven’t.
  • Work on our relationship (we are fine but we’ve been better. We’re both stressed out most of the time and need to focus on being nice to each other. We rarely fight but we can really say mean things and be nasty); – We have tried.
  • Celebrate my mom and grandmother’s birthdays; – I was there for my mom’s, not for my grandmother’s.
  • Start taking my driver’s license; – Definitely in July.
  • Call people (family and friends) more often; – Nope.
  • Invite people over; – Nope, I’m pretty much a hermit.
  • Work hard on accomplish all of my goals. I know I can do it if I’m more organized and better with my schedules. – Not at all.

You guys must think: What a failure she is, so many goals and almost nothing got done. You know I would like to be more inspiring. But I had a bad month or even a bad year. But I will keep making goals and I don’t care if I fail them. I do them so I have something to work for.

In June, for my blog, I wanted to:

  • Get to 15,000 views. – Didn’t happen.
  • Get to 1,250 followers (currently at 1,118) – I did. Currently at 1397.
  • Have a guest post every Sunday – I did:

Clothes Sizes by Ella May Garrett (4th)

“So What If I Want Something Else?” by Lyz – Stephanie

The 5 Ways To Happiness by Maggie

“How I came to be” by Jane Love

  • Post every day – I did, usually 3 or 4 posts, actually;
  • Post something useful (maybe tips or an informative article) and maybe some poetry or short-story) – I don’t think I did. But I have plans.
  • Meet new bloggers; – I have.
  • Keep my “Perfect Party Series” going. – Yes, today is the last day. I’ve written 19 posts on 19 different bloggers.
  • Help new bloggers kick-off their blogs. – I think I did?
  • Catch up on Awards – Only one or two.
  • Do my cleaning challenge – I totally forgot about this. I mean to do it this month.
  • Share more photos taken by me – Definitely! 
  • Keep up my “Thursday meal planning and recipe share” posts – Kind of slacked.
  • Write the following posts: My morning routine, my night routine, my body routine, my makeup routine, what I’m wearing this Spring with no shopping, what’s in my bag, day in the life, studying schedule;

I did a few of these:

My Beauty Routines and Products

My Morning and Night Routines

And I tried my hand at two kind of fashion posts:

My Shoe Collection – Inspired by Angela

My Dress Collection – Part I

I’ve also done two vlogs:

“Blogging Tips” – What I think works for me (Most useless VLOG ever)

Answering Random Questions From My Readers + Best Question Giveaway winner

I’ve done an internet cleanup:

  • I announced on my personal Facebook that I would only use the account that I use for my blog. I followed everyone I was interested in, asked them to like my Pink for Days page and then received a few friend requests. Again, I’ve only accepted the ones I wanted to. Then, last night, I deleted my personal Facebook account that I had since 2010. Didn’t even blink. I couldn’t manage two so, using my blog account, I can post both for my real friends and family and for my followers at the same time. Everyone can see what I post and what’s going on the blog.
  • I announced on my personal Instagram that I was going to shut down the account and keeping only the one associated to my blog. I followed who I was interested in keep following, unfollowed some people I didn’t know in real life or from the blogging world (otherwise I don’t have time to focus on your Instagram posts, the ones I WANT to check) and then, a few hours ago, I deleted my old Instagram account.
  • I unfollowed a bunch of people I didn’t know, on Twitter, just to clean up a bit and to be able to keep up with you guys.
  • I announced on Facebook that I have a YouTube account, in case anyone is interested in subscribing.
  • I deleted all of my phones old photos. No, I don’t save my meal or plant photos.
  • I unfollowed blogs that were inactive;
  • I unsubscribe to junk mail on all of my email accounts (I have 6 but only really use 3 or mostly 2 right now, since the other three are for work and the other is for my university emails)
  • I unfollowed a few people on Bloglovin.

I’ve also been more present on social media and gaining followers.

