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New Year New You Challenge


I have been remiss in posting the last week, so here is the catch up in one post:

Day 3 – Remove negativity – I am often trying to do this, even when the world rallies around handing out negative vibes everywhere. This week has been particularly trying as my son has had some incredible challenges which have not been easy to watch. But all the more reason to roll on to

Day 4 and 5 – Message someone special and Think of the Positives – Completed

My positives included a variety of things but especially being able to enjoy a restful and relaxing Christmas now that the hard work of getting the new house ready was 90% complete.

Is a home ever really finished? There always seems to be some little thing that needs doing in one’s home? Weeding the garden and attending to plants is a never-ending task; a shelf needs to be put up, photos attached to the bare Snowy Mountain white walls and there are still some boxes to unpack…. but we are concentrating on the positives here so my mind drifts back to Christmas.

Day 6 – Smile More

Very good advice

I have the key to the door! The house is finally mine!

There were plenty of smiles on House Handover day – and every morning I wake up in this new house and look around at the fruits of our labour over the last year. It is a joy every day to live in this place. Sunshine, cool breezes, away from the bushfire threats and tonight, glorious rain! I felt like recording the sounds as it is a sound we so rarely here at the moment.

This one’s smile is pure heaven

Day 7 – Cook a Healthy Meal – completed

Before cooking in the oven

I made these yummy vege frittatas with ricotta and parmesan cheese. Delicious. They freeze well too.

Day 9 – Take a long walk – I walked for 90 minutes – that should do it.

Day 10 – Do Something New – Still debating about what I can do…. I did co-start and join a Ladies Walking Group in my area. Yes, that ticks the box for this day.

Day 11- Read a good book – I finished reading Mons Kallentoft’s crime fiction novel from Sweden – Autumn Killing. A good twist at the end was a surprise. Not a bad read but I couldn’t focus on it properly as I started reading it so many months before.

Roll on Day 12…..



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30 Day New Year New You Challenge

This blog wasn’t intended as a tag a long challenge blog but bringing in the New Year seems like a good time to try something new for a month. Take a big breath and dive in, Amanda.

Um… already I see a problem.

How can I identify the goals I want to achieve in the one moment? I don’t feel that organized. Here goes:

Day 1 – Goals for 2020

  • Return to pre-Christmas Weight
  • Organize my hobby space
  • Paint at least 10 projects – preferable 20 – 30, but that is possibly too ambitious
  • Finish reading the Nordic crime novels on my shelfs
  • Exchange books at the book exchange
  • Read one Non-fiction theoretical book on my shelf
  • Organize my genealogy notes and develop a workable template for collating information
  • Edit the book I am co-writing with blogger, Mabel Kwong
  • A holiday somewhere for birthdays/Easter at the beach? Wait, I live at the beach now….

More tomorrow at:

P.S. I would like to Challenge Chris Riley from LifeofRiley to join in.

Thanks to 40 fore Forty for initiating me joining in with the Challenge.