February update for the 2018 52-in-52 list

Another productive month this month with some more items to tick off the list! Right now as it stands I’ve completed 15 items, with 37 left to go.

Have a bath

Obviously this wasn’t a challenge for my hygiene; I have a shower every day. Ok, I’ll be totally honest; on rare days I don’t shower, but that’s because I have a young baby and it can be a challenge! But I do shower at least every second day, never longer.

No, this 52 was about taking some time out of the everyday and relaxing in the bath. Time for me. [...]  read more

January update for my 52 list

Nearly one month down for the year already! I’m a broken record when I say how fast time is going, but it really does fly by! I’ve had a good start on my 52 list, which means it’s time for a recap!

Take Luca swimming

I couldn’t wait to get this one done. I have been really looking forward to the little man being old enough to go swimming, and it was everything I hoped for. He loves the bath at home, and he loves showers as well, so I felt relatively certain he’d be OK in a pool. And sure enough, he was. He happily floats around with us, and has even done the odd kick here and there! [...]  read more

2018 edition of 52 things in 52 weeks (52 in 52)

Every year I write a list of 52 things to complete in 52 weeks – the course of a year. This tradition has been going since 2008 – a huge 10 years now!

To explain the 52 in 52, it’s kind of like new year’s resolutions, but instead of making a resolve about a new habit, it’s a list of tasks. The aim is to take time out of every day life to do things that are out of the ordinary. Things like making time for friends and family, and most importantly, myself. It can be fun things, simple things, or necessary things. [...]  read more

2017 52 in 52: round up

On the last day of the year it’s time for a final round up of how I went with my 52 in 52. If you’re new to my 52 in 52 list, you can see an explanation here (and a revised list here).

Final tally: 38 out of 52 were completed.

Here’s the thing. At the start of this month I still thought it was possible to achieve them all. I started pushing hard to get things done.

Then I realised I was sacrificing my family time.

I wanted to spend time focusing on my baby rather than logging hours in front of the computer, or reading, or whatever the challenge was. I wanted to be with the husband when he got home. I wanted to spend time on me by going to the gym. [...]  read more

52 in 52: do something special to celebrate our first wedding anniversary

On Saturday we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, quite a milestone for any couple. When I look back at what we’ve accomplished together in the past year, its quite a lot (with the help of friends and family too).

When we fell pregnant and calculated the due date we realised that we would have a newborn on our first anniversary. That limited our options somewhat, in that weekends away or camping were out of the picture (I’m sure they’re possible for some people, but not something we wanted to do). We would be staying home, but we wanted to make it special nonetheless. [...]  read more