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19 for 2019: Weekly Review

I know it’s not 2019 yet; however, I don’t see that as any reason to prevent me from getting my 19 for 2019 underway.  In any case, I think it’s better to make a start over the Christmas period when I’m off work and have a bit more time; that way, I get the momentum going and it’s easier to continue.  Here are some of the steps I’ve taken this week.

Participate in a reading challenge: I’m taking part in the challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks within certain categories.  I’ve already started to read two books towards this: Tin Man by Sarah Winman and Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Street.  I’m enjoying both of them so far, particularly Tin Man.

Devise a home exercise routine: I’ve now tried out and written up my first yoga routine, which I’ve adapted from The Yoga Healer by Christine Burke.

Host a get together: On 28th December, we invited both families round for a betwixt Christmas and New Year buffet lunch and games.  It was a bit last minute so not everyone was free to make it; however, I think it went well and will do it again next year with a bit more warning so people can keep the date available.

Write first draft of novel: In preparation for this, I’ve signed up to‘s #WriteChain challenge.  My daily target is either to write 200 words or one blog post or to edit/research for 20 minutes.  It’s all about developing a daily writing habit.

Master the pilates roll-up: I’ve begun practising this and, although I’ve got a long way to go, I think it is doable.  I’ve only ever managed to achieve this with one teacher and that was several years ago.  I’d also like to be able to do the Upward Facing Bow (Wheel Pose) in yoga.  I could do this as a child – we used to call it the ‘crab’.  I’ll work slowly and gently on this as, at the moment, my arms don’t feel strong enough and it’s hurting my lower back.  My yoga teacher has given me some advice on how to approach this and again, with regular focused practice, I think I’ll get there.

Walk in the countryside each season: My partner and I, accompanied by my daughter’s dog, had lovely, post-Christmas, three mile walk around the beautiful Surrey village of Brockham.

Create a vision board: I’ve gathered some images and have a canvas board ready to use.

I’m pleased with my progress this week and feel optimistic for the future of this challenge.

What are your intentions for 2019?



19 for 2019: Friday Review

There’s something about making a list that motivates me to take action.  Since creating my 19for2019 a few days ago, I have already taken the first steps on a couple of the items.  Incidentally, the idea for this list comes from Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcasts, which I would highly recommend.

Devise a home exercise routine: I’ve bought some yoga blocks and hand weights, and have a borrowed a book from the library on various yoga poses and their benefits, which also has some short routines in it.  I belong to a gym and have been doing yoga on and off for a number of years so I have some knowledge of the practice (I would seriously recommend that anyone wanting to begin yoga finds an instructor to guide them initially).  Although I attend classes when I can, I also want to have some short, structured routines in place to do at home so that I can easily make yoga part of my daily life.

Use my Art Fund pass: The Art Fund pass (available in the UK) allows free or reduced price admission to museums, art galleries and exhibitions upon payment of an annual subscription, so it’s cost effective if you plan on making several visits a year.  This week I went to the Space Shifters exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London.  It’s a exhibition of sculpture that challenges your perspective and I found it fascinating. I was particularly enthralled and intrigued by WeltenLinie, an installation by Alicja Kwade.

Try twelve new recipes: I’ve looked up two new recipes, which I plan to try over the next couple of weeks.  The first is Moroccan Minced Beef Pie and the second is Mango and Coconut Brown Rice Pudding.  I found them on the website.

I’m pleased about the start I’ve made and now I just need to keep the momentum going.

What are your 19for2019?



19 for 2019

After a long gap, I’m finally resurrecting this blog and decided the best way to do so would be with my 19 for 2019 list.  I got this idea from Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcasts (check these out – they’re great).  It involves writing a list of things you want to do or achieve in the forthcoming year; these can be small things such as making a dental appointment or ambitious projects such as writing a novel.  Here’s my list, in no particular order:

  • Create a vision board
  • Visit the Globe Theatre
  • Complete a Udemy course
  • Participate in reading challenge
  • Blog once a week
  • Finish organising the house
  • Go for a cycle ride
  • Grow some vegetables
  • Devise a home exercise routine
  • Host a get-together
  • Use my Art Fund pass
  • Try twelve new recipes
  • Write first draft of novel
  • Have a weekend break with my daughters
  • Take part in InCoWriMo
  • Celebrate a personal anniversary
  • Sing karaoke
  • Master the pilates roll-up
  • Walk in the countryside each season

I’ll post regular updates on how I’m getting on.

Are you doing something similar?  What are your 19for2019?


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