Happy new year!
Not the best start
I didn’t have the best start to the new year as I had to deal with a personal crisis. However, I have decided that there is no point dwelling on what has happened and what could have been. I can’t change what has happened so it’s best to just push on and focus on the future.
This month has been all about settling into our new life here in Sri Lanka. It has been a big adjustment and it has not been easy. Early on I was feeling very isolated and unhappy but as time passed things started to get better. I can now say that I am finally somewhat settled. I have hired a maid who comes 2 days a week and she helps with the cooking and some of the cleaning. This has been a huge help considering my now very active and clingy toddler doesn’t let me do very much. She also looks after munchkin for an hour or so (if I am lucky), so that I can have some time for myself.
Meeting new people
Through a chance meeting with a neighbour, I was lucky enough to be introduced to a local mothers group. The mothers in the group take turns to host meet ups every week at their respective homes and this group is specifically for babies born in 2016/2017. So far munchkin and I have attended two meet ups and we have had a great time. He has enjoyed interacting with the other kids and I have enjoyed meeting new people.
Getting out of the house and meeting other mums has definitely helped me mentally. If not for this I would probably still be feeling miserable so I’m just thankful that I found this group. It’s funny how I never ended up finding something like this back in Australia and I had to travel thousands of kilometres in order to do so 🙂
I finished reading one book this month. I actually started reading this book late last year but as life got hectic, I never got around to finishing it up until now.
The book I read was:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I loved this book! The author drew me in very early on and it was an easy book to read overall. The book is narrated by the lead character Don Tillman and despite his eccentric ways, he is a very lovable character. I can see why this book was a best seller and the next book, The Rosie Effect is already on my list of books to read.
I did set myself a few goals this year and I was planning to write a dedicated post just for that, however I have decided not to make a big deal out of it. My motivation has been wavering so I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.
So just for fun I will just list them in this post.
Look After Myself
Since having a baby I have let myself go a little, so I want to turn this around and start looking after myself more. I have been putting everyone else first, but now I want to put a bit more effort into myself. I started making some changes late last year and so far I think I’m doing ok. I have been taking better care of my skin and trying to be more presentable when I leave the house.
Reduce My Digital Usage
I have a dedicated post about this which is coming soon. I basically want to reduce the amount of time I spend on the phone and social media.
Read 15 Books
Developing a reading habit over the last two years is something that I’m really proud of and I want to continue to enhance this habit even more. I only read 2 books last year which was disappointing but this year I want to set myself the goal of 15 books. This might be a small number for some people but it’s a pretty high number for me. However, I think if I stay focused and persevere it’s definitely achievable.
Make an Album for My Son
I have taken so many photos of munchkin so I really need to make the effort to put an album together. I have made the first step of transferring all the photos from my phone to my laptop, so now I’m in the process of selecting the best photos for an album.
Although the start of the month wasn’t great, at least it has ended well. I can’t believe I have been living in Sri Lanka for over a month now, the time is going by quickly.
I hope you all had a good start to 2018!