Day 272

It’s New Years Eve. Woo hoo! I’m really looking forward to jumping into the New Year. Before I do, I’d like to take a quick look back at 2019.

On March 4, I started this blog. I created the blog as a way of keeping myself accountable as I strive to achieve 40 goals by the time I turn 40.

The first 10 goals are health based and I have chipped away at a number of them. I have been working out 5 days a week for months and have continued to improve my diet and water intake. Next year I plan on doubling those efforts. More veg, more fruit, more water and longer, harder workouts. There has been more smiles and good feels too.

I was developing a pretty solid meditation routine but I stopped a few months in. I will make a return to meditating but most likely opt for a nighttime guide, so I can try and get better sleep. I want to learn to calm my brain too.

I have been more online social. It’s hard to be any other kind of social while I’m still not leaving the house. I have done things far outside of my comfort zone though like joining Discord channels with multiple people. I will continue the baby steps until I’m comfortable to step outside again.

The next 10 goals are house based and there wasn’t much progress in this area. We’ve tried growing a couple of veggies during winter but nothing has been successful. I’m kind of glad that we didn’t go ahead with a garden this past spring because we’re now heavily in drought and we most likely would have lost it all anyway. Fingers crossed for some rain before Spring 2020 when I am determined to get the garden started.

As for house renovations, cleaning, organising, we have definitely made some ground but no where near enough. Not sure how to get more focused in this area but it is going to take the support of hubby and wifey to pull it off.

Goals 20 to 40 are more creative and learning based. I have started my art journey by dabbling with pencil, watercolour pencils, acrylic paint, charcoal and ink. I took part in many Doodlewash challenges and Inktober. I am still trying to find my feet in the art world and workout what I would like to focus on. I plan on taking many art classes in 2020.

I started learning French on Duolingo. I used Duolingo for 166 days and completed 1,499 lessons. I spent over 100 hours learning 5,247 words.

While I don’t have a lot to show for my writing, I spent a good couple of months working on some short stories.

Some of my favourite things I discovered in 2019…

Songs: Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed, Randa – Rockbottom, Johnny Utah – Honey Pie, Billie Eilish – Bad Guy, Cloves – California Numb, Tones and I – Dance Monkey, Allen Stone – Unaware
Movies: Split, Taken, Avengers: Endgame, Resolution, Hold Your Breath
TV Shows: The Good Place, 911, The Good Doctor, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown,
New Recipes: Indian Peanutty Noodles, Kung Pao Chicken, Cauliflower Pizza Bake, Thai Beef Mince in Cos Lettuce Cups,
Youtube Channels: Good Mythical Morning, InformOverload, First We Feast
Art Channels:  Art for Kids Hub, Chloe Rose Art, Jazza, Poppen Atelier / Doll Art Studio, Ray Grimes Art, Fine Art-Tips
Bloggers: MJ Seal Art, Quiet Water Craft , Decor Craft Design, Elaine’s Blog, Placid Painting, Tiffany Arp-Daleo Contemporary Art, The Alchemist’s Studio, Our Little Red House, Paul Militaru, LLUÍS BUSSÉ

My favourite self made art from 2019….

In the New Year I will be setting a monthly goal list of 10 things (it seems to be the magic number for lists.) I will also be doing a weekly ‘Happy List’. It’s like a to-do list but more focused on things that will make me feel happier if I do them. I know I will be happier if I am consistently learning and practising skills, so they will always feature heavily.


  1. Do one hour art class 5 days a week
  2. Eat breakfast daily
  3. Daily French
  4. Daily Penguin
  5. Write one short story
  6. Learn something new
  7. Make art wall in living room
  8. Rearrange living room and set up an art area
  9. Get the back bedroom cleared out to be painted
  10. Do the 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge


  1. Meditate – 5 days
  2. 10 minute doodle – 5 days
  3. Watercolour – 2 days
  4. Sing – 3 Days
  5. Paint – 1 Day
  6. Write – 2 Days
  7. Find belly dancing guide
  8. Find a nighttime mediation guide
  9. Find out about Patreon
  10. Smile for no reason for 10 minutes – 5 days


Thursday: Vegetarian Chilli Beans
Friday: Healthier One-Pan Chicken Stroganoff
Saturday: Cheesy Vegie-Ball Subs
Sunday: Thai Beef Mince in Cos Lettuce Cups
Monday: Zucchini, Chilli and Ricotta Frittata

I would like to thank everyone who has followed, liked and commented on my blog. It has been very encouraging and helped me a lot to stay focused. You are an amazing blogging community for constantly uplifting and inspiring.

I hope you all have a very safe and magical New Years Eve. I hope that no matter where you are or who you’re with, that you smile. A New Year is about to begin and this is your year to make dreams come true. Good luck with dreams and goals in 2020. If you need encouragement, you know where to find me.



It was 38 degrees today. This was what the sky looked like at 4 pm with the smoke haze.