Wednesday, May 29, 2013

100 Things To Do This Year - List 1

It is 3am and I'm feeling yucky.  Blocked sinuses, gunky breathing, coughing, watery eyes.  You know the drill.  YUCK.

Since I can't sleep and I feel horrible, I thought I'd do a check in on an exercise I did early in the year from the Amazing Biz + Life Academy's workbooks and planner for 2013.

The idea was to create a list of 100 things you'd like to do this year.  They could be anything from tiny to-do's to dreams come true.  You just had to list 100.

I got stuck at about 26 I think.  I had to sit there a while and work through the block, and them BOOM! Riding a camel popped into my head.  Naturally!  And I was off and running again!  I went above and beyond 100 things.  Some of those I will filter off into a "Bucket List" if they involve more time or money than I can spare at present.  But the exercise went so well that I had to divide my list into 'sectors' to keep my head straight.  I came out with 5 lists to work on in the areas of:

  • Me! 
  • Kids!
  • Home!
  • Creativity!
  • Money!

I'm going to share the ME! list now.  I'm just curious to see what I've achieved so far.  I need a morale boost (hopefully) or a kick in the pants - possibly both!

  1. Climb Central Park Tower in the Step Up For MS Challenge
  2. Raise $250! (I raised $1,145!!!)
  3. Journal regularly
  4. Complete Certificate III Ed Suport
  5. Get a Pap Smear (WHOOHOO! Living the dream!)
  6. Convert old home movies to DVD
  7. Sort and store old digital photos
  8. Go to King's Park and spend the day alone exploring
  9. Try yoga (Love it!)
  10. Visit my friend Coralie of Rainbow Farm Photography
  11. Learn to crochet
  12. Get a massage
  13. Try at least one 'ugly' food
  14. Scrapbook the kid's keepsakes
  15. Visit Nana (I want to do this again before the end of the year!)
  16. Tell my Nana I love her
  17. Tell my whole family I love them
  18. Send more birthday cards
  19. Email long distance friends at least twice each over the year
  20. Write a real hand written letter to someone!
  21. Create a 'creative space' for myself
  22. Try Zumba
  23. Send updated photographs of the children to family members who'd love to see them
  24. Buy a corset!
  25. Try belly dancing LOVE LOVE LOVE!
  26. Get my old hard drive retrieved
  27. Learn more Dutch
  28. Ride a camel
  29. Re-string and play around with my dusty old neglected guitar
  30. Drink more tea
  31. Get myself a bicycle
  32. Build a deeper relationship with someone who matters <3
  33. Write my baby's birth stories
  34. See the ophthalmologist
  35. Become an organ donor
  36. Put some chalk in my bag and write some love notes to the world and random strangers
  37. Pay a total stranger a compliment
  38. Dye my hair a crazy colour 
  39. Try video calling someone I haven't seen in a long long time
  40. Write a bucket list
  41. Spend a day being crafty
  42. Expand my musical library
  43. Watch a few more movies
  44. Go to the cinema alone for a girly flick
  45. Read at least 12 books (Tally is at 1 so far!)
  46. Create something fun like an origami toy and give to a child on a train or bus
  47. Buy myself new pillows
  48. Get my sunglasses fixed
  49. Spend a day at the zoo alone
  50. Journal my romances
  51. Do some drawing I'm trying!
  52. Use my reader
  53. Learn to be calmer when the kids drive me mad! LOL
  54. Do a self defence course
  55. Write my children's book
  56. Watch "HOUSE" in full
  57. Learn to sing
  58. Sing in public - get over a fear
  59. Apply for LifeLine Telephone Counselling Start training in July!
  60. Get my tooth fixed
  61. Care for my skin more
  62. Buy jeans
  63. Run 5kms
  64. Find a way to earn extra money
  65. Go to lunch with friends more
  66. Go out for coffee on my own and people watch
  67. Get dressed up, go for drinks, dancing and laughing with friends - its been too long
  68. Get a manicure and pedicure
  69. Get photos taken
  70. Create a dream board
  71. Make my last wishes known
  72. Get myself a jewellery box that fits everything!
  73. Get my birthday and address books updated
  74. Exercise my gonads - be more assertive
  75. Start a public blog TA-DA!
  76. Scrapbook my wedding album
  77. Store my keepsakes properly
  78. Develop my intuition
  79. Listen to more podcasts
  80. Bake more So far so good
  81. Make more long distance phone calls
  82. Make life simpler with routines
  83. Create a reading nook
  84. Have an organised and 'traditional' christmas
  85. Send a 'just because' gift to someone
  86. Volunteer at the school Started out with playgroup and now working on a literacy program
  87. Horse riding lessons
  88. Declutter my house!
  89. Study something I love for fun
  90. Try "green smoothies"
  91. Give up Coke - again...
  92. Try applique
  93. Buy myself a red dress
  94. Get some awesome boots
  95. Walk more
  96. Eat meals and take coffee breaks outdoors
  97. Sit in the sun and think
  98. Go on a trip somewhere alone to somewhere new
  99. Go swimming
  100. Learn to do the splits
14 out of 100... Not bad... But I can do better!  I have a second 100 list for me in progress.

Watch this space...  :-)  I'll cross off more things soon.  And I'll share my other 'lists' as well. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

My Week in Review

This week has been a bit quieter than its been in a long time.  I would love the productivity, but I need peace.

