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Monthly Review: April 2013

Oh man. Another one bites the dust. April is officially over, which makes way for May. May’s going to be an exciting month filled with fun things such as: My birthday! A trip to the Jersey Shore with friends! Memorial Day weekend! Warmer weather!

I can’t wait! For now, let’s see how April stacked up.

April Highlights

I’ve actually been getting into the groove of posting as regularly as I’d like to. Check out some of my favorite articles from April:

Living in Flux News

DIY is Now a Topic on Living In Flux

As I noted earlier in the month, I’m going to start posting DIY -themed posts. I think this fits nicely into the current themes, as there are many things that you can DIY to save money, improve your living space, achieve your goals and much more. Don’t worry, you’re not going to be inundated with crafty projects, DIY posts will be anything you do yourself to  make your life better.

Another Design Refresh is On Its Way

Yep, I said it. As you know, one of my goals in 2013 is to redesign the site. In February, I rolled out a new look, but I’ve been refining it even further. It’s been taking a bit of work, but I hope to have it live in the next couple of weeks. You can expect the following from the next iteration:

  • Better landing pages that outline my themes
  • Wider posts and sidebar
  • A way to explore all of the different places I’ve traveled to and written about

April Goals Recap

I set four goals for myself in April. Let’s see how I did! Spoiler alert: not fantastic.

small-check-box1. Read 2 books.

I read two books:

  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson aka The Blogess
  • The Smashing Mobile Book

small-x-box2. Sell something on Etsy.

Yeah. This didn’t end up happening. I’m probably going to push this off until June, since May is shaping up to be a busy month.

small-x-box3. Spend less than I earn.

When I created this goal, I didn’t take into account that I would have to pay taxes this month, so this definitely did not happen.

small-x-box4. Plan a trip.

My trip planning hasn’t progressed much this month. There’s a possibility of going somewhere in September, but I haven’t made any final plans on that. Hopefully, I’ll have a better idea of this in the next month or so.

May Goals

1. Read 2 books.

I’d love to keep up the momentum that I’ve had in reading books. I’ve managed to read at least 2 books each month since the beginning of the year and I’d like to keep that going.

2. Run 35 miles.

With warmer weather and a new set of running shoes, I want to focus on upping my mileage for the month. While 35 isn’t that many miles, it will definitely signal an improvement from my end.

3. Launch Living in Flux design refresh.

As I’ve mentioned above, I’ve been working on another refresh for Living in Flux. My hope is that the refresh will be the last for a while, but we’ll see!

4. Treat myself.

With my birthday coming up, I’m in the mood for doing something special for myself. I’m not sure what it will be yet, but I know it will be good.

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