April is one of those months where you start yearning for warmer weather. Summer is right around the corner and thoughts of beaches and pools are on people’s minds. Not me though. The only thing I have in mind is how fast I need May to come! April is one of those months where there are too many things to do and too little time to accomplish it.
Savir Blogs: After speaking about how I was being consistent with posting, this month I haven’t posted as much. I realized that when I’m too busy at work it affects my motivation to do any other activity after work. I am trying to catch up so hopefully I can get back on schedule.
Weight: I have been so busy that I haven’t even had the motivation to work out after work. Usually I don’t worry too much about not being able to work out because I get a good walk in during work but this month has been too busy. On a normal work day I am able to close out all my rings on my watch but I’ve been slacking on that. I did get complimented on losing some weight so it looks like my exercises in March worked!
Vacation: I haven’t taken a vacation since June 2021. This year I definitely plan on changing that! A problem that I’m seeing is that flights are expensive now! Flights are double what I usually pay. That definitely puts me at a disadvantage because I would have to save more so I could be able to vacation properly. There is nothing worse than vacationing with a tight budget! The good thing is I have some flight credits that I could use but I know it won’t be enough for all my travels. So far I have plans to go to Texas and California to visit family.
The good news is that although I’ve come across some minor challenges, free time is coming soon. I will be able to go back to my daily walks and a consistent posting schedule. Hopefully by the next life update I will have more positive things to share.
For the month of April I decided to use the Ciate London The Editor Palette in New England. I got this palette from a friend and it’s probably the most colorful shimmery palette I have. I’m a neutral kind of gal for reference. Although I don’t like to use shimmery shades to go to work, I decided to use this palette to try something new.
I’m not bold enough yet to wear the blues but hopefully in time I will be. Color always causes me hesitation because I’m no makeup pro. Majority of the time I don’t even know what I’m doing, I just wing it and hope it looks good.
I love nails! I have my nails done 98% of the time. That 2% represents when I’ve taken off acrylics, press ons, or nail polish. In the Reels above you see my 2021 nail journey. I stuck to regular nail polish and acrylic nails for the majority of the year. It wasn’t until October that I started wearing press ons. The acrylic nails are done by my nail lady while the regular polish and press ons are done by me.
I discovered ILNP nail polish late 2020 so the majority of my nail polish colors in the beginning of 2021 were that brand as I learned the best way to make the manicure last. When I switched to press ons in October I expanded my size range. I prefer small sized press ons because they’re less likely to pop off but I found some medium sized ones that gave me added length without the worry. I dipped into the large sized section and I learned that they’re not that practical because of my line of work. Although pretty, they are not as durable.
I would say that my nails were pretty good last year. I definitely branched out in designs and got plenty of compliments.
In honor of National World Photography Day here is a picture of my hometown from 2 years ago.
This is the view of Newark from the outdoor terrace of one of the luxury apartment buildings in downtown. This is one of my favorite views of Newark because of the sword at Military Park. It shows “new” Newark with the addition of the Prudential building and “old” Newark with buildings like Hahne & Co. and the Military Park Building.
Newark has changed a lot over the past couple of years. A lot of the mom and pop stores have closed making the way for stores like Nike and Starbucks. It’s being gentrified slowly. The downside is that money speaks volume and lifelong Newark residents can’t afford the expensive standard of living.