I love January in New Zealand. It’s summer and the whole place clicks into holiday mode. This January was the hottest and sunniest on record. I don’t handle the heat well, so yesterday, when the temperature dropped and rain finally came, I was relieved.
That said, I’ve enjoyed spending loads of time outside, swimming at the beach and school pool. The school holidays flew by. The highlight was a week-long trip to Auckland. We all had a blast, hanging out and making memories. The opposite to many people, while day-to-day we have a fairly relaxed life at home, when we’re on holiday we like to get out and about a lot. Now the wee guy is five he has the stamina to do a full day of activity and enjoy it. I came back excited to plan more family adventures.
What I’ve been:
- Reading – I’ve just finished The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker. The inaugral pick for the Slow Home podcast book club, it’s a dystopian thriller with strong simple living themes. It would make a great movie too. You still won’t catch me running though!
- Listening to – I’ve just started to listening to Honest Money Conversations. Cait Flanders co-hosts. I love her blog and mindful budgeting approach. It’s my kind of personal finance – money as part of life, rather than money for money’s sake.
- Making – With all the hot weather I haven’t been knitting much. Coincidentally, all my current knitting projects are red baby clothes. Very fitting given the #knitforjacinda campaign. These cardies are all destined for Little Sprouts Chartiable Trust . I’ve set “Finish It Februrary” as the theme for the my craft group, as I need the motivation to finish these and a few other things.
- Thinking about – Now the school holidays are over, I’m working on finding a new weekly rhythm. It’s looking like the next six weeks will involve tilting into paid work in a big way. I’ll need to take all my best advice to avoid falling into the busyness trap.
Is your year off to a good start? What was your highlight in January?