Back in January, I drafted a list of 20 things I wanted to do/see/eat/think about/read in 2020. At the end of each month, I’ve shared an update with you about what I have (or have not) been doing. Here’s the original post, and here are my updates for January, February, and March. In March, I only worked on three goals, so I had high hopes for April even though the month started off with more self-isolation. Here’s what I have been doing, if you’d like to know.
1.Complete the challenges that my family and friends set for me for my 40th birthday.
The month started off with a Star Wars marathon. I have watched five movies this month. There are so many! I have watched the movies in the order of release and I go back to this chart (see method 1) to make sure I’m on the right track. So far, the first one (released in 1977) – Episode IV: A New Hope – is my favourite.
All travel is currently still on hold on account of the ol’ Coronavirus. Once the province is out of self-isolation, I am off on a road trip. Somewhere. Not sure where. Anywhere. Suggestions?
3. Learn more about the Waterloo region.
I have taken a lot of walks around my neighbourhood, and I while I haven’t really learned anything new, I have been enjoying observing the architecture of the houses and buildings in my community.
I also read Losing the Signal by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. It tells “the untold story behind the extraordinary rise and spectacular fall of Blackberry.” It was interesting to learn more about the evolution of RIM/BlackBerry.
4. Experience more art.
I have been dreaming about art I’d like to own one day. Caviar20 is one of my go-to spots for art dreaming.
5. Play more board games.
Over Zoom and FaceTime, I’ve played euchre, Yahtzee, and war (the card game) with friends and family. Good times.
I also got hooked on a challenging puzzle, which then motivated me to place an order for another one. It should arrive any day now, and I have a second one added to my wish list.
6. Master my mom’s signature cake.
I tried to minimize my sugar intake in April after a very sugar-heavy March, so it was a no-go on mom’s cake.
7. Wear more dresses.
I love wearing dresses to work. Now that I work from home (and it’s still cold), I only wore a dress once this month.
8. Consider adding more colour to my wardrobe.
9. Save money.
I have made a decent amount of progress on this goal because everything is shut down. While I haven’t spent money at restaurants, bars, cafÃ©s, and clothing stores, I have spent more money at the grocery store and online. I have made a few new fun purchases, but since shipping is slower than usual these days, I don’t have any of my purchases in hand quite yet. When I do, I’ll update you!
10. Plan a major bathroom reno.
11. Eat more vegetables.
Yes! It has been easy to increase my veggie intake via salads, soups, and side dishes.
12. Buy more fun socks.
13. Connect people.
I was able to make some connections for my students. Yay!
14. Clean closets regularly.
I spent one weekend cleaning out two spaces: my linen closet and my tool/storage room. I’m happy to report that I cleared out quite a bit and there’s now empty space in both closets (ready to be filled?)!
15. Trust my gut.
I had a few decisions to make this month, and I’m happy to have trusted my gut as I made them.
16. Get a facial.
I didn’t have a facial this month because all the spas are closed. I have, however, used up just about all the fancy product samples that I had collected. Does that count?
I’ve also put my Clarisonic back into my morning routine, and my skin feels so soft. It’s a good little gadget.
17. Embrace soup.
I didn’t try making any new soups this month, but I did eat soup that others made for me.
18. Clean up my shoes.
I’m happy to report that my shoes are no longer scattered all over my bedroom floor. I have cleaned out my shoes, and my closet is looking much more organized.
19. Pass on my magazines.
Yes! I did this a couple of times in April! I currently have subscriptions to Architectural Digest, Style at Home, and House & Home.
20. Have fun.
Zoom meet-ups with friends and family have continued to be fun in April. Weird times, but we’re managing to stay connected to share some laughs. I hope you are, too!
Have a great weekend, everyone! Here’s to a positive May!