The biggest news from April was my Camp NaNo win, squeaking by on the last day with 50,188 words. Go me!
But I’ve already talked about that. What I haven’t really mentioned was that I’m finally exercising regularly again. Over the last year and a half, with all the stress, grief, and depression I’ve been suffering, I definitely let myself go. I over-ate, because comfort eating, and I had little energy to put into taking care of myself. But I’m not happy with the weight I’ve gained, and motivation came from a surprising place–my new smartphone.
I had a cell phone before, but not a smartphone, and I’ve discovered the joy of apps. I have one for running, one for yoga, one for note-taking that has completely replaced my beloved little bullet journals, and of course, a handful of puzzle games of different types, because I’m me and puzzle games are the best.
In April I did just over 7 hours of yoga (20-30 minutes per day, most days). I’m only just getting back into running, the weather is finally cooperating, but I hadn’t been doing yoga regularly for years and even though it’s been less than a month, I already feel so much better physically. Fewer headaches, less back pain, less foot pain, the works.
Going back to book-related happenings, I read eight books, more than the greatly-lowered monthly goal I set myself due to Camp NaNo (six.) Lots of them weren’t that great, but I had my first five-star read of the second quarter, Steering the Craft, an almost workbook-style guide to writing by one of my favorite authors, Ursula K. Le Guin.
No trips to the library–those will resume soon, because I couldn’t slot books I already owned into every PopSugar Reading Challenge tasks, just most of them.
My goals for May:
- Finish the first draft of my Camp NaNo project. (I’m about half done, near as I can tell.)
- Pursuant to that, make time to write every day, even if it’s only five minutes. I skipped too many days in April, which put extra stress on me at the end of the month.
- Maintain my new exercise schedule.
- Read at least 10 books.
What are some of your May goals? I keep seeing advice that says if you state them publicly, you’re more likely to follow through, because you feel accountable–so share!