Snapshot 4/30/21 // “Excelsior!”

Currently listening:All Too Well” – Taylor Swift
Currently watching: Shadow and Bone
Currently playing: The World Ends With You: Final Remix
Currently reading: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Um, hi. So I don’t know what April was if I am going to be honest with y’all. I mean, like, I didn’t get sick! So that’s breaking a previous two year strong curse where I always got sick in April. In fact it was quite the opposite. I got vaccinated!! So that makes me happy, and makes life at least feel somewhat better. Work has been hectic but, not bad? Just different and even though at times I get a little sad I know that where I am now is for the best. In fact since my promotion I’ve really been finding my writing groove. So another positive.

I got to see my friends who I hadn’t seen since last autumn. That was magical, and we had a magical time. Also my family which I never got to see for Christmas came over for a spring party!! So that was amazing because it was Christmas for me in April. I missed my family and friends so so so SO much times infinity. Another win for the month.

April was good actually. Just there was so much going on at work at times that I tended to get stressed out. Some of my healthy habits went wayside let us say and there was some cake eaten. In fact, a lot of cake eaten. A lot of delicious cake. So again, maybe not all that bad? Maybe I’m just really tired. But a good tired, the kind of tired you get after putting in a hard day’s work. But also happy? Because I got a lot done and got to see a lot of people I dearly love and missed.

Also, ya know, summer…. I FEEL YOU COMING.

April Goals:

  1. Watch my sugar intake! FAILURE. DID I MENTION THE CAKE?
  2. Work on The Lowell Saga! Check. Go me.

May (the month where I become a hermit and focus on myself) Goals:

  1. Focus on me. I need to stop worrying about everyone else and just listen to my needs. I am an enneagram type 2 and this is the realest lesson I need to learn. That way I can stop reaching for the cake.
  2. Watch my sugar intake. Take 2.
  3. Watch my caloric intake. Girl, girl, no more binging. We got rid of this habit, don’t go back to it.
  4. Get at least 10,000 steps everyday. You lost your workout routine after COVID hit. Time to get it back.
  5. Do yoga every damn day. You get stressed, so get unstressed. (Cue me, realizing I’m talking to myself through this whole list lol. At this point I am just going to continue on. Excelsior!).
  6. Work on The Lowell Saga. Keep going. You are getting there step by step.
  7. Watch your spending. Girl. Save your damn money, you do not need more books when there are PLENTY waiting on your shelf .
  8. GET THAT TATTOO. You have wanted it forever so just. do. it.

What I Read:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Good read. Had me laughing out loud at times which is a win because it is hard to make me laugh when I’m reading a book. I would not call it a life changing read but it did open my eyes to some aspects of my own life that I know I need to improve upon. I also thought the ending was satisfying but I could see where some others might not find it completely so. But I think it ended well, and I’m glad I read it.
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Read this two more times this month.

What I’ll Be Writing:

  • Poetry- posted every Wednesday
  • Writing Is Hard | WIP Writing Update- posted in the middle of the month
  • Snapshot! Monthly Recap- posted the last day of every month
  • Announcements- posted as needed

If you want more information about any of the above, you can check out the About page on my site or just click here.

Amazing Posts I Read in April:

My Round Up of April Posts:

I randomly started rereading The Raven Boys this past Saturday (St. Mark’s Eve, lol) and it has been the greatest form of self care I could ever imagine. Rediscovering one of your favorite books all over again is like falling in love. To me at least. I didn’t plan on reading it, I did it spontaneously at like 10 o’clock at night after I saw Maggie’s insta post about St. Mark’s Eve and since then I have not been able to put the book down. Like, Gansey… I am falling in love with him all over again. *SPOILER* Even as I watch Blue trying to fight it, I’m just like girl. Girl. GIRL. ThErE iS NO pOInT.

Come on guys be real with me…. tell me which favorite character of yours is it that you can’t help but fall in love with read through after read through no matter how many times you’ve read their story?

Till next time,

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6 thoughts on “Snapshot 4/30/21 // “Excelsior!”

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning me, it’s such an honour! thank you thank you thank you,
    also you’ve really made me want to sit down with a good book, it’s been TOO long since I’ve done that, so I think I will tonight. Thank you Queen. I would love to read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – if it made you actual laugh out loud then I LOVE and I would like that experience please. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing. And girl, April sounds like a great month, spending time with loved ones is dreamy! Hope your May is just as beautiful as you ❤ lots of love gorgeous girl! xxx

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    1. Of course Jennie!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ALWAYS!!! And yes read it haha 😀 Eleanor is hard to love but she can be really funny sometimes lol! And yes April was good and May is going to be better!!! SUMMER is almost here!! Lots of love back at you ❤

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  2. Congrats on your vaccine!!!!! I just got my second shot, and I am so hyped about it. I’m headed to FL to see my grandparents and ME to see my best friend for the first time in FOREVER, and I just can’t wait. I can finally go back to the rock gym and teach yoga in-person again, and the whole world is just great! (Well, not great, but you know.)

    ALSO YES TATTOO! DO ITTTTT! They’re the absolute best, and I’ve been feeling the itch lately, so I’m going to have to go back in soon for another one. I usually take the summer off from getting them because I’m out hiking so much, but I think I can sneak on more in.

    Oh my gosh, Gansey. 😍 Truly canNOT with that boy. Rereading Raven Boys is my favorite thing to do for a lot of reasons, but particularly Gansey. He’s just so damn wonderful, and he kills me every time. My absolute favorite character to rediscover my love for, though, is another Stiefvater character–Sam Roth from the Shiver series. He’s long been one of my all-time favorite characters, and though I know the writing is much less than in TRC, I’ll never get over how much I love Sam.

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    1. Mary!!! Have a GREAT time in Florida, I’m so jealous!! Soak up that sun girl 😀 Even though the world is not like it was, it is getting better. And also… SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!

      And yessssss believe it or not I am getting a Raven Cycle tattoo!!!! I’ll post pics to my social media when its done!!! I’m so excited, I’ve wanted one forever so I just spontaneously decided to make the appointment, because why wait? JUST DO IT, RIGHT? Lol 😀 “Excelsior!!” as Gansey would say ❤

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      1. YES DO IT! I have the ley lines at the very top of my spine, at the back of my neck, and I love it so much. I’ve got another Stiefvater one for Shiver, but want one for Scorpio Races, too. I’m so excited to see yours!!

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