Coming back to Sydney is always bittersweet for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do absolutely love it here; I have amazing friends, live in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, have the best dog in the universe and clients that make ‘work’ fun. Plus I’m about to kick off the second Lazy Girl Fitness Six-Week Challenge! Unfortunately Sydney is just a little too far away from my family… and by ‘a little’ I mean quite a few hundred kilometres. Which means that pretty much every time I came back from a visit up north, I spend the next seven days moping around like a big ol’ sad-sack.
This time has been worse than usual because I left Lou with my parents for an extended holiday. Lou is very storm-phobic, and we had so many storms in Sydney before Christmas that it was turning us both into big balls of anxiety. (sidenote: if anyone has any tips for dealing with storm-phobia I’d be much obliged).
Anyway, I was talking to my lady-husband about my post-holiday funk the other day, and she very wisely suggested setting some goals for the year. Now I’m not much of a goal-setter to be honest (I think you either are or you aren’t… and it definitely doesn’t come naturally for me) but I do think it’s important to have some things to look forward to and/ore work towards.
So here are five of mine:
Family Visits and Lou’s Return
Over the next two weekends I’ll have family visiting; first Fraser and Keat, then Mum and Dad. I’ve got some nice dinners booked and adventures planned; having visitors is a good excuse to get out and explore, and also a good reminder of what a gorgeous city Sydney actually is.
OK so I’m not super excited about actually getting older, but I am a bit of a birthday freak. The Festival of Jess kicks off soon, which is pretty much just a good excuse to get a bunch of my favourite people together for a cocktail (or seven) and a boogie. Plus, my birthday coincides with Lou’s return. Woohooooooo!
This year I’m going to do the SMH Half Marathon (May) and the Gold Coast Half Marathon (July) plus the City to Surf (August) and then we’ll see what the rest of the year brings. Having events to aim for gives my training a purpose, which is always a positive thing.
Mexico via USA
This year my lady-husband and I are going to head to Mexico (via New York) for a little holiday. I’m also going to Ohio for the first time in about 13 years to visit one of my best friends and her family. I can’t wait! (Any Mexico tourist tips most welcome).
This year I’d like to increase the amount of time I spend volunteering. Currently I work with Pets in The Park on a monthly basis, but I’d love to do more to help animal rescue-related causes. Sometimes it feels like I run out of time to get involved in this kind of stuff, but a little more organisation and hopefully I can make it work.
So that’s five of the things I’m looking forward to in 2015. Call them goals, aims or whatever, I just like to think of them as highlights. Does anyone else suffer from post-holiday blues? What are your top tips for dealing with them?