Things I Learned in April

April went by in a blur of fun and I honestly barely remember any of it. I turned 32 (that is sounding OLD), I went on solo trips to Denver and San Francisco, I caught up with old friends, and we went on a lot of adventures as a family! Plus, we started searching for a house to buy in the Seattle area.

I want to go back and be more reflective, so let’s talk about what I learned from the month.

Things I Learned in April

Things I Learned in April

I love traveling (solo) 

I have always enjoyed traveling, but it’s been put on a major hold for me over the past few years because we’e been in such sleep deprived baby/toddler chaos that I haven’t had the energy to do anything but survive. Of course we’ve traveled a bit as a family, but the thought of leaving Tim alone for a weekend with the girls was too much for me to consider until very recently. However, we’re finally in a better place (thank goodness!) and I was able to leave him for two weekend alone in April! It was so worth it to get away. I loved the plane rides, train rides, time waiting alone in the airport, eating at restaurants with other adults… everything! Plus the catching up with friends and all of that good stuff. This month I realized that to feel like a whole person, I need to get out and do things with my friends and for myself – even if that entails getting on a plane and traveling across the country.

Nothing makes me feel broke like the Seattle housing market

Tim and I just started looking for a house here, and it is CRAZY. House prices/values went up 13% in 12 months. That means house we could have afforded a year or so ago are no longer in our price range. It is so frustrating! And I won’t even get into how houses aren’t on the market for more than a week, there are multiple offers on each house with tens of thousands of dollars in escalations, and that competitive offers are those that waive all contingencies. It is nuts out there, friends. Pray for us.

I’ve been doing my Mondays all wrong

Mondays are my favorite day of the week (excluding the weekend, of course). I come into the week full of energy, which means that I generally make my to-do list super long on Mondays (because I know it will all get done) and plan most of our activities for then as well. However, I’m realizing I’ve been doing it wrong, because by Thursday and Friday my brain is complete mush and I’m really, really worn out and unmotivated. So then I started experimenting with my schedule. It turns out that I do much better when I have a low-key Monday, so I have time to write out my to-do lists, meal plan, put away laundry, and generally get ready for the week ahead. (I consider this all to be completely boring stuff, but it turns out it’s necessary. Womp.) In the future I’ll be trying to ensure that the beginning of my week has some space in it so that I feel more organized and less burnt out.

What did you learn this month?! I hope your May is off to a great start!

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5 Responses to Things I Learned in April

  1. Lisa C says:

    Good luck with the house search! The market in Colorado Springs did the same thing while we were living there.

  2. Alissa Pires says:

    We sold our home in Seattle nearly a year ago. It was crazy how much our tiny house went for! I know we will be moving back in a few years and I’m terrified about what will happen in the meantime. Definitely write a letter and include a picture of your family… it could make the difference in the end! I know it did when we bought 4 years ago and it was a huge factor for us when choosing which offer to accept.

  3. I never ever ever travel alone. I travel with just friends, but that’s it. I wonder if I’d enjoy it… The housing market can be SO frustrating sometimes. I truly feel like we got lucky but there was still blood sweat and tears involved. UGH.
    I love how observant you are to your own patterns and behavior. I’ve never thought about which day I’m most productive and how to tweak my schedule accordingly. Most of my social things are scheduled for Tues. Wed. Sat. but beyond that I don’t pay any attention.

  4. LOVE traveling alone! It’s refreshing!

  5. I’m going to have to try your approach to Mondays. I tend to do the same thing and then by Thursday, I’m beat.

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