What Kirsty Did
I thought it was time to provide a update on how my This Is It month is going so far.
I have made some progress, however there is so much more to do!!!!
Challenge 1 – Kids Off to School
Gilbert’s first week went far better than expected. He had his moments but the school was surprised at how well he coped with the transition. This week has proved more challenging as he becomes more comfortable and realises this is not just a one-off, but so far the school have been able to cope with his outbursts.
They have welcomed my input and ideas into what might makes things easier for him and have given me hope that this move will be a positive one.
Matilda’s return was also positive. She has not clung to me and appears happy when I leave the school. She has had her moments of anxiety in class and her sleep has not been the best lately but I’m hoping these will improve as she becomes comfortable in class again. She is certainly a happier and more confident girl that she was this time last year!
Challenge 2 – Cleaning and Tidying the House
At home, I have been keeping myself occupied by cleaning up the house. I cleaned out the kitchen (including the oven – urgh) and threw out plastic ware and a pile of paperwork that was just stuffed in the bookshelf.
I have packed away the baby things – bottles, steriliser, nappy bags, baby carriers, etc and have them ready for sale on Gumtree. I have also tidied up the wall of crap in our bedroom which will be just a wall by the end of today after I move newly packed boxes into our newly leased storage shed!
I have also tidied the rest of the house and plan to systematically go through each room and clear the clutter and clean everything out…yes, I will be busy for a while yet!
Challenge 3 – Make a Decision on our House
After meeting with a real estate agent and our mortgage broker, we have decided to put our house on the market and buy elsewhere. So, we have leased a storage unit and are moving all non-essential items there so the house looks less cluttered.
We have a list of the things we need to do before putting the house on the market – we need to replace 2 fan lights, repair the air-conditioner, paint the kitchen and the bathroom, touch up the skirting boards throughout the house and tidy up the front and backyards.
The general house clean and tidy will also ensure we can present our house properly for inspection – let’s hope we get a nice, quick and painless sale!
Challenge 4 – Upgrade our Second Car
We are awaiting pre-approval of our house loan before moving forward on upgrading my husband’s car. We went to ensure we can afford everything before committing ourselves either way. In the meantime, he is getting to and from work car-pooling with a colleague or borrowing his parents’ cars when available.
This doesn’t sound like much but I’m hoping the next update will show some more progress in this area!
Challenge 5 – What do I do if I get Promoted?
I have not yet heard about the promotion I went for last month. I suspect that the process will not proceed any further so am not as worried about this as I was initially. As you can tell, I have more tangible things to worry about so I’m not wasting too much energy worrying about an ever-reducing possibility.
Challenge 6 – Get Fit, Have “Me Time”, Be More Organised
I had a look at the gym I am interested in joining last week and will be taking up an introductory offer to try out the facilities and classes. I would have started this week but my husband worked back on Monday night and tonight we have our broker coming back to finish up our pre-approval application.
I’m hoping to start on Friday night with Zumba – let’s hope nothing else crops up to stop me again!
I have made time for myself this week. I have had two meet-ups with friends and will be planning more while I’m on leave. It really does make you feel happier and more energetic to spend time with friends – I really do have to find a way to make this happen more regularly when I head back to work.
I am now in possession of an iPhone and have added contacts and appointments into the calendar so I feel a little more organised. I’m also proud of myself as I have not planned anything at all for next week – see, I have learned after planning catch-ups for the start of this week and not getting as much achieved at home as I wanted to!
So that’s what Kirsty did – I have a long way to go but I am proud of what I’ve achieved so far.
I just need to keep up the motivation and remember why I am doing this – to make things better for me and my family.
Wish me luck!