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.

Christmas Movie Challenge

 

My October Spooky Movie Challenge was such a fun way to celebrate Spooky Season this year that I decided to work towards a Christmas themed challenge as well. There are so many Netflix/Hallmark cheesy Christmas movies that I also want to try and watch outside of this list, but these will be the core staples for my Christmas season this year. I have booked some holiday leave in December and I plan on spending the majority of that relaxing, reading, and watching Christmas movies in an attempt to try and round off 2020 on a high note. Fingers crossed!

October “Spooky” Movie Challenge Wrap Up

 

In late September I posted about my October “Spooky Movie Challenge that I had set for myself. The plan was to celebrate Spooky Season throughout October by watching a bunch of Halloween vibe movies. I didn’t do too badly with the challenge, and I actually ended up watching a bunch of movies I didn’t put on my list to start with (hello entire Final Destination movie franchise) so it’s my own fault I didn’t manage to cross everything off. I will be doing this again next year, because it was a really fun way to celebrate the season. I am already planning my December Christmas Movie Challenge, and I can’t wait!

September Empties

 

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.

Random Book Haul

 

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle – “Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of open-hearted Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband, Adam. Called to Thailand to help sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. Now is her chance to take what she’s always wanted – the idyllic life she’s always coveted. But just how far will she go to get the life she’s dreamed about? And how will she make sure no one discovers the truth?”
 
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins – “Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running.”
 
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donohue – “Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.”
 
The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley – “The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera. Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems–and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out? As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person–or their marriage–will remain unchanged by what follows.”