It’s that time again – the start of a new month. April is an exciting month from the get-go – after the craziness of April Fool’s Day, we launch straight into Easter weekend this week. So it’s an exciting time, and I feel all kinds of refreshed after a fabulous vacation home for a couple of weeks at the end of March.
Let’s begin as we always do, by reviewing March’s goals:
- Do a quick diving refresher course, as it’s been 2 years since I was last home and diving (already done! I actually wrote this a couple of days ago, and did this refresher course Tuesday night. Way to start the month off right haha!)
- RELAX at home. Tune out, don’t check email all the time or be worrying about work!
- Do some diving and some stand-up paddleboarding once I’m home.
- Try and remain calm about my upcoming laser eye surgery…I have terrible vision without my contacts so I am definitely in need of this surgery, but it is still a terrifying prospect for me!
- Evaluate my budget. I have always been careful about budgeting and I track my expenses really well but lately I keep finding myself running short on cash, so I want to take some time to sit down and work out what’s going where, and where I can cut back.
- Decide on some new fitness classes. I think I will continue with Zumba because I have really enjoyed it, but my dance class isn’t continued again until the fall. I need to work out what to do instead, keeping with the theme of keeping my workouts diverse.
I’m adding spinning back into my routine! I was a super intense ‘spinner’ back in the day and would do five classes a week. It’s been several years since I did that because I think I got so sick of it that I just needed a really long break haha. So I’ll be throwing that back into the mix now.
Wow! It’s rare that I have a month where I achieve all the goals I set. Yay! See, vacations do wonders ;).
So what are my goals for April you ask? Here we go…
- Get more creative. This can manifest itself in several ways but I definitely want to get the camera out more! I didn’t use it as much as I thought I would on my vacation – just didn’t want to lug around a heavy and expensive SLR to the beach and to my friends’ houses etc, so I relied on my iPhone camera for most of my shots.
- Get back into my routine. Vacation is great for relaxing but I definitely let myself go! I did some watersports and went to a rooftop yoga class, but in total I don’t think I did more than four or five workouts in the whole two weeks I was gone! And my eating was definitely, shall we say, vacation eating. So it’s going to be good to get back into my healthy routine!
- Write! One other great thing about being away? No Internet and some lazy days and long flights meant I wrote, for the first time in a while. I got a good headstart on a re-write of an adult fiction novel I was working on a while ago. I decided to re-jig some of the characters, so starting from scratch with a re-write is the best way for me to make sure my vision doesn’t get muddled with my past writing. Now I need to keep it up before I forget all over again about my plot, and lose touch with my characters!
- Get out more!!! Another fab thing about vacay was that we were out and about every day. It was great staying with my mom, sister and brother-in-law in a house and spending time with them (they live about an hour’s flight from me so we usually see them only a few times a year), but I also loved catching up with old friends back home. We were literally out seeing people every single day. I am always better in company than alone, so I’ve been really restless since we got back staying in the house as much as I do! So I’ll be getting out and about more for sure!
- What goals are you setting for April? Do you find you’re more inspired in the spring time?
- Do you find vacation helps you to really recharge and re-evaluate your goals? And get more done?!