For those that don’t already know, this March has been a whirlwind for me. My fiancee accepted a new job in London, which meant our second international move in two years. Packing up and moving on from Denmark meant a lot of headaches, a lot of money spent on relocation fees, and a lot of time spent getting settled into the new apartment.
In particular, there was one large hurdle: that we only had about a month to finalize the move from when the job was accepted. This was partly due to financial constraints, but more importantly due to the visa process. Getting residency permits for the UK, as American citizens in Denmark, was a challenge because Danish/EU citizens don’t require a residency permit to move to the UK. This meant that we needed to fly back to the US to finalize our paperwork, and this coincided with a week that my fiancee was already planning on travelling back for a conference - so, we had to combine these two events, which meant spending an expensive week in San Francisco. Along the way, there were many holdups, and many ways that things could have gone catastrophically wrong. Luckily, we managed to avoid most serious issues and handle everything that came our way.
Unluckily, the stress and time involved meant that I had little time for anything else. I wasn’t able or motivated to work out, and I left my blog posting entirely to the wayside. My business stagnated slightly.
Luckily, we’re now settled in London and enjoying our new neighborhood. I’ve been focusing on getting back to it - writing new posts, taking on new clients, going to the gym. Unfortunately we still don’t have dedicated wifi yet, making it hard to get all of my work done as I’d like to. However, I expect to be back in the swing of things within the end of April.
Stats For March:
Fitness entirely dropped off during March, a combination of many related issues. However, I also lost a lot of weight while I wasn’t training (and wasn’t eating much) so I’ve remained lean, even if I’ve lost a bit of mass.
Getting back to the gym has been the big focus so far in April. In addition to that, I’ve been focusing on going for walks in the neighborhood, which has been quite fun - I get to explore, see more of the city, and help recover from the tightness and soreness that come with returning to lifting.
Languages, Danish and French:
While I am no longer attending in person classes, having moved out of Denmark, I have been focusing on reading to expand my vocabulary, using flashcards to practice words that I’ve struggled with. This approach has been a huge help.
Having moved to London, however, France is just a short trip away. In fact, I was forced to take my cat through Paris to get her into the UK (a long story), so I was also forced to use a bit of my French on the trip. I haven’t studied French since 2011, when I lived abroad in Strasbourg, so I’m understandably rusty. Additionally, since I’ve been studying exclusively Danish for so long, it’s very hard for me to think in French grammatical patterns anymore, and it’ll be a challenge to pick back up. That said, I’ll be looking into good options in the near future.
While I’ve had little time for personal writing, I’ve been able to get a number of short stories written while I was travelling. This kind of writing has been a useful de-stressor, which is one of the reasons it’s been one of the few ways I’ve been able to get “work” in.
March was an example of a period of travel during which I have been able to read a lot, in contrast to what we saw in January. This has largely been due to the more extended travel period, my lack of work and training, and my heavy usage of audiobooks. In addition, our lack of dedicated internet as of the time of this writing means that I’ve needed to focus on more low-data approaches to entertainment and work, and I’ve compensated by upping the number of ebooks, audiobooks, and physical books that I’ve been reading.
A lot of my reading lately has focused around personal finance, a topic that I’ve become interested in.
While I was previously basically done with my bucket list, Netflix has been in the process of adding many new shows since the beginning of 2018. These shows aren’t high on my list of priorities, but give me things to watch while I work. That said, our lack of dedicated wifi means that I’m not able to watch much while I work, and I’ve watched my list steadily grow over the last few weeks.
More progress will begin once our dedicated internet is set up.
Once again, lack of internet is having an impact here. I haven’t been playing much, though I have been putting time into Grim Dawn and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild because both are expansive time-wasters and neither require the internet.
This isn’t normally something I’d consider writing about in my self-improvement summary, but a big focus during the move has been the resetting of many of my habits. Inspired by a read of The Power of Habit, I’ve decided to use the move to power a new lifestyle. This includes waking up early (I’ve always been a night owl), being more personally organized (I’ve been stricter about using note taking to manage my work, and better about folding/organizing my clothes drawers), and even being better about tracking my workouts in a dedicated spreadsheet. This has gone remarkably well so far, and has felt very encouraging.
An expected hit this month, as I haven’t had any time to write or focus on clients. Some mid-term clients from the pre-New-Year’s swell also dropped off. Additionally, lack of time to write has meant little traffic to the site, and minimal product sales. The focus moving forward is to regain those losses and continue to press forward, as well as set up a better advertising system for the products so that I can push further sales of the books.
Other Clients: $3210
Other Income: $337.08
Product Income: $30.00
Moving Ahead, April:
The focus on April is simply to get back into the swing of things. Once we have dedicated internet, the focus will be on setting up better advertising, using free time learning to code, and looking into the possibility of paid guest posts, as well as a further focus on language learning. For the time being, a lot of focus is on blogging, social media, current clients, hitting the gym again, and powering through the books I have to read.
March was a hell of a month, and I’m glad that it’s over. I had plenty of fun in March, but I dealt with a lot of stress as well. Looking forward to finding out what life in London has to offer, aside from the excellent food.
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