For me, right now: January 2018

I love January in New Zealand. It’s summer and the whole place clicks into holiday mode. This January was the hottest and sunniest on record. I don’t handle the heat well, so yesterday, when the temperature dropped and rain finally came, I was relieved.

Family holiday in Auckland - lots of fun getting out and exploring somewhere new together.
Family holiday in Auckland – lots of fun getting out and exploring somewhere new together.

That said, I’ve enjoyed spending loads of time outside, swimming at the beach and school pool. The school holidays flew by. The highlight was a week-long trip to Auckland. We all had a blast, hanging out and making memories. The opposite to many people, while day-to-day we have a fairly relaxed life at home, when we’re on holiday we like to get out and about a lot. Now the wee guy is five he has the stamina to do a full day of activity and enjoy it. I came back excited to plan more family adventures.

What I’ve been:

  • Reading – I’ve just finished The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker. The inaugral pick for the Slow Home podcast book club, it’s a dystopian thriller with strong simple living themes. It would make a great movie too. You still won’t catch me running though!
Face-paced, dystopian thriller with simple living themes + running. My knees hurt just reading it.
Face-paced, dystopian thriller with simple living themes + running. My knees hurt just reading it.
  • Listening to – I’ve just started to listening to Honest Money Conversations. Cait Flanders co-hosts. I love her blog and mindful budgeting approach. It’s my kind of personal finance – money as part of life, rather than money for money’s sake.
  • Making – With all the hot weather I haven’t been knitting much. Coincidentally, all my current knitting projects are red baby clothes. Very fitting given the #knitforjacinda campaign. These cardies are all destined for Little Sprouts Chartiable Trust . I’ve set “Finish It Februrary” as the theme for the my craft group, as I need the motivation to finish these and a few other things.
#knitforjacinda
All my knitting this month is red and unfinished!
  • Thinking about – Now the school holidays are over, I’m working on finding a new weekly rhythm. It’s looking like the next six weeks will involve tilting into paid work in a big way. I’ll need to take all my best advice to avoid falling into the busyness trap.

Is your year off to a good start? What was your highlight in January?

 

 

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