This Year

Hey there! It has been a month and a half since I stopped by to share my life. I wish I could say I have months of content planned or that I have thrilling tales to share but we have had the coldest spell here in Edmonton and let’s just say I have been hibernating with cozy blankets and binge watching Friends the second time.

I have had plenty of time to look back at the last year and make some goals for this year. Let me lay it out here so I can look back and cross off the items. (who doesn’t like crossing off todo items?!? you don’t? WEIRDO)

Read and complete New Testament: Husband & I have been studying a chapter every day so my goal is to complete NT this year.

Books to read: Every year I aim to read up a number of books primarily fiction…but this year I have a higher goal not just a number but a specific list. The main reason these books are on this list is that I own them already either in digital format or paperback. So this goal is intertwined with my goal of not buying any books this year.

No book buying: This includes cookbooks, fiction or non-fiction book. I’ve already read 5 books this year and 4 of them were borrowed from the library. And truth is that I rarely read non-fiction books in paperback but somehow want to own them. So this goal is to remind myself how blessed I am already. Moreover, I am on a mission this year to purge ~60% of the stuff in the entire home!

Purge and then Purge Again: We got basement renovated last year and it reminded me how much I love clear and uncluttered spaces. The calm that it brings and oh the joy of not shoving stuff in drawers or thinking what would fall if I open this cabinet. Yeah. That. Kind. Of. Stress. I. Don’t. Want. So slowly I have been going through nooks and corners and drawers and mind you I am not even 20% done but hey it’s a start.

Practice gratitude every day: Last year on Christmas, my sister gifted me the day designer and it has a little section for writing daily Gratitude. Sometimes I have to force myself to think of something that I am grateful for, it’s surprising how I cannot think of even one thing but then forcing myself space runs out. It’s like opening a flood gate: hot water, heating, blanket, socks…you see where I am going with this (you can tell this woman likes to be warm)

Make something with my hands: Other than meals! I like knitting and it has been a year since I created anything so I am hoping to knit something this year.

Scrapbook 2019: Every year at the end of every month I compile, sort and print pictures of events of us. Doesn’t have to be outgoing events sometimes we take goofy selfies so that goes in the pile too. I believe that as much as digital imaging has made “capturing moments” easy it has also become harder to preserve and then look back at the time when “we went there”. So, I channel all my creative energy to create yearly (divided into months) Scrapbook. It is my third year of doing this and truly it THE thing that my husband loves to tell people and is often the topic and browsing through when we have guests over.

Trips/Hikes: We have three confirmed trips this year (Banff, Niagra Falls, and Victoria, BC) and one still in the talks but no tickets yet for visiting my sister over for Christmas to California. We also want to explore more of the national parks here in Alberta.

These are my big 7. I haven’t set a goal for health or weight. We have been hitting the boot camp 4 days/week so I trust the process and with time it should show some results.

That’s all for now – I’ll pop in again to share a few podcasts, blog posts, TED talks that I enjoyed and think are worth your time.


Managing Life With Lists

Managing Life With Lists

Happy Friday! It seems like weeks are flying by and the only mark of progress I see is my son growing up – when his t-shirts are snug and once-too-big shoes look small. This summer has been quite eventful with mr. swytch casually mentioning that we should get basement renovated with senior mr. swytch (my father-in-law) voting for it and now I have my in-laws in my son’s room and  my husband’s office in the dining room. The basement is gutted – from ceiling to the floor and under. We managed to put ALL of the basement stuff in the garage and still having space to park our cars. Things started to get out of hand when I couldn’t find anything even when it was sitting right in front me. Information overload (IO) in my head prompted me to force myself to write into my trusty Journal which I hadn’t done in over a month.

Writing things that otherwise keep floating in the ether of neurons and then come to haunt at night are somewhat manageable when put onto a paper.

Here is what has worked for me so far:


Writing in freeform has a therapeutic effect. Start with how the day went, people that you are grateful for and then things that would make the next day better. I do force myself to write even if it’s one line (although mostly doesn’t end up with one line as planned). And why not, there is so much around us that if we don’t stop and process our thoughts, our lives turn into chaos – all stemming from the brain. Medium: Pen & Paper

Weekly Lists {HOME}

Daily lists do not work for me as I shuffle around tasks depending on the window of time I get to do something. this keeps tasks flexible as long as I can cross it off at some point during the week e.g. vacuuming, dusting or folding laundry.  Medium: Pen & Paper – Passion Planner

Daily Lists {WORK}

My work priorities can change from one hour to another depending on a higher priority ticket so I keep a running list of things to do at some point and move the tasks as necessary to the daily task list. Medium: Digital; One Note

Daily assessment 

The whole point of tasks and goals is that there is some progress. To make sure things are moving it is paramount to keep an eye on what is accomplished and what remains. Therefore, a quick look in the evenign to see what’s left. Crossing off items in a list is my high! Along with caffeine 🙂

Any lists you want to share? Have a great weekend!

New Month, New Goals


And we have arrived in the third month of the year – just like that – which means we are closer to spring and summer! Have I mentioned how much cold we have had this year? No? Then let me get right to it – the last week of December was coldest with -37C!!! wind chill. Have I used enough exclamation points? My sister who lives in California decided to spend her Christmas holidays with us and she arrived in Edmonton on 25th, right during the cold spell. As any “summer bird” would have it that was her first (and LAST) trip in winter to Canada.

Our beautiful neighborhood straight out of a postcard.

We’ve had a busy and profoundly simple month following Dave Ramsey’s 7 step plan, getting into ketosis, and touring ice castles.


I finished 3 books in February: Sue Grafton’s “S is for Silence“, Cait Flander’s “Year of Less” and Courtney Carver’s “Soulful Simplicity“. Courtney’s book is a heart touching memoir of her journey with stuff and Cait’s book is heartbreaking and uplifting – I’d recommend both of these to anyone who wants to pare down the overwhelming-ness.

That was last month. Now for this month, I’m sharing a few things that require accountability.

  1. Scrapbook is one of the ways that I keep memories of what our family did EVERY month. And I’m so behind on this year that I haven’t even started it!
  2. Tech Blog is one of the ways to express and catalog my knowledge. I have been thinking of starting tech blog for so long that it just doesn’t materialize. Between raising a child, working full-time and being a homemaker, if I get some time I spend it binge-watching “Grey’s Anatomy”. Now nothing wrong with taking some off but I really want to do something with my tech experience and channel into something more meaningful.
  3. Books to read this month: 3 non-fiction and 2 fiction. It’s a high goal but I already have two half-way marks from last month’s that I’m optimistic about reaching this goal.
  4. 16 gym workout this month. Last month was measly 7/28days. Since we are heading to India next month, I want to put more effort into losing a few pounds so that I can indulge when I’m on vacation.

Hope you are working on your goals, I would love to know how you manage your progress. If you are looking to do something this month in Edmonton then here are thirty things to do.

Love & Blessings!

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