april | small goals


It's April! In fact, it's almost mid-April. Sorry for the mini blogging break. I try to not apologize for taking time away from this space, but I can't help it. Though, I never really take time away. Even if I'm not writing a blog post here, I'm brainstorming, making lists, planning photo shoots, doing research, checking out new arrivals to share with you, etc.

That aside, the reason I've been away boils down, mostly, to dizziness. I mentioned in my last couple of small goals posts that I've been experiencing more frequent uncomfortable bouts of dizziness. I finally had my doctor's appointment with an ENT at the end of March and was diagnosed with Migraine Equivalent Vertigo. Never heard of it? Yeah, neither has anyone else. Basically, the way that most people get migraines -- frequent long periods of extremely painful headaches -- I get with dizziness. It's still kind of like a headache for me; I get a terrible pressure in the front of my skull, and inconsolable pain in my eyes. To put the dizziness part in perspective, it's that feeling like when you're on a swing and you swing backwards and you sort of lose your bearings and you get that fast pressure in your skull and your brain feels like it shrivels a little. The same feeling you get when you go up in an elevator. But for like...an hour and a half at a time, if not more.

While being on the computer doesn't instigate this feeling, looking at a screen for 9 hours at work + 4-5 hours at home certainly doesn't help. As much as I've wanted to write (especially after coming down from my TxSC high!), I've almost literally not been able to type here. 

So, that's a little about where I've been the last couple of weeks. Because my brain is starting to do the shrivel thing, let's get into the goals from last month and the new ones for April!

1. get all things CAMP in order and have the best weekend ever | DONE!!!
2. pay off my credit cards | DONE!!!
3. explore acupuncture | Sorta done? I did some research and got some awesome insight from a lovely friend of mine. I'm seeing a neurologist and physical therapist for my newly-named Migraine Equivalent Vertigo, but I'm going to ask both about acupuncture as a possible method of relief.
4. make some progress in a book | done! I'm almost finished reading Not That Kind of Girl!
5. become a salad eater | Oh gosh. Not necessarily done, but progress! It took a few different tries, but I've been loving spring greens, carrots, and Italian dressing for something light, but still filling. I'm not reinventing the wheel here, but I realized that keeping things simple can be delicious.

Aaaand onto April! These are some pretty lofty goals for a month that we're already significantly into, but let's do it anyway, right?

1. Give physical therapy a try | Who knew they could do physical therapy for your eyes and ears? Apparently, they can, so I may as well give it a try!
2. Go for at least 1 walk per week | Now that it gets dark later and it's warmer out, I need to get back in the habit of taking walks in the park for self-care. It's so hard to get in the rhythm of things you haven't done in a while, but putting goals here helps me be more accountable for things I want to do.
3. Review Not That Kind of Girl | Now that I've finally almost finished this book, I'm excited to get another book review up! In case you missed it, here's my review of Yes Please.
4. Create a media kit | In blogging goals for this month, it's time to finally make a media kit. Anyone have a favorite guide for blog media kits or awesome tips for me? Please share!
5. Make Breakfast for Dinner business cards | For similar reasons, it's time our little podcast baby has some business cards! People ask me where to find BFD way more often than they ask about my blog, and I'd love for us to have something to give them!

What are you up to in April?


  1. I'm so glad they were able to pin down your condition so you can start healing yourself. I hate being dizzy and I feel so much sympathy for you girly! It sounds like you've made progress on 3 and 5 from last month...give yourself credit for them! Maybe you could shoot for a certain day to walk on? For me at least, it can help to associate certain days for certain activities. Also, maybe save something good to listen to while you're doing it...a favorite podcast or a new album? I'm excited to see your progress here and on the pod. Good luck!


  2. I have blogged for years but have yet to put together a media kit! I am the worst. Also, add to your list, teach me about podcasting.
    The Adored Life

  3. Nicole - On acupuncture, I am a HUGE fan. But you have to find a practitioner that works for you. I had a great one in LA who would help me with chronic pain and some dance-related injuries, but he was also great with stuff like when you have a cold coming on. It's amazing to me what acupuncturists can perceive and assist with.

    I've tried some other acupuncturists that I didn't really jive with, and kind of gave up on the hope that I would never get that physical relief and great mental calmness from acupuncture again. Then at the recommendation of a friend I finally found an acupuncturist in Austin that I like. He's helped my friend a lot with issues from that time of the month like severe cramps and headaches. It's community acupuncture so you're in a room with a couple people and you're all laying in recliners - which is not exactly traditional - but it makes it really affordable. There's also a private room if you want to get cupping done. I went recently after getting super beat up from a trip with hiking and way too much plane travel (could barely walk) and an hour and a half later I walked out feeling so much better. Check it out, I've been to Dr. Wally but I'm sure all the doctors are great at this practice. http://acupunctureworldheadquarters.com/

    Love your small goals. Hope you get some relief from those migraine dizzy spells. xo

  4. thanks so much for sharing your experience! finding the right fit in a doctor can be such a long, challenging process, but when you come across them finally, it's such a blessing. this is the same place my friend recommended, so i'll definitely be checking it out!

  5. girlfriend, that sounds terrible! I'm so sorry. I hope you are able to find some treatment that
    makes you feel better asap. in the meantime, take care of yourself, and shut that laptop!

    and go you for your goals for April. I've never attempted a media kit, but I have to say, Marlen's seems spot on for what I would want: http://messagesonanapkin.blogspot.com/p/sponsorships.html

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  6. I'm working on making a media kit too!! Any tips? I've been hunting Pinterest for ideas.

  7. I also tried acupuncture for the first time about 4 months ago: though I don't think it did much for my chronic back pain (I discovered that I have a herniated disc about 2 years ago, which stopped my running schedule in its tracks and got me on a course of drugs/chiropractic/physical therapy/neurology visits in search of a long-term pain cure), I will definitely agree with Kara's comments on how a perceptive acupuncturist makes a difference.

    I'm also trying to be a better salad eater (and eater of veggies in general): I like most everything, but I hate cooking, which presents a bit of a conundrum.

    Thanks for posting your mini-goals: it helps me remember that even small victories are wins too!

  8. Oh gosh, Nicole - your dizziness sounds terrible. I'm so sorry you've been dealing with this...but thank goodness you have a name for it and can start to explore some different ways to manage and treat it! Also, SO proud of you for paying off your credit card debt! We have a little ways to go with ours...yikes.


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