March Recap | Spring 2022

Although this blog post is overdue, the important thing is that I finally uploaded it in response to my previous blog post, March Goals | Spring 2022. Hey, at least I showed up and followed through with what I said I was going to do, even if it meant not following through with ALL of my goals. March was a very difficult month for both my husband and me and I am honestly surprised that I haven’t abandoned my blog yet. When I first started blogging, I promised myself that I would not quit no matter how I was feeling. Over the years, I have seen so many bloggers quit which is another reason why I make sure that this blog is updated at least once a month. ✍️

During the month of March 2022, I started off with high hopes and big goals to get healthier, but I quickly lost momentum after I kept receiving bad news throughout the month. It’s been hard to stay motivated and positive lately, but I’m hoping that April 2022 will be a better month. Here’s a recap of what happened during the month of March regarding my personal life:

  1. My husband was in a car accident and fractured his wrist. His work car was also totaled so now we only have one vehicle to drive.
  2. My 10-month old son needs urgent eye surgery, which was postponed last week. I am still too upset to talk about this. If you’re curious about the condition that my son has, you can learn more about it by clicking on this blog post (skip to #7 for details). Unfortunately, both my daughter and my son have inherited the gene from me 😔
  3. My husband and I have to make a very difficult decision regarding future plans involving the family. I am gutted and not handling this well….

A Small Victory

It wasn’t entirely doom and gloom this month. I finally found a planner at Staples out of all places, which I started using to keep track of things. Having a planner has helped me organize my day and prioritize my tasks better. I am able to see what needs to be done and what my deadlines are. This particular planner is really helpful because it keeps me on task with my work schedule, hobbies, and home life. I am trying to remember to write in it daily but most days I forget to fill out the pages. I didn’t think that it would be hard, but I guess I’m still a little lazy.

March Goals 2022

Career Goals:

  • Continue to work weekends and Fridays, preferably evening shifts I only worked evening shifts during the month of March. Friday-Sunday is my typical work week.
  • Bid on shifts so I average 7-9 shifts per month I worked a total of 9 shifts during the month of March and I did not have any sick days. I did not bid on any additional shifts because all of my shifts last month were scheduled ahead of time.
  • Renew and review courses on MLL Everything is up to date ✔
  • Attend 2 online wellness seminars I only had 1 online wellness seminar to attend. In April, I have 2 online wellness seminars to attend.

Personal Goals:

  • Publish 1-2 blog posts per month I published 4 blog posts during the month of March.
  • Publish 2-3 recipes and/or poems I published 0 recipes and/or poems during the month of March because I wanted to write more long-form blog posts instead 😅
  • Keep tabs on doctor’s appointments/pending appointments I went to all of my doctor’s appointments this month. Aaron’s eye surgery is still pending so I am eagerly waiting for more details regarding how we proceed from here.
  • Continue to declutter the house every day This really depends on how I am feeling, and whether I have the energy to declutter. These days, I am focussing more on organizing and cleaning than selling and/or donating items. I did manage to purge 3 large bags of junk though.
  • Have an IRL meeting/get-together I attended a 100-day parade at Rebecca’s school and that’s the only social thing I did this month. I am quite disappointed in myself for not making more of an effort to meet people. I think my social anxiety has been a major problem in the past. Thus, my fear of meeting new people has prevented me from stepping outside of my comfort zone.

Health Goals:

  • Follow a low carb diet for 3+ months Low carb made me miserable but I can see why people do low carb diets. I had less brain fog and felt better both physically and mentally. I ditched the low carb diet mid-March after my husband was in a car accident.
  • Continue Intermittent Fasting (IF) I still do intermittent fasting, but usually on workdays. I don’t bother eating at work so I end up unintentionally fasting for 9-10 hours.
  • Slash 90-95% of wheat products. Slash 70% of refined foods including refined sugar. I was doing really well with this up until the end of March when I received the bad news about my son. One thing I managed to cut out of my diet was store-bought bread, although I still eat pizza crust and other wheat products. I’m trying to be more mindful of what I am consuming and how it makes me feel.
  • More cooking and baking at home I have some amazing wheat-free cookie recipes that I want to share with you! However, the photos I have are crappy and I have been unable to get good quality images. Idk what it is about recipe pics, but I am not talented at food & drink photography 🙄
  • Daily walks and sunshine if weather permits 🌞 I have been making an effort to walk to Tim Hortons or the plaza at least once a day, but I still feel like I am not spending enough time outside. Canada’s weather is notoriously unpredictable. In the winter, we can experience severe snowstorms and biting cold, while in summer we may experience scorching heatwaves.

