2021 Bucket List

 

I like to start each year with some goals for the year – not resolutions as such, but things that I want to work towards throughout the year. I’ve always been goal-oriented and I like to track my progress on different personal challenges throughout the year. 2020 was certainly a year, and one thing it made me realise was that flexibility is key when it comes to the goals I set myself. Also that I need to give myself a fucking break every now and then. Here are the goals I have (loosely) set for the year ahead:
 
Visit Perth (at LEAST once) – Although I probably could have popped home for a visit last year when the border opened, we have tried to be responsible people and limit the amount of time we are spending in large crowds of strangers. We had considered going home for Christmas last year, but then the community outbreak occurred in South Australia and that was off the table. Hopefully this year we will have the opportunity to return home to visit family at least once. This is me manifesting a two week holiday when the cooler weather hits and we can relax down south with the family drinking wine and eating great food.
 
Build a house – We had been considering buying or building a house, and when the additional grants were announced for home builders we decided to make the most of it and just go for it. We have purchased land, signed on with a builder and at this stage are just awaiting council approval before the build begins.
 
Bring back healthy habits – This is in here just to keep me somewhat accountable this year. Here’s the thing – I used to run almost every single day. I would get home from work and immediately go for a run. Even if I had plans on that night I would somehow find a way to fit a run in. Since moving to Adelaide I have really fallen off the wagon with this. We now have an exercise bike at home, so I have something readily available for me to use and this goal is essentially me trying to work those habits back into my daily routine.
 
Limit online time – I’ve come to discover that doom scrolling is such a complete and utter waste of my free time, and I’m trying to limit the time I spend online that has no purpose. This doesn’t mean I’m disappearing offline altogether, it just means I am trying to be more intentional with my time. I have set timer limits on the apps I tend to waste the most amount of time on, and when I get the temptation to scroll mindlessly my goal is to pick up a book instead.

January TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #17 – Love Letters“Caroline Pearce has always been one of the least popular girls at Sweet Valley High. But when she invents a new out-of-town boyfriend, people finally start to pay attention to her. Brown-eyed, six foot Adam and his romantic love letters are the talk of the school. Caroline has everyone fooled – even clever Jessica Wakefield. But what begins as a bid for love and attention quickly becomes the worst jam of Caroline’s life, when her friends insist on meeting the boyfriend she’s been bragging about. Can Caroline keep the truth a secret, or will her lies be her downfall?”
 
Sweet Valley High #18 – Head Over Heels“Bruce Patman and Regina Morrow in love? No one at Sweet Valley High can believe it. Regina is beautiful and shy, one of the nicest girls at school. Bruce is a real snob, and the only person he’s ever cared about is himself. Jessica Wakefield figures the romance can’t last. She knows Bruce too well. She’s even willing to bet Lila Fowler that Bruce and Regina break up within two weeks. The stakes are high, and Jessica can’t afford to lose. If she has her way, Regina and Bruce won’t be happy for long.”
 
Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition #3 – Kiss of the Vampire“Elizabeth Wakefield is falling in love… with Nicholas des Perdu, her boyfriend Tom Watt’s new boss. Nicholas is tall, dark, dangerously handsome… and keeper of deadly secret. Will Elizabeth abandon her friends, her family – and even her life – to be with the man she longs for? Jessica Wakefield is desperate to save her twin sister – but she’s up against a force stronger than any she’s ever known. Together Jessica and Tom must fight the evil that threatens to destroy them all.”
 
Sweet Valley University #15 – Behind Closed Doors“Jessica Wakefield has sworn off love forever. Tired of heartbreak, she’s throwing all of her passion into her classes. And no one’s more surprised than Jessica when Louis Miles, her gorgeous professor, asks her to stay after class… for private lessons. Elizabeth Wakefield has promised to help Todd Wilkins regain his starting position on the SVU basketball team. Elizabeth is willing to take on the corrupt athletics department, but when the whole administration turns against her, will she be able to stand her ground? Winston Egbert has been so absorbed in his relationship with Denise Waters that he hasn’t opened a book for weeks. Now he’s willing to do anything to pass his physics exam. Is Winston about to make the biggest mistake of his life?”

December Empties

 

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc – Another one bites the dust! This is my current holy-grail foundation and I have it on regular rotation. I run out, I repurchase. What I love most about this is how buildable it is. I prefer a lightweight look when it comes to my foundation, so I can apply this as light coverage most days and it’s really easy to build up on days where I need just that little bit more.
 
Kevin Murphy Staying Alive Leave In Treatment – I’ve discovered that my favourite after-shower hair care is anything that comes in a spray bottle. The convenience just cannot be beaten. I enjoyed this, I mostly used it on the ends of my hair after washing it (which, tbh I do most days). I did feel like it made my hair easier to comb through, which can sometimes be a struggle for me, but I don’t think it had much of an impact on the overall condition of my hair.
 
Glasshouse Candle in Coney Island – Glasshouse discontinued this fragrance, and I’m sad about it because it’s one of my all time favourites from their range. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty, like spun sugar with a sprinkling of sea salt. The official fragrance description is “Burnt Sugar and Fig”. It is delicious, and I don’t know why they’ve stopped producing it. Bring it back, Glasshouse!
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – I really need to stop running out of my favourite products, it makes empties posts quite repetitive. Or maybe I should be trying more new things? Nah. I will likely be churning through a lot more of these in the future, as it’s now the moisturiser Sebastian is using as well. It’s the perfect lightweight moisturiser for sensitive skin, and I will continue using it throughout 2021.
 
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes – Oh look another favourite product that I’ve used up. On nights when I am feeling especially slack when it comes to my skin care routine, I’ll reach for these. And let me tell you, I reached for these a lot in 2020. They’re a great product to use on sensitive skin, and are a staple I always try to have on hand.

January TBR

 

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton – “Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag, she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the shimmering skies.”
 
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – “Do you know your desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups? Rob does. He keeps a list, in fact. But Laura isn’t on it – even though she’s just become his latest ex. He’s got his life back, you see. He can just do what he wants when he wants: like listen to whatever music he likes, look up the girls that are on his list, and generally behave as if Laura never mattered. But Rob finds he can’t move on. He’s stuck in a really deep groove – and it’s called Laura. Soon, he’s asking himself some big questions: about love, about life – and about why we choose to share ours with the people we do.”
 
Beach Read by Emily Henry – “Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighbouring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.”
 
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings – “Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?”