Well it's April and that means my least favourite month of the year is finally over. I've always hated March. It's always such a wild card month in terms of weather, a rush to get your taxes filed, preparation for spring, and if you're a student in Canada, March is the busiest most stressful month of the winter term outside of finals. March was both busy and quiet for me at the same time - if that can happen. Insanely busy between work projects, school deadlines and helping out my dad. I've retreated a bit socially this month and really enjoyed plugging away at my reading list - amazingly I am on track with my book-a-week goal! I am currently finishing up the His Dark Materials series, the Scott Pilgrim Series, and have Allegiant left to read from the Divergent series. I find reading fantasy/Y.A/Escapist literature is a really great stress reliever. Sometimes reading capital L "Literature" can feel like work in itself. I also have out Revolutionary Road, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking currently out from the library, so lots of reading material to devour over the next 1-2 months! So pleased I feel inclined to read lately. I think I was so burnt out after my B.A that I couldn't concentrate on reading for a long time, but that avoidance seems to have finally waned. Yay!
A big theme for me last month has been finding ways to relax and go with the flow. I've been making an effort to eat well, exercise, see friends when I can, and know when to say enough is enough. I take on way too much all the time and often end up burnt out. It's ok to step back, shut shop for the evening and relax. I am trying to live in the moment more and not stress out so much about all the things I have to do: they will get done. I am also debating whether I will stay in Edmonton this summer. Summers here are A-MAY-ZING but summers in Toronto are also pretty damn spectacular and I know that is where I want to live again one day. The music festivals alone are a huge draw for me to return. It's been on my mind like crazy over the past couple weeks! I am doing my best not to over think everything and just take my decisions day by day. Stop rationalizing scenarios or make capricious decisions. The answer will come when it comes, everything will work itself out the way it's supposed to and I need to just let things happen naturally. Now that it's a new month and winter really does seem over (knock on wood) I am marching forward into April with a more laid back attitude and taking things day by day.
Here's an outfit from a couple days ago! All items I've owned for ages. I took these under the tree in my front yard with my tripod. I am feeling interested in blogging again, so this site will be a bit more lively I hope, not just filled with catch-ups and work parties.
Have a great Easter weekend, all :)