April Reflection // 2020 โœจ

Hey popcorns ๐Ÿฟ

You guys have no idea how much I procrastinated about writing this post! I was like โ€˜Iโ€™m going to post this on May 1st like the super organised human being I amโ€™ and then bam it just didnโ€™t happen! ๐Ÿ˜‚ But May 2nd? Canโ€™t argue with that!

I have so many awards queueing up guys, I have drafted one but I will get to posting them, I also want to give you guys some general content as well! ๐Ÿ’•

Jumping straight into this as Per usual โ˜บ๏ธ

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Ah, online school. The woes that sometimes weigh out the pros ๐Ÿ˜‚ I also procrastinated about writing a โ€˜PROs and CONs of Online Schoolโ€™ but look how that went! Anyways online school is going really well, Iโ€™m getting the work done and appreciating the perks like: catching up on my sleep (not having to wake up at 7 ๐Ÿ˜‚), looking after myself more, enjoying my days more, listening to music while I work! ๐ŸŽต + many more! I canโ€™t wait to go back to school, but I donโ€™t hate online school either as Iโ€™m very introverted (hard to believe, huh?) so I donโ€™t miss the whole being around people allllllll the time part ๐Ÿ˜†

April was so good!! So many new habits, so many workouts and running and just really treating my body like a temple ๐Ÿ˜‚ I generally am so into looking after myself at the moment, and I love it! There were lows to April, QD hit a few of the days and left me feeling pretty damn rubbish, but the highs were so great! ๐Ÿ’• This header is so vague, sometimes Iโ€™m not evensure what to put here ๐Ÿ˜‚

Running! I love it! This morning (itโ€™s a Saturday, yes I know I am crazy ๐Ÿ˜‚) I went for a run at 7am and the streets were just empty and the sun was rising and it was just one of those moments that are just it of this world, you know? You come to like the burn of it when you push your body, honestly Iโ€™m now an active potato! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Favourite quote (there will be a quote for each month obviously ๐Ÿ˜‚) and I just generally agree with this? If you go into it with a negative mindset youโ€™ll have a negative outcome. Your choices make your life, and this quote just puts all of that into five words! ๐Ÿ’•

Self care!! ๐Ÿ’• Itโ€™s so important to just look after yourself and keep yourself happy. Itโ€™s not selfish, itโ€™s living your best life! Iโ€™m trying to really treat my body and mind healthily and the way it deserves and I deserve ๐Ÿ’—

Baking and cooking! I absolutely love baking/cooking, I just think itโ€™s so de-stressing and fun! ๐Ÿ˜Š Iโ€™ve made healthy flapjacks, sugar free banana and walnut muffins, waffles, sweet โ€˜nโ€™ sour chicken, kiwi sorbet and strawberry & blueberry sorbet! ๐Ÿ’• I have been very busy ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hoping to make blueberry muffins this month, so wish me luck ๐Ÿ’—

This app called Forest is amazing! It helps me stay focused and off my phone, and it helps save the rainforest! It really is a win win. I recommend getting it as it is hard to explain how it works ๐Ÿ˜‚

As you all know from my heavily post-bombarded blog, I took part in my own-self-created 15 Day Writing Challenge, and thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • I reached 1K likes on Ambers Reads Online
  • I came BACK to blogging
  • I created, took part in and completed my own 15 Day Writing Challenge
  • We nearly reached 100 followers!

Click on the post cover images below to be directly transported to the post on my blog! Itโ€™s magic, I know ๐Ÿ˜‚

– Most Popular Post –

You all must love my life ramblings ๐Ÿ˜‚

– My Favourite Post To Write –

This was my favourite post because it was my first post that I wrote after my 8 month un-planned hiatus ๐Ÿ’•

Basically my OWLs recap! So I passed, YAY! ๐Ÿ˜Š *pops confetti* ๐ŸŽ‰ It was a great experience and really has got me back into reading again, this meant I read 4 books in May and managed to update my Goodreads, not bad at all considering everything! ๐Ÿ˜…