* Belly dancing class!
* Bought myself a coin belt and fell in love with costumes.
* Folded and sorted a ton of laundry.  Working on giving away some unnecessary items.
* Did a lot of dancing to loud music on my own!
* Made an enormous decision about how I will spend my time up until the end of this year.
* Reading
* Yoga class
* Started volunteering at school with a literacy program
* Made a decision that's making me uncomfortable and am now problem solving it.
* Had a sick little boy come home twice from school
* Food shopping
* Coffee with Jenfriend
* Had social plans fall through... So we shall reschedule and I will have a self indulgent night in be with a good book.
* Committed to taking up running...  Believe it or not!
* Found myself a too friendly virus and gave it a home for a few days... :-/
* Hot baths
* Sleeping

Emotional ups and downs... Physical ups and downs...  Wheeee...

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Week In Review!

Another big week!  Lots of fun!
  • Caught up with photo uploads on Facebook!
  • Ophthalmology appointment.
  • Napping
  • My first ever belly dancing class!  (LOVE IT but soooo lacking in coordination and upper body strength!)
  • LOTS of walking!
  • Wrote a blog post about my Depepi Magazine Article being published and on sale! <3 Awesome experience!
  • Yoga class!!!  (Soooo needed that!)
  • Volunteered at playgroup.
  • Attended a meeting for a new literacy catch-up program they are starting at school and signed up for 2 mornings a week starting next Wednesday!
  • Two of the boy's friends came to play after school one afternoon!
  • Created myself a mobile "working basket" containing all the stuff I need all of the time.  (Future blog post here!)
  • Set an incredible goal that makes me happy, makes many other goals fall into place and inspires imagination! <3 
  • Note taking from my text book!
  • Walked down DOOL memory lane with new friends! :-)
  • Got inspired to write something!
  • Started writing!
  • Shelved writing for now...
  • Dealt with the repercussions of 3 wet beds in one night! Lots of washing!
  • Created two costumes for a disco with items we had around the house.  Batman and Luke Skywalker!
  • Chatted on the phone with a wonderful new friend for an hour or two!
  • Made a big decision about life... 
  • Caught up on sleeping
  • Lots of reading!
  • Lots of laundry...  as always!
Its funny... I feel like I achieve more in the beginning part of the week and very little at the end.  
Oh well!!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Magazine Article - Published!!!


A few weeks ago my gorgeously creative friend Pepi from told me she was starting and e-magazine and invited me to contribute an article!  

WOW...  Me?  Really?

I've never identified as any kind of writer.  I hated handing in any kind of writing in school...  My blog... Well its more for me than anything else!

But, what the hell!  

Despite having no clue what to do.  I told her I'd do it.  

Interestingly her aim for the magazine is to promote Indie Authors, Artists and the "Indie Revolution" at large.  That scared me even more!  I'm certainly not "indie" anything in my mind!  But the first issue was dedicated to, "starting up" and "beginnings."  I figured I could work with just that topic in mind and forget all the scary stuff... :-)

So... If you want to read my article submission you shall have to go and buy Depepi Magazine!

(This is an affiliate link - just so you know! :-)  

Besides my humble little article and illustration, you'll find lots more articles from amazing folks and all kinds of interesting articles from the world of Tarot and Lenormand - Pepi's passion.  

In hindsight... I'm still no writer or "indie" anything... :-) But it was fun to write, and most certainly an experience I've ever had before.  And I'm all about new experiences lately! :-)  Nothing to lose, everything to gain!

May I have this dance?

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Week In Review!

The highlights of the week just gone! :-)
  • Baked chocolate cupcakes, jam scrolls and date cupcakes for school lunches!
  • Finished reading "One Minute Millionaire."
  • Received an acceptance letter to join the LifeLine Telephone Counselling course, commencing July 3rd! (Scary excitement!)
  • Salvaged the lounge room after school holidays! (Oh what delights lie beneath the sofa! LOL)
  • Cleaned my babies' cot now its done being used as a cot. 
  • Soaked in 3 podcasts.
  • Coffee with Jenfriend.
  • Ruminating with Bev.
  • MEGA fruit and vegetable shop... So much food!
  • Culinary experiment - gajar halwa. Thumbs up but a bit less sugar next time.
  • Made a giant spaghetti sauce!  
  • Stocked the freezer with at least 6 meals of spag bol sauce and 6 tubs of homemade tomato soup (Rob's handiwork!)
  • Caught up on my blanket fort circle reading!
  • Mother's Day celebrations in bed with my babies.
  • More coffee with Jenfriend!
  • Lots of folding laundry!
  • Long soak in the tub with a book!
  • Took the kids on a 5.5km walk!
Onto another week!  Hope you have a great one! :-)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

My Week In Review!

I am going to borrow an idea from a blog that I adore, tranquility du jour and do a review of my week!  I think its interesting to look back and see just what one does with their time, be it good use or not!

It has been a busy week!

  • Penned Tall Towers, MS and Lessons.
  • Did a tour of local playgrounds with my pal Coralie and all the kids!
  • Placed a Nutrimetics order.
  • Wrote and submitted my very first article destined for a new magazine! (Scary excitement!)
  • Soaked in a webinar.
  • Created a Facebook Page for this blog!
  • Coffee with Jenfriend!
  • Drew an illustration for my magazine article.
  • Baked cupcakes.
  • Let the kids have a sleep over guest!
  • Took 4 kids on a bus and train adventure to the park to see friends.
  • Ate tons of Indian Food with Jodie and Mike!
  • Removed the cot from the Daisybug's bedroom and replaced it with a big girl bed.
  • Gave Daisybug a nice, neat, organised and pretty bedroom!
  • Caught up on washing and some of the folding.
  • Lots of reading!
  • Posted on my Nutrimetics Facebook page
  • Defrosted the freezer.
  • Compiled this list!  Ta da!

Now, on to a new week!  May it be more productive but just as fun ask this one!  That shouldn't be hard!  The kids go back to school on Tuesday!  Happy dance time!