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: