Wow guys! This year has been crazy! And it's only April?? I've been putting more effort into being present on Instagram stories and posting more often, but I still struggle doing updates "in the moment" with what's really going on behind the scenes. So for any of you who have been curious about that, this post is for you!
For the past 3 years it's felt like everyone has constantly been asking me and Eric when we're getting married, and every time we just flippantly gave the go-to "in a few years" answer. We picked our date recently (it's in 2020) and even then, I was still in the mindset that I was totally fine taking our time getting there. In the last month though, I've become so impatient! I don't know what changed, but suddenly I feel so ready to settle down. We're still sticking with our date in 2020, because financially/career-wise that's what makes sense for us, but I'm literally counting down the days to get the rest of our lives started. Mentally and emotionally, I'm so ready.
Oh, and don't even get me started on my baby fever right now... Go find me on Pinterest and see how many pictures of nursery rooms I've been pinning lately 🙃
For a couple months now I haven't been feeling my best. I started getting these crazy sugar cravings and experiencing extreme fatigue. And every time I try googling my symptoms it keeps telling me I'm pregnant. 😩 (I promise, I'm not)
The more I think about it, it seems like my increased sugar consumption could be causing my chronic fatigue, but I can't tell for sure because it really seems like the two things hit me simultaneously. My best guesses right now are that I'm just going through hormonal changes or that I've developed some food allergies/intolerances. Planning to get checked out with a doctor soon so I'll keep you all posted!
This is the first time I'm admitting this, but I found some wrinkles 😭 And I'm only 24. WHYYYY?! 👵🏼 Ok, I'm half-joking, and right now they are just fine lines that probably no one else would even notice, but nonetheless I'm taking it as a sign that it's time to up my skincare game. Last year was all about overcoming my adult cystic acne (if you missed that post go read it!), but this year I'm focusing on anti-aging and prevention. I've been investing in better quality serums, moisturizers, and eye creams, wearing SPF every single day, and trying out some unique skincare products, like the Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massager, which I'm loving! And of course, making sure to drink tons of water daily. So far, I'm really happy with my results and loving how my skin is looking. Let me know if you'd want to see a post on my anti-aging skincare routine!
Gosh, my work has been such a roller coaster this year! But I mean that in the best way. I'll probably have to do a full-length post about what I do for work, because a lot of people don't even know it's been almost a year since I quit my 9-5 to do freelance marketing! For now, though, I'll keep it brief.
It has definitely taken some getting used to not having a consistent income to rely on. I'll get a project with a new client and make a paycheck that has me jumping up and down alone in my room like a crazy person, and then... crickets for a couple weeks until the next project comes along. I'm getting more and more consistent work as I build my portfolio and references, but it's still taking some getting used to the fact that even if I did great for myself this month doesn't mean it's always going to be that way. I've become a lot more frugal and am learning to be OK without a routine, but I wouldn't trade this adventure and getting to be my own boss for anything!
I had a little bit of a dry spell in March when I got a really bad case of writer's block. I finally buckled down and forced a couple posts out and it got me right back in the groove of things. I feel like I'm just overflowing with content ideas right now!
I also want to share how humbled I am by the engagement I've been getting! When I decided to start blogging I kept telling myself it was just for me, because writing and web design are such passions of mine. A secret part of me, that didn't want to admit it though, was also hoping I would gain a community of like-minded people by blogging, and become a trusted resource for others. I've received such overwhelming amounts of positive feedback in the last couple months in regards to my blog, IG stories, posts, etc., and it has touched me so much! I still feel the need to keep telling myself this is just for me though, because I'm terrified of becoming too reliant on getting my validation from others. I'm finding it's just such a tricky place to be, because of course I want to be putting out content that people find useful and relatable, but I also know if I get my self-worth from others' opinions, then, well, it's really not self-worth, is it?
LOOKING FORWARD TO...
I had to sell my Coachella ticket last month, which, after going 5 years in a row, was heartbreaking 💔 BUT, the reason I sold it was because I have such a hectic (in a good way!) year ahead already, and I couldn't justify the $500 and a whole 4 days (plus post-desert recovery time, let's be real) away from my desk. April is my last month with a little bit of peace and quiet around here, because come May, I'm hosting a bridal shower at my house, seeing Taylor Swift, and heading to Paso Robles for a wedding/the wine festival. In June I have a bachelorette party in Palm Springs, a baby shower, three weddings, Eric's birthday... And the rest of the year is looking like it's going to be just as packed!
Aaaaand... drum roll please... my parents just put in an offer for a second rental property in Big Bear! If that goes as planned, we'll be in full-blown remodel mode 6 weeks from now when we get the keys (and you better believe I'll be blogging the crap out of that project).
I'm so excited for all of it! – But it means the hustle is real this month, because it looks like I won't have a second to spare in just few weeks time!