To be honest, May was kind of a blur. There were definitely some notable moments, but overall I felt like I was just trying to get through the day-to-day. This month, I completed 6 out of 8 items on my May Bucket List. I ruined my body pump streak Monday after a meeting weekend. I was just literally beyond exhausted that day and couldn’t muster the strength to make it through (or even to) the class. I also neglected to maintain a habit tracker throughout the month.
Here are my other reflections for the month of May:
I visited the George Washington Masonic National Memorial as part of a brother-sister date with my birthday twin. The Masonic Temple was just as breathtaking inside as it was out. I learned so much about George Washington’s involvement with the Freemasons and more about Freemason culture and history. My visit to the memorial solidified my recommitment to exploring my own backyard. Read about my thoughts on local exploration and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial here!
I made it through the month of May without a Moe’s Monday!! I actually only had Moe’s [Southwestern Grill] once this month (Cinco de Mayo…it just felt right). The first few weeks were a little tough because the cravings were definitely still there. However, I do feel like my avoidance of the burritos on Mondays this month worked in reducing the association, which was the goal!
I also made it through my tv-free work week. Did it help me be more productive? Yes….and no. I am perfectly capable of avoiding responsibilities using means other than tv (cue endless phone scroll) but it did help put me in the right mindset and removed the temptation of falling into a binge. One of the great things about restricting tv watching during the work week was that I had a nice queue of my shows to catch up on over the weekend!
This month, I paid more attention to my finances and sought to learn about ways to set myself up for financial freedom in the future. One of the steps that I took was to meet with a financial advisor. My biggest take away was to ramp up my 401k contribution to at least 10% as quickly as possible. I’ve been contributing to my retirement fund for a few years now, but it was interesting to hear the advisor’s perspective. It boiled down to that I have a large retirement horizon, so my money has a great potential for growth. I’m no finance expert, but I continue to learn more and adopt more sustainable financial practices for the future.
A few days ago, I finished my book club read and omg I did not expect to like the book as much as I did! Our group voted and select the Alice Network by Kate Quinn as our first read. It’s a historical fiction set during WWI and just after WWII about a female spy network and a girl’s quest to find her missing cousin. I loved the strong female leads and hearing the stories from the perspective of two narrators. Can’t wait to discuss it this weekend!
Memorial day weekend was just what the doctor ordered. I took some extra time off and really recuperated from my hectic schedule the two weeks before. I spent half of the weekend with my bestie and her family, which is always a great time. It was just what I needed <3.
With May officially over, it’s strange to think that we’re at the halfway mark of 2018! The realization made me sit back and think about where I am on my 2018 goals, check in with my mantra of the year, and get excited about the plans that I have for the rest of the year. For now, I’m just happy that summer is almost here!
Stay tuned for my June Bucket List!