I also finished Pride and Prejudice, it was pretty good I guess?! Itโ€™s one of those books where you should read it but like itโ€™s not amazing you know ๐Ÿ˜‚

Now here are some S&S review to get your teeth into! ๐Ÿ˜Š Wow that sounded way better in my head…

Astronomy (Aurologist)

Loved this! Holly Bourne is one of my favourite authors, and this book was just ahh Iโ€™ve read better, and Iโ€™ve read worse! The romance was fast burning and there were plot holes, but this story had me sobbing then over the moon and ahh it was honestly an emotional rollercoaster, but I loved it all the same!! ๐Ÿ’•

Divination (Aurologist)

I enjoyed this book so much! It had like all the genres mixed into one cauldron and it was one heck of a read! The concept was brilliant, I really developed relationships with the characters over time and I got some Hunger Games vibes in it?? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Just me? Okay.

History Of Magic (Aurologist)

Tell me if this is cheating but this is a collection of stories sooo I read one of those stories that was 50 pages long, and I think it counts! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Honestly it was a major let down and boring. Iโ€™ll finish it, but there will definitely be a negative review on Goodreads ๐Ÿ˜†

Arithmancy (Magical Shop Management)

AMAZING! Truly, you are all probably thinking it sounds boring as heck but I read it in three days. Honestly, I loved it so much! The first part is all about his childhood and leads up to him being stranded on the boat, and then the rest is all about his survival but I just generally LOVED this and am so glad I read something that wasnโ€™t contemporary/YA/romance ๐Ÿ˜‚ The whole plot is just- ah no words come close.

April Goals: 7/8 ๐Ÿ’•

1. Complete the Magical Readathon โœ”๏ธ passed with flying colours ๐Ÿ˜‚

2. Less than 3 hours a day on my phone โœ”๏ธ only 6 days of April had a screen time of above 3 hours!

3. Start my Italian studies โœ”๏ธ whoop whoop! I also made an Italian Language Learning tracker!

4. Complete my quarantine to-do list โœ”๏ธ the only thing I havenโ€™t done is learnt how to french braid my hair, oops! Other than that, all done ๐Ÿ˜Š

5. Finish Pride and Prejudice โœ”๏ธ

6. Post all 15 days of the Writing Challenge starting 6th April โœ”๏ธ

7. Plan out each day using my planner templates โœ”๏ธ

8. Post review posts on homemade iced coffee and my mini fridge โŒ I did a 15 Day Writing challenge, give me a break ๐Ÿ˜‚ no really I just set too high goals for myself tho

May goals

  1. Stick to my fizz free May challenge (no fizzy drinks)
  2. Practice yoga at least 2x a week
  3. Maintain screen time tracker, mood tracker and Italian studies tracker
  4. Keep on eating healthily
  5. Workout/run/weight lift 5x a week
  6. Project Focus
  7. Read 3 books
  8. Hair mask 1x a week
  9. Less than 3 hours a day on my phone using Forest app
  10. Bake blueberry muffins

I may be aiming a little high on these goals, but honestly Iโ€™m hoping to compete them all so wish me luck! โœจ

Hope you enjoyed reading all about my April, and I hope you had an awesome April and have a marvellous May! ๐Ÿ’–

Did you enjoy April? What is your favourite section of my Monthly Reflections? Are you proud of me getting it out on time?

Thatโ€™s a wrap! โ˜€๏ธ

ps. Here is a photo of my Italian tracker because why not?! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