Next post: Plans for July

Thank you so much for reading, if you were able to read that much!! xx

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Days of June – A monthly wrap-up

  1. Azra says:

    I think you did pretty good with your goals actually, it’s great to see that you achieved something even though it sucks when you don’t do something you hoped to. I’m not really the person to set things I have to do for month, just because I feel too much preasure as I’m a perfectionist. xx

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  2. kittyp0p says:

    So heartbroken to hear you can’t take your exams! If you haven’t thought about it, I’d urge you to consider making a GoFundMe or something like it to help you out with your tuition? You have so many people on here that support you and I know *personally* I’d donate what I could to help you get your degree (cause we all know you’re gonna pass). Just something to think about- we’ve got your back xoxo

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  3. Invisibly Me says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Conviction, nor The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (I’ve heard it’s incredibly sad), will have to add them to my list. You may not have got everything done that you wanted to, but it sounds like you’ve still done really well. An internet clean-up is a good idea, might have to have myself a little online spring clean!
    Caz x

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  4. iwannabealady says:

    You did have a great many goals set up for one month. It’s good to hear that you are staying positive about continuing to set goals. I hope that the rest of this year starts turning more uphill for you. I’m also one to have a million goals and projects that I give myself. It can be overwhelming, but you do a lot Cheila. I know that you’ll keep getting better and better. Maybe cut the list in half, save one half for July and the other half for August? I should also try taking my own advice 🙂

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  5. lifeofangela says:

    Man that sucks about your exams Cheila 😦 Academic learning is always costly, I hope you get there some day.
    You know we wouldn’t think badly of you for not accomplishing all your goals Chey, you did some which is a start. It’s a process, you had a bit of a rut and many bad days this month. Start fresh and try again next month 🙂 I can’t wait to see your next post 😀 ❤

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  6. Cherylene says:

    Sorry to hear about your exams. I know you were really looking forward to get it done and finally putting it behind you. I understand that it is very disappointing at the moment but things will work. You have achieved a lot. Best wishes to you. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  7. starringpamela says:

    Cheila, I’m sorry to hear you won’t be able to take the exams this year. I work with two people who have worked through their school and I know it can be tough. One has recently graduated and one will next year. I’m very proud and admire them for working and studying just as I admire you for your dedication to learning. I have all the faith you’ll get there!
    And I also had a not so successful month in terms of goals but I think we can look forward to a better month in July. Positive thoughts! 💖

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    • Cheila says:

      Yes, I know I’ll get there eventually. It just kind of sucks working so hard and having a money issue make it impossible. Next year it is, then. Studying and working is extremely hard. Last semester I was doing 6 courses (Italian, 2 linguistics courses and 3 history courses. All advance but the Italian) while working 12h a day in a bad day and at least 6/7 in a good one. I was running the business and my house and dealing with depression and I still manage to pass four of the courses with relatively good grades. It was pretty hard. Have you ever worked while studying?

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      • starringpamela says:

        I haven’t before but I will be now. When I was younger I had the support of my amazing parents who paid for my studies. I had a part time at one point but really just because I wanted more spending money, not because I truly needed it. Now that I’m older I still have their support in the sense that I live at home for very little “rent” but I will pay my own classes to get my next degree. I’m worried because I haven’t done it before but I’m confident I can do it too.

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  8. Margaret from soulfood101blog says:

    Here’s my theory on a list my love, what doesn’t get done, you mark it off and add it to the next list :):) It will eventually get done. Well, except for me the inviting people over. People always want to come over and I do it rarely never lol. I am just not a social person at home. I will go out and socialize but if I start getting panicky I can leave. If I am at home and it happens I can’t really go in my room and hide haha. Sorry about school, but you will get it done, I know you will 🙂

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    • Cheila says:

      I absolutely agree, whatever doesn’t get done, I’ll do it eventually. No issue there. I love my lists anyway. Yes, the school issue is disappointing, I’ve been working so hard and now I wan’t get it because of money.

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      • Margaret from soulfood101blog says:

        I love a list too. I use to be completely obsessed with making a daily list, and that led to daily sub lists haha. Now I have such a routine that its in my head BUT if I am leaving the house, I HAVE to make a list. The school thing sucks. I was going to college this summer but money is the issue here too. Soooo, it will be 2 years from now. But it will happen. I focus on that 🙂

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