Even though it still feels like winter outside (WTF, weather?), I am mentally in spring mode and excited for fresh starts and warm weather. Itâ€™ll comeâ€¦RIGHT?Â
A Tinder guy asked me the other night what I was looking forward to in April, and to be honest, thereâ€™s a lot of me stuff on there. (I think the answer I gave him was notÂ traveling for a few weeks. Iâ€™ve had some fun travel the past few months, but I also like staying put in this fine city just as much.)
So hereâ€™s some random intentions Iâ€™ve had on my mind. I originally wrote goal, but â€¦these are a lot of goals for April, so they donâ€™t all necessarily have April as a deadline. (Because goals are just dreams with deadlines, or something.)
Morning Workouts. I was exhausted much of March and had a hard time waking up for morning workouts. Though I should know better, I thought Iâ€™d feel better if I just slept longer. And then I got to work exhausted, drank too much coffee during the day and then didnâ€™t sleep well at night. I think I caught up some on sleep over the past few days/week andÂ Iâ€™ve been getting back to my morning workouts, and it just makes me a happier person to sweat in the morning.Â
Running!Â So, real talk: the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler kinda sucked. Forâ€¦ever? Iâ€™ve just wanted to be in half-marathon shape year â€˜round. I slacked on that this winter. Iâ€™m running the BK half again next month, and while of course Iâ€™d love to PR, Iâ€™d really just like to have a solid race. Iâ€™m committing to running 3-4x/week for the next six weeks, and Iâ€™m so excited.
Yoga. I went to an amazing class at Yoga ShantiÂ taught by the founders, Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee, and I left feeling a lightness and peace I havenâ€™t felt in quite some time. Oh yeah, and it was a lovely stretch too. It was super crowded since they were both teaching, but it still delivered on zen-ness.
Strength Training.Â I do feel like Iâ€™ve made gain(z?) in the past few months here, and Iâ€™d like to keep â€˜em up, plus I know one of my best half PRs was from when I was doing a ton of strength training.
Writing.Â Iâ€™m doing some thought-leader kind of writing about social media stuff for work, and I want to write more both here and for work. We have monthly story pitch meetings, and I pitch articles at every meeting, but I want to start carving out time to write more since it makes me happy even if it adds to my workload. Seeing my byline, even if itâ€™s on the internets, never gets old.
Other Professional Development. I love my job, but I want to keep growing in my career. Since I enjoy my job, Iâ€™ve gotten a little lazy at this. I want to get back to networking more (as painful as it can be sometimes, it can also be an awesome way to learn), reading (what are your fave career/business sites/books youâ€™ve ready lately?) and taking time to learn more. FeliciaÂ recently wrote that she wanted to spend two hours a week learning new skills, and I love that. I want to learn more about coding and design. Iâ€™m also giving a talk at work on Friday, which is moderately outside my comfort zone.
Drink more water.Â I used to be SO GOOD at thisâ€¦until I became even more addicted to caffeine as of late. I read this ridiculous piece yesterday about a dude who drank a gallon of water a day for a month.Â While I have no desire to do that, upping my water intake canâ€™t hurt.Â
Finishing decorating my apartment. My beautiful coffee tableÂ (I found love in a marble place) arrived today, and it renewed my desire to keep working on my apartment. This also means continuing to get rid of stuff.
Journal. I found this journal in my move. While itâ€™s technically a fitness journal, the practice of reflecting on my day has helped me find something positive in even the shittiest of days. Even if itâ€™s just â€œI have an awesome therapist.â€Â
Unrelated to anythingâ€¦I returned some Easter gifts to J. Crew today and now have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket just as theyâ€™re starting a sale. ThisÂ isnâ€™t on sale and is totally ridiculous, but hello, I love it. THISÂ pretty little number is less than $50! I also really need some new swimsuits for summer. Iâ€™m unsure how I feel about one-pieces (and Iâ€™m generally over chevron), but this one-piece is PRETTY.
And you? Whatâ€™s going on up in your head? WhatÂ are you plotting and scheming?