Sunday, February 23, 2014

30 by 30 update

I turn 29 soon and just last night had a look at my "30 by 30" list which I wrote in April 2012. My life has changed drastically since then. I am now divorced and moved interstate. I have done 15 things on the list though which isn't too bad. I have just over 1 year to do the other 15! I am now a full time single mother, so the travel ones will be harder. My kids are only 5 and 6.

1.) Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef I really don't know if I will get this in the next 12 months.
2.) See Uluru another one I am not sure I will be able to do this year.
3.) Learn to surf -Got a voucher for free and did a 2 hour lesson at Manly. I now feel confident enough to hire a board and practice.
4.) Learn a form of dance fully - I have done 5 classes in one form, 3 classes in another and 2 in another. I need to pick one and complete at least 2 terms, or 20 twenty classes. I did 40 classes until I completely ruined my wrist, but I learnt 3 routines and feel very confident in the dance I chose.
5.) Climb Mt Kosiusko - this was booked in a couple of times, but Australia gets hazardous and I have had to cancel due to bushfire risk.
6.) Raise $10,000 for a charity - I am doing the CEO sleepout in June and the Community Sleepout in November. The money goes to help the homeless, something I am passionate about. I'd love to raise $10,000! My more realistic goals are $2,000 each.
7.) Shoot a gun - Did this in San Francisco in 2013. I am apparently a natural too, with good grouping and when we shot in the traps on my 4th shot I hit it. I now want to own my own gun and shoot more.
8.) Ride a horse 
9.) Take our kids to see a waterfall - Went to Somersby Falls in 2013.
10.) Complete a book for each of my daughters with recipes, hints and things from me - This is something I wish I had from my mum. I have some of her recipes, she taught me to sew etc but if she had made a book like this before she passed away I would have loved it.
11.) Do a 365 Day gratitude project - I actually bought a 365 Day diary from Kikki.k to do this. Starting today I am writing in it one thing I am grateful for each day. Completed in 2013.
12.) Get a family photo done - This has been on my list of things to do forever.
13.) Write the book I really want - (Written it, now to publish!) - I have self published a cook book which is now an eBook - 26 Ingredients, I published 365 Ways To Make Money with John Wiley Australia but neither of these are the books I really want to write. 26 ingredients was a book I wanted to do, 365 Ways To Make Money I was approached to write, but I have 2 other books I really want to publish that are different.
14.) Couch to 5km run  and I ran a 5km, The Color Run in February 2014.
15.) Learn sign language - At different times in my life I have had a fair bit to do with deaf people and yet I still have not learned sign language properly. I am sick of this and really want to know how to carry a conversation properly.
16.) Finish my dream bedspread set.  Done, then I got rid of it because my taste changed.
17.) Sell my current home and move to somewhere I WANT to live that ticks all the boxes. I got divorced, sold the home and moved back to Canberra.
18.) Sort out my will - This was done, but needs to be redone. And it needs to be redone again since moving and divorcing etc.
19.) Have a stylist session - I have had one with All Yours Styling and now know a lot more about what suits me etc. I want to spend a day shopping and having make-up/hair redone as well.
20.) Get my wisdom teeth removed - Dentist said not to.
21.) Do 101 random acts of kindness - I started this a little on my 101 things, but it sort of fell by the wayside. I am picking it up again. Too easy. I do acts all the time.
22.) Make a ginger bread house 
23.) Fly kites with my kids 
24.) Camping trip 
25.) Finish my 2 ebooks 
26.) Have a white Christmas - Christmas in Australia is in the middle of summer and I long for a white Christmas. Thanks to issues with the ex, I am not sure I will be able to take my daughters out of the country.
27.) See whales in the wild - This is doable twice a year where I live apparently. Ok, about 1 hour from where I live but I am determined to do it. I am now 3hours from it, and don't really care if I see them or not.
28.) Read The Bible - I have been 'trying' to do this for way to long. I need to complete it already! I no longer care. I am not Mormon anymore, I still believe in God, but don't feel the desire to read The Bible.
29.) Read the 30 books I have waiting to be read and apply what I learn 30/30
30.) Complete 1 more thing from my bucket list

Monday, February 17, 2014

Color Run in Canberra

Today I did the Color Run with my big sister. She was in a team with people from work who were walking it and I was running it on my own. It was cool, but I don't plan on doing it again.
My sister and I before the race

Pink handprints from security


My sister and I after the race, at home posing

More poses

One of my goals is to run a marathon. I love running, but I am not such a fan of crowds. There were 12,000 people at the Canberra Color Run. It was meant to be runners to the right, walkers to the left, but it really wasn't like that. There was congestion and bottlenecking on the course which frustrated me a little. I'm glad I wasn't trying to do a personal best, but just there to have fun.

My favourite colour section was blue. I got an awesome guy who squirted heaps and it went everywhere, including right down my top to my belly button! He was so into it and obviously having a great time.

We got rained on, which I liked. We have great weather like this in Canberra!

My daughters were waiting at the park with another sister for me to finish. They want to do it next year, purely because they love the colours. They whinge walking to school which is less than 1km from our house, so not sure how they would go doing the 5km.

Have you done the Color Run?

Thank you to my sisters niece, her husband and our other sister Jac Lambert for taking pics!



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to tint your own eyelashes

I have light eyelashes and I don't like waterproof mascara. I use to tint my lashes a lot, but haven't in years. Here are my natural lashes (in natural light)


Here are my lashes after tinting (this pic is in the bathroom, so not as natural light)



I have long lashes that curve up naturally. Those are also my natural eyebrows, as in no plucking or waxing.

Tinting your own lashes takes longer than doing it in a salon because to do it properly you can only do one eye at a time. Be aware this is risky, you need to test your skin to make sure you won't react, you need good eyesight and please be really careful. If any dye gets in your eye, rinse it immediately!

You will need
Eyelash tinting kit. One kit will do multiple applications
Vaseline
Tissue
Water
Bowl to mix in, a small one you don't mind getting stained

Follow the instructions on your kit carefully!

Step 1

Wipe vaseline under your eye and on your eyelid to prevent staining if the tint gets on your skin. Wet a tissue and either cut or bend the top to sit neatly with the curve of your eye then place it under your eye as shown.

Step 2


Mix the tint/dye as per the instructions in your kit. Mine is 10drops of peroxide to 1cm of colour squeezed from the tube. You don't need a lot of tint.

Mix until smooth, close your eye and apply the tint to your lashes. I do one eye at a time so I can see what I am doing.

Step 3


Fold the tissue over your eye. I do this as it darkens everything and I am less tempted to open my eyes. We always did it this way in the salon when I worked there too. It is more relaxing.

Leave your eye closed and wait for 5 - 10 minutes, depending on your tint and instructions.

Step 5
Grab the tissue and wipe it away from your eye without rubbing it into your eye. Wet more tissues and thoroughly rinse your eye with water to remove all the dye. DO NOT open your eye before all the dye is removed.

Repeat with your other eye.

If at any point your eyes sting, remove they dye and rinse your eyes immediately. 

An eyelash tint costs about $20 in my area. More than the cost of a kit which will do multiple applications.