Hey there lovelies!

How’s your day going to far? Awesome and ready to talk about monthly goal setting again? I hope so! I’m super DUPER excited about April and am quite confident that the experiences I’ve got planned are going to make it one of the best months in 2012. Goals-wise, I’m looking forward to all of them! Rather than focusing on fitness and nutrition (which I still thoroughly enjoy), I’ll be pursuing some hobbies and generally chilling out. This is one part of my 2012 vision board that tends to get a bit neglected, so it’s going to see some major lovin’ this month. Here are the 5 things I’m working on:

1. Make my own sushi.

I’ve professed my love for sushi on the blog several times and one of my fun goals for the year is to learn how to make it. Initially I envisioned myself attending some sort of sushi making class but from what I’ve learned from Google and the blog world, it’s actually quite easy to do. I’ve got my sushi mat, nori sheets, chopsticks, and all the other goodies I think I’ll need. Now it’s time to get cooking!

2. Launch a new and very exciting new page on the blog.

If your guess is that it’s my health coaching site, guess again! That’s coming, I promise. I’ve got another little something in the works and the launch of it is planned for early next week. Stay tuned… there’s a giveaway involved!

3. Read a food photography book.

It’s actually one I already own but have failed to dive into due to a bazillion other things, but I AM going to tackle it this month! Remember back in December when I bought this?

I bought it when I purchased my camera with the intention of taking all sorts of fabulous photos while I was in Italy over Christmas. Photos were indeed taken, but not with any background knowledge that came from this book. That’s all about to change, and I’ll be reading Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots while working on my next goal…

3. Learn to use my camera in manual mode.

Up until now, my Canon Rebel T3 DSLR has been set in auto mode, meaning that I don’t have to know a thing about aperture, f stops, depth of field, etc. However, I want to put to use what I learn in goal #2 and learn how to get as much as I can out of my camera. I realize that there is a ton to know about photography, and luckily I’ve got some friends that can help me out. As a kid I never would have thought I’d get as much enjoyment out of a camera as I do now. Isn’t it weird how our hobbies change?

4. Be a fantastic bridesmaid.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m headed to Australia this month to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of my best girlfriends. Cynthia and I met when I lived in Bahrain. She was one of the first friends I made at school and we hung out all the time until her family moved to Singapore. I went to visit her family there just prior to moving back to Canada in 2006 for university, and it was SUCH a fun trip. We spent an entire week shopping, sightseeing, catching up, and drinking margaritas in fancy restaurants. What’s not to love?

She has since moved back to her hometown of Melbourne. In my 23 years so far, I haven’t even been to a wedding, let alone be in a wedding as a bridesmaid. I’m so pumped for the whole experience and can’t wait to be there for her on her big day. So far, Cynthia has been a fabulous bride – she sent me my bridesmaid’s dress, and it actually FITS! All I had to track down were some silver strappy sandals, and that mission was accomplished last weekend. What do ya think?

5. Relax, unwind, and have an absolutely brilliant time in Australia!

This will be the longest holiday I’ve taken since the time I was in between being a student and finding my full-time job – and that doesn’t really count as a holiday. I’m so excited to let go of my daily commitments and just go with the flow of whatever happens. As many of you are well aware, I’m a big planner and seldom head into a day or week of my life without having an idea of what I’m going to do next. Part of me really likes the comfort that routine brings, but I think that we need to bust out of routine in order to keep learning and growing. We also need to give our brains and bodies a rest so that we don’t fizzle out. So, for the time that I’m away, I’ll be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, chilled-out kind of gal. Melbourne, here I come (…well, in a couple of weeks!)

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Now it’s time for you to tell me…

  • What are your goals for April?
  • What’s one thing you’ll do for your own emotional/mental wellness this month? I think this aspect of our health is often neglected, but it’s so important that we take time to de-stress and do things we enjoy regularly. What will it be for you?
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