Welcome to 2018

Blogpost - Welcome to 2018

I swear the years fly faster the older you get. How the hell did I blink and we’re already a week into 2018?

This blog has seen fuller days – 2017 has not been kind, so I wanna a fresh start.

Let’s start with reflecting on my 10 goals for 2017.

  • We never got around to scheduling those date nights, but there were tonnes of family time.
  • Our 10th-year-anniversary celebration was a disaster – a Noosa weekend turned into a diarrhoea episode on the SO’s part.
  • I smashed my 30-books reading goal by reading 56 books, thanks to BookBub.
  • I didn’t get to physically attend a conference, but I DID watch videos from Social Media Marketing World 2017 conference.

And I obviously didn’t stick to ANY editorial plan for this blog.

So much for that.

Let’s hope I do better this year.


Celebrating 2017

While 2017 ended on a horrible note with my father having to undergo a triple bypass (more on that later), I cannot deny there have been some incredible moments worth celebrating.

So it certainly wasn’t all bad.

Nonetheless, I should mention our Christmas/New Year.

Our family originally planned to host a small Christmas lunch with the SO’s family, but it was quickly abandoned after my father was admitted to hospital for heart attacks in late November. He was told one of his heart arteries was 100% blocked, and the other two were 80% blocked – a triple bypass was inevitable.

The surgery was to take place in January, but further heart attacks forced his doctors to push it forward with a week’s notice. We immediately booked tickets to Singapore and stayed 22 days over Christmas and New Year. When we weren’t at the hospital, we were cleaning my parents’ home (did I ever mention I come from a family of hoarders?), fixing toilets and installing handrails, and helping with his post-op care.

I came home earlier this week, physically and emotionally exhausted. It took me two days of hiding at home to recover. Thank god for Youfoodz and an understanding husband.


What’s in store for 2018

As they say – “Man Plans, and God Laughs.”

Who knows what 2018 has in store? Whatever it throws this way, buckle up and join the ride. I am still planning to keep these things around.

  • Journalling is here to stay! I’ll be using a Passion Planner this year.
    While I certainly miss the flexibility of a plain notebook, I am loving this planner’s structure and weekly motivational quotes. Heaven knows I need it.
  • Can I up the stakes with my 50-book reading challenge in 2018? I hope so, with the help of my local library.
  • Single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned in Queensland this July. It’s about time too!
    I’ll be pushing our family further into a no-waste lifestyle. We already use reusable shopping bags (I love and use this one), cups, water bottles, lunch boxes and metal straws. I also use a MeLuna menstrual cup and Tic bottle for toiletries.

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I haven't made a caprese salad 🥗 in yonks! Which is sort of ridiculous, because they are so ridiculously easy to put together and require so few ingredients. And if you have a little bit of space, growing your own tomatoes 🍅 and basil 🌿 will bless you with some amazing bright summer flavours without the chemicals or pesticides you might find in today's supermarket produce. Im so happy to be putting this on the table tonight! ❤️ #lunch #dinner #onthetable #nourish #healthyfood #healthy #homemade #homecooking #inthekitchen #kitchenlife #food #foodshare #foodie #foodlover #foodporn #pornfood #foodgasm #foodstagram #tasty #getinmybelly #nomnomnom #eeeeeats #instaeat #sharefood #instafood

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But don’t worry – the food will always still be here.

So thank YOU for sticking around, for following me on Instagram, for watching my stories…

I love you too.

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