Here we are at the end of March…well almost… and time for the monthly check-in.
The month began how February finished – with a lot of rain, although nothing like the February totals. In many other ways, it’s been a busy month and once the rain stopped I’ve been loving the colour in the morning skies.
Anyways, we’re not here to talk about sunrises – WOTY is all about keeping the focus on, well, the word of the year:
You might recall that the resolutions I set myself were:
- Move daily
- Do something fun once a week –something that doesn’t involve work.
- Send out an author newsletter each month.
- Book our UK trip and take the entire month of October off work.
These were all intended to help put me first – my health, my wellbeing, my writing career.
So, how did I go? I’m glad you asked.
In addition to the above, during March, I set myself the following mini targets each week:
- 10,000 steps a day x 5
- Strength sessions x 3
- Yoga/Flexibility x 1
- Swim x 1
- Alcohol free days (AFDs) x 2
Other than the week we were in Sydney (more about that shortly), I ticked most of the boxes I needed to tick. I haven’t, however, been swimming. For the first half of the month the weather was, quite frankly, crap, raining heavily on the days I was due to swim. While I quite enjoy swimming in the rain (it’s an outdoor pool) I don’t swim in the pouring rain or when thunderstorms are forecast.
Anyways, on those days I simply reverted to my Plan B’s so all is well.
I’ve also finished the month a couple of kilos lighter than when I began it. The single biggest change I’ve made this month is going back to planning weekly menus – and sticking to them. I’m also experimenting with time-restricted eating (TRE) – sort of a 16:8 thing. I’m still only a couple of weeks in, but I think it could suit me. My tummy is definitely feeling better.
I’ve written absolutely nothing new this month. I did, however, complete the copy edit on Philly Barker Investigates and sent it out to my beta readers. I have the structural edit to work through for It’s In the Stars and am on track to have that back to my editor in a couple of weeks.
I’m so happy with Philly Barker and, largely because I don’t yet have a cover for her, have bitten the bullet and have sent out pitches to agents and a couple of publishers. I figure I’ll give it three months and if I hear nothing, I’ll go it alone with Philly and future books in the series. After all, I’ve already published eight books independently – it’s not that I have an issue with that, it’s distribution and marketing I’m completely crap at.
On the blog there’s been:
- Something about a French cooking class
- 55 somethings about me
- Something about what I’ve been reading and the wrap-up of our book club’s journey through Bronteland
- My recipe for fruit scones (which also appeared in this month’s author newsletter)
- And my recipe for Yorkshire Puddings and Yorkshire Pudding Apple Crumble
Wellbeing and looking forward
So, I’ve tripped up a tad on the whole not working on my days off thing… let’s not talk about that.
In other news, I have a few days booked in Queenstown at the end of June, and a weekend in the Tweed Valley for the May long weekend to look forward to. Plus everything is now booked and in place (including a house-sitter for Kali) for our trip to the UK in October.
We travelled down to Sydney early in March to attend the wedding of a close family friend. It was also a great opportunity for everyone to (finally) get together to (belatedly) celebrate Mum’s 80th birthday at my sister’s place.
The pic below is one I posted on Instagram of me with my parents and siblings. I’m teh short one with the scarf.
Then on Monday it was off to the wedding.
Sydney has had a wet March, with about a quarter of that rain falling on the day of the wedding and the day after the wedding. While got wet walking from our hotel to the train station, thankfully it had stopped raining as we walked along Circular Quay to grab some lunch at the Opera Bar before the ceremony.
It was even still dry as we walked through the Botanical Gardens to where the ceremony was being held – although the gardens themselves were certainly wet.
It remained clear for the ceremony and for the bridal party to have their photos done, and for those of us who decided to risk it and spend the couple of hours before the reception back at the Opera Bar.
The heavens waited until we were walking back through the gardens to the reception venue before opening up. And open up they did. We got completely drenched. I gave up, took my shoes off, hitched my (long) dress up into the side of my knickers and splashed through the puddles.
Wet clothes aside, the wedding was, however, beautiful. There’s something so (and I’m going to use the word again) beautiful about a couple who have both seen how things can go wrong, still having more than enough hope, faith, and optimism in their love to take the leap and make the vows. As I said, beautiful.
It was a very private wedding so I didn’t share any pics on my socials, but I can show you the reception and some of the fabulous Luke Nguyen created food.
We regrouped the next day in the rain for an lovely afternoon tea at my friend’s home with the happy couple and other friends and family. I’ll say it again – beautiful.
While in Sydney we also caught up with other friends – although sadly due to rain my planned dumpling fest with Sammie had to be rain-checked (no pun intended).
I ate dumplings with Grant and Sarah instead.
We were home in time for my birthday and after a 1100km drive I was very happy indeed to spend it relatively quietly. We had brekky out,
and went to dinner at a seafood restaurant in Mooloolaba I’d been wanting to try since we first moved up here 5 years ago. The food was as good as I’d hoped with the ceviche starter (below) with lime sorbet possibly the best plate of food I’ve eaten (so far) this year.
In between Kali and I spent the day lolling about bingeing on The Sister Boniface Mysteries (on Britbox).
This is me
I really dislike photos of myself so had intended on confronting that and posting a selfie each month. About that… Anyways, here I am – with Sarah (who also doesn’t like getting her photo taken). (I’m the one holding the phone…)
On the last Friday of each month (Southern Hemisphere), the co-hosts of What’s On Your Bookshelf hold a link up for readers to share their reflections and actions inspired by their Words of the Year (or goals/intentions for 2022). Sue, Deb, Donna and, of course, myself are looking forward to you joining us and sharing how you have focused on your WOTY during the previous month. The linky is below.