I lost my blogging habit, oh well. It feels a bit too late now to do my usual description on my ‘thing’ for each month because I’m so behind. So here it is, in extremely condensed format.
July: New Caledonia
Or Nouvelle-Caledonie, as the locals call it. Apparently there’s a bit of France less than a 3-hour flight from Sydney. I had no idea this place existed until late last year. I booked this trip on a whim. It was a fun relaxing long weekend, full of eating, chilling by the beach, and slowing down, like a sigh of relief at the end of the first half of the year.
August: Self-improvement, nah
OK, so I know that I previously wrote that I was done with the self-improvement stuff but I couldn’t help myself. I got suckered into the hype of a weekend self-improvement seminar, supposedly heavily discounted. (In all fairness, it also had the endorsement of an acquaintance I ran into unexpectedly.) I may be too much of a smart-ass, but it was too pseudo-scientific and pseudo-psychological for me. The clincher at the end, where they ask you to sign up for thousands of dollars worth of more coaching and seminars, had me running the other way. At least I’ve learned my lesson: never again!
September: “Curated Illusions”
I attended my first indie film premiere, care of my uber-talented friend Rachael Belle Myers. You can watch the trailer and find out more information at her website. It’s started making the rounds at indie film festivals and has already won “Best Film” at one!
October: Um, canelés
This is kind of a cheat because I realised I hadn’t done anything for that month, and then picked out a new thing I’d done. So… a canelé is a not-so-popular French dessert. I asked a French colleague of mine and she didn’t know about it; after looking online, she saw that it was from Bordeaux and I got an informative talk about how regions in France are pretty protective of their recipes, which is why the canelé is relatively unknown. Anyway, so after several failed attempts, I finally had half-a-one. Hopefully, I’ll get to raise that count in the future.
Terrigal is a suburb along the Central Coast. It was new for a couple of reasons: one, I’d never been there before; and two, I don’t usually celebrate my birthday, so going away for the weekend to celebrate with girlfriends was a new thing for me. It rained that entire time, so we spent most of our time indoors, drinking wine and catching up on each others’ lives.
And now it’s December! I can’t believe how fast the year’s gone. Or how the only thing that kick-started my writing was the fact that I had to take a sickie today because I woke up with a slight fever.
One thing I like about forced hiatuses is that I finally find the time to actually knock things off my to-do list, especially if said to-do list items are centred around reflection and self-care. For some reason, it’s easy for me not to do these things even though I technically have enough time to do them in my regular life. That’s procrastination for you!