Monthly Archives: January 2018

One goal down

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Here’s me thinking I was having a slow start to the year goal wise, and in the first month I managed to tick off one of the big ones. I now have a new job which I start in a few weeks. Doing a bit of an internal happy dance. It’s nothing super exciting, but it’s a bit more money and work that I will probably like more, in what looks like a great team. But, also celebrating the fact that I can now focus on some other stuff for the rest of the year. Putting together an application can take a whole weekend if you are doing it properly, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for other things. Plus, I really hate applying for jobs. I suppose like a lot of people, I struggle to sell my skills and don’t get me started on interviews. So, its nice to think I don’t have to worry about it for a little while at least.

I have been feeling a little bit more energetic and have managed to fit in a fair bit of sewing, reading and baking over the weekend. So, the freezer is restocked and I managed to finish making an advent calendar for a lady at work.

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How early is too early to mow the lawn?

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I need to mow my lawn today. Which is probably a good thing because it is good exercise and I haven’t been doing nearly as much of that as my new year’s resolutions require. I have a big lawn and I can lose a couple of kilos after a weekend of lawn mowing. But today is meant to be hot. Really hot. So I want to start early, and get it over and done with before the worst heat hits. But how early is too early to start mowing your lawn? I’m an up at 5 am kind of person in the summer, and would be quite happy to go out and start mowing but not sure my neighbours would agree.

Normally I hold off until 8 am, which is still kind of early for a weekend but I have a battery mower and it’s not as noisy as a petrol one so I figure I can get away with it. The council says you can start using power tools from 7.30 am, so I might go a bit early today.

I told myself I would spend the time between when I woke up this morning and when I could start mowing doing some writing, so of course I have done everything but. Unless you count writing this blog. At least my rates bill is now paid, and that cooking show wasn’t going to watch itself, and I still have half an hour to go til 7.30. I might still get round to it.

 

New Year’s resolutions

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I don’t know why, but for some reason I always imagine myself setting my new year’s resolutions before December 31 and then waking up on New Years days full of energy and enthusiasm. It rarely works like that. I have some idea’s about what I would like to achieve this year, but I’m still nutting out how I am going to achieve it. Plus, a hot and sticky start to the year has left me drained of energy any time I am outside of the air-conditioned joy that is my lounge room.

So my goals:

  • Be less judgemental and gossip less
  • Exercise more
  • Meditate regularly
  • Volunteer for something
  • Try 12 things I’ve never tried before
  • Find a new job

I’m probably not doing as badly at all of these as I think. I have a job interview on Monday, though it is only for a 1 year with possible extension kind of job. I’m doing little 5 minute guided meditations and I have walked for 1/2 hour in the park every day at lunch since I’ve been back at work. I’m struggling a little bit with the gossip less, because everyone at work loves a good gossip and the 12 things I’ve never tried before is harder than I thought it would be. Not because there aren’t lots of things I’ve never tried, but because in my mind I think they should be things that I want to do but haven’t gotten round to. Sure I’ve never jumped out of an aeroplane, but it’s not something that I am even in the slightest bit interested in doing. I thought about making try 1, to make an item of clothing but then realised I did actually do that in home economics in high school. I suppose I could make it more specific and say, try 1 is to make an item of clothing that’s not a sweatshirt that’s five sizes too small for me. Though I am reading a book at the moment on beginner programming and try 1 could also be something like writing a program. We’re only a week into the new year and I’ve got time still to figure it out.

I’m also hoping to have lots of energy and enthusiasm for creating this year, so stay posted and hopefully I will have lots of show and tell as the year goes on.