I am focusing on intentional living to better align how I spend my time and energy with my values. Here is my April Update!
💰 Financial Wellbeing
Save, Save, Save
Still focusing on sticking to the plan and not getting distracted by the news. Expenses are lower while sheltering in place, and I’m funneling the extra cash into emergency savings.
Specifically in the categories Restaurants
and Mindless Online Purchases
. We’ve settled into a Friday delivery routine. I ordered dinner twice this month with very generous tips for our Grubhub drivers. I allow myself one gift to myself per month. This month was a DrinkMate
beverage carbonator, which I am very pleased with. I have replaced my daily can of Spindrift with sparkling filtered water and lemon. If I’m being honest, I also got Jabra Elite 75t
earbuds… Debatable if these are a necessary expense or a treat!
🧠📚 Personal Development
Read Every Day & Finish 44 Books in 2020 & Read More Diverse Voices
I read every day this month, completing four books including two Hugo winners.
Explore New Ideas
- Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
- Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
- The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
- The Stone Sky by N.K Jemisin
New goal category for miscellaneous courses and areas of exploration! Aiming for 4 monthly.
Improve Photography Skills
- Plant Basics - Can You Dig It with Lord Fierce - a Houseplants 101 workshop covering light, water, soil, and other basics. I am very interested in acquiring more houseplants after we move and took LOTS of notes!
- Playing Big with Tara Mohr, a 4-part women’s leadership development program offered by my company.
I should acknowledge that I am making zero progress. I still don’t want to let it go.
Complete Predictive Analytics Certificate Program by EOY ‘20
Currently enrolled in two classes. My program canceled one of the core classes at the last minute due to low enrollment. I hoped to knock out the requirements this quarter, but the advisor assured me it will return in the Fall.
🧘🌲 Fitness & Outdoor Activity
Spend 1 hr/Week in Nature
I barely spent time outdoors this month besides a few walks with my husband and dog. My mental health is suffering because of this.
Do Yoga 15x/Month
I did yoga 7 times this month, all Yin or Restorative. These have not been my go-to styles in the past, but my body is craving the slower pace and deep stretching.
Home Exercise Routine
Thanks to DAREBEE
, I’m finding a routine that works for me. In the morning, I do wall push-ups
and an ab workout
. After work, I do a low impact bodyweight program
and yoga. I found my stride in the second half of the month in making this a daily habit. When I complete these 30-day programs I’ll roll right into the next level.
💻🤳 Digital Life
Reduce Social Media Use
I reigned in my social media usage this month. My daily average is now around 40 minutes, down from 60+ last month.