I can't believe April is over tonight and I've not written a single blog post. Apparently a global pandemic funk will do that to someone.
There were about 6 times that I sat down to write and nothing felt right. I even asked you all on Facebook and Instagram a couple of times if it was okay to write about things that weren't coronavirus-related. And everyone said YES! GIVE US THINGS THAT AREN'T GLOOM AND DOOM! Yet, I haven't. I've spent a lot of time in March and April off the computer, doing things that would get me away from spiraling into an anxiety spell.
Moving forward, can we all agree that the world is in a place of suck right now, and we're all feeling the effects of this in one way or another? Some have it much worse than others, but we've all had our lives upended. “Normal” disappeared when COVID-19 appeared.
Now that we're all in agreement, I'll quickly move through some things that happened in April:
- I turned 39, which felt very strange. I'm thankful for another trip around the sun, even if I don't know what the coming year has in store.
- My mission to continue getting dressed everyday has been pretty successful. I have a few weeks of outfits I know I need to share here.
- I read 2 books: “The Antidote for Everything” by Kimmery Martin and “I'm Fine and Neither Are You” by Camille Pagan. I really enjoyed both of them. For a second I thought I'd write a book review for each, and then I read how book reviewers actually write and decided against it. Which leads me to the next point…
- I've second and triple guessed myself a lot. This isn't a new phenomenon, but it's been magnified by the current situation. Why am I not being more proactive with my business? Using this time to learn new skills? Finally “getting things together?” Meh. It's a weird time and I don't have the energy for it right now, and that's ok.
- The @gocleanco Instagram account has become a new oddly satisfying follow. If you haven't followed her already, do so and immediately watch the Instagram Stories and be mesmerized. Then buy her handbook. Then get ready to buy all the cleaning supplies. So far, they're mainly all just sitting waiting to be used, but I did shine my sink, clean my ovens, organize and wipe down the pantry, and get my gas range and grates cleaner than ever. I thought some of the mess was etched-in imperfections, but it wasn't! The rest of my house is a disaster, but at least those things are done! I'm stripping my laundry this weekend. Again, watch her Instagram stories if you haven't already to learn what that is.
- I started a Facebook Group because we could all use some more positive and friendly safe spaces online. You can request to join here. Please note that you must fill out the questions AND check that you agree with the group rules before you'll be accepted.
- Against my better judgement, I followed the lead of many other millennials who discovered TikTok during a pandemic. A lot of my recent outfits are there!
- We had a toilet valve break in the middle of the night and start raining into our basement. Which then led to us getting a water pressure regulator and a new water heater. EXACTLY what I wanted to spend money on! To be fair, we knew we'd need a new water heater soon. The other stuff? Meh.
- I put up some shelves in the basement for bourbon storage, which was the next home project on my list. We ordered a sectional for it back in February, but they stopped doing deliveries. Part of me is glad this happened because if I had a more comfy place to watch TV, that's probably where all my time would have been.
- My skincare routine has been the best ever.
- I signed up for a Masterclass membership and haven't taken any of the classes.
- I've sewn a lot of masks. It's been the reason I've not been online 24/7. I'm trying to get 40 more out by Saturday.
- I was happy to be able to volunteer some time last Friday to distributing meals for Blessings in a Backpack. They're a fantastic organization helping to address food insecurity for children in this country.
- I tried to transition my closet from winter to spring and now have a mixed up hot mess of clothes in my closet, on a rolling rack, and in my laundry room. Time to majorly purge – I don't like having that many things. It gets overwhelming.
- I won my first game of pool. We have a pool table, but I'd never used it (it was Steve's, and he rarely uses it either…) To be fair and by his own admission, he's not a great pool player, but I won the first game. Perhaps beginners luck, since I've not won another since.
April flew by – I blinked and it was over. You'd think when the world is in such a weird spot and you can't go anywhere that time would crawl, but that's not been the case for me. What about you – did you think it flew by?