For me, right now: October 2018

Looking back over October, the first half of the month was all about the school holidays.

By a stroke of luck, work schedules aligned so I was able to give myself most of the two weeks off. My days together with Mr 6 reflected my slow not lazy approach.

There was a lot of hanging about at home …

Lots of fun hanging about at home in the October school holidays
Lots of fun hanging about at home in the October school holidays

With a few adventures: hanging out at the beach with friends, discovering a new a park, going to see a show and a day trip to Palmerston North. We were meeting a family member for lunch, so I googled “things to do with kids in Palmerston North” to see if there was anything worth checking out. Google pointed me in the direction of Victoria Esplanade . What a gem. I can’t believe I’d never heard of it. There’s a fantastic playground (I could have played on it all day!), botanical gardens, duck ponds and a very cool mini-railway.

Lots of fun getting out and about in the October school holidays
Lots of fun getting out and about in the October school holidays

What I’ve been:

 Reading – I read A Conflicted Minimalist, a thought-provoking post about the buy-cull cycle and the need to consider minimalism and decluttering in the context of global problems.

Listening to – On the theme of decluttering, The Lazy Genius House Purge is the most sensible advice I’ve come across on how to approach decluttering. Five very salient points well made. Definitely worth a listen.

I also listened to James Clear talk about his new book Atomic Habits on the Psychology Podcast. Listening confirmed that I’d done the right thing putting my name down for his book at the library. I want to dive into the section he mentions about identity, habits and behaviour change. I know identifying myself as a minimalist (kind of) right from when I first started decluttering and asking “what would a minimalist do?” has stopped me from making purchases and picking up junk I would’ve otherwise brought into my home.

I made it myself: Eco String Bag pattern from Crochet Coach membership service
I made it myself: Eco String Bag pattern from Crochet Coach membership service

Making– I crocheted a string bag. It has a neat wee pocket and folds into itself. Now my husband wants one. I’m happy to oblige as it’s a fun, relaxing project.

Thinking about– As I’m enjoying crocheting so much at the moment, and with reuseable projects riding a wave of popularity, I’m thinking about making quite a few gifts this Christmas. I’ve also been thinking that I need to get planning for Christmas generally, but I haven’t done anything about it yet. My only Christmas-related action so far was to complain to a retailer about the craziness of stocking Advent calendars in September.

How was October for you? Have you started getting ready for Christmas?

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