May was a strange month. It flew by (as this entire year seems to be doing) but it was also filled with a lot of soul searching. That sounds quite deep and dramatic, but I really did do a lot of thinking and pondering and list making and journaling about what I want in many aspects of my life – my blog, my art, my family. It was nice to take time and think about my future in a (mostly) positive manner. My journaling wasn’t filled with emotional strife and turmoil the way it often is; instead it was just a lot of asking myself questions and actually enjoying them as opposed to endless worries and anxieties as my brain is often filled with.
In terms of the blog, I took a lot of time off this month. And I skipped a lot my usual content (Treat Yo Self, Currently, Artist Interviews) but stepping back is something I’m so glad I did. I love blogging, but sometimes it hits a point where I just don’t find my own stuff satisfying. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I want here, and making plans, so I definitely don’t regret taking the time away even if it did mean my pageviews took a hit. Personal satisfaction trumps pageviews, which may sound selfish but I have always blogged first and foremost for myself. And if I’m not happy with my content, why would anyone else be?
Anywho, moving on to my goals check in. I seem to have the habit this year of making goals at the beginning of the month, and then immediately forgetting they exist. I did this exact thing last month, and again for May. Let’s see how I fared with goals I don’t even remember!
#1. Get into a schedule for my extra-curriculars. Calling this a win! I had a lot more balance this month with my art (personal & commissions) and generally just took a lot of time for myself to figure out what I wanted out of my hobbies. So while I didn’t make a schedule for May, I did get one outlined to implement for June.
#2. Complete two personal art projects. Half-win. I completed one (my mermaid for Mermay!) and worked on two others.
#3. Create an exercise schedule for myself. Complete fail. That isn’t to say I didn’t exercise a lot – I did! A lot of yoga, and what I call ‘natural exercise’ meaning running around outside with my kiddo, hiking, yard work (mowing my lawn is a freaking workout let me tell you) but I didn’t make out any kind of schedule for ‘do this workout on this day’ etc. I really need to get back on a running schedule though, as I’ve been a total running fail for the month of May.
#4. Continue purging unnecessary possessions. Win! I cleaned out and sorted through a ton on my sunporch, plus a lot of yard things (mainly toys my kiddo had outgrown.) I didn’t get to my closet and clothes which was what I had talked about on my list, but I did still get rid of a lot of things we just don’t need or use anymore.
And now for my favorite things about May:
- So much hiking. We just been doing local trails, but it’s been so nice to be able to get so much hiking in the woods accomplished. Plus, such lovely views!
- Starting Pokemon Y with my daughter. It’s her first Pokemon game, and she loves it! Not surprising, since she absolutely adores animals.
- Our first camping trip of the year! We went to Vermont with some friends for a camping weekend and it was glorious. Completely unplugged from all technology, the most gorgeous weather imaginable, and just oodles of stars to gaze upon at night. It was heavenly, like our own little retreat!
- Smoothies. We’ve started making smoothies for breakfast in the morning, and they are so tasty and filling. My favorites generally include banana and peanut butter vs the more fruity options, but they’ve all been a great start to the day!
- Letters to & from my BFF. I actually haven’t talked about this at all on the blog yet, but my best friend of 16 years moved to Idaho at the end of April to work in the National Parks. While I miss her like crazy, I am so excited for her to have this opportunity, and it means we get to write letters again! It reminds me of when I was in college and she was in basic training – we wrote to each other constantly. While we obviously still talk online and on the phone, we both love snail mail so it’s been a treat to write back and forth!