40 thoughts on “April Reflection // 2020 โœจ

  1. Cooking is so de-stressing along with doing the dishes after cooking, hehe! The Bane Chronicles are amazing mostly because I love Magnus( and Malec for that matter )! Lovely post ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. So the beginning of my comment did not post so, I’m adding it here.
      I love that your running and I honestly miss it so much. It’s such a relaxing sport and ditto, I don’t exactly miss the entire social aspect of school(which sounds like I’m being antisocial) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. No worries at all Lucy, thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and honestly WP is so glitchy for me lately so I donโ€™t even know if this will get to you ๐Ÿ˜‚
        Aw thank you so much! I couldnโ€™t have said it better, it is so relaxing ๐Ÿ’• Ah agreed I like the antisocial part, donโ€™t worry being antisocial is fine by me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Tell me about it! Yes I actually agree ๐Ÿ˜‚ The Bane Chronicles weโ€™re so good actually, the first story was awful but the rest were honestly so good! Oh my gosh Malec, best gay couple everrrr ๐Ÿ˜‚ But Sizzy, I love Simon and Isabelle together!! Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Omg yesss, Malec for life!! Sizzy is also really cute but, I wish their relationship was more developed in the books ;( Are you a fan of Clace as well?

        1. Ah for sure!! Yes omg exactly!! Well I have the Tales Of The Shadowhunter Academ from Simonโ€™s POV so fingers crossed thereโ€™s some sizzly Sizzy scenes! ๐Ÿ˜‚ No try saying that 6 times fast!! Hm honestly they werenโ€™t my biggest ship, it was weird when we though they were brother and sister, and lowkey gross ๐Ÿ˜‚ Not really I guess…?! And you?

          1. I do like a Clace ( quite a bit actually) but after Malec was cannon, nothing was better than that! Oooh, The Shadowhunter Academy does have Sizzy moments, very cute read ๐Ÿ˜

            1. Aw thatโ€™s awesome! I totally agree. Ah I canโ€™t wait then ๐Ÿ’• Thank you so much for answering all my questions, it has been so lovely chatting to you!

  2. Me & my mum did a Joe Wicks workout yesterday – god theyโ€™re a lot I thought they were meant to be for kids! ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Anyway added you as a friend – you can probs tell itโ€™s me buy the profile pic & name ๐Ÿ’•

    1. Thatโ€™s great El! Me and my mum try do that too – they are tough, I totally agree! I did an abs blaster one yesterday and my abs are killing me today! ๐Ÿ˜‚
      I just saw it pop up! Adding you back now ๐Ÿ’•

  3. Youโ€™ve convinced me that I need to probs start working out so if I become ~toned~ and ~fit~ then my abs (that will also have their own abs ๐Ÿ˜‰) will have you to thank for it ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Good luck on your Italian girl learning a language is never easy – ooo whatโ€™s your Duolingo username? Iโ€™m learning welsh – we could egg each other on! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    1. Haha yes, you so should! Iโ€™m trying to tone my abs, arms and legs at the mo ๐Ÿ’• Sorry about my late reply and you totally got this! ๐Ÿ˜Š Haha abs with their ow abs I love that ๐Ÿ˜‚ For sure! I expect a tattoo saying โ€œthese only exist because of Amberโ€ lol just kidding! Thank you so much – it really isnโ€™t though ๐Ÿ˜‚ My Duo username is amber_rose06 โ˜บ๏ธ For sure! We will definitely be egging each other on!

      1. Sure, whatโ€™s your username?
        Ahhhh I know ๐Ÿ˜… I think Iโ€™m at the stage now where if I stopped I just wouldnโ€™t have the motivation to restart again so I kinda have to just keep going ๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. Haha yeah! Maybe I could start using the back again now๐Ÿค” And is that so? And yes learning is fun with duolingo! I’m learning German currently, so maybe it might be nice to have a friend there if you’d like that too?๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โœŒ

    Ooh yes! And well yes thinking about it, lessons might be fun in class too but well, maybe they could combine both? Study at home for a few days and then come to school for a few days. That might be faabb๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜
    Also hey that sounds like a plan! Thank you๐Ÿ˜โœŒ

    1. Definitely! For sure, I really like Duolingo ๐Ÿ’— Of course! My username is amber_rose06 ๐Ÿฅฐ
      That would actually be pretty awesome, I like that idea! Iโ€™d love that ๐Ÿคฉ
      Aw no problem! Anytime ๐Ÿ˜Š

