As I look back on April, I’m astonished that so many things happened in just a single month! I started the month by attending and presenting at the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology’s annual conference (feels like ages ago already). Sprinkled in a fashion show, tons of work, new opportunities, and fun experiences.
Here are my other reflections for the month of April:
Don’t worry, I am not going to spoil Avengers: Endgame (though you really should see it if you haven’t already). I will leave it at this: I have SO many feelings about the movie, and yet, it didn’t completely wreck me emotionally (which is more than I can say for Avengers: Infinity Wars). Highly recommend that you take about 3.5 hours out of your life (because you NEED the previews) to go see the movie!
In honor of Earth month, I shared some sustainability tips on the blog in order to highlight that small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. One of the challenges that I gave myself was to try some eco-friendly period solutions. Let’s just say that it didn’t completely go according to plan. I may have overestimated my ability to overcome the menstrual cup learning curve, however, I am 1000% willing to try it again! I am thankful for the women who reached out to me over social media with tips and advice on how to effectively use the product. I also tried out a pair of Thinx menstrual underwear this month and I didn’t have any problems with it! Def recommend if you like external methods of…collection?
One of my friends challenged me to get 7 hrs of sleep for a week. What started off as a one-week bedtime challenge lasted for 3 weeks! In the beginning, I definitely resented the set bedtime. The first week I was less productive because I wanted to squeeze in relaxation time before having to jump in the bed. However, over the course of the days, I began to look forward to the routine. One of the greatest benefits that I noticed was that I didn’t feel the need to crawl back into bed after my morning workouts. I also think that getting 7 hrs of sleep helped me manage work better during meeting weekend (it usually leaves me so drained!). I’m still tweaking it to work with my life, and I do think that I will follow it less strictly when special occasions arise, but overall, I didn’t hate it.
To aid in my bedtime endeavors, I started using blue-light glasses as part of my night time routine. I aimed to put them on about 30 minutes to an hour before bed. I am by no means an expert on this, but the point of the glasses is to reduce the amount of blue-light exposure. Blue-light signals your brain to stay awake and prevents your brain from releasing the proper amount of melatonin (aka sleep chemicals). By wearing the glasses, I was hoping to signal to my body that it is time to get ready for bed. My initial thoughts about wearing the glasses were “wow, I actually do feel like I am getting tired.” However, there are way too many confounding variables for me to definitively say that they are actually working. Though that is the case, I do plan on keeping them in my night time routine because I need all the help that I can get. I also think that habits and routine are the strongest force behind achieving my sleep goals.
I was so pumped to try the Fab Four Smoothie challenge. I was fired up after reading the book and ready to implement a change in my current lifestyle. Sadly, I was disappointed. I tried the challenge for 2 days, and I just couldn’t manage to drink the smoothies. The recipes, though simple, just did not work for me. I’m hoping that I just haven’t found the right combination of fats, greens, fiber, and protein because I would love to try it again.
This month I completed 6 out of 8 items on my April Bucket List. I didn’t make it to City Center to see the lanterns and I also don’t count my failed attempt at the Fab Four Smoothie challenge. However, seeing as I engaged in so many other activities this month, I think I stayed true to my creed to have fun in the midst of the chaos.