12.29.13

Understanding future you

Posted in Photos at 9:00 am by Natalie

With the New Year on the horizon a lot of us will be setting (or meticulously honing) our goals for the next year. As an avid goal setter, I would like to share one piece of advice for when you are setting your ‘achievable’ goals and that is make sure you understand future you.

Time and time again when I set my goals I seem to believe that future me will be somehow more motivated, dedicated and un-distractible than current me. For example; my list for what I wanted to achieve with my week off between Christmas and New Year gave me three tasks to complete on Boxing day, one of which was ‘paint deck’. By the time I had scrubbed the deck, and painted just the outside fence part it was 7pm and I was exhausted.

Current me stupidly took time off for meal breaks, phone calls and sun exposure which future me apparently would have worked through. Current me also only works at a human pace, while future me gets no muscle aches, hand cramps or frustration at having to save so many bugs.

The point is, you should factor in a lot of contingency in your plan. I’m already looking at my list of what I want to achieve in January and it is looking very full. At the same time I know that I have an event on every weekend, not to mention visitors to catch up with, so the *future me* alarm is starting to ring.

So if you suffer from a bit of future me, my advice is take your list and halve it. It will always feel much better to achieve MORE than you set for yourself rather than less. I’m going to take my own advice and put the red pen to my current list, and hopefully I’ll get the deck finished before I go back to work.

10.14.12

It’s not all about the vegetables

Posted in Photos at 3:47 pm by Natalie

Yes, another glorious spring weekend, another full green bin and another couple of days where the garden won out over the computer.

But just in case you thought I was only concerned about getting my zucchini, pumpkin, silverbeet and tomatoes in on time, I thought I’d prove that there is more to my garden than edibles.

Snapdragon flower white

White Snapdragon

 

Flowers to keep bad bugs away

Marigolds

   

Lovely flowers

Flowers that start with 'r' - I was never very good at botany

Hopefully I’ll be able to show you some vegetables next month. Gotta love spring!

12.25.11

Merry Christmas 2011!

Posted in Photos at 9:37 pm by Natalie

I hope you all are having, had or will soon have a very merry Christmas!

Santa Koala

But not too merry 😉

Koala sleeping off a big night

Be safe and appreciate the ones you love.

Baby Koala and Mum in Christmas Hats

Word count this week 1,000+ words! Yay!

11.29.11

Spring Koala Phlog

Posted in Photos at 12:19 pm by Natalie

Can you believe, even as I’m loading these pictures up now, a koala is in a tree outside my window. We are so lucky in the Adelaide hills.

Koala in the wrong tree

That's not a gum tree!

 

Lazy Koala

It's a hard life doing nothing all day

 

Spot the Koala

Koala ball -it was a bit cold on this day