End of the Month Wrap-Up: April 2018!

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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:

  1. Finish the first draft of my Camp NaNo project. (I’m about half done, near as I can tell.)
  2. 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.
  3. Maintain my new exercise schedule.
  4. 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!

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