Quarterly recap of my word of the year – FUN

these flowers look so fun to me

Since we’ve now finished three months of the year, I thought it would be fun (no pun intended!) to do a little recap of my word of the year.

Here’s where I wrote about why I chose the word “fun”.

Some fun things that have happened so far this year:

  • I participated in Gentle January on Instagram. This was such a great ease into the year after all the rah rah rah on the internet in December.
  • We went on a family holiday to the Drakensberg.
  • We had three book club meets that were SUPER fun. Interestingly, two of the books were not favourites read but the discussion around them and hearing from intelligent, funny women was what made it so much fun.
  • I loved listening to the audible version of The Happiness Project. So much fun!
  • I’m listening to more of the That Sounds Fun podcast. I particularly enjoyed her January rhythms series.

  • I participated in a Zumbathon a few weekends ago and I tried a new dance class which was great, but doesn’t work for my schedule. I would only be able to go to 20 minutes before I’d have to leave. Maybe I should just go for the 20 mins?
  • We’ve been watching The Amazing Race as a family every Wednesday for the last 4 weeks. This is huge, mainly for me, because I don’t watch any TV. None. As my husband jokes, I watch one movie a year and if I really break loose, two!
  • I’ve read 27 books thus far and should finish on about 29/ 30 as there’s a week of March left.
  • I got the painting done! That has been a lot of fun for me. I love taking risks in the house. Thank you, Nester.
  • And last but not least, I’ve had 19 socials and seen 34 friends in the 3 months (book club is the reason for the large second number).

What was your word for the year? How has that worked out for you this quarter?

these nests also look whimsical and fun to me

Word of the year recap and new word for 2018

Happy New Year, readers.

My wish for you is to live intentional lives that matter, and to be at peace with the path you choose this year.

My word of the year for last year was give. It was a good word that served me well. Here’s my first quarter recap and here’s my half year recap.

  • I gave to myself by going to one more class each week at gym, I went on walks and I slept really well. My sleep average went up to 7 hrs 38 min from 7 hrs 32 min in 2016.
  • I gave at work through helping colleagues, giving my best to clients and even being patient.
  • I gave to my family energy (even when I didn’t feel like it) and time.
  • I also gave to friends and family by making more calls and sending more texts/ whatsapps than I felt comfortable with, and I was purposeful in giving gifts and paying for more things than is my standard.

And it felt really good.

Before I dive into my word for this year, I want to tell you a quick story.

In October, I asked on social media if anyone wanted prayer. Some people commented on my feed but one friend messaged me privately. She then asked if there was anything I wanted prayer for. Such a novel concept as she was the only one who asked how she could pray for me. I told her about some feeling things.

The very next day a work colleague sent me a link to an enneagram test. I’d taken two of these before and both left me doubtful about the whole thing as I didn’t feel like it quite got me.

This time I took the test because this colleague takes all the tests I send him (!) and lo and behold, it said I was an enneagram 1. I read the write-up and it finally rang true. I downloaded this podcast on type 1 and listened on my way home. It was perfectly me. (I recommend going to look for your type on this podcast – it’s amazing) It was also an answer to some of the feeling things I’d been discomfited by for the last couple of months.

Since then, I’ve been fascinated with the enneagram but I still feel weird about it because I’m not a perfectionist (or am I protesting too much) anymore. I even say on my instagram profile that I’m a recovering perfectionist.

However, I’ve bought a course from Your Enneagram Coach and she calls it The Moral Perfectionist, which rings more true for me.

Back to the word of the year…

This year my word is fun.

Enneagram 1s move toward Type /’;7 when they’re in a healthy state, and the 7 is all about fun. On another of those podcasts, they specifically mentioned that 1s need to be very conscious about planning for fun. Yep, that’s me.

I’m not unfun but I do have to remind myself to do fun things before work. This is why I have a relax portion on each of my weekend to-do lists. Otherwise I’d just go and go, and never relax.

and I believe God answered my prayer because those feeling things were answered by the enneagram.

I’ll be asking myself these questions a lot this year: what sounds like fun? does this sound like fun? would it be more fun to do x or y?

It sounds frivolous when I write that down but I’m so serious and intentional (and intense!) about my goals already that I think I could do with a year of lightness.

I’ve already mapped out for each area of my life sub-sections of the questions above over two (!) pages in my bullet journal.

I’m going to include, as a part of my monthly review process (sign up for my list – I made a new, very cute monthly review form which I’ll send out at the end of January) a section where I ask myself questions like…

  • what was fun this month?
  • what was not fun?
  • how can I create more fun?

If you like (tell me) I’ll share some of that here with you.

So that’s it – my very long and drawn-out story of how I chose my word of the year, fun, for 2018.

What was your word for 2017, and how did it work out for you?

What is your word of the year for 2017 ?

What is your enneagram number?

How to make your nail polish last and not chip

I have long been a lover of nail polish.

The thing that always frustrated me is chipped nails. So much so that I actually keep nail polish remover in my drawer at work (next to my punch and stapler!) so I can fix my nails immediately.

One day I was at Clicks and happened to see a new nail polish range. I happened to say to the sales assistant, “does this stuff work or does it chip too?”

And she said, “well, any nail polish works better if you use a top coat“.

This was news to me but I bought a bottle and used it together with my new polish and it worked very well.

Since then (a good 2 years or so), I’ve always used a top coat and in so doing, perfected a method that works really well.

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  • Base coat
  • 2 coats of colour
  • Top coat

My favourite nail colour range is Rimmel Salon Pro Lycra followed closely by Essence (not Essie). If you have no patience to let the coats dry, many brands have quick-dry polish (I don’t like the smell of those but you’re welcome to try). Alternatively, Essence makes quick dry drops which I use for Kendra (my 6-year-old)’s nails.

I’ve used all sorts of base coats – it doesn’t seem to matter which one you use – I’m currently using the Essence one.

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However, my absolute favourite top coat is Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat. This was R99 and was completely worth it for me (I don’t normally splurge on this kind of thing) as your nails are then indeed chip-proof and super shiny.

The longest I’ve kept a nail colour has been 7 days. That was only due to my own personal boredom threshold and doesn’t mean the polish chipped or anything like that. Apparently it should last for about 10 days if you can manage to stare at the same colour on your nails that long 🙂

My bottle of top coat is nearly done so I went to replace it. I couldn’t find the exact one so I bought Sally Hansen’s Big Shiny Top Coat…. and a few weeks later, the Essence one. The top coats seem to go thick about half way through the bottle – I squirt a few drops of nail polish remover into the bottle, shake it up and it’s good again.

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This is the colour of the year for Essence and is called My Love Diary. It is a beautiful colour!

That, right there, are all my nail polish tricks 🙂

Tell me your favourite tricks. What works for you? Which are your favourite brands? And how long can you keep a colour before you get bored?

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