December 2016: This month I have mostly been…

Feeling: Ready for a new year

I’m not a big one for new year, new start but it’s a nice marker in the year (September is another, a hangover from school) when I can reassess where I am in life and what I want to change and do (see below).

Reading: Marching Powder by Rusty Young

I started this last month and haven’t made as much progress with it as I would have liked or hoped. I have got a book voucher to spend which is now burning a hole in my pocket, so I’m lining up my next reads. Any suggestions of books you’ve lived, gratefully received.

Watching: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

No, not Rogue One, but The Force Awakens. I went to see Episode 1, 2 and 3 as they came out in the cinema and they were terrible, so I was sceptical about The Force Awakens and wondered if all of the positive reviews were just from fans of the franchise. I ended up watching it on Christmas Eve (right before the sad news of Carrie Fisher’s death) and loved it. Ok so it’s not exactly groundbreaking in terms of plot and does have a lot of throwbacks to Episode 4 which should be enough to make any fan reminisce, but it also brings in new and interesting protagonists. Daisy Ridley does at times have touches of Keira Knightley (the odd nose wrinkle here or smile there) but I loved Rey as a strong female lead. If you missed it when it came out, it’s well worth a watch.

Planning: my 2017

So, without getting too ambitious about what I want to achieve this year and generally, these are my personal and work aims:


  • Stop spending unnecessarily – I have a spreadsheet which projects how long it’s going to take me to save enough money for a house deposit (plus stamp duty, plus fees) and based on the amount I currently put away each month, I should have enough by the end of 2019. However, the more I don’t spend on things that don’t enrich my life, the more I can save. Yes, I could probably do it faster but I’m not willing to give up on holidays and meals out in order to do it, for now a happy balance will do me if the end is in sight. It does mean coming to terms with staying in our one bedroom flat for three years, but having somewhere to call my own will be worth it.
  • Stop putting things off
  • Put things in the bin or their proper place, no more leaving things around on the most convenient flat surface – be tidy


  • More patience, tolerance and giving of constructive feedback
  • More personal profile raising
  • More involvement in business development

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  • Sounds like a good plan for 2017! Good luck with saving 😊

  • I really need to stop spending unnecessarily, I should have about 20% of my salary left each month to play with or save but i always seem to be strapped for cash! I know there are so many books I’ve loved recently but I will have to look at my goodreads to remind myself of which were the best before recommending any 🙂 xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Happy new year, Lisa! And I agree about Daisy Ridley – I actually thought she might be Keira Knightley’s sister when I first saw TFA. Their voices are so similar! Hope you have a great 2017 and that you’ve enjoyed Japan 🙂 x

    Tamsin | A Certain Adventure