Happy Earth Month! Have you caught on to all the reports of how nature is THRIVING right now without all of the human pollution? What a wake-up call. While staying indoors indefinitely is not a plausible environmental solution, hopefully, April serves as a reminder that there are little things that we can all do to benefit the health of our planet.
Here is how I am finding balance this April:
Virtual Cherry Blossom 5k
I usually try to refrain from publishing a list with an item that I have already completed, but seeing as this post was supposed to go up last week and it’s a pretty big accomplishment…I decided to keep it. Yesterday I completed my first 5k! Until last year, I didn’t think that this was physically possible for me, and if you are familiar with my fitness journey, then you understand why. Last year was a big turning point in how I perceived my body so I challenged myself to complete a 5k in 2020. I envisioned the typical fanfare that accompanied an organized race with my gym besties at my side. Then 2 things happened: I injured my knee and the world was forced into isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I tabled the goal for a later date, or so I thought. Jeanine invited me to participate in a virtual Cherry Blossom 5k/10 miler and I held on to every excuse to avoid it. At the end of the day, I decided to be stronger than my excuses (oh hey nod to this week’s newsletter quote). I went out and accomplished my goal even though it was hard and even though it didn’t look like I wanted it to. I’m so happy that I did.
Last week I had a bit of a revelation–I have been going about this forced isolation all wrong! I am currently free from the pressure to be a thousand places at once. That perspective shift allowed me to realize that now would be a good time to work on establishing a weekday bedtime routine. I’m so used to running from work to other obligations and rarely getting home at similar times. Right now, I can focus on starting my routine at a similar time each night. While it’s likely to shift when “normal” life starts up again, I am looking forward to establishing some structure into present-day life.
Read 1 Book
This year I set a goal on Goodreads to complete 24 books this year. My cue was building as life got busier and busier. Another bright side of staying indoors is that I have more time to read. Making it a goal to finish a book (or more!) this month. See what I’m currently reading or check out my book reviews by being my friend on Goodreads!
Take a Virtual Tour/Visit
One day, Jeanine (two mentions, one post!) FaceTimed me excitedly to share that she has been virtually visiting zoos because the animals made her happy. Agreeing that we could all use a little extra happy these days, I decided to add a virtual tour to my bucket list. I’m not quite sure which I am going to take advantage of this month, but I heard that this service was available at some museums as well!
I’m still working on finding my voice on YouTube. In order to do that, I have to post more videos. Shocker, I know, but unfortunately the uncertainty has caused me to stop posting altogether. My goal is to create a more cohesive YouTube plan and post at least one new video this month. Stay tuned!
Celebrate Earth Month
April is a fun content month for me because I get to share some of the things that I have learned along my sustainability journey. This year, I have decided to celebrate Earth Month by sharing my experience with new eco-friendly products. We’ve grown beyond reusable bottles and straws, friends (though, those are still super important!). Every week, a new product will be spotlighted right here on the blog! My newsletter subscribers get a sneak peek at the product on Sundays, so make sure to join my Ambitious Fam for exclusive content!
This month, I’m just hoping to survive and thrive by looking on the bright side.