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We have so much time and so little to do! Strike that - reverse it

Sorry I haven't been on here in a while but I haven't really been doing anything other than stitching, working, and writing, so there hasn't been much to update. I have started working on something else but it's nowhere near finished. So I thought I would update on my progress vis-a-vis the resolutions I set myself this year.

Writing wise I am now at over 50,000 words. As I have said before the 500 words a day really works for me. It's a manageable chunk, and relatively simple to do. That being said, it is not always easy. There have been a few occasions when I've been too mentally exhausted to write, and have delayed it so that I write 1000 words the day after, or I have written 1000 words in advance knowing there is a 12 hour shift ahead of me.

I'd speak about fizzy drinks but it's a bit redundant now. One thing I will mention is occasionally I have substituted fizzy for chocolate milkshakes, and had a few too many. These are now being cut back.

Savings wise I have been putting the money away but I've also been wasting money when I really shouldn't. I thought I had a handle on it last year but it seems to have crept back in again. I'm working harder on this now.

Weights/Bikes/Walking every day. Still doing this but recently I've been a bit despondent about it as it doesn't seem to be making much of a difference. I think I need to combine this with snacking less.

Finally, cross stitch is illustrated best with pictures.


 

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