I’ve mostly mooched around for November 2015, but now I’ve washed my clothes and cleaned my house, and it’s time to get moving again. And not a moment too soon – another month has already gone by and it’s about the time to start thinking more deeply about goals for 2016, (rather than drunkenly making them up on the spur of the moment just as it begins).
Weight ≤61kg by 14 December
|64.4kg||Despite my thoughts about activity trackers, mine does remind me to move, and it makes me more inclined to do things that require more walking (like taking the train rather than driving, and then getting into the carriage that makes me walk the furthest). And it gives me a little more focus about what and when I eat, so that’s good too. I don’t think I’m going to reach this goal in time for my next appointment, but hopefully it’s enough to get the doctor off my back.|
My mother mentioned that she has been 47kg her whole life. She also mentioned that she uses her weekly health check to make sure she stays there and that as she is less mobile now she eats less dinner. I have been thinking about this a lot.
stick to the guidelines and continue to build a practical and workable wardrobe that reflects who I am
|I was thinking a bit about my summer wardrobe (parts one, two and three), but I’ve got a little off track with that. And I saw a European woman on the tv wearing the most beautiful tartan pencil skirt, so I am already thinking about winter again. It hasn’t been very hot, and I haven’t really missed summer clothes, but I should review the list, so I am ready for the sales.|
sparse yet comfortable happy home that reflects our authentic selves
|It’s looking good after its clean! We have been talking about replacing our couches for a couple of years, and there are some ominous creakings when I sit down (fair enough; it’s older than the dogs) so I think we should seriously consider this for the sales.|
lush and abundant garden providing habitats, weather protection and a mystical threshold
|The garden is looking a bit messy as the bulbs die down and the summer flowers start to come out. I’m getting the odd raspberry, but the possums got to the cherries before I did, and the birds got the apples.|
get the dogs well and healthy and develop habitats to support native species
|My creatures are all enjoying the bounty of the garden. The dogs are eating the low-hanging pears even though they aren’t ripe yet and are barely bigger than my thumb.|
maintain and improve relationships with international and e- friends, make new friends (especially local)
It’s been a great month for catching up with people, and it’s been nice to get out of the house to socialise rather than to go to the library and research.
Katy and I went to see Jerry’s Girls, but it wasn’t as good as Nice Work if You Can Get It.
give something back to the community and the planet
|I’ve been buying gifts online from artisans through sites like Novica and Etsy and having them sent straight to their recipients. They get a lovely handmade gift, it only has one travel route, and I save a little money on postage too.|
taking risks, international vacations and just doing stuff
|My headshots came back and I launched my self-hosted author site which has been a risky adventure in development, but fascinating and enjoyable. I’m getting the hang of this stuff!|
And in the meantime, I found inspiration for my next book, tentatively called Holistic Personal Finance.
rest, relax, recharge
|I’ve been feeling relaxed, I guess realising that you’ve had a good year overall will do that for you. There’s been sunrises with coffee, Nanna naps and sunsets with wine. There have been the kind of please yourself moments that you think are what being grown up is all about when you are a child.|
having the capacity to make choices
|November was the month for choosing between two equally valid options on a purely subjective basis. Following my heart I guess you could call it. An excellent thing when your heart is busy elsewhere. Like when I did a Scarlett O’Hara. But I wrote a little about how to not regret your life by choosing to include things in it that matter.|
become a more complex person by challenging beliefs, developing my mind and having the courage of my convictions, choosing me for me
I’ve been thinking a lot about putting my writing into a more business-like framework so have been doing some interesting research on my local legal framework. It’s been a bit like this.
Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do, so I quoted some Longfellow.
|I’ve sold more books, but not yet at the threshold for royalty payment (it’s a currency conversion barrier), but it won’t be long now!|
|I spent some money on old books! And happily the problem with our recently serviced air-conditioner was a faulty part, so I didn’t have to pay for a second service.|
Here’s what happened before: