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COVID and 2021

There’s no denying that 2020 will be remembered for COVID-19.

For me in country South Australia we were relatively unscathed but I still want to take a moment to reflect on what it meant for me.

March was when it really started to get real locally – there was so much unknown, people were pulling kids out of school, schools were feeling overwhelmed – I was scared of the possibility of schools closing, not sure how my mental health would cope. Empty supermarkets also made me anxious – I hate shopping and cooking at the best of times let alone when the shelves are empty, thankfully I bulk buy toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap so those supplies were fine!

In the end we only had one week of extra holidays – with a revision pack sent home from school, we did 3 days home schooling. I also attended a conference via zoom (and many more meetings over the year – a real plus for us country-dwellers). The next holidays felt sooo much better knowing there was an end date.

In SA we then had another lockdown in November which was again thankfully short lived. Event planning became much more involved with maximum numbers, check-ins and covid marshalling. As I write out these few thoughts I’m reminded again how lucky we were with limited lockdowns, cases and deaths. I know others have been much more affected.

This year I also obtained a masters degree, started a counseling business, dipped my toes in a now defunct political party, continued volunteer work in community mental health/suicide prevention and took on a new leadership role.

In 2020 I can also say I was mentally resilient (amongst the usual ups and downs) and I put into practice prioritising self-care.

In 2021 I hope to grow my business – more clients and maybe also incorporating community work.

I need to keep working on my health, particularly diet and I’d love to use house-moving to truly do a decluttering clean up!

So in summary I think my priorities will be…..

  1. Faith
  2. Family – quality time
  3. Diet (and exercise)
  4. Business
  5. Professional Development
  6. Housework
  7. Volunteer roles

No real new resolutions but I’ll keep an eye out for something to inspire me….

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Priorities 2019

I’ve struggled a lot with motivation and I think prioritising so to start the New Year I’ve decided to write a bit of list to keep me on track….

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I’m sure there’s a few more things I should consider i.e. friends, gym…… but I think this is a good starting point / guide post.

Having said that priority No. 1 for this week is…..holiday time on the beach 🙂

Wishing you all a blessed week.

What priorities do you have – for 2019?

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Off to a good start

This past Christmas week has been full of the highs of festivities with friends and families but also lows of feeling flat, dealing with children and a lack of motivation/direction. The lows culminated in a head cold which thankfully gave me an excuse to lay low. An excuse also helped me build a fighting spirit and I finished off the week ready to bring in the New Year.

It can be tough when you finally reach the much longed-for break at the end of the year. My husband and I of course struggle with different expectations. I’ve generally already had a few slower weeks and am ready to, or at least wanting to be ready to, start doing some jobs together but he’s only just getting a chance to stop and generally still has a few daily work things that need seeing to.

Today on the first day of the year I’ve been productive and bright and hopeful and just HOORAY! As I always say on the flipside of a rough day or two – the hardest part about is not knowing how long it will last. This blog is an amazing reminder that it does always pass, generally much quicker than it feels.

Although not big on New Years resolutions I still think they have a place – I need something to aim towards, particularly this time of year when I actually have time. Last year I had a lot of goals for this blog which really didn’t come to fruition. I was going to do:

  • weekly Gratitude/Positives of the Week Post
  • WWW – Wednesday + When are you reading? challenge
  • fortnightly issue post
  • random regulars
  • 2+ weekly posts?!?

I did say it was wishful thinking at the time LOL

This year I’m focusing on personal goals:

  • Spend 5 minutes outdoors every day –  I’m hoping it will be 5 deliberate minutes and maybe even involve a bit of mindfulness and fitness too.
  • Keep working on my marriage. I made a casual suggestion today at morning tea that we should have a night each week where we discuss the week ahead which wasn’t received well – all suggestions seem to be work to him rather than opportunities. One relationship theory I studied last year by the Gottman’s was called Sound House Relationship – I’m really wanting to work on Building Our Love Maps and Creating Shared Meaning together – the other levels I hope I can strive for myself making a positive impact on my loving man
  • House goals – work towards getting a patio built and changing our lounge room carpet/set up (I’d love to take out a wall!)
  • Continue my slow journey towards decluttering – I’m happy with my pace and progress. I actually think my Fly Lady routine of ‘a load a day, keeps chaos away’ has changed my life!
  • oooh and study I want to start preparing again for that…….especially PRAC (eeek/:D)

Blog wise my brainwave today was to try and learn about my followers. It truly amazes me that 156 people have clicked that follow button. I know it means different things to everyone and I’m nowhere near 156 likes but WoW. I reflected recently that I’m not really a writer but community is super important to me. I think one of things I learnt about myself in 2017 is that I struggle socially out and about but I love reading and feeling connected, even if I can’t manage it all the time!

I’m back to writing down lists to do and feeling positive about 2018. I pray you are too,

God bless.

Dear Lord, give me wisdom and guide me to the choices You want me to make. Amen.