Exactly one year ago I started a doodle calendar and writing month-in-review posts through Su’s Changing Seasons challenge. Maybe ironically, maybe fittingly, this month I dropped the ball on my doodle calendar. I’m not fretting about it though. This month I started a #healthyhabits challenge and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, so I have plenty of written records of my month. And I might go back and doodle in my April calendar later.
On April 7, I started getting up early and going hiking in the morning as part of my self-initiated #healthyhabits challenge. (I’ve been sharing daily reports on my Instagram stories.) My main goals were to get up early, exercise first thing, and eat healthier. I’m proud to report that I think I succeeded in all three goals. I got up at 6ish (anytime before 6 or until 6:30) 18 days this month, went hiking 12 days, and was better about cooking at home and eating better.
This month was really chock full of planning and projects and work, exercise and creativity and reconnecting with my mountain. It was so rewarding to really be able to witness the changing seasons every day. Seeing the flowers bloom and fade, the mountain slowly transform from brownish to greenish. I felt extremely grateful to live so close to nature, and I’m glad I finally took full advantage of this access this month. It only took two plus months of Coronavirus to get me to make positive changes.
Speaking of Coronavirus, there were only four new confirmed cases today, all inbound from overseas. The number of cases have been in the single digits for the past week. Next week, May 5, will hopefully be the end of the official social distancing policy. Fingers and toes crossed this holiday weekend (today is Buddha’s birthday) won’t lead to another cluster of cases. Everyone is still masked and being careful, but the absolute nightmare that was February seems like a distant memory.
In addition to the mountain, the warmer weather meant I could walk around the city a lot more. And I did so in order to avoid public transit. I spent five dollars on transportation this month, a tenth of my BC (Before Corona) budget. As I walked through new neighborhoods, one thought kept popping up in my brain: I love this city. I love how I can walk fifteen minutes in one direction and be in the middle of the woods, or fifteen minutes the other way and be in the city center. I think walking, both in nature and just in general, really helped my mental health this month. (That and the warmer weather.)
So that’s my month in a nutshell. And here are some photos as reports from my side of the mountain.
And below is the process video of an art journal spread. It includes some footage of the mountain and learning the names of the flora and fauna I met on the way. Hope you like it.
I know April was a challenging and difficult month for many. All I can do is send you all the virtual hugs and good wishes. Hang in there, friends. Be safe and well.
From Su’s post at Zimmerbitch:
About The Changing Seasons
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month. If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots. Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them.
The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):
Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month. Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material! Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.
If you do a ping-back to Su’s post, Su can update it with links to all of yours.