In March I talked about planning my month based not only on what needed to be done and what was happening, but how I wanted to feel through it all. One thing I found was that I planned through certain things and made sure things were covered for the day after a special period (in March’s case, a trip to New York), but I hadn’t planned ahead for the rest of the week after I returned. I didn’t sleep well the night before I left and someone from the office picked me up so that I could get into the office that day. If I had slept better the night before, I don’t think that would have been a problem, but since I didn’t it set me up to be pretty tired the rest of the week. And it was exhausting to try to stay on top of everything that week.

Based on that experience, I entered April and thought about how I wanted to feel as I completed certain tasks and planned through certain events, but I also thought about how I wanted to feel after things and made my plans with that in mind. I talked more about that in Honor Your Promises to Yourself, which is another life take away from April.

What are some of your life take aways from the month?

As always, I like to go through my phone and remember the little things that made a month so special.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

The month began on a plane, headed home from New York.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

Had my coaching call for April and wrote down my square squad.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

I love sunsets and tree silhouettes.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

Miss Mina had a long nail, so she came to the office with me so that I could run her into the vet to have it trimmed. She was thrilled. 😂

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

We had a rainy day.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

And then a snowy one, because… spring in Minnesota.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

I worked late and then did some ballet. When I was finished I looked into my room and guess who had an eye on me? (And was so happy when I finally went to bed.)

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

Because of the snow, we had a snow day, so I braved the snowy roads (actually, I drive a Subaru, so… it handles the snow quite well) to pick up my niece and nephew and we played games all afternoon.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

The next day it rained again so I met up with a friend for lunch.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

She’s just cute, so why not share the cuteness?

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

On my first day of Easter break, a friend and I went to the Como Zoo Conservatory. Surprise, surprise. 😂

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

And we went out for lunch. My fortune cookie was tired, but I thought it was fitting for the first of a few days where I was taking my own break from productive things.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

I had a plant repotting day. Can you see the puppy in the hibiscus?

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

The Monday after my Easter my friend and I decided to head back to the conservatory at the University of Minnesota. But first, coffee…

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

I just love this place!

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

I attended the MN Prayer Breakfast with a client.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

Downtown views.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

Sunset views.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

And I enjoyed this beautiful sky while on the phone with a friend.

Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com
Pretty skies, cute dogs, and lots of flowers. The little things that made April special. // dreams-etc.com

I ended the month downtown for a marketing workshop about videos. It was so informative and the people I work with aren’t going to know what hit them next time I meet with all of them. 😉😂

What were some of your favorite moments from April?

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  • I wasn’t particularly close to my aunts and uncles growing up. I was born when my parents were a little older and I always felt like my aunts and uncles had done the aunt and uncle thing and didn’t need more of it by the time I was born.

But my Uncle H and Aunt J were different. When my uncle was dying I was asked what some of my biggest memories were. This question came up again over the weekend. And there were so many to choose from. The biggest was, of course, sticky buns on Sunday morning. (And usually going to the store with him to get them.) There was also ✨ “driving” the tractor through the fields on the farm
✨ fishing during the summer
✨ trips to the store and getting a candy bar that I didn’t have to tell my parents about (but always did)
✨ talking about his Spanish classes
✨ “scaring the fish away” by talking, but he was fine with me talking anyway
✨ driving the boat...and starting to fill the boat with water when I went too fast, but he wasn’t upset
✨driving the golf cart around the golf course
✨ listening to his stories about his time in the army

He wasn’t a perfect man and I saw that once I was an adult. But for someone who was only close to one uncle growing up, he’s part of some of my best childhood memories. 💙
  • ”I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” [Anne Lamott]

The last time I was here it was cold and the ground was covered in snow. I said goodbye to my uncle. (That sentence still brings tears to my eyes.) Now it’s (slightly) warmer and the world is waking up after winter. This weekend I was thankful for 🌻 the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan with my dog in my lap
🌻 a family brunch
🌻 followed by a family dinner the same day
🌻 fresh WI cheese curds
🌻 long talks with my cousin

What were you thankful for this weekend?
  • Lake Michigan was barely visible when we left this morning. It was fun to see how the view of lake changed each day—and throughout the day!—this weekend.
  • I guess I didn’t have to worry about whether or not the dogs would get along. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
  • Hello, Lake Michigan. 👋🏼
  • When you think they finally placed an order for you...and then they make you get off the chair. 😒 Swipe to see other photos from my day: 🐾 Met my human’s aunt and I was cute.
🐾 Asked my grandhuman for tummy rubs.
🐾 Realized my tummy rubs weren’t his priority. 🙄
🐾 Met two Doodles and my human pet one of them... so if you’d like a human, I’m getting rid of mine. No time for that kind of betrayal.
  • We’re headed on an adventure! Mina’s handling the longest road trip she’s been on like a champ. While at a rest stop we met a man wearing a “Dogs are my favorite people” shirt (👏🏼👏🏼) and his German Shepherd, who fell in love with Miss Mina. Can you blame him? Who wouldn’t fall in love with her? #littleonesadventures
  • Goodnight moon. 🌙

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