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Bienvenue 2019

 

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now but I’ve been so busy doing Christmas and New Year things with my family, and writing here and there, I haven’t been motivated to carve out the time.

  

  

Some of the things we’ve been doing here in Tassie, include: climbing trees, playing pooh sticks, visiting the forestation, playing golf, feeding the horsey, and going for long walks…

So, yes another year has ended and it is now 2019. All I can think is, where did the last 19 years go? Nevertheless, I thought I would do a resolution post. It’s been a while since I posted one and the last time I did, I really enjoyed looking back on it the following December to see how many of my goals I achieved — which turned out to be a lot more than I expected!!!

So this year, given my previous success, I thought I’d include a resolution that is a little bit unusual for me, something that feels a little frivolous but definitely doable.

So without further ado, here are my resolutions for 2019…

1. Finish the rewrite of my book

2019 is looking more and more like the year I will finally finish my rewrite. Currently, I’m working on scene 45. Once completed, I’ll only have one or two more scenes to write until I’ve finished all twelve the diary entry scenes! Then all that is left is rewriting the final third of my book which is already written, but just needs to be changed to present tense and some scenes reworked into idea’s perspective. So yes, a finished manuscript by the end of 2019 is looking very promising 🙂

2. Learn some French (my frivolous plan)

Over the past three weeks, while I’ve been here in Tassie, I’ve watched most of season 1 of Escape to the Château DIY, and pretty much fallen in love with the idea of visiting France one day. In fact, after talking to David, I’ve been thinking I’d like us to stay in a whole bunch of places, once we finally retire and the boys have grown up. Three months in England, three months in France, three months in Canada, three months on the east coast of the USA, and the list goes on. Three months at a time so we can live more like locals than tourists. I even checked out long term rentals online, and it turns out there are plenty of holiday houses you can rent around the world for the same cost as renting here in Australia.

But given my current binge-watching escapades, France is currently number one on my list. So, in the spirit of all things new and resolute, I thought, “why not learn some French?” and downloaded the Duolingo app.

My resolution for 2019 is to complete all the French Duolingo levels by the end of the year, which I think is quite doable. And funnily enough, my middle son has been doing the classes with me and he is a little language machine. Although, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised given his affinity for memorising obscure dinosaur names, since before he was even two years old. He’s always had a good ear and a talented memory for unusual words.

3. Adopt some new lifestyle habits

Last year, while not a resolution of mine, I managed to implement a new practice in my life which ultimately became a new habit. This is quite unusual for me. Usually I’ll start something new and then stick with it for all of about a month or two. But in 2018, I introduced audiobooks to my daily routine, and now they are an integral — and much cherished — part of my day to day life.

It’s funny, but after making this change, I feel like I have a little bit more power to change my life. I can implement new activities and routines to improve my life for the better, and mould my real life into the life I aspire to in my head.

So, into my day to day routine, I would like to incorporate three new things:

1. Drink more water every day. I’m already doing this, and want to continue 🙂

2. Special family dinners every Sunday and experimenting with new recipes. A few weeks ago I watched (for the second time) the Julie & Julia movie which I thoroughly enjoyed. It inspired in me a curiosity: to try some of Julia Child’s recipes! I’ve already ordered a copy of her book Mastering the Art of French Cuisine (Volumes 1 and 2), which hopefully will be waiting for me at home when I return to Brisbane next week.

 

On a more general note, I would very much like to try to experiment with cooking a bit more on a day to day basis — ie. making bread rolls, bread, and other things like that. While I’ve been in Tassie this trip, I’ve cooked a few treats, including apple crumble and my favourite cheesy potato bake, as well as a whole bunch of seasonal fair (such as fruit mince pies, chocolate truffles, cookies and white Christmas). One day I promise I will get around to sharing my favourite recipes on here.

   

  

3. And lastly I’d like to make more of an effort with my appearance. These days, with my hectic schedule, I resort to t-shirts and jeans every single day. It would be nice to be a bit more adventurous and maybe add a few French style items to my wardrobe. Like this lovely scarf I received as a gift this Christmas…

But we will see how that goes… lol

Anyways, Happy New Year!!! And good luck with any resolutions you may have 😀

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