My list of 19 things for 2019 was a total success. I allowed it to be a success by changing up some of the items on the list. I didn’t see the point of ignoring all the things that I had managed to achieve just so that I could stick doggedly to (and fail at) a list of my own making.
I did two things I haven’t done before with regard to my yearly list of goals: a) I changed some of the goals mid-year to align with things that became more important to me as the year went one (in the past, I have doggedly stuck to my original list); and b) I completed my entire list.Continue reading “Finishing up my 19 for 2019”
This year I have been enjoying the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast as well as Happier in Hollywood. Gretchen and Liz (her TV writer sister) are creating 18 for 2018 lists and since I have been missing my birthday lists, I thought I’d jump on board. I have made most of them finite things I can do throughout the year with just a few that are year-long goals.
I am really enjoying working on the weekly Project Life spreads for this year. I am noticing that I am able to add much more journaling compared to the historic album I am working on (currently at July 2015). Our printer has decided to be awkward so I will either have to send off the photos for the next couple of weeks or hope that the new cartridge I have ordered will do the trick. I hope I can get it sorted as it is gratifying to be able to print the photos, write the journal cards and get the weekly spread done all in one go (and I usually manage it during naptime).
I am still slowly working through my project life albums from 2015 onwards but I thought that since we are starting a new year, I would get my 2017 album started right now and try to keep on top of it as doing a week at a time is (theoretically) quicker and easier than trying to do it years later!
Over the Easter holiday break, we went away as a family of four for the first time. I had put off making the decision about whether or not to go since I wasn’t sure what kind of baby Austin was going to be and I am still not sure about this – people ask me “Is he a good baby?” and I have no clue how to answer. Against what criteria? He seems pretty good in that he rarely screams crying (immunisations day aside) and he is sleeping pretty well at night – for five to seven hours at a time which seems pretty good – but then he is also dependent on lots of cuddles to sleep during the day and is pretty good at the low-key whingy talk when he is not 100% happy. I think he’s good but he’s still a baby so…
- A sip of bubbly and a midnight kiss
- Jools Holland
- Highlights of Glastonbury with familial commentary
- A cheeky lie-in
- A proper breakfast (table laid and everything)
- David Attenborough
- Lunch followed by a game of Pie Face
- Rubbish TV
- A chilly walk around the block
- A nap on the sofa
- Elementary season 3
- Rude Tube
- Bed time
I have always been tempted to start some kind of scrapbook but had never really been attracted to the amount of fuss that goes along with it so when a blogger I follow, Elise Blaha Cripe, started sharing her Project Life spreads, I was intrigued. The system, developed by Becky Higgins, uses plastic wallets which fit photos and printed cards for journalling and decoration. It’s simple, modern and attractive. I love it already. Last night, I spent some time on my first two spreads and I really pleased with them. I will get some washi tape (all of mine is in storage) to embellish and label the photos and be on the look out for fun stamps and stickers but otherwise, nothing else is really needed.
These are Week 1 28 July – 3 August:
These are Week 2 4August – 10 August:
Tonight was the penultimate sew make believe meeting at Berylune. Whilst others cross-stitched, knitted and crocheted, took my laptop and wrote student reports. I didn’t have time to not work and I didn’t have time to get something together to make.
It was still lovely to catch up with my ladies, laughing, drinking tea and eating yummy cake (thanks Zoe!). I also did a bit of shopping which I will share tomorrow…