Goals and what I plan to do in 2019

2019 – here you are – I did start writing this at the end of January and now we are nearly at the end of February, timing is everything 😊

After the flurry of Christmas, the rush to get things done, 2019 arrived in a relaxed way and I am trying to keep it that way (and that’s probably why I haven’t got this finished and published, but again I digress).

Lucky for me, we went were able to go away for a couple of days to the beach, hang out in nature and spend a week just doing nothing.  This gave me time to think about what I really wanted for 2019.

I really don’t like setting New Year resolution, they are a waste of time, but I certainly have some plans for 2019.    I can feel it will be a big year but what that actually means, is anybodies guess, all I know is that I am very excited to find out what 2019 holds for me. 

The things I most desire, or you could call them goals are –

  • No more heath issues (after the current treatment on my face, which is healing very nicely at the moment).  I would like a year free of medical stuff, no more blood tests!  I am feeling the best I have felt in a long time, so 2019 are about keeping the stress levels and visits to the Dr down.
  • I turn a significant number this year, and want to walk the Camino De Santiago on the Spanish Route, it is about 800 kms and I am up for the challenge, thinking of doing this in September if anybody would like to join me.
  • Don’t buy anything new (in the way of clothes and works shoes) – I did this a lot at the start of last year, when my hair suddenly got short.  I have a full wardrobe and don’t need any more clothes. There will be some exception though – walking shoes/ runners I go through them every 3-4 months, so will need to buy a new pair – oh and when I go to Europe, I will be buying new clothes, that is just a given 😊
  • To pay down as much debt as possible in 2019, and still enjoy a European trip. 
  • Get 100 kms for 100 kids launched – it is nearly there stayed tuned.

The Camino is a huge walk, so I will be doing lots of training and walking but I don’t want to get too carried away. I am sure laughing and dancing can still be counted as training days because the most important thing I want for 2019 it to have some FUN.

What goals do you have for 2019 and have you scheduled in some fun?

Still Walking….

Visit to the Skin Dr had unforeseen circumstances.

Wow what an end to the year! December has just flown by, what with all the corporate parties, catching up with friends, actually getting some work done and Christmas, it is one of those months that is just busy.


This year was a little different, in all the mayhem I managed to get to the skin specialist for my normal skin check- up. I am one of those very fair people, freckles all over and a tan to me means turning a different shade of red! When I was a kid my Mum always encouraged me to “get outside and get some colour”.  But this check-up didn’t go according to plan!

I have been watching a spot on my face for some time, make -up makes it disappear but it had gotten to the stage that I thought I should see somebody about it.  The Dr was very through, checking all my freckles and moles.  I ended up having 5 possible suspects burnt off my face, 2 on my arms and another 2 that were really suspect which had to be biopsied and sent away for testing.  What I thought was a normal check-up turned into burned spots all over my face, and 2 spots with stitches – the Dr didn’t think it was funny when I asked for a paper bag (to go over my head) so I could enter the world and continue with my day!

I still went out, and people would ask me what had happened, I just said Skin Dr and I got the nod of approval.   Living in Australia we all know somebody who has had a run in with the Skin Dr!

About 5 days later, first thing one morning I got the call from the Dr, the leg one had come back all clear, it was just an ugly mole, but the one I was worried about, turned out to be cancerous.  What a shock, not the news I was expecting, all I heard was spot on leg OK and one of face is cancerous – he did say a lot of other words too, but all I could think of was the C word!

I must admit it did send me into a little tail spin, and I didn’t do very well at work that day, it took me a couple of days to process this information.  Back to the Dr’s I went, got the stiches out and I was told my options.  Good news is I can still have our planned beach holiday as I am waiting for the current wound to heal.  In a couple of weeks, I will start putting a cream on my face which will hopefully burn the cancer out this will take about 6 weeks, during this time I will have to limit my sun exposure.  

This doesn’t mean I am giving up walking, far from it. I am still walking BUT this year I am wearing a wide brim hat, 50 spf sunscreen and trying to keep my face protected at all times. I will be celebrating the fact I am the palest person on the beach!

If you do see any spots on your body that you are not too sure off, go get them checked – you just never know.