30 in 30…


I have a milestone birthday coming up in exactly 150 days. Yep, exactly. And before anyone tells me that 50 is the new 40; how I’ll be wiser not older; how it’s not the years, but the mileage (that one’s from Indiana Jones)…I get that, I respect that, but I’m having problems with it.

I was all set to be flipping (there’s another F word I’d use there, but this is a family show) fabulous at 50, but the longer I faff about doing faff all about these 20 (or is it 30?) kilos, that’s also looking unlikely- although I do like the hashtag #FFF.

The thing is, there’s so much that’s out of my control – so many balls still in the air – I’ve forgotten what the whole fabulous thing was about. It wasn’t just about looking fabulous – it was also about attitude: thriving at 50 rather than tiring…and man, am I tired of being tired.

My energies have been so scattered that my brain is too. Hubby complained yesterday that he can’t keep up with my rapid change from random subject to random subject: ‘sometimes you don’t even finish sentences,’ he said. Miss 18 declared that I kept the important stuff in my brain too close to the recycle bin so it all comes out together. Someone mentioned Dory. Not nice.

The thing is: I’m not achieving much. I’m so in my head that I’m not doing any of what is in my head and needing to be done. I need to ground myself more and get back to some basic routines and habits. I need to tick some simple boxes – and that’s where the 30 in 30 comes into it.

They say that if you do something for 30 days it becomes a habit. It’s also a measurable achievement – and sometimes that’s more important. So that’s what I’m doing: a few simple tasks once a day for 30 days. 30 in 30. Given that it’s exactly 30 days until I start Milford Track, I’m thinking that 30 days seems appropriate. Plus, it fits into the 150 days 5 times- and that sounds sort of right.

So, my 30 for this month?

  • Blog daily- even if it’s about something as simple as a daily photograph
  • Speaking of which: take at least one photo a day
  • Exercise daily. It’s the one thing guaranteed to ground me- even if it is just a 30 minutes walk (obviously, given Milford is coming up, that’s a given…)

And my #FFF challenge? Do one thing over the next 30 days that I haven’t done before- or pushes my boundaries a little…or a lot.

And todays photo? Taken at Barangaroo on my lunchtime walk. Trust me- the day wasn’t as nice as this photo implies…

Have you ever done a 30 day challenge? Any suggestions for my next one?




4 comments on “30 in 30…”
  1. Deborah says:

    Oh… you should have spaced the three goals for this month out more (and lasted you 3mths!).

    1. Jo says:

      I meant to start this whole thing back in March at my birthday. Life & chaos has got in the way.

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