September Goal-Setting Goodness

9 09 2011

Since I’m trying to get back into the swing of this project regularly, it’s time to set a few goals for the remainder of this month. Here’s what I’ll be focusing on:

004. Frame and display one or more of my photographs at home [more info]
I bought some frames from IKEA recently for exactly this purpose, now to figure out what images to put in them…

031. Re-register for the Validation process [more info]
I really, really need to do this – my window of opportunity is closing fast. Difficult to focus on work when I’m trying to care for the baby.

048. Read 50 books (19/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (6/10) [more info]
Two goals that are going relatively well! I tend to read for 30min a day while I’m feeding Rowan in the evenings, so it’s a matter of finishing the three books I’m currently reading (two of which are child-related, not science fiction :P).

071. Paint a feature wall [more info]
This will be revised to decorating a feature wall (using the frames from goal.004 above)

092. Share a month’s worth of reflections on life’s little things [more info]
See previous entry for more information about this, I’m not sure how I’ll post this. End of  the month? Weekly?

101(b) Reassess every six months for outdated/irrelevant goals (0/6)
I’ve kind of failed at this goal so far, we’re more than halfway in (almost a year to go!) and I haven’t revised the list once. I think it’s needed now though, I see at least five unattainable goals (ie, overseas travel) that I can’t see happening within the next twelve months, so I might revise these to something still challenging, yet soemthing I actually have a chance at completing.

A Month of Musings

8 09 2011

092. Share a month’s worth of reflections on life’s little things [more info]

Time to tackle a new goal for September, and that is about reflecting on life.

This was one of those goals that when I originally wrote my Mission 101 list, thought I’d leave for a ‘rainy day’ (ie, when I needed a pick-me-up). As it turned out, when I truly needed something like this, my son had just turned eight weeks old and finding time for ANYTHING other than feeding or convincing him to nap – or getting myself to nap! – was immediately in the too-hard basket.

So now it begins. I signed up to a website called OhLife! which sends you a daily email where you answer a question (in as little/much detail as you want) and your email response forms the blog entry. Kind of cool, makes it VERY easy to reflect. I’m getting my email to be sent at 9pm daily, when my son is usually in bed and I have a little time to myself on the laptop. See what happens, hey? 🙂

A New Way to Blog

13 08 2011

I downloaded a WordPress app for my phone in an attempt to make it easier to update entries & leave myself accountable for getting my goals done… wish me luck! (iPhones are awesome devices :P)

Reading List

5 08 2011

048. Read 50 books (18/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (6/10) [more info]

I’ve been getting more time to read here and there after settling into life with a baby, though now it’s generally during a feed or after Rowan’s gone to sleep at night. It doesn’t really help that the books that I choose to read are quite long (it took me nearly three months to finish the book I started soon after his birth!!). My highlight has been Deadline, book 2 in the ‘Newsflesh’ series – I read the first novel Feed over Christmas (nothing says Christmas like a zombie apocalypse..!).

Here’s what I have been reading since April (full list available on the Books & Recipes tab under the title graphic)

14. Hypnobirthing; The Mongan Method (06/04/11)
15. Selling Out – Justina Robson (10/04/11)
16. Breastfeeding – Sheila Kitzinger (15/04/11)
17. Going Under – Justina Robson (30/06/11)
18. Deadline – Mira Grant (12/07/11)

19. 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die (currently reading)
20. Makers – Cory Doctorow (currently reading)

Date Night

5 08 2011

060. Go on a date night once per month for a year (1/12) [more info]

Since the birth of our baby boy back in April, my husband and I haven’t given ourselves the chance to get out and about as a couple (instead of a family). Now that our son Rowan is three months old, I have felt comfortable enough leaving him for a short amount of time with a trusting family member – in this case my Mum! – to reconnect with Matt.

Enter the date night – we went to see the last Harry Potter film in Gold Class with vouchers we had leftover from Christmas, and coffee afterwards. This was going to be dinner, but we snacked so much during the film that neither of us were all that hungry!!

