I haven’t been blogging very much these past 2 months, but I don’t want to skip this update from the goals I’ve set myself for 2019… so here I go!
Keep watch over my 2018 goals
At the beginning of the new school year, the new ballet year started at Ballet Workout. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend many ballet classes in September. I took one before going on a holiday and then after my holiday it was an extremely busy time with appointments every weekday night… and then at the end of September, both my parents were hospitalized so instead of going to ballet class, I went to the hospital nearly every night to visit them.
I really missed going to ballet and then my dearest husband actually forced me into going. ‘You need this time for yourself’ he said… and he was so right! So I have been going to ballet class regularly again these past couple of weeks and I have enjoyed every single minute!
A couple of weeks ago, Tatevik, the ballet teacher and the owner of Ballet Workout, had a photographer coming to class to do a photoshoot. The picture above was taken at that photoshoot and you see yours truly doing the grand écart (quite proud of myself that I can still do that at age 48!!). The picture was taken by Dimitri Imhof.
I can really and truly recommend Tatevik’s classes… if you live near Antwerp and want to try, just do it I’d say!
Eating and drinking wisely
Oh how I wish I could skip this part 😀 I am too much of a bon-vivant to constantly watch what I eat and drink… I am constantly going up a few kilos and then I have to smack myself in the face a bit to make sure I get them off again…This time it’s ‘going up’-time again… I did manage to get a bit off for my friend’s wedding at the end of September, but after that it all went a bit wrong again 🙂 Oh well… I stay alert and I do try to think (and do something!) about my weight regularly!
Start saving for my Australia trip
Besides start saving for this trip of a lifetime, I have also start planning it!!! If all goes well, I will be going in about 16 months!!!! My 2nd piggy bank is filling up nicely… will have to buy a third one really soon I guess.
Read 12 books
Besides the travelguides I am reading in between, I have read 10 novels:
- Lam – Hannelore Bedert (review)
- Becoming – Michelle Obama
- Behind her eyes – Sarah Pinborough
- Chestnut Man – Soren Sveistrup
- A home at Honeysuckle Farm – Christie Barlow
- Tara Road – Maeve Binchy
- Challenge Accepted – Celeste Barber
- The woman in the window – AJ Finn
- Origin – Dan Brown
- Wil – Jeroen Olyslaegers
Quality time with family and friends
I did spend a lot of time with family and friends these past two months. In the beginning of September, I went on a bachelorette weekend with my best friend and some of her friends. It was lovely to meet her friends I didn’t yet know and we had a fabulous time.
Then I went on a holiday with my husband. We have been on weekend breaks just the two of us for many times, but this was the first time since we have kids that we went on an 8-day holiday just the two of us… it was strange to leave our two youngest kids (17 and 19) home alone (our eldest daughter doesn’t live at home anymore). They had to go to school whilst we were enjoying ourselves in the Provence! So weird, I can tell you that. But they had plenty of food in the fridge and freezer so they survived. And Peter and I?? We had the time of our lives 🙂
At the end of September, it was my best friend’s wedding. I was maid of honour and even though my dad had just been rushed to hospital the night before, I did manage to have a great time at the wedding!
Not long after my dad was taken to hospital, my mum was hospitalized as well. Nearly every night after work, I drove off to visit them. Things were not looking good at first, but luckily my mum is a tough one and after 3 weeks she could finally leave the hospital. I am glad they are back home again, where they belong! It was a worrying time… but on the other hand we became even closer… beautiful in a weird way…
My good, fab and lovely blog
Because of those busy weeks, I didn’t have time left for my good, fab and lovely blog. I didn’t feel like blogging either I must admit. But then it started itching again, so last weekend I took some time to write a couple of posts and I enjoyed it again. I hope I can now find the time and energy again to post regularly!
Keep watch over my stress levels
Above you see mee in a very relaxed modus in the Calanque de Sormiou near Cassis. As i said, my husband and I went to the South of France in September and we enjoyed it very much.
But apart from our holiday in the Provence, I’ve had 2 very stressful months. I am glad I started doing ballet again as this brings rest to my body and mind! We’ll see what the coming months will bring… but I know I am strong enough to tackle difficult times…
Focus on photography
I have spent many hours making 2 photo albums from our holiday to Spain and France during the Easter holiday. I’m quite proud of them I must say 🙂 And now I have just finished making one about our September holiday. Besides making those albums, I haven’t had the opportunity to take many pictures… I am glad I have made those albums though. I always take a lot of pictures whilst on holiday and I always make photo albums to reminisce about those holidays…
Do some bigger chores around the house
We’re still waiting for our driveway to be laid into tiles… should contact the builder again actually, but with it being such a hectic time, I didn’t come around to do it to be honest. It probably won’t be finished this year, but at least all the preparations are done!
This was the last update from 2019…. but I’ll soon be back with new goals for the new year!