I am someone who celebrates New Years Eve with enthusiasm. The well wishes, the fireworks and the champagne – what’s not to love. The start of a new year. A year of fresh adventures and new goals to reach. The start to the year can be exciting. But if you are someone like me you may find you dive head first into the New Year which leaves you in deep water or treading water for a couple of months catching up. By the end of the financial year, the midway point, the Winter Solstice, it is time for some reflection and reassessment. It is time for the Half Yearly Resolutions.
One of the blogs I love to read is by Jess at A Little Part of the World and she often does a monthly recap. I was reading one of her posts where I saw this great method of recapping and so have borrowed it for this half yearly recap – thanks Jess.
So when I think back on the last 6 months I have
The more we explore Melbourne the better food we find. Soo many cafes and restaurants. Most of our haunts are family, child friendly cafes. Some of my favourites are
Cafe Flo – a little bit of France close by
Ostumani – a little bit of Japanese goodness we found nearby
Coffee – so much coffee. I had no idea that Melbourne could make coffee so much better than Sydney (sorry Sydney).
Gin – well it was International Day of Gin so it would be fitting. Lots of cocktails with special visitors.
I also had a delicious beer tasting tray at Bright Brewery on our weekend away which was impressive as I don’t usually do beers.
Birthdays – In the last 6 months we have celebrated my birthday, hubby’s birthday and both our children’s birthdays (even the dog had a birthday)
New Jobs – both myself and my husband have gone back to full time work. This was my first time in 7 years and it was a shock to the system
Moving – we have not only moved house but moved interstate.
New Schools – the new things continue with settling Raya into her new school. Thankfully she is super happy.
Mother’s Day – with a weekend trip away to Falls Creek, Vic.
The birth of a dear friends first baby daughter Maddie.
Cold, wet Melbourne weather has meant perfect book reading weather. So far these last 6 months I have read
American Sniper – Chris Kyle – interesting to balance against the movie
All 4 Crossfire Series – Sylvia Day. I had no idea what these were when I picked up the first one but then had to read the rest of the series. I am waiting for the next one.
Blog Inc – Joy Cho
#Girlboss – Sophia Amorauso
I am Malala – Malala Yoesafzai
The Boss of You – Clair Kendal
I am almost finished Double Shot of Happiness by Judy Sharp. It is the story of her son Tim and his journey to become a professional artist while living with autism. This is relevant to my work and have truly loved this story. I highly recommended it.
We don’t have the television tuned to TV channels at our house, it is just for watching DVDs. I really enjoyed The Interview and also The Theory of Everything which is the life story of Stephen Hawking. I have also watched a lot of movies this last 6 months. I enjoyed the Spanish Film Festival which came to Melbourne, lined up like others to see Shades of Grey, laughed at Pitch Perfect 2 as well as the recent kids movie Inside Out. It was such a clever film and highly engaging for kids.
We have travelled back to Sydney – twice stopping enroute at the Big Merino
Daylesford – camping in a volcano
Mt Beauty, Bright and Falls Creek – off season there was still plenty to see.
The snow at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Zoo.
Wore: A black CR vest given to me by my sister for my birthday as well as a new pair of boots that are comfortable beyond belief.
Puffer clothing and good quality boots are essential Melbourne gear. Also scarves and good leather gloves.
Dreamed of: Successful art shows and warm tropical destinations such as Bali everytime the Melbourne wind blows.
Listened to: Disney movies, dinosaur noises from my son and tunes by Hosier. I also discovered Flume which I wasn’t familar with but heard and loved over espresso martinis.
Cooked: Well anyone who knows me will know I despise cooking but i did wip up a Heston inspired Pulled Lamb with Israeli Pearl Couscous Salad which will go down as one of the all time greats.
Purchased: My new Trek Nekko bike which I am seriously in love with and will soon be my method of arriving to work each day. My other mountain bike was sadly stolen.
So the last 6 months have been hectic to say the least. I am now in the phase of reflecting to make better choices and set some new goals as a family and individually.
I will be sure to come back and report on the personal and family goals we decide on.
Tell me – are you a goal setter? Do you set mid year resolutions? What goals do you have for the next six months? Would love to hear them.