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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Days of May – A monthly wrap-up

In May I:

  • I’ve been slacking a bunch with my exercise, water intake and diet. This is not how it’s supposed to go. I need to focus on getting healthy, when it comes to my anxiety and depression but also when it comes to my weight. I’m too short so at 1.58 cm and 85 kg I’m considered obese. The tittle doesn’t bother me but the weight does. It could seriously affect my health and I could get diabetes or worse. Also, clothes don’t fit well, I have a million stretch marks, too much cellulite and I hate seeing myself like this. I gets me anxious and frustrated. It’s not about size, not at all. It’s about feeling stronger and healthier and on track and more confident. Also, it would help immensely with my anxiety and depression.
  • I haven’t read anything. I feel a bit frustrated because I so want to get back into that habit. I have a bunch of books that I have started and I need to finish them. I want to read the Harry Potter series and I can’t seem to finish the second book.
  • I’ve also been slacking a bit on the house, which comes from poor organization and planning and sleeping too much which leaves me with less time for tasks and hobbies.
  • In general, I feel like May has been a setback. I had made some progress but the month was hard and not productive at all. April had been a bit difficult too, but I feel worse about May.
  • But not everything is bad. We celebrated Mother’s Day, my brother-in-law’s graduation and spent time with Rui’s side of the family.
  • I reached 1000 followers and threw a massive party and giveaway.
  • I became super interested in plants and gardening and have been doing a bunch of things in our garden and taking care of our inside and outside plants.
  • I received a bunch of postcards and letters from dear blogging friends.
  • I saw my friends.
  • I met new blogger and made new friends. I did my Guest Post Sunday series, blogged every day and finished our one month blogging challenge.
  • Celebrated my 4th month of blogging.
  • Finished watching Poldark
  • Started watching Big Little Lies and the 5th season of Orange Is The New Black
  • Had my sister over twice, once with her friend.
  • Got an allergic reaction.
  • Baked cupcakes for the first time.
  • Met my friend Catarina, who I hadn’t seen in 2 years;

In May, I’m grateful for:

  • Seeing family and friends;
  • Good weather;
  • Lovely plants;
  • Gardening;
  • Nice TV shows;
  • Pizza;
  • Getting mail;
  • Naps;
  • Alone time;
  • Being outside more;
  • Funny phone calls with mom and sister;
  • Great guest posts;
  • 1000 followers;
  • Blogging friends;
  • Writing;

I’m also glad about my blog views. In April, they I had less views comparing to March, thankfully, I was able to do better in May.

March: 12,097 views; 2,723 visitors; 5,342 likes; 2,800 comments. 

April: 11,393 views; 2,967 visitors; 5,485 likes; 2,759 comments. (-704 views)

May: 13,134 views; 3,268 visitors; 6,179 likes; 3,928 comments. (+1,741 than April; +1,037 than March)

The numbers are looking pretty good. And yes, I do care about them. I spend so many hours working on this blog and I don’t get paid, obviously. Numbers are my reward, my productivity report. Do you understand what I mean? Can you relate to this or you don’t care about numbers at all?

In June, for my blog, I want to:

  • Get to 15,000 views.
  • Get to 1,250 followers (currently at 1,118)
  • Have a guest post every sunday
  • Post every day
  • Post something useful (maybe tips or an informative article) and maybe some poetry or short-story)
  • Meet new bloggers;
  • Keep my “Perfect Party Series” going
  • Help new bloggers kick-off their blogs
  • Catch up on Awards
  • Do my cleaning challenge
  • Share more photos taken by me
  • Keep up my “Thursday meal planning and recipe share” posts
  • 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;

In June, I want to:

