Monday, 18 February 2019

Looking back over 2018 and forward to 2019

2 January 2019
"And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been"
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


Well its been mad, but we are mostly 'kitchen-in' and we are starting this 2019 infinitely more organised that we left 2018! Last year was much harder work than we ever expected. Every step of the way seemed filled with more challenges than we had bargained for and seemed to take an indordinately long time. What was going to be just a basic extension has transformed into a totally new ground floor space.

I managed to achieve the reading goal and finished the year with a grand total of 34 books.

The weight loss, although not a stone and a half, has been a steady 10lbs...However, exercise went out of the window as soon as the extension started and no-one has been able to reach any of the fitness equipment at the back of the garage since August!

We travelled as a family to Kent, Bournemouth, Scotland and Liverpool (and managed to squeeze in a relaxing day in Lichfield).

Although the extension is not finished, for the first time ever, I managed to fit two Christmas trees in the house, so we are definitely ending on a high. The main shell is up and we have started to decorate. We still have plastering work to finish, doors to fit between the lounge and the kitchen and skirting boards to paint and fit.

This blog has not had as much time devoted to it as I would like, but hopefully this will be changing this year.

The time has now come to set some new aspirations for the year ahead. Some of these are simply a continuation of the last year's challenges and some are brand new:

1. Complete extension/ get all the building regulations signed off and tackle the garden.
2. Continue weight loss and aim for another 10lbs.
3. Exercise at least once as week.
4. Plan for the future by drawing up a budget and stick it to it. Try and grow some savings.
5. And last, but not least, be generally kinder.



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