(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ FINAL THOUGHTS ♥

I had a lot of bad things happen to me last month and I don’t know how I feel about April yet. I think that April will continue to be a challenging month for us, but at least my husband’s broken wrist is healing and he is able to drive again. As for my son’s upcoming eye surgery, please pray for him and keep him in your thoughts. I hope that April will be a better month for everyone.

Photo taken on March 14, 2022 (Pi Day)

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35 thoughts on “March Recap | Spring 2022

  1. Primeval Pixie says:

    Sending prayers for your sons surgery 🙏❤️❤️❤️ these are some great goals, both high and doable. Planners are wonderful, reminds me that I haven’t been using mine much like I should! Growing up my mom always had her planner sitting on the desk open to the current week. Organization somehow clears away so much stress and planners are key for that!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you for your prayers, Laura! 😊💕 I had been meaning to write a blog post for July Goals but didn’t get around to it. I find that these types of posts help keep me accountable. As for my planner, I ended up ditching it but hope to use it again. I am SO lost and disorganized without my planner – it’s unreal!

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  2. Third Culture Kid says:

    My heart’s gone out to you this past month. I do like your goal of getting out and meeting people. I have had a similar thing, but I have also accepted that sometimes I just can’t because of COVID-19, or just meh

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Really, now? I’ve been nothing but supportive these past few months, only to learn that you secretly hated me the whole time while pretending to be my friend. It’s easy for me to feel betrayed when someone I thought was my friend (aka. you) turns out to be anything but. I reached out to you daily like a good friend does, but you didn’t value our friendship the same way I did. You’re right: you don’t deserve me as a friend anymore. Btw, this is my blog so I will leave this comment here if I want to.

      I don’t know what you’re dealing with in your personal life these days to make you despise me so much, but the way you took your frustration out on me was immature. Blocking me on every social media platform was not only childish, but just plain rude.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hey, thank you for reaching out. I’m trying to catch up on the comments. You were so kind to check in on me, thank you! Baby Aaron is doing okay – taking things one day at a time. For the most part, his condition is stable and hasn’t gotten worse so that‘s a good thing. We’re continuing to closely monitor it.

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  3. Pooja G says:

    I really hope things go well with your son and sending lots of love and prayers.

    I’m really glad you were able to get to some of your goals and that’s honestly way better than nothing.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I don’t think I will make a list of goals for April because it’s pretty much a continuation of March, but I might do another recap thing at the end of April. Looking back, I did much more than I thought I did.

      Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. His surgery is on Thursday and I’m nervous about it. I also have an eye appointment with his eye doctor tomorrow, which I’m also dreading.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        It’s very nerve-wracking. I haven’t been myself lately and I cry a lot these days. Today I cried at my appointment – they had to use a pediatric eye instrument because the adult one freaked me out (it touches the cornea and had this pointy thing, so yeah). My eyes are still frozen and everything feels weird right now.

        Tomorrow I will probably cry. Hopefully I don’t cry at work this weekend but I’ll probably cry because I’m telling myself not to cry 🙄 Thank you for your well wishes, Pooja. Now I want to cry happy tears. Your words mean more to me than you know. 🥺😭

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      • Pooja G says:

        Yeah I’m sure you’re under a lot of stress right now and it’s not easy keeping your emotions in check when you have too much happening.

        I’m glad my words help and please feel free to reach out any time you may need to talk or anything.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        I am currently taking things one day at a time. It’s still stressful but a different kind of stressful. I had initially planned to write a ‘July Goals’ blog post, but then I blinked only to realize it’s the middle of July! I am currently working on catching up on comments before posting new content. Thanks for reaching out, Pooja! 🙂

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  4. hellosamanthadear says:

    Wow, I’m so sorry to hear about the tough things that happened during the month for you! That is some serious stuff, and it is easy to see why it would take an emotional toll. Many prayers and hope for you and your family! I love your new planner; having a planner makes a world of difference in daily tasks and goals! The photo of your son at the very end on Pi Day is absolutely adorable! He is sooooo cute !!!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Samantha! I am trying to catch up on some comments. I promised myself to reply to the comments before posting new content, hence why I am a few months late replying. This year has taken a toll on me. Even though I am facing a lot of hardship and have been battling depression on-and-off (it comes in waves), I am trying my best to stay positive and keep my head up. Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, and well wishes!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you, Crystal ♥ Sadly, the surgery wasn’t successful but the disease is stable (for the time being). We know the baby has some vision in that eye even though vision is poor.

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