Wow, what a month. It makes me a little bit sad to realize that almost half a year has already passed, and most of it I spent home. I am sure many of you can relate. But honestly, if we think about it, then we will one more time acknowledge the fact, that life is unpredictable. You just learn to kind of go with a flow and accept the duality of life. With the bad always comes the good and remembering that is important for keeping us sane. Also, one of the most important things I have found for myself personally is getting rid of expectations. Of course making plans and dreaming can be fun and exciting, but leaving a room on the back of our minds for the things we can't control is the right thing to do. Always.
With this being said, traditionally let's start with downs of the month
Let's go back to the downs of March, when I failed to finish two books that I picked for that month. Last month I decided to try to read the same books again, but nope, still wasn't able to finish them. To give myself a credit, those books are very long and not so easy to read. But I am slowly getting there.
Another "down" of the month was my stomach condition. Ironically after I posted the blogpost about my GI health, the nightmare began. It actually always happens around this time, so I wasn't too surprised, but I was a little bit disappointed because it seemed like I was going to be fine this year. Unfortunately, any chronic illness can come back from time to time depending on our lifestyle and other factors. So, I had to make a few lifestyle modifications to get back on track.
May was our third month of "quarantining", so of course it is taking it's toll on my mental and physical health. I am going to talk about my diet and overall health again at some point, just to give you more information in case you are dealing with the same issues.
Now, onto ups
Last month me and my partner managed to go hiking a few times, which is amazing. Getting back to nature is so incredibly calming, healing and rejuvenating to me. It's my natural remedy for anxiety. There were days I walked 15 thousand steps, which is something that I am always proud of (yep, I am!). I will be sharing more pictures from our hikes in my Instagram feed, so make sure you follow me there.
Another great thing that happened to me was yoga retreat with Boho Beautiful. It's a seven-day program that includes yoga sessions, meditations and journal exercise that I was able to do at home. I have talked about Boho Beautiful and yoga before, but last month I was incredibly happy to try their new program, that challenged my body and mind, keeping me accountable every day. I feel like after accomplishing the program I am not just more flexible and stronger physically, but also mentally.
Last but not least, I organized our pantry! If you, guys, have been following me for a while, you know that I absolutely love living minimalist lifestyle. I don't necessarily call myself a minimalist, but I am trying to be more mindful about my purchases, so I felt a little bit guilty for wanting to buy some containers to organize our kitchen cabinets.
Since I spend a lot of time on the kitchen, cooking, and healthy eating is a big part of my journey, I thought organizing things for convenience and neater look (which helps me to be less anxious and ovewhelmed) is a good idea. And it was. It's still far from my definition of "perfect", but to me it's about the process and celebrating even little progress in life.
Alright, this was my May recap. If you enjoyed this post, please share it and let me know what were your ups and downs last month. I think it's important to reflect and acknowledge even small wins to close the chapter and move forward. Until next time on Pillows&Trees.