Monthly Review | April 2016

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Monthly review - April - Leanne Lindsey

April is my favourite month of the year. Basically because it’s my birthday month.

This year I was lucky enough to celebrate in Tenerife and with my sister who flew over for a long weekend. We had an absolute blast and it’s one of the best birthdays I’ve had in a while.

My sister and I managed to fit in quite a bit and the highlights were:

  • Jet Ski Safari: Basically a 2 hour jet ski excursion around the south of the island. It was amazing and I definitely recommend it if you like speed and adrenaline. I will warn you however, that you’ll spend a few days after recovering from aching muscles and bruises, but it’s worth it!
  • Japanese Tempenyaki: I’ve had tempenyaki several times and each time it’s been both delicious and entertaining. We had a set menu which was mouthwatering and finger licking good! I was also given a chocolate orange brownie dessert served with a huge sparkler and Happy Birthday sung by the waiters and everyone around the tempenyaki table.
  • Shopping and manicure: Who doesn’t like a bit of retail therapy for their birthday but funnily enough I didn’t actually buy anything. My sister bought a few bits and also treated me to a manicure – which was a real treat as I hardly ever do anything like that – plus I got to practice my Spanish with the nail technician.

My birthday weekend consisted of lots of fun, laughter and good food – perfect!

Books

I have haven’t actually completed a book this month, instead I’m mid way through 3 books so hopefully I will finish them all and have an update in May’s monthly review.

Blogging

I have continued blogging regularly and have made a new commitment this month to get more focused as the plan is to start offering my blogging services to others. So of course I need to not only showcase my skills, but also continue improving them.

This month there was a lot of (totally valid) hype around Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade, which inspired me to write a post about how it made me feel. It inspired me in so many more ways and it’s now my go to album when I begin to doubt myself.

Food/Health

April was another rollercoaster. I did have had good days and then the final week (my birthday week) I feel totally off the wagon! But to be fair, it was a conscious choice as I wanted total freedom in celebrating my birthday so I ate bread, cake, pasta, chips and ice-cream!

Do I feel guilty? Actually no. I’m now back on the “straight and narrow” and have begun a detox to flush out all of the delicious tasting crap!

I have however been doing Zumba twice a week which I absolutely LOVE! It’s so much fun and is a great way to keep fit. I also walk at least 30-40 minutes a day to and from Spanish class – normally more as most days I go to the beach.

Self

As well my eating habits being a rollercoaster in April, so were my emotions, which has continued into May.

I know it’s just part of dealing with uncertainty, which I’m not always great at, however I do recognise it’s an opportunity for growth and transformation.

Taking a leap of faith the way I have – quitting a stable contract and moving to Tenerife for a few months to learn Spanish – can be both scary and exciting, and I am experiencing the entire spectrum of emotions between the two – especially now that my return to London is getting closer.

I have been journalling a lot which has helped, as it gets me out of my head and allows me to look at my fears and concerns rationally.

One thing that I recently discovered when journalling was that I was feeling guilty for not doing everything I wanted to.

So I wrote down everything I wanted to do, as well as everything I needed to do such as cook, shower, eat, etc. and guess what, I didn’t physically have enough hours in the day! That was a huge eye opener for me, and also helped me to prioritise.

I am still pulling an oracle card most mornings and reading the daily passage from Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant, which helps me to start the day on a positive note.

Spanish

I am feeling super happy about my progress! As I mentioned above, I was able to have a conversation with the nail technician doing my manicure. I was also able to order a taxi for my sister for the airport and I am able to order in Spanish at restaurants.

It may not sound like much, but for me it’s major progress.

I have now learned three past tenses and tonnes of grammar and vocabulary.

And the best thing to come out of learning Spanish, is that I have made 3 new friends.

The two lovely ladies I exchange languages with (one in Northern Spain and the other actually in London, but is from Venezuela) and my Spanish teacher. I have so much in common with all three of them, so it’s like gaining new friends, with a bonus that I can practice Spanish and they can practice their English.

I think that about covers April… another great month in Tenerife.

How was April for you?

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