That’s July 2015 down; it’s been a quiet one as you would expect with the first cold of the season. I’ve been wrestling with my tax return started some half-hearted Christmas shopping for overseas friends and family (I prefer to use the slowest cheapest dispatch method). It’s been one of those months you wouldn’t really miss if you hadn’t been there.
weigh ≤61kg by 21 September
|Didn’t lose weight, but I didn’t gain any either! I had to increase my blood pressure medication so I need to make a serious commitment to moving more. I’ve already told myself how to get exercise into my life.
My six-month review highlighted some positives and some needs to improve, but not significant changes to the plan.
stick to the guidelines and continue to build a practical and workable wardrobe that reflects who I am
|I’ve been laying low, washing my hair furiously in an attempt to remove the yellow/green stain. It’s been a diabolical hair month, and I find it hardly seems worth making any effort on my appearance believing that my bad hair will overshadow my good skin.
My six-month review shows I am pretty much on plan. But with the research I have been doing for my book, and taking into account my recent acceptance of the unlikeliness of future gainful employment (by someone else) I’m going to work through the process and redesign this goal.
sparse yet comfortable happy home that reflects our authentic selves
|It’s obvious really, when you buy your appliances at the same time and one dies, the others can’t be far behind. So that’s my washer and dryer replaced. I think we got a good price which makes me happy, and the new appliances are quicker and quieter so I’m happy with that too. I have almost caught up on the backlog.
lush and abundant garden providing habitats, weather protection and a mystical threshold
|It’s been very cold and wet, so my new hiking socks have been getting a workout as I waded through the mud doing little tidy up jobs. I’m still recovering from a $1,980 quote to remove a tree, but I really need to do something more about this if I want to save my new plantings from its thirst in summer.
get the dogs well and healthydevelop habitats to support native species
|Pretty (and expensive) girl has recovered from her ear infection, but she’s still trying to milk it.
We are almost bereft of birds, but they should be returning in a few weeks.
I am really happy with our new approach to catching and releasing mice.
maintain and improve relationships with international and e- friendsmake new friends, especially local
|I had to reschedule almost all of our social activities this month, some because we had the cold, some because they did. Hopefully August will be better
Managing and constraining relationships with family
|Wrote letters, made phone calls.
give something back to the community and the planet
|Offered advice and pro-bono service.
taking risks and international vacations
|A quiet and unadventurous month – some adventure coming up in August though – can’t wait!
rest, relax, recharge
|Definitely a bit of recharging going on. I’m still really tired though.
I have made a resolution (starting in August), to shut down my computer around 8 or 9pm, and re-read all my books.
|pleasure: just because
|Discovered Tunnock’s dark chocolate caramel wafers… All gone!
having the capacity to make choices
|I’ve been choosing to keep things simple, not letting things escalate into am unwarranted state of complexity. While either or situations are not always going to be the best, right now it’s a form of single tasking for me; choosing to bring my focus to one place and leave it there.
become a more complex person by challenging beliefsunderstand and develop my mind: critical thinking, self-reflection, subject expertisehave the courage of my convictions, choosing me for me
|Watched a bunch of writing and self-publishing webinars, some good, some bad, some excellent, some complete crap.
Became enamoured with the idea of using stickers on my time sheets to denote days when I feel really happy with the work I have done, and gave myself nine.
There was of course other stuff I learned, but I won’t bore you with it here.
|No further income…
|but I didn’t spend any discretionary money either