April Goals

Happy April, loves! We are officially in my favorite time of year 🙂 Finally the weather is starting to get nice, Easter is right around the corner (side note: Easter falls on my girl Lulu’s birthday!), and I get to start wearing sandals! It is a serious struggle for this girl to be in closed toe shoes all fall & winter.

I’ve finally decided on my monthly goals for April, and since I’m pulling through my self-diagnosed seasonal depression, I’m hoping I’ll stick with these a little better than I did with my March goals. Keep reading to find out what my goals are for this month!

Follow RunStart

So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I joined a beginner’s running group called RunStart. It started in the beginning of March and there is “homework” for each day to build up to being able to run a 5K with no problem. I haven’t been following it, like, at all. I just restarted the program this week and I am making this my number one goal to follow it every single day. I’m not in love with running, but I made a commitment when I joined this group and I want to see it through. This goal is partially about health and feeling better physically, but equal parts about knowing that I can finish something that isn’t my favorite. The way I see it, if I follow through, it is a step in the right direction to being a real-live adult!

Blog Calendar

I have no real rhyme or reason to my posts. I chalk this up to being new to blogging, but I feel disorganized whenever I sit down to write something. I have a list of post topics and I just randomly choose which one I will do whenever I have some free time. For someone who is actually super organized and likes to see details in everything – this system is not working. So, I have decided to look into implementing a calendar for my posts. I know that there are some online platforms that other bloggers love, but I am also considering just kicking it old school and organizing via a paper calendar on my desk (inset shocked emoji here). I’m hoping that by having a calendar to stick to, my blog will be somewhat more consistent and I’ll be able to get a grasp on what people are interested in reading from me. Any recommendations you may have, please send them my way!

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This chore is long overdue. In literally every other part of my life, I will just toss anything that I haven’t used for, like, 5 minutes. I don’t like clutter, so I get rid of things really easily. Except for my closet. I recently went through my drawers and legit found things from 5 years ago in there. Things with tags that I’ve never even worn. I donated a good chunk of clothes to Good Will and I honestly slept so much better that night. Now it’s time for part 2: the closet. I don’t know about you, but my closet is an organized disaster. Everything is in its place, but I have jeans in there from high school that I don’t even fit into anymore (not that I would want to wear any of them anyways…). I feel like the things in my closet hold memories so I struggle a little more with cleaning it out. But this is the month to do it. I can’t stand looking at it anymore. I’ll just have to keep reminding myself that the more old stuff I get rid of, the more space for new things.

Skincare

So, I have always had good skin. It is somewhat dry, but I have never struggled with acne or redness or anything like that. I also don’t have any dark spots or discoloration despite having had several bad sunburns throughout my life. I consider myself extremely lucky, but I know that I don’t take well enough care of my skin. I always sleep in my make-up (although I don’t wear foundation, so I like to think that it’s not as bad as it sounds), I never wash my face with any face wash, and I am not consistent with moisturizer or SPF. These are all terrible habits that I have practiced for the past 24 years. That is why I have decided to make April the month that I take a step to pay attention to my skin. I am not sure quite what my skincare regimen will be yet, but I am dedicated to trying a few different things and seeing what I like the best. I will keep you posted on my journey!

Cut back on alcohol

I can drink. I also really like to drink. I also really love to drink and then eat everything. So, I have decided to cut back on alcohol. It really is just empty calories that, in my case, lead to even more empty calories (like an entire thing of brie, or a bag of chips and whole jar of salsa, or quesadillas from Taco Bell…). I am trying to do things that will help me live a good life, and while drinking is fun, I don’t need to drink all the time. My plan is to still have a few drinks when I want to, but limit it to a couple of times a month for April. Come the summer, I am hoping that I will have reset my body a little bit and I’ll feel better as a whole. Life is all about moderation, so I am slowly teaching myself new habits.

Redo Dresser

I have had this project on my list since last spring. I have a tall dresser and a bureau that are both some type of brown wood. The plan is to re-finish them with some chalk paint (color TBD),cover the drawers with some type of wall paper, and change the hardware. It is not a super involved project, but I just keep putting it off because it means I will have to empty out my drawers and then reload them up (first world problems). I am also not super handy when it comes to DIY’s, so I always need a helper. But I have firmly decided that I will redo my dressers this month and give them a cute little face-lift. I might even write a post to document how easy/hard it is to do …

Read 2 Books

And last, but not least, my every month goal. As you know, I love to read, but carving out time to sit down and dive into a book can be difficult. Last month I was supposed to read The Zookeeper’s Wife  and We Need To Talk About Kevin, and I didn’t read either. Instead I read Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please for the third time… So this month, I have The Zookeeper’s Wife on my list again, and I have added The Art of Racing In The Rain. All I know about this book is that it is about dogs, which I love, and a coworker recommended it to me with a very high approval rating.

There are my April goals – what are yours?

With love & lilies,

Lauren

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