Hopefully this is the first of a few such date nights (or days), probably not once per month but definitely a few here and there. 🙂

The two of us

Hopes for March

2 03 2011

So I’ve been slacking off with my Mission 101 posts over the last six weeks or so. This disappoints me, but at the same time I have been busy preparing for the arrival of my firstborn (a son, due in 6-8 weeks). Still, I hope to get back on track more this month, here are some updates I hope to accomplish:

  • Post more of my Project 365 layouts
  • Update book list
  • Update recipe list
  • Re-examine my 101 goals and make any appropriate changes (I’ve been meaning to do this all year)
  • Clean out the kitchen pantry
  • Work more on my pregnancy scrapbook project

Goal-setting for September

4 09 2010

It’s September, Spring in Australia and with that comes more opportunities for getting out-and-about in the (soon to be here) sunshine! With Spring comes cleaning, perhaps a little nesting and definitely some reorganisation.

Here is what I plan on focusing on from my list for September:

003. Take myself on 5 photo-walks (0/5) [more info]
008. Learn about Photoshop actions [more info]
017. Try out 50 new recipes (6/50) [more info]
022. Drink 1.5L of water daily for three months (1/3) [more info]
031. Re-register for the Validation process [more info]
056. Make a photobook out of our New Zealand pictures [more info]
067. Clean out the pantry every six months and post the strangest thing found (0/6) [more info]
078. Throw away all of the old make-up that I’ve amassed over the years [more info]

Perhaps a little adventurous? We’ll see how it all goes. 😉

Goal Completed: #099

22 07 2010

099. Complete all unfinished tax returns [more info]

Seven months ago I was audited from the Australian Tax Office and found to have not completed three tax returns during the period of 1999-2006. The earlier ones were from when I was a teenager and my parents said I only needed to fill one out when I had a real job (I was working casually in a McDonalds store while studying at university), the 2006 one I have no idea how it happened… I must have forgotten?

Either way, I have had a pile of paperwork sitting on my desk for several months now and decided that today would be a good time to tackle it (I was in hospital on Tuesday and have had some time off work this week).

It wasn’t as ‘bad’ as I thought it was going to be and I was finished within two hours – I even completed my 2009-2010 tax return today as well, so hopefully I get back some money at the end of all of this *fingers crossed*. Another goal completed. 🙂

P.S. – Just need to resize and post my “50 in 50mm” pictures, I’ve  just been slack about putting them online!


6 05 2010

051. Learn to play a strategy boardgame [more info]

My hubby took great delight in helping me to achieve this goal. He loves boardgames, and we’re not talking the regular kind – like Monopoly or Scrabble. I’ve tried to get into a couple of the ones he has (Carcassone and Race for the Galaxy) with only a little success. But when he bought home Pandemic it instantly appealed.

The idea is about working together (2-5 players) to beat The Game. Plagues are threatening to take over the world map, and you’re attempting to cure all four diseases before they take over. Using a card-draw system cities are given disease markers and if they gain more than three then the disease spreads. Random cards result in ‘epidemics’ or cities being overloaded with markers. Each player has a unique role in the game (you draw for ‘role cards’ at the start) from a Medic – quite useful! – to scientist, Operations Expert or Researcher.

It took a few weeks but finally hubbby and I beat The Game. Now to play on the next difficulty setting (more epidemics).

Our winning game board!

Hello Baby!

12 04 2010

095. Hold a newborn baby [more info]

I had a gorgeous seven week-old baby girl handed to me at work today (well, thrusted towards me, I didn’t really have a choice on the matter!) when a past parent cme to visit… I was over the moon. On the way home from the Kindergarten, I realised I could cross off this goal from my list now!

But alas, under a technicality I wrote in the information section of this goal “hold a baby who is under a month old”. Three weeks too old! The quest is on to find more babies. 😉