Resolutions?

I’m still undecided as to whether to set any resolutions for 2016.

Lots of thoughts are going through my head from taking more care of my body in terms of what I’m putting into it and my workouts, to beating this eating disorder. But they are particularly delicate topics that need to be treated with care so they don’t end in a downward spiral. Hence why I’m still working with a psychologist and dietician. But what else is there?

I already go to the gym so at least I won’t be one of those people that runs and joins the gym for 1-2 months as a New Year Resolution and then give it up! I think though I still need to work on making my life outside of the gym more active. Less time on the couch…although there needs to be a balance so I can keep up with blogging…and reading books!

I have the new kayaks which I can take out a bit more, but that really only works for the warm months, but what about winter? Hmm. I have pole dancing as well, and I actually have a pole at home, so there’s some extra activity which is good all year round.

I suppose I could say I want my boyfriend to propose to me, I want to go on an overseas holiday, I’m thinking about going to pole camp, I’m also thinking about going away over Christmas and New Year… But they don’t feel so much like resolutions as whims, ideas and potential plans. They may enrich my life and provide some good memories, but will they improve my health or make me a better person?

What are you resolutions for 2016? Do you have any?

Take care,

Jas

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Motivational Monday, 28 December – New Year Resolutions

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It’s nearly the new year and I suppose that means many people might be making resolutions for the new year. Things they would like to do, maybe ways they’d like to improve their lives, health or fitness.

I’m undecided yet as to whether I will make any resolutions for the new year. What about you, will you be making any resolutions?

Take care,

Jas


Picture via Eliza Lloyd.

 

Boxing Day Sales!

Boxing Day Sales are a big thing. Or at least, depending on the store they can be a really big thing and you can pick up some amazing bargains. I remember one year picking up a maxi dress in Forever New for $30 when it was originally $120! Man, I love bargain shopping.

Technically this year Boxing Day was yesterday, but the public holiday isn’t being recognised until Monday so all the shops, and all the people are going mad to get in store for shopping. Of course I was one of them…

I had an idea of where I wanted to go, that was dictated in part by the gift cards I had received, but I also got a little bit of cash, though I knew what that would be going towards.

I went to JB Hi-fi and got an Olympus Tough camera that I could take anywhere, including kayaking, so it doesn’t matter if it gets wet or dropped or anything like that. In fact, it comes with a floating strap so if you drop it in water, it floats! That was $296, down from $399 which is pretty good.

Other than that I had a $100 Myer gift card and a $30 Coles Myer gift card so I went to Myer and bought a Guess tote bag for $99 and a couple of tops that were on sale as well.

I still have an Anaconda gift card, so I need to pop in there, maybe tomorrow. I want to get a waterproof bag and a carabiner extension thingo, not really sure what it’s called, but basically I’ll be using it to hang my drink bottle off the kayak and dangle in the water to keep it cool. One of my friends had these on his kayak and I tried it once and it worked a real treat.

My partner and I also got a Bunnings gift card to get a few things around the house, like cement to go with our new rotary clothes line, and a screen door for the front of the house. Maybe I’ll also indulge in a doggy door as well while we’re there…

Have you indulged in any Boxing Day sales? What did you get?

Take care,

Jas

Christmas Wrap-Up!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas day with lots of yummy food and lovely presents!

Mine and my partners Christmas family gatherings started on Christmas Eve with my Mum’s side of the family. We don’t give presents to each other anymore because it ended up that we were just going “what would you like?” and buying that, so we just figured we’d buy it ourselves. I did get something for my Mum though, she bought a Suzuki Swift about a year ago and wanted dash mats and seat covers, so I bought her a Super Cheap Auto voucher. But because I don’t really like getting people vouchers, I also went on to the Photobox website and made her a personalised 2016 diary with pictures of me and my partner and our dog in it. My Mum got some of the pictures from our Bali trip and made a collage of them in a really big frame which is nice. It’s quite huge and heavy so we need to work out where we can hang it where it won’t fall off the wall!

