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

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

52 in 52: 2019 edition

Heyyyyyy – it’s 2019 everyone! A new year, which means a new 52 list! I’m yet to blog the results from last year, with some updates of some of the more notable ones but *spoiler alert* I did 100% of them! The first time in 10 years of doing the list!


Also, holy cow, this is the 11th year of doing my 52 in 52! I think I probably should have some sort of party to celebrate, right? I should have done that last year to celebrate the decade, but um, whoops.

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December update for 52 in 52

I just went to look at when I last posted an update on my 52 list, and it was March! Whaaat? Then I realised that I had a post from August in my drafts, oops. Guess there’s no point posting that one. Needless to say I’m extremely overdue in posting an update.

There’s only one month left to go in the year so it’s a final sprint to finish the list, but I’m really excited at how things are looking right now. Let’s take a look!

What’s left to go:

There’s only 10 (!!!) items left on the list to complete this year. Of that, 4 of them are underway and nearly complete, and the others shouldn’t be too hard to complete. It’s just a matter of making the time!

  1. Write a blog letter to baby each month (this is my “Luca Letter” series) – I’ve got 2 letters to write, his 11 and 12 month letters.
  2. Make a photo book for Luca’s first year – this is also underway, hoping to get it finished this weekend.
  3. Take a family photo – we have photos of us all together, but I have something specific in mind. I want something nice, I don’t want a selfie.
  4. Accept help when offered as often as possible – this is something that doesn’t have a definite value for which I can measure whether it’s completed or not. I could say that it’s completed because I’ve been working on accepting help, and I have quite a few examples of that throughout the year. But I want to keep reminding myself of this right up until the year is over.
  5. See a doctor about my veins – booked in for a fortnight away. Recently my friend saw the veins in my ankle and was shocked at how bad they were. It will be interesting to see what the doc has to say.
  6. Frame/print a photo I’ve taken – still yet to do but quite a few that I want to print. The photo book also technically qualifies for this too.
  7. Learn how to do makeup – I’ve had a friend show me some techniques briefly, but I’d like to spend just a little bit of time trying out some techniques from online and just improve a bit more (if anyone out there is wonderful with makeup and wants to do a hard lesson with me I’d love it).
  8. 30 day declutter challenge – I went a bit easier on myself with this one in that it didn’t have to be 30 days in a row. It’s underway though, about 50% of the way through.
  9. Meditate for 5mins every day for a week – I’ve started this one so many times, and ultimately end up going to bed and forgetting to do it for a night. Going to make time for it this week.
  10. Have a date night with the husband 12 times (take turns to organise) – we’ve had 11 dedicated date nights for the year already, and the last one is coming up this week. To be clear, this is stuff that’s not just the usual “sit on the couch and watch tv”, it has to be where effort was made to make it feel like a date.

Highlights from what I’ve accomplished this year

There’s been so much that I’ve done this year, and I’ll post a full list at the end of the year, but I wanted to share some highlights.

  • Eat from a small plate every night for a week/pre-make a week’s worth of lunches: these ones were about portion control and controlling temptation. I ended up subscribing to Lite n Easy this year, which in my opinion has fulfilled both of these items. It’s been incredibly successful too, and as of the moment I’m 16kg down for the year, 26kg since I gave birth.
  • Go to a sporting event: I went to the Commonwealth Games this year – lifetime bucket list complete. It was amazing! I went to the swimming and cycling finals with my family (awesome), and the Closing Ceremony (not so awesome).
  • Run 5km: I did the 5km Sunshine Coast Marathon event with friends, and even this morning I did a 5km park run. Stay tuned for improvements on this task next year – I’ve signed up for my first ever half marathon!
  • Host a birthday party: We held a party for our son’s 1st birthday, which was amazing and went way too quickly. But it was so unbelievably fun and I can’t wait to plan his next one (but maybe don’t come too soon, I don’t want him growing up that fast!)
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    April update for the 2018 52-in-52 list

    I had a cracker of a month when it comes to my 52 in 52! I started the month with 35 items remaining, and as it stands right now I only have 26. That’s 9 in one month, hells yeah!

    Let’s go through them.

    Join a mother’s group

    When I was pregnant my hubby and I did an antenatal class to prepare ourselves for the birth. After that, all of the girls in the class stayed in touch. We were all first time mothers, and it was helpful to chat with others going through the same process.

    Well, just recently we’ve gone from more of an online discussion group with the odd catch up to becoming more of a mother’s group., starting with organised a fortnightly catch up taking turns hosting at our houses. The babies play, the mother’s debrief, and we all enjoy ourselves.

    For the privacy of my friends’ babies I won’t be uploading a group shot here, so instead here’s a photo of Luca in the jumperoo at one of the girls’ houses (he loved this thing, and played in it for about 30mins without saying boo).

    Make a baby toy

    I’ve actually made a couple of toys, but only one I think really counts as completing the task.

  • Cellophane (doesn’t count – but literally just grabbed a sheet of cellophane and he’s loved mushing it up to hear the crinkle sound)
  • Rice in a water bottle (doesn’t count, I seriously just put some rice in a water bottle and closed the lid). Shaking this makes him stop whatever he’s doing and turn around to see where the noise is coming from. When he’s laying on his tummy on the ground he enjoys flicking it forward with his hand. This might be one of the toys that helps him to start crawling since it grabs his interest whenever I put it on the floor just out of his reach.
  • Goo – this one counts and completes the task. I combined corn starch, water and some food colouring (maybe something else too, I can’t remember) until it resembled a thick goo. I put it into a zip lock bag and showed how he could push down on it and squish it around. Yeah….fail. He hated it. Instead it became a toy that helped him to discover gravity by dropping it off his high chair table whenever I put it on there. Needless to say it didn’t have a long shelf life in his toy box.
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