Just what I needed; a new start!
So I don’t think I’ll talk about Christmas, the holidays, December. I’ll leave that in the past, in 2018.
I’m moving on to 2019.
Sadly it’s not the best start of the year. January has been very gray, very wet, and I’ve mostly felt exhausted and depressed.
Like I said, not a great start… BUT, I do try to look at the positive things going on.
Firstly there is 1 thing I’d like to do / say about last year.
2018 sum up :
Books read : 19 (truth be told, most were audiobooks)
Craft projects finished : 27 (ranging from a cupcake keychain to an adult blanket)
Skeins bought : 47
Skeins used : 30
Skeins dyed : 1
Letters written : 21
Letters received : 21
2019 sum up January 17th :
Books read : 0
Craft projects finished : 2
Skeins bought : 0
Skeins used : 4
Skeins dyed : 3
Letters written : 2
Letters received : 0
2019 Goals :
Books read : Minimum of 15 (and actual books)
Craft projects finished : 25
Skeins bought : 0
Skeins used : Minimum of 25
Skeins dyed : From the top of my head, I still have 4 skeins to dye in storage
Letters written : Don’t know. 40 maybe? Didn’t set an actual goal for this.
Letters received : Also 40?
So as you can see by the sum up for this year so far, it’s not going all that bad. Already used quite a few skeins, resisted buying any new ones, written 2 letters and dyed some yarn. I used Avocado’s this time, and coffee! The colours we’re so lovely! I will post a picture of it at the bottom of my post.
Other great things are : I’m up to date with my bullet journal (including February), I declutterd over 200+ items at the end of the year and the attic is starting to look so much better, and since this week I’m getting back in my routine (FINALLY!).
But sadly I still feel so crappy… I try to stay positive, do the things I have to. I even give in on the really bad days, when I’m too tired to get out of bed at all. Eventually I do get up on those days. Wash up, get dressed, but just stay on the couch, and do things I enjoy.
But it’s still like there’s a spark missing.
And speaking of missing, I still miss Koetje every day. I’d give so much, just to have her back with us 😦
Anyway,… Not much else to say on this matter I’m afraid.. I feel crappy, and that’s that *shrugs*
Other things that are going on is, that I try to live a bit more healthy again. When I feel like I do lately, I eat a ton of junkfood crap. Which doesn’t do me much good on any fronts. So since yesterday I traded the junkfood snacks for water, apples, and peanuts. (and of course my 3 main meals).
And I’m doing a squat challenge in January. The date times 2 is the number of squats I’m doing. So far I’m keeping it up, until day 12 and 13 (24 and 26 squats). They were in the weekend, and my legs were starting to feel pretty sore. I had been doing squats for 11 days straight, and I know how important rest days are. So I had a 2 day break. Today I’m on 34 squats (which I’ll do in 2 sets). But in the weekend I think I’ll take at least a 1 day break again, maybe 2. The days I don’t get to, I’ll do in February.
Now that I’m therapy’less again, I aimed to meditate 1 – 3 times a day. This still seems challenging. With a busy brain like my own, it’s hard to find the time to stop and sit down, and to take a moment to quiet the mind a little. A lot of the times I’m so distracted and busy, I don’t even remember to do it. Or sometimes I do remember, for a few days, and then I don’t again. My current streak stands on 3 days now. So I should really try and get around to it again today, for my day 4!
Yoga really fell of the list, sadly. And just this week I thought I should really try to pick that up again. So last monday was my first time for this year, and I want to try to do it again every thursday or friday (so twice a week).
I suffer from a lot of jaw pain (clenching, grinding, etc), and trying to calm my mind, should also have effects on my sleep, and therefore my jaw(-activity).
These have been stressfull times, and I really can’t wait to leave them behind me.
The Habitica app has really been my savior in this, to keep some sort of routine in my life. Forming new habits, letting go of old ones.
So, last but not least, I’d like to talk about a book challenge I came up with on Habitica.
I saw several challenges on there, but none that could interest me. And most of them were too challenging for me to begin with. Like, reading 50 or more books in a year. That’s not gonna happen 0_o
So I made up my own, and made it public. I promoted it a bit in a few guilds, and thought I’d maybe get like 20 people to join? 30 if I was lucky.
So last time I checked this morning, I’m up to 325 people (including me) who are doing this reading challenge! :-O wow. I never expected that to happen. For some reason that does make me feel a bit special. That so many people, out of all the challenges, joined my challenge. That’s so awesome!
I shall share the challenge here as well :
- A classic you’ve been meaning to read
- A book recommended by someone you know
- A book with a cover in your favourite colour
- A book based on a real person
- A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
- A book you meant to read in 2018, but didn’t get to
- A true crime book (If this really isn’t your thing, you can swap it for a Detective novel, A Thriller, a Spy novel, something along those lines).
- A book of your choice
- A book about a bookstore or library
- A book by a favourite author
- A book written before 1900
- A childhood favourite
- A book about an animal
- A book with a topic you’re passionate about
- A book about a culture different than your own
These are “the books” I’ll be reading this year.
But firstly I still have to finish a book I’m currently reading about Autism in adults. I’m half way and really hope to get it finished this week, so I can start on my reading challenge. Fifteen books is going to be a challenge on itself for me. Because I usually read about 12. One a month. My first book for the challenge is : “I’ve got your number!” by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read it only once, when it just came out in 2012. And I remember laughing a lot and loving the book. So I thought it would be a perfect reread to start the year with. It’s the book for the topic “book by a favourite author”.
And with that, I’m wrapping up. Below you find 2 pictures. One of the skeins I dyed with avocado’s and coffee (LOVE the outcome!). And the second picture is of the 2 projects I already finished this year. I’m currently working on scarves, hats, baby booties and blankets for charity (the poor and / or homeless).
Thanks for reading my blog. (Hope I didn’t bore everyone to death 😉 ) And hopefully till next time! Take care ❤