For Christmas Day lunch we went to my step brothers house…or maybe it was more like an early dinner. They tried lunch a few years ago and haven’t learnt anything about timing because lunch was at about 3pm! Anyway, my siblings and I do a Kris Kringle present giving which makes things easier when there are six of us! I had my sister in law this year and I bought her a Pandora stacker ring, my partner had my eldest step-brother and got him a small kitchen veggie/herb garden, and I got a perfume and lotions set and he got a Super Cheap Auto voucher. For my Dad we got him tickets to the Australia Day cricket and gave my step-Mum the bellabox Christmas box. From them I got a fancy drink dispenser and some money and my partner got an air sander.

We finished up the day at my partner’s parents place and we got his Mum a personalised 2016 wall calendar, we had an extra one made for his Gran as well. For his Dad was some fishing thing for his boat which I really didn’t understand what it was! And for one sister we got the bellabox Christmas box and the other one we bought a T2 teapot with matching cup and three little tins of loose leaf tea. Gosh we always get spoiled when we’re over there, we got a rotary clothesline, because the one we have now is hung under the carport and I can’t reach it! Along with some pegs and clothes bags and a voucher for Bunnings. My partner also got a life jacket for when we go kayaking and I got an Anaconda voucher to buy some accessories for my kayaks. I also got a couple of makeup and jewellery cases as well and my partner got another toolset and some little sorting tubs for the shed.

Did you all have a nice Christmas? What presents did you get?

Take care,

Jas

I’m getting a new car!

About a year ago I started thinking about getting a new car. I was saving my pennies and trying to decide what kind of car I wanted to look at. Around the same time though I was also looking at buying a house with my partner, so it was kind of a matter of working out what to put my money towards and the house won.

Now though, I’m in a position to buy a new car. A brand new car! I’ve spent time looking at lots of different cars, test driving, hating some, liking others and loving one. The one that I loved driving is the one that I’ve bought which is a Kia Cerato hatchback in racing red. I pick it up tomorrow, I can’t wait!

The picture below will give you an idea of what my new car will look like. Still a pretty small car, but not teeny tiny which is perfect for me.

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Motivational Monday, 21 December – Christmas is coming

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but Christmas sadly isn’t my favourite time of year. I have a dysfunctional family who I don’t always enjoy spending time with because they either pretend to get along and so everything is fake happy, or they argue or just don’t come at all because they’re “arguing”. Any wonder I have issues and an eating disorder?

Anywho, my coping strategy is the alcohol and high heels. Strange combination, possibly dangerous combination but it’s got me placidly through the last few Christmases.

What’s Christmas like with your family?

Take care this festive season!

Jas


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Deferring uni

I’ve been thinking for the last few months about what I want to do with myself. Obviously I have to work because bills have to be paid, so full-time work will need to continue, but the other biggest thing was my uni work.

To give a bit of background, I started uni again because I didn’t enjoy the work I was doing and so was looking at it as an investment in a career change. But now, I do enjoy what I’m doing and the company I’m working for and so it’s more of a hobby now; something to do because it interests me.

University as a hobby is a huge investment, in terms of time and effort and it’s also an added layer of stress because of the assignments and deadlines. I can’t help but feel it’s being a bit wasted on me because I’m not taking it seriously.

In addition to uni, I also want to volunteer at Monarto Zoo one or two days a month, of course there’s still pole dancing and the gym which I haven’t had much time for lately, and I want to be able to take my kayaks out. That’s just all the things I want to do without thinking about seeing family or friends, so quite a lot on my plate!

The one thing I feel that’s really holding me back from investing in all that or doing it as much as I wished I could is uni. Purely because uni takes up so much of my time in the evenings and on the weekends, I don’t often feel like I have time for much else.

So having thought about it long and hard, I’m going to defer uni next year. I’m not sure if I want to give up my position in the course yet, so deferring at least gives me some wiggle room to see how next year goes, I can do all the things I want to do and then decide if I really want to give up my position.