        1. Thank you so much! Donโ€™t mind my awful stats, Iโ€™m failing! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Okay I canโ€™t see where youโ€™ve added me…? Weird! Where do you see that? ๐Ÿ˜‚

          1. Haha noo you should see me here trying to maintain a streak๐Ÿ˜‚
            Ahh๐Ÿ˜‚ okay so there’s a picture of a girl/person at the bottom right? Among the five outlined-buttons, you know – through which you switch between the shop, leaderboard, the lessons and such. You press the middle one(the girl) and then go to “friends”. So there’ll you’ll see you’re followers! ๐Ÿ˜
            Sorry if that made no sense. I hope you find it!โคXD

            1. Haha I havenโ€™t done some for ages, I have a goals to learn some today ๐Ÿ˜‚
              Oh yes I see what you mean! Thank you so much, I donโ€™t see you there though?! Iโ€™m so sorry to be a pain but do you mind re-adding me? There must have been a glitch of some sort lol ๐Ÿคญ
              No that was extremely helpful, thank you so much ๐Ÿ’• Iโ€™m a Duolingo newbie ๐Ÿ˜‚

              1. Aahhh thaank youu ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏโค I was going to send you screenshots๐Ÿ˜‹ And yay! Good luck with that. ๐Ÿค— And I guess after a while you get to read stories which is more fun๐Ÿคฉ (That motivated me to do more๐Ÿ˜‹)๐Ÿ’•

                1. No worries at all ๐Ÿ’“ Aw that is so kind! I was really struggling to figure it out at first but I have haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thank you so much, ugh, Iโ€™m failing!! 29XP here ๐Ÿ˜† That is so cool, I actually didnโ€™t know that but now you say that Ill definitely be learning some ๐Ÿ’•

  5. GIRL I get you about full-on procrastinating haha that was me like every single day of April ๐Ÿ˜‚ ALSO THIS LINE: “The woes that sometimes weigh out the pros” that was sO GOOD AMBS :O
    I’m kind of liking online school too because I basically get to do nothing on Friday and the weekend since all my homework is due on Friday which is so nice because I’m usually super busy on the weekends!
    AH I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKED LIFE OF PI!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I told you you would XD and the movie is literally soooo good *heart eyes* so you should watch it!

    1. AHH IT WASNโ€™T JUST ME!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Like I procrastinate way too much about blogging, at the mo Iโ€™m motivated to do it but then thereโ€™s like times where I just donโ€™t want to you know? Omg thanks so much! I made that up myself, not bad for an non-writing, inexperienced poet ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Yes me too! Iโ€™m learning a language now and have started yoga so Iโ€™m enjoying the chance to kind of explore life I guess?! Wow that sounds awesome! No school on a Friday *sighs* lucky ๐Ÿ˜†
      AHH I LOVED IT!! ๐Ÿ’— #OneOfMyFaveBooks ๐Ÿ˜‚ I will defo watch the movie, I think I have the DVD somewhere…?! I hope so!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Omg um you are totally not a non-writing inexperienced poet!! YOU JUST WROTE 15 SHORT STORIES YOU IDIOT ๐Ÿ˜‚
        That’s really cool! Hahaha I know right?!
        OMG YESSS (okay I’m in LOVE with the main song and it’s Carnatic music from my culture and I sing it and it’s so beautiful and I-)

        1. Wait but a poet is someone who writes poems?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ HAHA okay now Iโ€™m confused XD Awww thatโ€™s amazing Aditi wow! ๐Ÿ’– I will definitely watch it now :))

  6. Wow, you really seem to have accomplished a lot in the past month, and honestly, I’m in awe! Love how you included a little bit of everything in your post! Also, love how organised and aesthetic that tracker is!
    Hope May is just as awesome for you!

