April Goals and Highlights

March was such a fun (and long!) month! It feels like so much has happened that when I was looking back at what all I did it was hard to believe it all happened in 31 days. For one thing- I had two amazing trips that were the highlight of the month- a last minute quick getaway to Myrtle Beach with friends and a long-awaited trip to Savannah with two of my friends from Pittsburgh. Secondly, Dan started a job this month which has flipped our lives upside down (in a good way!). Plus he celebrated his birthday last week! We're making lots of changes, and I think there will be more to come in April. 

I kind of failed on my monthly goals because the month was so nuts so we'll just focus on my annual goals....

Spend More Time Outdoors

  • 1000 Hours Outside -
    • January - 54 total hours, breaking down to 41 hours running/walking/hiking, 5 hours reading, and 8 hours socializing/misc. 
    • February - 52 total hours, breaking down to 31 hours running/walking/hiking, 7 hours reading, 13 hours socializing/misc, and 1 hour biking. 
    • March - 97 total hours, breaking down to 47 hours running/walking/hiking, 17 hours reading, 32 hours socializing/misc, and 1 hour biking.
  • 2,022 Outdoor Miles - 
    • January Running - 106 miles, Walking - 25.97 miles, Biking - 0 miles
    • February Running - 101 miles, Walking - 22.4 miles, Biking - 10.7 miles
    • March Running - 106 miles, Walking - 37.82 miles, Biking - 10 miles
  • Visit all the gardens and free museums in the Triangle
    • This month I visited the City of Raleigh museum! They were hosting a coffee tasting event nearby, so we went to try lots of coffee then headed to explore the museum. It was a really cool look at the history of the city and is in a historic building in the heart of downtown (just down the street from the capitol building). 
    • We also visited the Duke Gardens in Durham. This is my third trip here and every time there are new things to see and new plants that are in bloom. This month all of the blossom trees were in full bloom and were spectacular. There were also lots of tulips planted and it really put me in the spring mood! Just a few notes- the gardens are free to visit but they have paid parking. I would recommend downloading the parking app before going to save lots of time when you get there. Also- dogs are allowed before 10AM and after 5PM every day!

Donate to a Different Charity Every Month

Reminder to check with your company if donations are matched! This month my work had a special match for donations to help Ukrainians, so I made sure to put that in.

January - Autism Center of North Carolina - improves the lives of individuals with autism, supports their families, and educates communities. 

February - Black Girls CODE - builds pathways for young women of color to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators by introducing them to skills in computer programming and technology.

March - GlobalGiving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund - supports humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled.

Read all the Goodreads Best Books of 2021

This month-

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave  - Best Mystery and Thriller - 2.5/5. Great, twisty start that had a disappointing and weird ending.

Previous months-

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Best Historical Fiction - 5/5. Fun story told in flashbacks and culminating in a disastrous star-studded party in a Malibu beach house.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - Best Science Fiction - 4/5. Good starter sci-fi book for people who want to get in the genre! Gets a little tedious in the middle but fascinating book about a scientist who tries to save the earth from extinction.

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman - Best Poetry - 5/5. The inauguration poem for President Biden. Beautiful words but even better to watch Amanda perform! Makes me want to get more into poetry.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry - Best Romance - 5/5. Lovely, sweet book to satisfy your wanderlust and just enough cheese for any rom-com lover out there.

Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson - Best Humor - 3/5. Some parts were laugh out loud funny and it was an engrossing (and sad at times) story- I just didn't enjoy the stream-of-conscious writing style or the disjointed chapters.

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas  - Best Debut Novel - 4.5/5. This book seems to be very hit or miss (according to Goodreads) but I really enjoyed it!  A little slow and repetitive at the beginning, but once it got going I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down.

Re-launch Etsy!

Still moving in the right direction and having more fun with my painting! I have 71 followers on Instagram and crossed the 100 follower mark on TikTok (I'm up to 106 and have 1,720 total likes on my videos). I also had some more activity in my Etsy shop- one purchase and a few "favorites" so here's to hoping I can continue to grow all of these. This month I experimented with a different style of painting flowers, and also painted a sunrise that I saw one day while running (see it above!). I'm excited for warmer weather and getting to start paint outside again.

April Goals

I mostly have two goals that I'm ready to share for the month (hopefully I'll be able to share a few other things next month...sorry for being vague!). One is to get outside to bike more with the warmer weather and my final race for a while coming up. I want to try to bike once a week, especially to help me get my annual mileage up! My second goal is to take at least one bootcamp class on Peloton a week. They just added Boxing Bootcamp, so now I can try a treadmill, bike, or boxing bootcamp! They all sound fun so I can't wait to add this back to my workout rotation.

How was your March?


  1. OK, now I am SUPER curious about the changes that are coming! Ack! I need to read ahead or something... ;) You got outside SO MUCH - so jealous, as it's still wintry here. Sigh. Wore winter coat, mittens, and hat to the store this morning. NC is looking more tempting by the day. ;)

    1. Will share all next month :) And yes move south!! At least for the winter. It's seriously been life changing...I feel like a different person this year.


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