April Favorites

Sunday, April 29, 2018
April has been a very special month. So many atypical things have happened this month that I'm sure I'll probably never see another month quite like it. Because of all the excitement, this month has been much more about experiences and events than about things, and so it's only natural that my favorites reflect that.

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First up is something I'm sure you've all seen coming. Traveling. I love it. I love seeing new places, learning about their history, checking out all the local museums and art galleries and eating all the tasty foods a place can offer. I've been lucky enough this month to get to not only travel, but travel internationally which just amplifies everything fun about traveling. I'm positive I'll travel again, but for now I just want to soak up what a privilege it has been and how nicely a two week break from the real world has treated me.

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And now, hurdling back into the real world is my second favorite of the month -- starting a new job. Previously I was working the same job I've had for almost seven years. I loved the people I worked with and took a lot of pride in the product we were creating but it was time for a change. I'm now working for a much smaller team and I'm the only mobile developer at the moment. It's a lot of pressure at the moment, but it's a huge opportunity for me to spread my wings, become a lot more self-reliant and expand my knowledge base. Everyone has been really welcoming and helpful so I'm optimist about my future there. Bonus -- I'm not working in the travel industry!

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On the other side of the spectrum from all this newness, I've been really enjoying settling into and returning to things I know and love. My return to the gym after taking a break for vacation has been really positive. I've been taking a more laissez faire approach and doing a little of whatever I feel like each day. Normally that method hasn't resulted in my best efforts being put forth, but something about it now has me pushing myself harder than I have been lately and really feeling motivated while I'm in the midst of a workout. I've started listening to music again during workouts (a weird thing to have stopped doing now that I think about it) and I think that's really helped me eek out just a few more reps. I'm sure this style won't last forever for me, but I'm loving focusing on just the muscles I want to right now and just the types of exercise that get me all jazzed up.

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Lastly, I've been feeling really good about my slimmed down, curated skincare and beauty regime. Traveling really makes you pick and choose exactly you enjoy and regularly use, and I don't feel any desire to going back to an expanded regime. A cleanser, hydrating serum, moisturizer and sunscreen have been all I've used for my skin and it's definitely loving it. No acne, no congestion, and no dryness. Maybe it's just the added humidity now that's getting warmer, but I don't feel like tempting it. As for makeup, a simple tinted moisturizer, concealer, brow gel, mascara, and maybe some blush and highlighter if I feel like it have been getting me through everything and with a fresher look to boot. I just love the feeling of loving what you have and wanting for nothing. I hope to find ways to spread that feeling throughout all different aspects of my life!

See you in May, which hopefully will be much calmer!
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