May Wrap-Up + Favorites

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:

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  • 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!

  • Snail mail is so much fun! Sounds like you had a great May! πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      For sure! It was nice to step back a bit and reassess.

  • Her first Pokemon game!!! How exciting!

    • Kay

      Right?! Milestone! Ahaha.

  • Great goals! I love snail mail, it might sound weird, but the internet helped me to get back at it, since my RL friends don’t even give me cards for my birthday anymore. This is a common thing here, people are all about material stuff and that’s very sad. So I send back and forth letters and cards to my american friends πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      That’s so great! It’s funny that we still chat on the phone, and occasionally via Facebook messenger, but still enjoy writing letters to one another since we can’t actually hang out anymore. There’s something just so personal about letters and cards.

  • christine

    Good for you for taking some time off – I have been doing exactly the same! I haven’t blogged in weeks but I’ve been journaling almost daily, which is just what I need right now! Also, hooray hiking and camping and Pokemon! Sounds like an all around win πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      Excellent! Glad to hear you’re doing well. Sometimes some internet silence is just what is needed. I am so happy that camping season is in full swing…there is nothing like waking up in a tent! Definitely a great way to kick off summer.

  • I’ve been purging lately LIKE CRAZY! I try to get rid of stuff I don’t use every weekend and it’s been great! Except I somehow keep getting more books! I love snail mail!
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      Haha books don’t count right?! I’m always acquiring new ones too! πŸ˜€

  • Aw, how awesome that you have a snail mail partner now! It’s always sad when friends move, but it’s great that you’re keeping in touch<3 And all the hiking and camping sounds fantastic! It's such an amazing feeling, just unplugging for a while and enjoying the world around you. I've been wanting to purge like crazy, so good job! It's such a daunting task, haha!

    • Kay

      It definitely can be! It’s why I haven’t tackled my closet yet…so much to go through! And nothing beats a good camping trip; I love waking up in a tent!

  • gamerwife

    I’ve also really enjoyed my time off from my blog. It’s always nice when you can start to see things clearly again and move forward with intention. And yay for introducing your little to Pokemon! Get them started young is what I say. πŸ˜‰

    • Kay

      Agreed for both taking time off, and getting them started when they’re young! πŸ™‚

  • I love blogging, but sometimes it hits a point where I just don’t find my own stuff satisfying.

    I’m so, so glad you brought this up. I couldn’t agree more. This is often why I find myself not wanting to blog; I fear that the dissatisfaction will be totally apparent to readers and will turn them away.

    It can be hard to get out of this slump, too. I’m glad you found your way. <3

    • Kay

      Thanks Mandy! With summer being so busy, I’ll still probably be skipping some posting days, but I’m glad I took the time to think out what I really wanted.

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