December gladness

1. Beach trips – lots and lots of beach trips

Fun in the sun is easily the top of my glad list this month. I love summer!! And I love the beach. I’m going to live there one day, mark my words.

2. Dinners with friends

December is great because many of my friends who have moved away from Brisbane come home for the holidays, which means many catch-ups over delicious foods and drinks.

3. Christmas!

Of course! The best thing about Xmas is time spent with family, but delicious food also makes the list. I also got spoilt in the present department this year, with a ghd straightening iron, loads of books, a massage voucher, and a new travel bag for Cambodia.

4. Our travel plans coming together

Plane tickets are booked, visas are snug in our passports, we’ve got our vaccines, booked our accommodation, and bought our travel bags. We’re almost there! I can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks until we go to Vietnam and Cambodia! All we really have to do now is pack!

5. Winning the amazing birthday giveaway on In Spaces Between

Such a thrill! Full post here.

6. Yoga

Yoga has featured on my glad list before, but it deserves a repeat. Here’s why: this month I got a particularly bad migraine. The kind where intense head paid is combined with nausea, so I spent many hours crawling between the bed and the toilet with an ice pack clutched to my head.  It was awful. I think it was partly caused by the overwhelm of the season and trying to get things tied up at work as well as getting ready for Xmas and our trip. But it was also that I’d been very tense in my neck and back recently and I hadn’t done anything to properly take care of it. The migraine was definitely a wake up call. Since then I’ve been getting back into a routine of doing yoga every day and setting aside time for myself to rest. I am feeling so much better and more alive! The wonders of simple stretching.

7. I made a jigsaw puzzle

I’m really showing my nerd here, but I’ve been slowing chipping away at a puzzle for a little while now. There’s something calming about the process of matching up the pieces and I feel a little stab of achievement when one locks into place. Recently I finished the puzzle – here it is in all it’s glory:

8. Meditation readings

One of my Xmas presents was a book called Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I am loving it! The chapters are very short, easy-to-digest chunks of wisdom, which I am really appreciating. It makes it easy to learn and practice even when time is short. I’ve been journalling everything I’m learning, feeling and thinking too, which is making the experience a deep and fulfilling one.

9. 2013 is almost here!

And I am ready for it! 2012 has been ok, but not brilliant. It has knocked me around a bit with my health and with my self-confidence (particularly related to my PhD). I’m ready to say goodbye to 2012.

2013 is going to be my year. I am fully committed to my health, including eating well, exercising and giving myself time to rest. 2013 is going to be all about balance for me. I’m going to work my arse off on my PhD, and then when it’s time to rest I’m going to set my work aside and REALLY rest. Turn my mind away from the work. That’s been something I’ve been really bad at this year – switching on when needed and then switching off again fully. I’m going to cultivate that ability to focus completely on the task at hand, whether that task is work, rest or play.

2013 is also going to be full of excitement! I’ve got two amazing trips happening in the first half of the year (Cambodia and the USA) – and who knows what the second half of the year will bring!

10. I’ve reached 100 items of gladness for 2012!!

Now THAT feels like an achievement!

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6 Responses to December gladness

  1. I’m sorry you had such a tough time with your migraine, I’ve never had one like that but it certainly doesn’t sound fun. Yippee for upcoming travels! My mum and I used to do jigsaw puzzles and with my grandpa also. I haven’t done one in so long. They are so satisfying aren’t they? That one looked like a difficult but beautiful one!

  2. lozza says:

    Your puzzle looks great dear! I know exactly what you mean in relation to being ready to see the back of 2012 and welcome a better year in 2013! I have a feeling good things are going to happen :) I’m so excited for you for your awesome holiday, it’s going to be amazing!!! Stay well and safe! We should catch up before you leave. You and Nic are welcome any time in Robina. Love xox

  3. Kylie says:

    Thank you ladies!

    I’d love to catch up soon, Lauren! Although we leave for our holiday on 13th – which will come up so fast – eep! If I don’t see you before then definitely DEFINITELY in Feb xx

  4. Alice says:

    What a lovely post. I’m just starting my first 1000-piece puzzle – embracing old-school entertainment!! x

    • Kylie says:

      Hi Alice, thank you for commenting! I love your blog! I saw there that your friends gave you a puzzle of the royal couple – I’m betting that’s the one you are starting? Make sure you post a pic when you are done :)

  5. Hope Johnson says:

    I loved this post. Interesting about the yoga being so helpful, but I particularly like your approach to the book you got for Xmas. Often when I am reading, I scrawl down little things on the back of gum packets that then get lost. I like the idea of fully engaging like you have done. I’m going to try and learn from your experience with needing to switch on and switch off.

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