May

All the World is Glad for May

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A whole month has passed and there are so many things that have happened in May. I am so excited to share all of them with you. This is my first time doing a monthly rewind post and I can’t wait to bring you up to date with my May’s adventures!

I got the idea from a fellow blogger Fizz, she blogs about her travels and sustainability at ontheflyblog. Check her blog out, her interviews are awesome! Ah, I almost forgot, she is super cool and extremely supportive of other bloggers!

Writing about my month is a great way for me to reflect, remember and take in everything that has happened. I also think that it is a great way for you guys to get to know me better.

I am located in Athens, Greece and here the lockdown was lifted on the 4th of May, since then slowly things have been opening with new regulations and measures.

Firsts for May

Swimming in the sea

umbrellas on a beach in may
Avavissos beach

The weather here has been crazy for this time of the year; with rain and temperature up to 24°C for few days. However, some days did remind me of a normal May day and I managed to go to the beach and swim a couple of times!

Drinking Freddo Cappuchino aka iced coffee

By far these are my favorite coffee in the summer. I love the taste and how refreshing they are. There are two options Freddo cappuccino is with milk frost on top and Freddo espresso is without.

If you have never had them, you are missing on some next-level real coffee. When you visit Greece don’t forget to try them out! I do my own at home😊.

New things I’ve started in May

During quarantine I decided to take better care of myself physically and mentally. I think this has helped me stay grounded for most of the time 😉.

30 min Daily Exercise

To be honest, I started mid-April with a mild 10 min workout, then increased it to 15 min. For the whole of May, I have been doing 30 min daily workout and it feels great. I have never had a daily exercise routine and I hope I keep up with this one. I start to see some results too 😊😊.

Having Lighter Dinners

I have been trying to eat healthy for more than 2 years, avoiding bad foods has been a challenge I can tell you. This month I decided to follow what Adelle Davis once said.

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”

― Adelle Davis

This tactic is great and during quarantine that I am home, I have more time to organize my meals and actually follow trough! These days you will find me eating more veggies, chicken, and fish as you can see below in my dishes I ‘ve mastered heading! My favorite, pasta is out of the question but I have had some risotto here and there!

Top Pics I’ve taken in May

Courses I’ve finished in May

“The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; Thewillingness to learn is a choice.”― Brian Herbert Click To Tweet

Pinterest with Ell

Spending on this course was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It can be difficult to filter what is worth your penny but this course helped me so much. I was trying to figure Pinterest for a while and had already taken another course. What I loved about this one is that she includes info on how to make it work to drive traffic to your site. Most of my traffic is through Pinterest!

SEO Fundamentals

I did it on Moz Academy and I have to say I was impressed by how much I learned. I mean I just knew a vague description of what SEO was. After completing the course I can safely say that I got this!

By the way, they currently offer all their courses for FREE (excluding the SEO Essentials Certificate Series). USE the code: WE GOT THIS

Writing a Compelling Blog Post

This and the next course are available on LinkedIn Learning. The instructor, Starshine Roshell who is an award-winning journalist and a writing coach explained things in such an engaging way. I liked her course so much that I enrolled in a couple more taught be her.

Writing Headlines

This course explains the importance of headlines and how well crafted they need to be. Starshine Roshell breaks down the process of creating a captivating headline.

I love learning new things and I get so excited once I feel I get the hang of things. The real work comes after the completion when time comes to apply the knowledge.

"May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive." ―Fennel Hudson Click To Tweet

Posts I’ve written

Somehow my weekly schedule went out of the window and from posting once per week I ended up writing 3 posts for the whole month. Nevertheless, I believe in quality over quantity so the once below is what you got. Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments.

SPF Index: Everything you Need to Know and Why

How to Start Speaking in a Foreign Language in No Time

Learning Online: The Best 5 Platforms you Need to Know

New Places I’ve discovered in May

Through the month of May, I decided to explore new places around me since I couldn’t do any traveling elsewhere. There were days that I just needed to go and see new places. I’m sure most of you can relate.

Mountain Tops

panoramic hill top, sea and turns
Oros Korifi, Mount Hymmetus

For the first time in my 33 years I went hicking. I was missing on soooo much. The views, the fresh air, the nature, the serenity, the sweat, and the unique encounters with wild animals (mostly birds and insects). If you have never hicked but there is some kind of hill or mountain near you, I definetely recomment trying it out.

I ended up going up on 4 different mountain tops and the feeling was out of this world. I have become a fan of hiking and I am looking forward to my next hike! Maybe I should add a mountain hiker to my bio?

Dishes I’ve mastered in May

What I’m looking forward to

I will tell you a little secret. I have lost track of the courses I am currently enrolled in😊 and I am ashamed to say on how many platforms I have a subscription to. Rumor has it that they are more than what you can count on your fingers🤣.

I am definitely looking forward to learning new skills. We’ll see how many courses I manage to do for the next month.

Sticking to my exercise routine is something I really want to achieve. I love how much stronger my body feels. If I get some inches off my waistline then it is a win-win situation.

I hope June brings hope and positive change in every perspective!

What things did you check off your list in May? Let me know of whatever happened to you in May in the comments below.

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14 thoughts on “All the World is Glad for May”

    • Hey, Fizz!

      Thank you, it means so much coming form you! The truth is I wanted to do more but it turns out there are only 24h in a day 🙂 …

      Darina

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  1. Its sounds like you had a fantastic May! Exercising 30min is such a great way to make a difference and be healthy during quarantine.

    Loren | plaidandsugar.blogspot.com

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    • Hello, Loren!

      May was good to me, I can’t complain. I agree with you, exercising daily has really helped me mentally. I am a positive person in general but the quarantine was getting to me so I decided to act before I go crazy 🙂 .. Thank you for stopping by.

      Darina

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  2. Wow, such a busy month. I really need to look into the SEO course, as i have absolutely no idea how to use it. Or Pinterest for that matter! i’m so new to this, that i just write and post. I don’t know all the ins and outs to get my blog noticed. I will look into these ones for sure.
    I’m glad that you had a great month, and i hope my country opens up fully soon as well.

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    • Hey, Dawn!

      I totally understand you, I am new too and there is so much to learn about blogging. Unfortunately, there is no one switch that fixes it all. Those courses really put things into perspective and the fun stuff start when you try to apply the knowledge. My Pinterest strategy is paying off and most of my main traffic comes from there.
      Hang in there!
      Thank you for sharing and visiting!

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  3. For me, June has been a much more productive month and we are only in day 4. I’ve sent goals for myself rather than waste this panedemic time. I’m reading more, sewing more, blogging more… It’s been a great month so far!

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    • Hey, Lisa!

      That is great news, setting goals is something I need to work for. I only list things I need to do daily. I am so happy you have found ways to be productive but don’t forget that it is ok to relax as well.
      Thank you for sharing and stopping by.

      Reply

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