  • Drink 1,5 l of water every day.
  • Do my yoga every single day and find one video with exercises for back pain to add to my regular yoga routine;
  • Go to the beach;
  • Wake up early every day, maybe 8.30h would be a good time;
  • Go to bed earlier, between 11.30 and midnight;
  • Take a walk in the morning, at least 3 times a week;
  • Do some gardening, at least every other day;
  • Keep up with house chores, they count as exercise;
  • Go swimming;
  • Watch 2 movies a week;
  • Finish reading 3 books I need to finish and get back to the library. (bonus points for 5 books);
  • Go to therapy once a week or every other week;
  • Finally schedule a gynaecologist appointment, a dental appointment and a dermatology appointment;
  • 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. Don’t sleep too much.
  • Cook healthy meals.
  • Never let food 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);
  • Spend more time with friends and family;
  • Spend more time outside;
  • Drink less coffee, eat less sweets and fast food;
  • Try new baking recipes;
  • Study hard and in an organized way for my exams;
  • Reach out to people I haven’t talked to in a long time;
  • Send postcards and letters;
  • Wash dishes after dinner;
  • Eat three meals and three snacks each day, be more consistent with meal times. Do a food journal.
  • Do a habit tracker;
  • Get more plants;
  • Try to cut back on laundry and spend less water and electricity (we’re paying too much);
  • Slowly get back to work. I’ve got some students already and I’m happy I’ll be able to work from home;
  • Save money;
  • Help Rui with the veggie garden;
  • 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);
  • Celebrate my mom and grandmother’s birthdays;
  • Start taking my driver’s license;
  • Call people (family and friends) more often;
  • Invite people over;
  • Work hard on accomplish all of my goals. I know I can do it if I’m more organized and better with my schedules.

In May, I would like to: (update)

  • 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; (slacked even more)
  • 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? (hahahahahahahahahaha)
  • 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; (Pfff)
  • 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; (Watched about 2 or 3)
  • Spend Mother’s day with my mom (next Sunday) and give her a nice present!!  (Done)
  • 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; (Did go but poor guy is still waiting for his present)
  • Rui has a wedding that I’m not going to, but I need to get his clothes in order for that; (Was done)
  • Finish my Spring cleaning and organization; (Let’s not talk about it)
  • Come up with a nice schedule. I have a draft already, just need to make it into a real thing; (No)
  • Do a habit tracker; (No)
  • Spend time with people I love; (Somewhat)
  • Get outside more, maybe work on the garden and go to the beach; (Did work on the garden. A lot, actually)
  • Start studying and exam preparation. I think I need, at least 3 hours a day; (Haven’t started. Best student award)
  • Keep blogging and reading blogs, discovering new ones and making good friends! (Yes)
  • Keep making and eating healthy meals; (Sometimes. But mostly ate like sh*t)

On another note:

Some of you have been asking for blogging tips and I said I would do a post. Would you like me to do a vlog about it? You have never hear my voice or see me talk so it would be fun. I’m not becoming a YouTuber or a Vloggers anytime soon but a video might be fun.

I thought I might also do one to answer the questions left on my survey, which are:

  1. Can we do a collaboration soon?
  2. Do you have any blog post ideas?
  3. How are you so great??? (hahaha this one was good)
  4. What has been your biggest AND oldest aspiration?
  5. Also, what do you do when you’re stressed out?
  6. How do you structure your time getting all things blog done? I need a kick up the bum for me on mine! Any tips and tricks would be much appreciated!!
  7. How do you post everyday without running out of ideas?
  8. Hi. How are you? How are you getting on with thinking about going back to work? How’s Rosa? How’s Rui? How’s the weather?
  9. How has your day been?
  10. How do you find the time to do it all?? I can barely handle my tiny little blog.
  11. What is your favourite post?
  12. How do you keep so up to date and make time for blogging? that is what i am struggling with the most.

Would you like me to answer this questions in a video? What do you think about it?

Do you have any more questions you would like me to answer? Keep in mind that this survey is anonymous (I have no idea who come up with such sweet questions) so you can do it there, if you don’t want me to know your questions or you can leave them in the comments below. Also, lets vote for the video. Who think I should do it?

 

 

What was May like for you? What do you expect to accomplish in June? Share below.

That’s it for now, my friends. I hope you have an amazing month of June.

Love and hugs.

Cheila

 

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