monthly wrap up

April Wrap Up

April has been incredibly stressful, I’m not going to lie. My mental health hasn’t been great but I’m powering through and y’know, I’m still alive and kicking so there’s that. I’ve started therapy which is much more work than I thought it was going to be and we’re already working a few things out… but it’s exhausting.

I have been pretty consistent with reading – even if not blogging about it quite as regularly as I would like. I’m contemplating maybe pre-writing some of the weekly link-up answers, I don’t know. But I am pleased with myself for keeping going for four months and have bought myself a domain name as a reward. My betrothed is going to host me (and maybe design me a layout) and we’re hoping that should happen later this month.

But the books I finished in April were:

And I’m impressed seeing it laid out like that, I read more than I thought I had. Go me!

I DNFed:

I spent a great portion of the month reading but not finishing:

but Iโ€™m on track to finish reading in early May

Looking back at my April goals:
finish 4 books I finished 5, hurrah!
submit assignment 5 โ€“ due on the 7th, 800 words of plan for my independent investigation I submitted it on the 6th April and got 96% which, as you can imagine, I’m thrilled about
lose 6lb I did lose weight but not that much, just under 4lb – I comfort eat and I’ve been stressed. I’ve been pretty good at getting out and walking though… just need less chocolate!
sort out my morning routine. Hah! Nope, not at all. I’m still not sleeping great so I’m struggling to get out of bed – I eventually fall asleep around 3, so when the alarm goes off at 7, I hit snooze, sleep until just before 8:30, roll out of bed and start work. Although, frustratingly, I do know that sorting out my morning routine can help with the sleeping thing.

My goals for May
* Write, edit and submit my End Of Module Assignment – 2500 words on ‘How can the study of ancient places help us to better understand religion in ancient culture?’ I’m using Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi and Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia as examples, and arguing that the lived experience of religion was the same across poleis.
* finish 4 books
* lose 4 lb
* start practising daily mindfulness and gratitude
* figure out using tiktok

How was your April and do you have any goals for May โ€“ bookish or otherwise?

6 thoughts on “April Wrap Up

  1. Hey, losing four pounds is still a huge achievement. But yeah, those tiny cravings always put a dent in our plans. My vice is ice cream, and I tend to eat too much each time there’s a pint in the freezer.

  2. I hope you feel better next month, and I hope therapy helps you. You sure have some great ideas for your blog, and I can’t wait to see the results.

  3. I hope the therapy helps! Mental health struggles are so hard.

    If you have the time and energy for it, pre-writing weekly linkup answers can be wonderful. Itโ€™s nice to know you have X number of posts ready to go even if that particular week (or more) turns out to be hard from a mental/physical health perspective, or busy, or whatever.

    But no pressure if youโ€™re not up for it! Everyone is different. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m sorry you’ve been struggling a bit. Good for you that you’ve been getting some help. But that’s definitely exhausting!
    Have a great week and happy reading.

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