Recent happenings…

It’s all happening at the moment! There’s a lot that’s been changing behind the scenes that I haven’t had time to write about. I can’t believe it’s almost been a month between posts – oops!

Sleep Deprived

Recently we went through a period of about 3 weeks where Luca wasn’t sleeping through the night. I was up about 3-4 times every night, and I was exhausted. The first week we thought it was growing pains – he was waking saying “owwy” and pointing to his knee. He’s a tall boy, so it makes sense.  [...]  read more

I won’t quit, but I will swear (January in review)

At the end of 2019 I was super excited raring to go for 2020. At the end of January, only one month into the new year and decade, I’m feeling flatter than ever. Where did all that positivity go?

I’ve been trying to figure out what’s causing it, but I don’t really have much of an idea. So I’m going back to basics, and hopefully that will get me out of the funk. Starting tomorrow I’m determined to be more positive.

January seemed like a pretty decent month though. I didn’t get a chance to write much because I had some things going on that meant I had barely any free time.  [...]  read more

9 days in and 2 down

Well, 2020 is off to a cracking start! We’re 9 days in and I’ve been able to cross a few things off my 52 list already, and made progress on others!

First sickness for 2020

Unfortunately this weekend I came down with some weird sickness – I think a nasty but short-lived cold. My in-laws were up on Sunday, and I felt terrible, because I was a complete sloth that day. Not exactly quality visiting material. Thank goodness they had Luca and the hubby to keep them company. All up I had about 13 hours of sleep and clearly needed it.  [...]  read more

10 events from the past 10 years

With the start of a new decade everyone has been reminiscing about where they were 10 years ago, which got me thinking about my own journey. Where was I 10 years ago? What have I done since? What lessons have I learned?

Here they are, in no apparent order:

1: 25 about to turn 26

10 years ago I was 25 and about to turn 26. I was with the same guy I had been with since I was 15, and we were engaged. The relationship was over except by name, and it would continue that way for one more year. It was more housemates than a relationship. Perhaps even friends, although we barely did anything together. The end of that relationship was like a weight off my shoulders.  [...]  read more

52 in 52: 2020 edition

Here it is, this year’s 52 things in 52 weeks list! I’m so freaking excited for the list this year. I’m feeling positive, and raring to go. There’s a lot of things that I’ve really not been motivated to do (ever), and things that I just need to do. This is the year to do it.

I think 2020 is going to be a great year.

Today is the start of a new 366 page book – write a good one

– seen on an internet meme


  • Get back into a regular habit of walking my dog
  • Have a date once a month with my husband
  • Teach Luca something new
  • Take Missy to the beach
  • Let Luca spend a weekend with the grandparents
  • Start a self-compliment jar
  • Play in the rain with Luca


  • Get a breast checkup
  • Find a solution for my hearing issues (last year I was diagnosed as moderate to severely deaf in my left ear, this year the goal is to determine whether it’s surgery or hearing aids moving forward)
  • Join the gym
  • Lose 15kg
  • Stay binge-free for 60 days
  • Finish the Binge Eating Course “Eat Right Now”
  • Average 7 hours of sleep a night
  • Use skin cream on my chest (that my skin cancer doc gave me)
  • Donate blood regularly


  • Read “The Barefoot Investor”
  • Review all of our policies/monthly subscriptions etc and find a way to save money
  • Increase my personal savings auto payment
  • Get a pay rise
  • Do my Christmas shopping online
  • Buy clothes because they’re flattering (not because they fit)
  • Sell our second-hand stuff
  • Buy something from my wish list


  • 52 weeks of decluttering
  • Write a blog plan (for upcoming posts, as an attempt to get into a more regular habit of writing)
  • Focus clean one room a week (following the Flylady method of cleaning, warning – this might be the ugliest website on the internet)
  • Keep a goals diary
  • Reorganise our shoe storage (the shoe box at the front door that is a dumping ground for shoes around it, not in it, drives me nuts)
  • Create a vision board and display it


  • Finish the photo album for Luca’s 2nd year
  • Sew something
  • Find 12 ways to be more environmentally friendly/cut down on waste
  • Set a new PB for running
  • Start riding to work frequently
  • Swim 1km without stopping (aka regain my swim fitness)
  • Wear a scarf in my hair
  • Finish my Japan videos
  • Do something that scares me
  • Read (listen) to 5 audiobooks
  • Listen to a new podcast series
  • Raise money for charity
  • Start MAF heart-rate training (running program)
  • Buy flowers for my office
  • See a musical
  • Take a selfie a day
  • Make a one-second-a-day video (I did this a few years ago and let it slide for the last few, I really miss it!)
  • Make a Christmas pudding (inspired by a friend of mine who does it most years, and I always wanted to give it a go)


  • Have a barbecue at the beach with friends
  • Have a weekend away with my extended family
  • Run with someone
  • Invite someone around for dinner we haven’t seen in a while

So there you have it – the list!! Is anyone else setting some goals this year? Feel free to share them below! And if you’re interested in joining in, but 52 is daunting, why not try a 12-in-12? Or because of the year, 20-in-20!  [...]  read more