March 2016 Progress Report

March 2016 Progress Report
March 2016

With the refugee and terrorist crises in Europe, and the ongoing war in Syria, my March progress report feels a little too indulgent. But as for everyone else, my life moves on, and if I don’t keep on top of these goals, they won’t happen.

beauty: body
Weight ≤61kg by 11 April

65.2 kg

65.0 kg
In theory, I should be happy to have lost weight over the last month, but I did get as low as 63.9 kg before stacking it back on again. Serves me right for being so smug about it.


Not even a bout of gastro that laid me low for a week was enough to shift it. Though I suppose, I didn’t move much during that time.

beauty: presence
build a practical and workable wardrobe that reflects who I am


🙁Got my hair “done” which should make me happy, but for some reason the settling in period feels like it is taking too long.
beauty: home
sparse yet comfortable happy home that reflects our authentic selves


🙂Got one of those wet wipes on a stick mops. It’s not exactly the most environmentally friendly choice, but it’s easy to move about the house, and I don’t need to get on my hands and knees to do the smaller bits.
beauty: garden
lush and abundant garden providing habitats, weather protection and a mystical threshold


🙁My big tall pine tree is showing signs of stress after the long hot summer, and I think it’s probably time to cut it down before it falls down. The last quote I got was a couple of years ago – $4,500. Ouch!
friendship: creatures


  • get the dogs well and healthy
  • develop habitats to support native species


😐Now that the lorikeets have moved on the garden seems very quiet, and even our regulars aren’t visiting. Bell birds put up a wall of noise to deter other birds and protect their food sources, so I am wondering if lorikeets are the same.


The dogs have been more cuddly than usual; I’m worried something is wrong

friendship: friends


  • maintain and improve relationships with international and e-friends
  • make new friends (especially local)


🙁It’s been a quiet month as a lot of my physical friends have been away, though my virtual friends are doing well. I need to make more of an effort to make and maintain my friendships.
friendship: contribution
give something back to the community and the planet


🙂A researcher interviewed me as part of a project about how so-called solo-preneurs cope. We talked about working from home, motivation, dealing with fear, balancing housekeeping with work, seeking help and so on. It was fun, and I hope it contributes something to the greater good.
pleasure: adventure
taking risks, international vacations and just doing stuff


🙂 Too sick for much more than recharging, but I adventured a little poem.


And having said that, I joined my first blog hop and encouraged you to take a little time out.

pleasure: recharge
rest, relax, recharge


  • turn off the computer by 9 pm
  • read two books per month


🙂Still aiming to turn the computer off, and while I might not always turn it off, it is easier to leave it alone.


The library’s overdue fees work as an incentive to an extent, but it’s easy to renew books on-line. I finished Girl at War, but am still working on a couple of others. I wonder if I should count the books I read for research purposes?

wisdom: choice
having the capacity to make choices


 🙂 I had my attention distracted by the place of destiny and free will in life.
wisdom: growth


  • become a more complex person by challenging my beliefs
  • developing my mind and having the courage of my convictions
  • choosing me for me


🙂 My research led to an interesting look at old-fashioned budgeting.
wealth: income
$29,163 income


😐Got a little revenue from some freelance editing. Still waiting on that royalty payment.


Wasted too much time on webinars given by people whose copywriting is better than their content.

wealth: expenditure
reduce expenditure


😐More business expenses, but these were about setting up a practical and safe space to work in. Nowhere near enough income to cover them. They are tax deductible, but that only works if you have income to offset the cost.

One thing I am beginning to appreciate about the progress reports is going back though my productivity journal, and seeing that I have achieved more during the month than I remembered.

If you would like to know more about more about how 2016 is going, click here for the monthly progress reports.

Let me know how you feel about your March in the comments below.

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