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

Family/Relationship

  • 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

Health

  • 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

Finance

  • 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

Organisation

  • 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

Hobbies

  • 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)

Social

  • 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

52 in 52 round up for 2019

Merry Christmas everyone! I know there’s still a few days to go until the end of the year, but I’ve got such a busy few days coming up that I don’t know if I’ll have time to write. I’m also extremely unlikely to achieve any more, so I’m wrapping it up early!

Today my husband had to work unexpectedly (client needs) so I decided to book my son into daycare and have the day at home. That sounds relaxing, but in reality it was so I could spend the day cleaning. The house has been woefully neglected without a good clean in weeks (possibly months) now. I’ve been super productive, and it’s starting to feel a bit more organised and tidy again. I always feel so much happier and relaxed when there’s not any clutter laying around. [...]  read more

60mins is all I get…

We’ve been back from Japan for a fortnight already – how the heck did that happen?! I’m still working through trying to produce the rest of the videos, but now that I’m back in the land of reality it’s much harder to find time to spend on them.

It’s kinda crazy right? Just how much goes on in my life…and how I’ve forever got 15 things that require my attention.

Let’s take a typical work day for example.

If I wake up at 4.30:

  • I’ve got anywhere from 30 seconds to 60mins before my son wakes up (if he sleeps in past 5.30 then something is seriously wrong)
  • I’ve got 75mins before my husband goes to work
  • There’s 2.5hrs between waking up and before I have to leave the house (drop my son at daycare and head into the office). That time is completely filled with feeding my son, myself, dressing the both of us and cleaning up the house so it’s in a presentable state. If my husband’s lucky I might find time to reply to one of his text messages.
  • At the office I get about an hour for a lunch break, during which time I’ll try to go for a walk, or something to at least move around (today I swam laps for the first time in about 2 years). I’m trying to get back into the routine of exercising in the morning before my husband goes to work.
  • Once the workday is over and I get home, it’s usually about 6.30pm
  • I’ve got anywhere from 30 seconds to 60mins before my son goes to bed (I just realised it’s a bit of de ja vu from the morning). My husband picks him up from daycare during the week, so by the time I get home he’s already been at home for about 2+ hours.
  • I’ve got 2 hours until I try to get to bed myself (I’ve been aiming to be in bed by 8.30 so that I can get in some quality sleep).
  • In that 2 hours I need to cook my dinner, and find some time to unwind. Let’s say it takes me about an hour to make my dinner, eat and clean up, so that leaves me with 60mins of “do whatever” time.
  • In that 60mins I can either spend time with my husband, write a blog post, do some exercise, video editing, read a book, play a game on my ipad, mindlessly surf the internet, study, or watch a movie. I’ve also got a ton of projects waiting on me – sewing my first ever piece of clothing (it’s been waiting on me for over a year) and a ton of maintenance/improvement work on my blog.
  • Also requiring attention is to either clean the house, fold clothes, clean up the toys scattered around the house.

I’m slowly starting to get back into a routine of doing little bits of cleaning the house each day so it’s never a ton of stuff waiting for me. Room-by-room, a different room a week, a couple of items ticked off each day. The idea is so that I don’t have to spend a lot of time on the weekend doing a mountain of housework, and the house is always in a clean, maintained state.  [...]  read more

Sofies on tour: Day 5 (Tokyo Dome and Shibuya)

Today we set off to visit the world’s greatest indoor playground at the Tokyo Dome, a recommendation by a friend from my running group. It was amazing!

We also caught up with the family again for another visit to Shibuya, and I tried more weird food from the corner store.