Like a lot of people at the start of each year, I have a long list of resolutions. I started the year feeling motivated and inspired to live out 2018 to my fullest potential. And like I seem to do every year, I fell a little bit short.
But that’s beside the point.
In January, I actually completed (and started trying to figure out) quite a few Big Life Things. Brent and I got engaged in November (I wish I could tell you that I have that post in draft form… but it hasn’t even made it that far). Although wedding planning is a bit far off still, planning for the more IMPORTANT event (kiddddding), our engagement party, has begun! My parents and sister will be visiting us in April so we thought that then would be a great time to celebrate our engagement. I emailed a few potential venues around our area only to realise how expensive hosting a relatively large party is going to cost us (who knew that weddings/engagement parties cost so much money…). But the ball is finally rolling there!
Another post that I plan to eventually make is all about Kona’s health. As a little recap, in case you somehow stumbled upon this blog without being friends with me on Facebook or Instagram, Kona was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma back in October. The vet was able to remove the melanoma entirely but since then she has been diagnosed with three more additional tumours: two different types of mammary tumours and a mast cell tumour. The good thing is that with each type of new tumour that we have found on Kona, the vet has been able to remove it completely. January was an interesting month as Kona recovered from her first mammary strip removal that she had in December. We didn’t have to bring her in to the vet a single time this month. Unfortunately, Kona has her next (and hopefully last ever) surgery on the fifth of February to remove her other mammary strip and the mast cell tumour. Luckily we had the month of January to take a break from all of the surgery and recovery and enjoy the better things in doggy life (including strange, squished cuddles from dad)!
One of my top goals for the year is the read 52 books. In January, I read eight books! Three of those eight books were bloody fantastic too and I would highly recommend any/all of them if you’re in a reading slump: Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, & Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. Another bookish goal that I have is to not buy any books so that I can truly utilise my library card. Unfortunately, I bought four books this month… because they were $4 total! How can I say no to $4 for four books at a thrift store?! C’mon!
I’m back on the Couch 2 5K training bandwagon. There were a lot of sweaty mornings and evenings this month. Both alone and with Brent. I worked my way through weeks three, four, five, and a little of six. I’m nearly at the point where I am solidly jogging for every scheduled run. This is where I usually lose motivation because, turns out running is hard. But this time around, I am going to be preemptively planning for this loss of motivation by jumping off the C25K ship in about a week and switching over to Hal Higdon’s Novice 5K plan. I’ve used this plan many of times in the past for training and I’ve always really enjoyed it. C25K got me in a good spot as far my endurance and enjoyment of running goes. On to the next month of sweatin’!
Other little things about my first month of 2018: I spent far too much money boozing and brunching with my two favourite boys (but it was all worth it). I tried a tumeric latte for the first time (pictured). I lost seven pounds. It reached over 100F/40C a couple of times here in Melbourne. I enjoyed watching the Australian Open from home this year, and listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 for the first time ever. My sister adopted a beautiful little kitty named Nora, so I’m basically an auntie now. And I journaled every single day this month, which is HUGE for me (used to be an avid journaler but hadn’t journaled for over 5 years).
Hopefully the next time you see me will be in 28 days (or less, if I get around to all of those promised posts). One month down, eleven more to go!