October 2015 is over already – is it my imagination or is time speeding up? Or is it just that I have spent so much time in introspection this month. There’s been a lot going on in the garden, and we’ve been finding archaeology which has been really interesting (and thanks to the book research, I know about some of it). I almost wish I was back in the endless hot summer school holidays of my childhood.
weigh ≤61kg by 14 December
|Health is quite good at the moment though many of my friends are struggling with the last cold of the season. I feel quite tired, but I think what with one dog or the other I may now be in the habit of waking up at night.
According to the software, I walked 226, 849 which sounds excellent until you know it’s an average of 7,317 per day. Some days I walk more and some days less. Probably should be walking more… For some reason, it won’t give me a nice total for the number of calories I have walked (stupid computer).
stick to the guidelines and continue to build a practical and workable wardrobe that reflects who I am
|Hilariously Katy showed her Mum a picture of me with blue hair (a photography proof), and she didn’t notice that it was blue.
sparse yet comfortable happy home that reflects our authentic selves
|I’m catching up with home care, if for no other reason than it is less stressful to do it that to think about it.
lush and abundant garden providing habitats, weather protection and a mystical threshold
|With Spring finally here I have a riot of blossom in the garden, including a pink peony rose that has finally sprouted after being planted a decade or so ago.
get the dogs well and healthy and develop habitats to support native species
|I really don’t want to say it in case I jinx myself, but the dogs are all good. And the birds are flocking back to the garden. The deck looks like a cockatoo crèche and we will soon be driven mad by the incessant screeching of hungry baby birds.
maintain and improve relationships with international and e- friends, make new friends (especially local)
|I am a horrible friend. I have been taken up the book and other concerns and haven’t really been in touch with anyone. But my trip to the supermarket reminded me of Christmas past.
And that all in all, the six-month review has a positive outcome.
give something back to the community and the planet
|As a result of the spring cleaning, I got together some old clothes and household items and donated them to charity.
taking risks, international vacations and just doing stuff
| We have been living like pioneers this month as seemingly one utility service after another fell away – water, electricity and gas. Part of it is living in bushland, partly inadequate risk management by suppliers and partly entering into the spirit of things. I am quite glad to be back in the twenty-first century.
But the BIG news is that I finally published Build Your Signature Wardrobe (and then explained why I wrote it). I was very excited when Katy told me that I am now a little voice in her head when she thinks about her clothes. And I went off to a photographer to have some professional pictures taken which made for a very interesting day out (you’ll see the results filtering through soon).
rest, relax, recharge
|I don’t feel as though I have rested or relaxed, but I know there has been sitting on the deck watching the sunrise with coffee and set with beer.
Mind you, I really enjoyed developing the little social media posts and ads for the book. Not that I am a graphic artist by any means, but it was as much fun as the macaroni pictures I made at school. According to my six-month review, the times I am happiest seem to be those that I spend “following my passion”.
having the capacity to make choices
|This month I chose to pay for something I didn’t want, which was also choosing to take action at a later date when I could devote my full attention to the work required. I think it was the right decision…
become a more complex person by challenging beliefs, developing my mind and having the courage of my convictions, choosing me for me
|I’m still working on my website – some days I feel like my brain is oozing out of my nose. I almost wish I asked my friend to help me make a tiny website.
The six-month review suggests that I am indeed becoming a more complex person, so that’s all good too.
|I’ve sold books (), but I haven’t yet reached the threshold for a royalty payment. It’s a bit sad, but otherwise, it would cost me more to convert that I would get so that’s good too!
|It’s been an expensive month in terms of business costs, but I believe they were worthwhile and necessary. Our pioneer trip has been expensive to rectify as well. I feel as though I have challenged the universe to a duel, but I would really prefer it to help out in a less expensive way.
Here’s what happened after: November
Here’s what happened before: