Category: personal challenges

Week 47/2022: moving again

Week of 21 November 2022 Move by 3 p.m. Getting back to posts about Laura Vanderkam’s book Tranquility by Tuesday, chapter 3 is called Move by 3 p.m. (Yes, I’ve skipped chapter 2. Because it’s complicated!) If you’re super observant, you might have noticed one of the habits I’ve...

Week 46/2022: a painful week

Week of 14 November 2022 A painful week So, what would be the next fun thing that might happen after a couple of weeks of feeling flat, uninspired and unmotivated? Oh, yes! My back could give out on me. Which is, of course, exactly what happened on Monday morning...

Week 43/2022: The week that wasn’t

Week of 24 October 2022 The week that wasn’t If there were a prize for the worst week of the year so far, this week would win it hands down. It was my first five-day work week for a while and I had to spend two days in an...

Week 42/2022: Smashing up some herbs

Week of 17 October 2022 Smashing up some herbs On Sunday, Lil Sis and I went to a workshop called “Essential Natural Products”, a three-hour workshop to introduce us to external preparations that we can make at home using plants that can grow in our gardens. One of these...

Week 40/2022: Building a morning ritual

Week of 3 October 2022 Building a morning ritual Following Sunday’s post about changing up my bedtime, as prompted by Chapter 1 of Laura Vanderkam’s new book Tranquility by Tuesday, I’ve been looking at the bonus section of the chapter, which suggests putting together a morning routine. Of all...

Giving myself a bedtime

Giving myself a bedtime A lesson from Tranquility by Tuesday Late last week I read about Laura Vanderkam’s new book Tranquility by Tuesday, which is subtitled 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters. I took one look at what the book was about and...

Week 36/2022: My writing plan

Week of 5 September 2022 My writing plan Last week I promised that if I hadn’t made a plan to get writing again by the end of this week, I’d get up at 6.00 every morning to write for 30 minutes. I made the plan. It actually isn’t that...

Week 35/2022: Just do the next thing

Week of 29 August 2022 Just do the next thing. . . I started to write this post but, reading over it, I realised it wasn’t going anywhere. So I’ve shortened it to be a quick update on my three focus areas. I want to fix my shoulder and...

Week 34/2022: Antarctica

Week of 22 August Antarctica I went to TMAG on Sunday to see some photo exhibitions that were part of the Australian Antarctic Festival, which was held over the weekend. I was especially fascinated by the photos from Dutch photographer René Koster, who had travelled to Antarctica on a...

Week 33/2022: Arty adventures

Week of 15 August 2022 Arty adventures Tuesdays are my half days at work. When I have a medical appointment at 12.00, which doesn’t happen very often because I normally get in at 2.20, my work day gets cut back to about two and a half hours. This Tuesday...