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February 2017 feels like a momentous month, though I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s the HUGE number of ticks on the to-do list. And it has been a short month.



I thought about clarity a lot: both cultivating and controlling.

Virtue January February Notes

Beauty: body

  • Weigh ≤59kg by 5 June 2017 (Discipline).
  • Book all the appropriate 2017 dental, medical and mental appointments so they take place on schedule.
  • Join a local yoga class and pay for the term up front (Discipline).
64.1 kg
63.6 kg

Mostly good at the transplant clinic with some early weight loss success. Found out that I am that special kind of kidney failure anaemic where you have good iron stores, but they aren’t being converted into haemoglobin because that’s something your kidney does. I’m looking into what athletes can legally do to stimulate the production of EPO while I wait for it to get bad enough for Lance Armstrong style injections.

All my appointments are booked as far as they can be for 2017 – job done! Still backwards and forwards with spectacle adjustments. I’m regretting ordering multifocals – they are just not working for me. I have discovered a new local masseuse and I’m trying to get an appointment.

Found a local yoga class, but almost all the permanent spaces are booked up for this term (until April). I’m looking for something else.

Beauty: presence

  • Pick a hair style and commit to growing it in (Discipline).
  • Plan 2017 Winter and Summer wardrobes.
 🙂  🙂

 Still looking for a hairstyle. I had a quick trim while I grow it, and I kind of like how it looks at the moment.

We had a cold snap, and I have started planning my Winter wardrobe (watch this space). And as the sales have started, I snapped up a couple of dresses that were short-listed for Summer 2017. Probably won’t include a dedicated Valentines Day Outfit.

Beauty: home

  • Develop a plan for decorating and upgrading through 2017.
  • Execute the plan.
  • Complete all tasks required by the plan (Discipline).
 😐 🙂 We now have a plan mapped out in crayon (a semi-permanent state somewhere between pencil and ink); we’ll go room by room completing the little jobs. (That’s not to say that if DB should find himself working away from home for a few weeks, that all the rooms would be in the same place as he left them.) Next step is to do some scheduling.

Beauty: garden

  • Develop a 2017 native plant landscaping plan for privacy.
  • Execute the plan.
  • Complete all tasks required by the plan (Discipline).
 🙂  😐

The eternal dilemma of gardening is that if you want to make substantive changes, you have to do something about what is already there before you can move onto the next phase. And we have some big trees to remove (expensive) and retaining walls to rebuild (time-consuming) before we can start the privacy planting.We’re coming into Autumn

We’re coming into Autumn so it would be good if we could get some of the substantive work done before the weather gets too wintery. Then we could get the new plants well established before it gets too hot.

The best approach for the garden may be “room by room” as well.

Friendship: friends

  • Book 2017 lunches, coffees and dinners with local friends.
  • Join Writers Victoria and attend meetings at least monthly (Discipline).
  • Join a local chapter of Toastmasters and attend at least monthly (Discipline).
 🙂  🙂

I’ve got more lunches booked. Now I need to move onto dinners. Maybe a Cat Lovers Dinner Party.

I joined Writers Victoria, but haven’t booked any events.

Chickened out of Toastmaster, but they meet twice a month and there are ten months left in the year…

Friendship: creatures

  • Book 2017 vet appointments for the dogs.
  • Develop habitats for native creatures (shared with Garden).
 🙂  🙂

Poor pretty boy had some major surgery this month, and his previously high opinion of me and the vet has plummeted. He has joined me on the couch once or twice so I may be regaining his confidence (whew!).I think the fox may be very active in the street as the neighbourhood dogs are more agitated than usual. It makes the native habitats more urgent.

We seem to have fewer birds than usual, but our fruit and vegetables are later than usual, that may be the cause.

Friendship: contribution

  • Develop a sharing program.
  • Where possible purchase from small or local suppliers.
 🙂  🙂 I’ve finalised the details of my sharing plan, so I’m happy with that.

Pleasure: adventure

  • Plan and do one new thing each month.
  • Plan an overseas vacation for 2018.
 😐  😐 No progress on this, but there’s been a lot going on.

Pleasure: recharge

  • Turn the computer off by 9 pm.
  • Read a book each week (Discipline).
 🙂  🙂

Doing better on turning off the computer.

I’ve fallen behind my book reading schedule. I think I need to stop watching so much tv and read more every day. But I really enjoyed watching I, Daniel Blake, though enjoyed is not the right word.

Wisdom: growth

  • Read a book each week (shared with Recharge).
  • Visit a historically or culturally significant venue or event each month.
 😐  😐 Nothing doing on this one either. I’m getting through a lot of podcasts.

Wealth: Business Development

  • Select and attend a business-related conference or event – real not virtual.
  • Select and attend a marketing course (real or virtual).
  • Consider buying advertising to market my products and services.
 😐  😐

Haven’t chosen either a real or virtual business or marketing event.

Thought about advertising, and decided to think about it more some other day.

Wealth: income

  • Earn $1,000 a month.
  • Re-develop CV and re-register with employment agencies.
 😐  😐

January royalties were 5.47% of target, making 2017 0.46% of target to date.

I’m planning to stop freaking out about my CV soon, and take some professional advice from one or two employment agencies.

I opened a new book for my productivity journal in February 2017. Always an exciting thing – so much potential! I recorded a lot of clearing out, new starts (some of them still going at the end of the month! My consensus is that having cleared the decks, I can get on with stuff. I’m staying positive.

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Care to share your February in the comments below?



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