This Is It Update
Waaay back at the start of the year I wrote a post about how I wanted to make changes in my life. I had 4 weeks off work (kid-free!) and was determined to make the most of this time as I was not likely to have the same opportunity again. Hence the motto, This Is It.
Fast forward almost 6 months and I want to revisit this idea and see whether I have made any progress or not. So, here goes…
Challenge 1 settle my kids into school for the year.
There have been ups and downs but overall my kids have settled into school remarkably well this year. First term for Gilbert was tough which was to be expected, but since his suspension he has made so much progress. It was a relief to attend their parent-teacher interviews over the last week and be told that they are holding their own and they are valued members of their classes. Which is all I ever wanted for them.
Matilda is doing really well, considering she is not eligible for any funding at all and is making solid progress in taking turns, sharing and working in a group. I got a bit teary in Gilbert’s session when his teacher recounted how far he has come and ended by saying “You made the right decision to transition him”. I can’t begin to tell you how that simple sentence made me feel. I am so very proud of them both.
Challenge 2 getting the house into some sort of order.
I successfully cleaned up my last house and got it ready for sale. I was so successful that the house sold after 6 days on the market!
However, the house we are now renting is in a bit of a state of disarray. It is a much bigger house so I have more to clean and keep tidy and I am struggling to keep up with it. I have made the decision to hire a cleaner to help me out which I think will be the smart way to go. I just have to start looking for one – if you have any recommendations please let me know!
Challenge 3 making the final and long awaited decision on where to next for the Russell family.
So we finally made the decision to sell our old house after years of deliberation. We would have preferred to have bought a property straight away but the only property that took our eye was already under offer so we found a rental and gave ourselves a couple of months off the real estate trail.
It is time to get back on the trail. As we still have not found the right house we are now looking to buy a block of land and build our dream home instead. I’ll keep you posted on how we go…
Challenge 4 replacing my husband’s car.
After a lot of consideration we finally decided to buy the car we have been borrowing since the beginning of the year. We know it’s history, it fitted in with our budget and it will not inhibit our ability to get a loan for the the new house. A win-win on all counts.
Challenge 5 dealing with a possible promotion.
Yesterday the possible promotion became a reality. I’ve been working in the role for 3 months now and I’m really pleased that I will be staying. The work is interesting, challenging and satisfying and I work with a great group of people who have made me feel at home since day 1.
I’m lucky that I will be able to continue in a part-time capacity but I have decided to go back on a Friday to have a better chance of getting everything completed each week. I’m not looking forward to working a 5 day week again but I’m so grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity to work at a higher level while maintaining my short days. Which means I’ll still be there for my kids every morning and afternoon – and that’s what matters the most to me right now.
Challenge 6 getting back into shape, being better organised and having more time for myself.
This is the challenge I have struggled with the most. I have not got back into shape, in fact it feels like I have let myself go even further in the last 6 months. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. It looks like a Weight Watchers group is going to be set up at my work and I’ve already put my name down to participate – there’s no more excuses for me!
I am slowly getting there with organisation but to be honest I feel in a bit of a holding pattern again when it comes to the house so I haven’t done as much as I should have to this point.
I have had the odd dinner out with friends and I did get away to Canberra few weeks back for work but I have not succeeded in having more regular time to myself. This is something I will definitely continue to work on.
Overall, I haven’t fared too badly considering how ambitious my original plan was back in January. Hopefully I will be able to get stuck into managing the house and organising myself and the family a little better from now on. I think that will have to be my next area of priority!
Linking up with Dorothy from Singular Insanity for Things I Know…