    1. Aw thank you so much Arshia! It does feel like that ๐Ÿ’• Yes with my Monthly Reflections I like to take little extracts and make it into one long post! ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you – itโ€™s been a great start so I hope so! โœจ

  7. SIIIIIIIS look at you with that self care!! โค It looks like we both outgrew our inner potatoes and that vision of running at sunrise is beautiful. However, I'd probably faint after 2 steps so I'll watch the sunrise lying down thank you. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Amber is an introvert?! The more you know! You better post recipes for the delicious baked goods there!! I loved WATCHING Nerve but I haven't read the book – is it good? Love this postttt! โค

    1. THANK YOU!! ๐Ÿ’– We certainly did, it really was gorgeous! Haha, Iโ€™m sure you wouldnโ€™t Bay ๐Ÿ™‚ I know pretty crazy huh?! Most readers are generally introverts (not everyone, labels are for clothes not people!!) I guess Iโ€™m just not bothered for socialising? Like Iโ€™m not anti-social, Iโ€™m comfortable doing it but I donโ€™t miss it if that makes sense at the same time ๐Ÿ˜‚ Ah I definitely will I want to add some recipes to my blog because I feel like I need to broaden the categories Iโ€™m posting ๐Ÿ˜‚ The book is pretty good, Iโ€™d give it four stars!! I really want to watch it – is it good?? Thank you so much!! xx *Amber AKA the British Queen just entered the chat* ๐Ÿ˜‚

  8. The way you described running sounds like an amazing experience! I love that feeling when you are just overtaken by the beauty of your surroundings and living in the moment โœจ That quote is brilliant! ๐Ÿ™Œ All of the food you’ve backed sounds absolutely delicious! ๐Ÿคค I’ve been meaning to try out the Forest app, don’t know how long it’s been in my Google playstore wishlist ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got the Life of Pi from the library once and didn’t really give it a chance, I wish I had have at the time but I recently found the ebook online so I might read the first chapter that way as much as I’d rather have the book first so as not to strain my eyes ๐Ÿ˜‚ and then buy a paperback if I like it! ๐Ÿ“š You smashed those monthly goals! ๐Ÿ‘โœจ Best of luck with your goals for May! Great post as always ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    1. It really is Elsie! ๐Ÿ’— I totally agree it really does feel so surreal and incredible โœจ Ah thank you! Yes it is, Iโ€™ve loved having all these opportunities to go back to things like baking and cooking ๐Ÿ˜‹ Haha! Well I totally recommend it and once you save enough virtual coins you can buy a real tree in the rain forest! ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s an incredible book, but do give it a chance because it took me a while to get into it but once you do I (hope/think) you will enjoy it! ๐ŸŽ‰ Ah thank you I was so surprised at how many I did!! Thank you so much ๐Ÿ’• Aw so kind ๐Ÿฅฐ

  9. Wow sounds like you’ve been full on!! And hey I think Forest App is great too! I used to use that a lottt before and it was amazing. Plus congrats on Italian! How are you finding it? Plus the tracker looks faabbb!!

    Can I say I really dont hate online school too?? Infact it’s very nice (though sometimes distracting, yes) but it wasn’t like we weren’t distracted before in school. So๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ I’m secretly hoping we continue online schooling even after the lockdown.
    Plus yess running is so fun! I love the burning feeling you get after that. XX
    Great post. You’ve really made me want to do such a post too! (But I’ll have to wait till the end of this month oops๐Ÿ˜‚)

    1. Ah it has felt like that but kinda not at the same time?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Yes I use it so much now and it really helps me stop wasting time and get stuff done lol! Aw thank you so much! Iโ€™m really enjoying it, the tracker helps me to maintain the learning but I love the language and have always wanted to learn it, and what better time than in quarantine?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Are you learning any languages? Aw thanks so much! โ˜บ๏ธ

      Yes of course you can! I totally agree, itโ€™s a lot more relaxed and I find I have a lot more calm, relaxing days than the usual stressful, chaotic days ๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh wow yes! Honestly I want to go back because Iโ€™ll be starting my exams studying and Iโ€™m moving school for the next school year, but itโ€™s been nice to experience online school! ๐Ÿ’— Aww you so should, better late than never! You can still post an April Recap late in May! Iโ€™m just an organised being who is obsessed with being on time ๐Ÿ˜‚ (and who usually fails at that lol!)

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