June Debrief

I can hardly believe how fast June has come & gone and I didn’t get through as many of my June goals as I would have liked. I did manage to tick off a few & add some new positive elements to my everyday life.

I struggled a little with the June recommendations centred around making time for friends that Gretchen Rubin made in her book The Happiness Project.

  • I started a gift glory box, & I put together a wrapping station. I did add a couple more Birthdays to my planner to help me remember & put on a birthday dinner for my Hubby, but I did forget a couple of important birthdays at work. Definitely something I will keep building on.
  • I failed horrendously when faced with the opportunity to be generous and cut someone some slack in a particular instance when I should of been looking at that as an opportunity to make a new friend. Must make amends.
  • I thought I had been really good at saying yes & showing up to the things I should but when I honestly reflect over the last month there have been a few things I’ve blown off in favour of staying home in my nice warm house. Just because I’m tired & its cold & dark outside I must still make more of an effort.
  • Gossiping has proven to be a harder habit to break than I initially thought it would be, but I’m making a real effort & whenever I catch myself I adjust my behaviour & when I catch someone else I try to either change the subject or withdrawal from the conversation. This is something I am definitely much more aware of now & I will keep working on it.
  • I have meet a few new people this month but the biggest new relationship I formed this month would have to be with the dog who has come to live with us & join our family.

It was kind of a bit hit & miss as far as the June suggestions Sarah Ban Breathnach gave in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy.

  • I did not Place photographs of those you love, family, friends & pets & other things you’re grateful for in magnetic picture frames on your fridge as magnets don’t stick to it.
  • I did stock my pantry for a winters idyll with real cocoa, mini marshmallows, a bar of good dark chocolate for shaved chocolate toppings, whipped cream, canned tomato soup & ingredients for cheese toasted sandwiches which I enjoyed regularly throughout the month
  • I did bake some dense, dark, moist gingerbread for afternoon teas & deserts.
  • I did not get myself a pair of white or pink flannel PJ’s because I couldn’t find a pair I wanted to buy.
  • I found more than one good junk store to regularly forage in.
  • I did not visit the local library to scout out new magazines to start subscribing to, but I do subscribe to seven magazines already & feel that that might be enough for now.
  • I did not force some miniature daffodils, paper whites, hyacinths & tulips but I have been buying regular bunches to brighten my spirits & home with colour & fragrance in winter.
  • Not only did I browse through gardening catalogues & magazines & create your ideal garden in your illustrated discovery journal but I also completely redesigned my whole garden, well on paper at least.

I have got through some of the actions Trinny & Susannah suggested in their book The Survival Guide: A woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year for June to help me be more happy, healthy & wise

  • I have stocked up on postcards & am in the process of writing & sending to people I haven’t seen in a while.
  • I have started planning my Christmas Holidays by following the June suggestions on the website Organizedchristmas.com. I have opened a Christmas Club savings account, started a family Christmas letter & I am building a gift drawer/glory box.
  • I did not make an appointment for a cervical smear but will.
  • I have got some lavender essential oil to keep in my handbag as an emergency disinfectant on the go.
  • I am beginning to stock my home with the essentials to cope with winter coughs and colds. Like vitamin C tablets, tissues and herbal teas. I have also switched my high diary breakfast Latté to a warm lemon water & porridge made with water & dried fruit.
  • I am implementing some but not all of the tips to stabilise energy levels, correct imbalances & conquer PMT
  • But I have not yet bought myself the perfect winter coat as a treat

Unfortunately I did not get any further down my June Goals list before June ran out so Kim Carruthers suggestion in her book Less is More: How to De-clutter Your Life, of June being the perfect time to plan a Mid Winter Christmas and invite the friends you don’t get a chance to see very often and serve a roast dinner, Christmas pudding & mulled wine as well as Rhonda Hetzel’s suggestion in her book The Simple Home: A Month-by-month Guide To Self-Reliance, Productivity and Contentment to spend June preserving & storing of food will have to be given a ran check till next June.

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