Sweet Valley High #35 – Out Of Control – “Aaron Dallas, the handsome co-captain of the Sweet Valley High soccer team, used to be friendly and likeable. But suddenly he’s changed. He explodes whenever the smallest thing goes wrong, and lashes out at everyone, including his teammates and his girlfriend, Heather. Elizabeth Wakefield is concerned about the change in Aaron. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey French, is Aaron’s best friend. Jeffrey keeps making excuses for Aaron, and Elizabeth can’t persuade him that his best friend really needs help – until Jeffrey himself becomes the target of Aaron’s rage.”
Sweet Valley High #49 – Playing For Keeps – “Jessica and senior A.J. Morgan are in love. He is different from most of the guys she has dated, and Jessica is sure that he would love her even more if she acted more like her sister, Elizabeth. But when she begins to act like Elizabeth, A.J. gets bored, and she has to fight for her man!”
Sweet Valley High #50 – Out Of Reach – “All Jade Wu wants is to be as all-American as her classmates, but her traditional Chinese father will not let her do anything the other kids do–especially date attractive David Prentiss. Then an ugly rumor threatens to destroy her dreams, and Jade despairs of ever being happy.”
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.
Aveda Rosemary & Mint Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner – I have become a big fan of the Aveda hair care range, and this duo is one of my new favourites. I saw a noticeable different in how shiny my hair was when I used this, and it felt properly “clean” without feeling stripped or dry. I love the combination of rosemary and mint scents too, so this was a lovely product overall. I will definitely be repurchasing these in the future.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum – A good friend of mine recommended this serum, and her skin was GLOWING when I asked her what she was using on her skin so I picked up a bottle straight away. This was a lovely serum, inexpensive and something that worked well with my sensitive skin. I felt that it plumped up my skin and did give me a bit of extra glow (which I needed). I have a few other serums to make my way through, but I will be repurchasing this for sure.
Moroccanoil – I have so many half-empty beauty products sitting in my cupboard, and I am making a conscious effort to use a lot of them up. This was something I had been meaning to finish off for a while, and I’m glad that it’s done. I do like Moroccanoil, and I can definitely notice a difference in how sleek and shiny my hair is after I use it in combination with blow drying my hair. Having said that I have started to find it to be a bit too heavy for my fine hair, and I prefer to use a more lightweight option like a cream.
Glasshouse Candle in Montego Bay – This is one of my favourite home fragrances, and I have been through so many of these candles throughout the years. I only had a little bit of this one left so I decided to burn it in our living space and finish it off. If you like the sound of a lime / coconut fragrance blend, this could be the perfect candle for you.