Well, so much for that robust month of creative content I had planned.
As I kicked off April, I was so full of hope and ideas for this blog, but very quickly I realised that I just couldn’t make it all happen; there just weren’t enough hours in the day to work two jobs, eat, sleep AND write, let alone have a social life.
So, unfortunately, writing for this blog – and pretty much everything that wasn’t work – fell by the wayside. When it came time to choose between sleeping and writing, sleeping always won out and I regret nothing. Alright, admittedly, there were a few times the choice was between Seinfeld reruns and writing, and writing still just didn’t win out. Again, I regret nothing.
But, that doesn’t mean I felt great about it. All month I felt guilty that I was neglecting this space, and in turn neglecting all of the ideas I had ruminating around my head. But, I knew it was the right choice; I just had to put myself first.
And for this next month, I’ve decided that putting myself first will involve more blogging. Although my schedule will be just as crazy as before, I’ve taken the steps to carve out bits of time where I can dedicate myself to writing. I have a list of ideas and my fingers are just itching to get writing.
I know I’ve said it before, but this month I mean it: I will find a balance between working, writing and having a social life.
It can be done; I can have it all; and, May will be my month!
- Leeds, UK
- York, UK
Distance Travelled: 71 km
Given that I didn’t write a single post this month, I’ve decided to highlight some of my most popular posts of all time:
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- The Petite Adventures Guide to 36 Hours in Brussels
- My Travel Bucket List: Sicily
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What I Read
For two months, Leap Year sat on my bedside table, waiting for me to pick it up and finish it. But, I just couldn’t. Much to the chagrin of those waiting behind me in the reservation line at the library, I continued to renew my copy hoping that one night I’d have the energy to pick it up, but I just didn’t. Finally, when I could renew no more, I took it as a sign and have decided that it’s probably best to just move on and start a new book, and mid-way through this month I did just that.
The Dogs of Riga is the second book in the Kurt Wallander series. I listened to it on audiobook last year, but I find with audiobooks I don’t retain anything, so I decided to give it another read.
The Dogs of Riga takes place in Sweden in the winter of 1991. One night, Inspector Wallander and his team receive an anonymous tip of a life raft containing two dead bodies has washed up on a beach, seemingly the victims of a gangland hit. Initially, it appears to be an open-and-shut case, but it soon takes a more sinister turn and sees Wallander travelling to Riga Latvia, where he is plunged into a frozen world of police surveillance, veiled threats, and lies (Goodreads).
The Wallander series are intriguing, not overly complicated reads that give an interesting insight into Sweden in the early 1990s. I’ve enjoyed both that I’ve read so far, and look forward to continuing the series.
Blackout is a short story written by my friend, Lydia Kardum and it is a page turner! Blackout tells the story of Ben and Emma a recently broken up couple. To cope with recent events, Emma jumps on a plane to Iceland, while Ben stays behind thinking about what went wrong. As they are just starting to get used to life apart, the world experiences a very unusual event – an event so unnerving that Emma just isn’t quite herself when she returns.
I am beyond excited because this month we actually have travel plans! Cue the bands, hip hip hooray, we are headed to Croatia!
A few weeks back (I can’t remember when because it’s all a blur at this point) we found an insanely cheap flight direct from Leeds to Zadar and we jumped on it! We’ll be spending seven days exploring Zadar and Split, island hopping on the Dalmatian coast and hopefully taking a day trip to nearby Mostar. After these last few weeks of work, work, work, work, work, we’re very much looking forward to a week of sunshine, relaxing and exploring.
Have you been to Zadar, Split or Mostar? Send me your best tips and recos!
Best of Madrid in 24 Hours or Less
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24 Hours in Prague
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, as well as the historical capital of Bohemia. Prague is a city with a rich history by downloading the GPSmyCity app, you can explore the best of Prague in just 24 hours. http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/24-hours-in-prague-548.html
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