2019 was a BIG year for us. In the space of 12 months we sold our apartments and bought a house. We lived with my parents-in-law for about 5 months while my husband recovered from his injury, and again in between moving out of the apartments and into the new house. I started a new job with a steep learning curve. We also planned a second wedding ceremony in Sri Lanka. It’s been big. But wonderful all at the same time!
Here is a list of my favourite things during the year….
‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama was the best book I read all year. I didn’t have a lot of time to read, to be honest and started a lot of books but didn’t finish them. But this book was the standout for the year.
‘The Itiivuttaka’ (This was said by the Buddha) had all the suttas and verses to help with every day life.
‘The Crown’ – love the costumes, the actors and the stories.
‘Friends’ – I would come home to our apartment after work (during the month and a half that we lived there!) and watch a couple of episodes while cooking dinner. I did it last year, and missed this simple ritual when we lived at my in-laws earlier in the year. Funnily enough, I haven’t adopted the same ritual in our new home.
‘The Office’ – again, another show we watched during the transition between our apartments to my in-laws to our new house.
‘Seinfeld’ – always a go-to show while eating dinner after a long day at work.
I’m a huge fan of YouTube, especially lifestyle and ‘what i eat in a day’ vlogs.
My faves are Niomi Smart, Venetia Falconer, Michelle Reed, Rachel Lee and Nicole at Ur Health Nut.
My go-to workout is Reformer Pilates at my local gym Elixr in the city. It’s a workout that just works for me. I try to go at least twice a week.
I also aim for a walk and/or jog every weekend. And I also walk everywhere as much as I can.
I travelled a lot for my old job. This year, I went to Auckland, Brisbane (3 times!), Melbourne, Darwin, Perth, Hobart and Adelaide for work. I managed to tick off Canberra just the other week for a personal trip.
My husband and I enjoyed a couple of days in Fiji for a wedding, and a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka for our second wedding ceremony.
My favourite new cafe is Cucina De Luca on Carmen Drive in Carlingford. It’s one of the first cafes where my husband and I had breakfast alone together this year, after his injury. I remember thinking how lovely it would be if this cafe was our ‘local spot’. And now – it is!
I discovered the ‘Mealime’ app a few months ago and love it! It has so many delicious, healthy recipes that I can make after work.
My favourite meal to cook this year has been a simple stir fry with noodles. I’m trying to cook with more fresh ingredients and simple sauces than pre-made sauces and ready-made meals.
And that’s a wrap for 2019. Thank you for reading!