We find ourselves again at the end of yet another month, an in an attempt to slow the stoic marching on of time I’m back, to reflect on everything that happened in May.
You might recall that April, shall we say, wasn’t my month. I just straight up wasn’t having a good time. But as the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. This month was definitely better.
Also, one day my mum actually brought in a bunch of flowers for me. They were beautiful.
So what did I get up to? I can’t look at my calendar anymore to remind myself of everything I did, which is proving to be problematic. I started the month with an Instagram live Salsa class with G Adventures which was very fun, streamed live from Quito. I still haven’t finished sorting through my bedroom, much to everyone’s frustration.
I did, however, finally buy that new laptop I was harping on about on Instagram and Twitter, and can now let the old one rest in peace, rather than trying to rescusitate it every day.
And then, with a snazzy new computer, I managed to tweak a few things on the blog. You may have noticed. Namely moving to a self-hosted site and buying an actual theme and making it all pretty and functional and all that.
I’m so proud.
I’m not proud of how long it took, mind you. I’ve been plugging away at this for several weeks now and I’m still not 100% happy. But then, I don’t know why I set myself the “deadline” of having it all sorted before publishing this post. Obviously there will always be little changes to make. But I think it’s mostly there.
I need to thank Megan from Life In Postcards for answering all my dumb questions about it. I’ve been considering the move ever since I started blogging almost a year ago now (a year??) and she made it all look so easy and gave me the push I needed.
When I haven’t been blogging, I’ve been giving the running thing ago, by which I mean running for fifteen minutes once a week on an evening because it’s been super hot recently and my town is so so busy all the time. I don’t love it, I kind of hate it, but I’ll keep it up. Otherwise in a few months when the track opens again I’ll have forgotten how to.
I also recently made the most of my one-person-in-a-park allowance and met my friend for a nice long chat in the sun, and if you ignore the fact that we just waved bye without hugging, it almost felt normal.
What I read
I finished Great Expectations! It took the whole month, but I don’t care. I had the book for a couple of years before finally picking it up, and still had no idea what the story was about (beyond a vague image of Miss Havisham) so it was a really interesting read.
I’ve since started reading Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, and similarly, I have no idea where the story will go. I think I prefer it that way though.
I didn’t discover any new music this month, but I did get my own custom vinyl record in the post. Was is expensive? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. I now have a playlist of my favourite songs at the moment to put on the record player and dance around to, and I’m ecstatic about it. The album artwork, professionally done in Canva by yours truly, is really cool too. I’m surprisingly proud of it.
Blog posts I wrote
April was no better – my April rewind post.
How easy is it to be plastic free while travelling? – my most viewed post to date, mostly because I tweeted about it endlessly because I had nothing else to promote.
I spent more time updating old posts to make them generally better (some of my writing makes me wonder why I ever wanted people to read it) and also to fit the new site. It was really fun, in the way that gouging one’s eyes out with a rusty spoon might be considered fun. And I still haven’t finished them all! Yay for me!
What was genuinely enjoyable, though, was working on some pieces for other bloggers:
Fadima Mooneira interviewed me about reading on her blog, which was really fun as it’s not the sort of thing I’ve ever been asked about at length before.
Millie from MSBLife has an awesome new interview series on her blog, The Fitness Perspective, which I featured on. I think she’s got a really cool way of approaching the interview and I loved getting to ask her a question in return at the end!
Blog posts I read
“I don’t blame us for choosing online shopping over constant existential questioning”Philosophy & Stuff 101: “Why are we so afraid of truly existing?“
Will we become a feral society? is witty and philosophical, as all the best reads are. I’d pull a quote from it if I could decide which part to use without it being about 60% of the post. Just do yourself a favour and read it!
A shy girl’s guide to solo travel has become my bible, and inspired this post of mine:
Why are we so afraid of truly existing? – Marie somehow delivers philosophical concepts in a tone that mixes flippancy and reverence, and I love it.
Dropping out of university resonated with me despite never having experienced what Eleanor did. It follows up one of her previous posts, How to lose a personality, but with an air of having come to terms with the momentous decision.
If we were stargazing today was beautiful from start to finish. Simple as that. I’ve actually bookmarked it in my browser so I can read it over and over.
Wear a mask in public, this is the way – how can you not love the line “A selfish, self-centered prick, do not be.”
Elsewhere on the Internet
I continued loving the Red Handed podcast, which probably isn’t standard workout listening but I love it nonetheless.
The real reason you procrastinate with Adam Grant and Margaret Atwood was a TED podcast I stumbled across by accident and loved.
I’ve also been loving The Bodyweight Bitch on Instagram and definitely want to give one of her workouts a go.
Finally, I now want to start training calisthenics thanks to this video.
I’m still not setting goals for the month ahead. Everything is so uncertain that it’s impossible to know what an achievable target looks like. I do have some exciting ideas for the blog though, and I’m looking forward to actually writing again, instead of worrying about whether heading style 1, 2, 4, 7, 9 or 15 looks better.