Hello, hello and happy Sunday. I hope you’ve had a fabulous week. So I thought that it would be nice to do a little reflection post at the end of each month – both blog-related and life-related. So here is my first one and we’ll see how it goes.
So you may or may not have read my end of 2018 post where I reflected on how my year had gone and my plans for this year. Looking back at it now, the first goal that I wrote down for 2019 was to make sure that I go home to England for a month. I had planned to go last year and didn’t end up going due to a change of plans. My grandma then passed away and I was riddled with guilt, and determined that I must go this year. Asking for time off work was a little scary as I have only worked at my job for three months, but I did it and the flight are booked. At the end of July I go home for five weeks, so I’m excited about that.
I also wanted to travel somewhere new, either within Aus or elsewhere, this year. Conor’s parents have booked a holiday here at the end of April/ start of May – they will land in Brisbane, drive up the coast, and meet us in Airlie Beach. We will meet them there, head to Magnetic Island for a couple of nights, then drive up to Port Douglas where we live and they will stay for a week. I have friends in Airlie and would love to re-visit it and them. I have never been to Magnetic island so that would accomplish a little travelling. However, I have an issue – I cannot book time off for work so my best bet is to hope that I can swap shifts closer to the time. It’s a pain but we’ll see what happens.
Speaking of work, I’m still loving my new job at a wildlife park. I had my three month review and it was mostly positive, many good points and a few things I can work on. It is quite nerve wracking, however, asking for so much time off so early on, an I sometimes feel like I’m still not doing well at the work. But that’s that.
Onto blogging. I wanted to continue to grow my blog throughout 2019. I’m thrilled to say that January was my best month yet by a landslide in terms of views and unique visitors. It was my best month for growth by far, and I am so grateful to everyone who has ever visited my blog -thank you!
Recapping my other 2019 goals, there are a few that I haven’t exactly met in January. I want to visit Melbourne this year, but at the moment that’s just not something that I can plan. I also wanted to start working out again at least three times per week. I have worked out once in January – oopsy. February will be my month to get back into exercising. Finally I wanted to cut down on my plastic use and food waste, and I feel that I have made giant leaps in those areas – yay!
Final January reflection points. My best friend in Port Douglas left a few days ago, and that was super sad. Having only lived here for 7 months I don’t have any other close friends here, and I miss her already. I guess I will just try to get closer to the people who I am friends with here, and maybe meet some new people. On another note, I’ve been feeling pretty swamped because I got some writing work and that has to be my main priority, but I want to clean my apartment properly, start working out, and concentrate on my blog and my other freelance work and it just feels like a lot. SIGH. Once this is submitted, hopefully I’ll feel a little more balanced.
By the way, sorry for the lack of photos on this post. I wanted to use all photos from January, but it turns out I didn’t take that many. Hopefully I will take more next month!
Sorry that this post wasn’t so much travel-related at all, although it does show some of the troubles facing people who travel. I hope that your 2019 is going to plan so far – if not, you have 11 months to turn things around!
I’ll be back next week – see you then!