April Wrap-Up

May is officially here! Anyone else feel like April lasted for a long time? Or just me?

Now that April is over, I thought I’d do a little wrap-up of what I’ve been up to this past month, as well as what’s coming up in the future. I’m going to try and do this at the end of every month, but we’ll see how it goes.


Where I went

Near the start of April I returned from Spain. As of this posting it will be exactly a month since I got back. How is this possible?? It somehow feels like it’s been both a really long time and not that long at all.

This was my first solo trip (!!!) and I was there for about three weeks. I went to Madrid, Segovia, Granada, Nerja, Ronda, Arcos de la Frontera, Sevilla, and Córdoba.

the Mezquita
The Mezquita, in Córdoba

I loved Spain. I mean, maybe you can’t tell from my previous posts, but I really did. I’ve already talked about it a bit on here, like in this post about the amazing food tour I took and this one about some important lessons that I learned along the way.

I’ve also been posting pictures of my trip here, as well as on my Instagram and my Tumblr, if you’d like to see more. I have SO MANY photos so I’m sure I will be posting more in the future.

What I did

Besides recovering from my trip, I’ve been working a lot. I’m a freelancer and I have been looking for more clients, which has taken up a good portion of my time. I’ve also been trying to stick to a posting schedule for this blog, since I’m a notorious procrastinator. So far, so good! (I think)

Baths of Lady María de Padilla at the Alcázar of Sevilla
Baths of Lady María de Padilla at the Alcázar of Sevilla

On a more personal note, I got to see one of my best friends who I don’t get to see very often as she lives out of state. She’s actually about to have a baby and I probably won’t see her again until after the birth so it was nice to spend some time with her.

I also started a women’s self-defense class this month. I decided to take it so I would feel more confident in general and also while traveling alone. It’s been really fun and empowering and I’m learning a lot. If you’ve ever thought about taking a self-defense class, it’s definitely something I’d recommend!

What I read

I’ve said before that I love to read. But for some reason so far this year I’ve been finding it really hard to get into any books. But I FINALLY managed to finish a book this month: How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh.

This is the first book I’ve finished since December, and I really liked it!

How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

I’ve been watching Lilly’s (aka Superwoman) YouTube videos for a while and I think she is so funny and talented. Her book is full of tons of no-nonsense advice and life lessons from the years of hard work she’s put in to become the success that she is now. Her passion for her work as well as for helping others comes across brilliantly on the page, and I really appreciate how genuine she is.

How to Be a Bawse is a book I would definitely recommend to people who are fans of Lilly’s videos, and even to those who have never heard of her. Her advice is still practical whether or not you are a fan of her YouTube channel (but seriously, if you have never watched her videos, you really need to fix that now). If you’ve been looking for a kick-in-the-pants to get started on some goals you’ve been putting off, How to Be a Bawse will definitely do the trick.

What’s next

Right now, I don’t have any specific big trips planned, though I’m working on figuring that out. I will probably take a road trip to Idaho in July to visit my friend after she has her baby, which I am really excited about. My family is also planning a short trip to Ocean Shores, Washington this summer, probably in June.

I’m also wanting to explore more of Washington. Even though I’ve lived here my whole life, there is still so much I haven’t seen and that’s a shame, really, because it’s a beautiful state. Since I don’t have the time/money to jet off on another three-week adventure, I thought I would focus on doing some day trips here and there to explore places in Washington that I haven’t been to yet.

That’s about it for April! As always, you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, tumblr, and Pinterest. If you are interested in working with me, you can view my business information here.

What did you get up to in April? Go on any amazing trips? Read a book you want to recommend? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up”

  1. Hey Gracie,
    How are you? I’m travelling in South America at the moment – trying to learn the language and making some progress. I’ve heard that the Spanish in Spain is radically different and speaking South American Spanish won’t help much. Do you know if this is the case and if not is English widely spoken? My husband and I are considering moving to Spain in the future.
    Many thanks

    1. Hi there! Thank you for your question, and sorry for the delayed response. As far as whether South American Spanish and Spain Spanish are different, the answer is yes, though I would not say they are not “radically” different. Having never been to South America I can’t speak from first-hand experience, but from what I recall when I was taking Spanish in high school and college there are some differences in the types of verb conjugations used (most notably, Spain uses vosotros while most South and Central American countries don’t) as well as differences in word meaning – the same way there are different meanings in English words depending on whether you are in England, the United States, or Austrailia, for instance. If you are taking a Spanish language class at a school in the US your teacher will probably focus on Spain Spanish and will touch on the differences between the types of Spanish spoken in different countries. I think having some grasp of Spanish would be helpful, even if you are more familiar with South American Spanish. Again, I don’t have first-hand experience with South American Spanish, but this is what I’ve heard.

      As to whether or not English is widely spoken I would say yes and no. It depends on what part of Spain you are in. Overall, Spain has a lower percentage of people who speak English fluently than many other Western European countries. If you are in bigger cities with more tourists you will find more people who speak English, and for the most part you can get by. In smaller, less touristy places you will find fewer people that speak English fluently. So it is definitely helpful to know at least a few words and phrases. I picked up the Rick Steve’s Spanish phrase book before my Spain trip and I found that helpful.

      I know that plenty of people, especially those who go to Spain to teach English, move there with little to no Spanish skills, and they are able to pick it up as they go along. So I wouldn’t let your lack of Spanish detour you from making the move! Good luck and I hope this answer was helpful.

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