Like the Queen of Hearts, I am prone to making grand proclamations.
“May is going to be all about minimalism. We are going to throw out lots everyday”
“Today will be known as Tuesday newsday, we are going to do something new”
“Life is going to change, family, we are going healthy”
(These may or may not be actual quotes from the last month)
My poor family just nods, grins and bears it- after my ideas only last until I get bored and then I move on.
Which brings me to the beginning of the year. “2014,” I grandly gesticulated” will be the year of the adult” Yeah, ok, odd even for me. But I decided this was the year I would grow up. Sure, I’m 40, long over due, and frankly I’m always going to be more inner child than outer adult. But it seemed a good idea to get certain things in order. Things that I know as an adult that I should be doing. Financially medically, health and home, no area was to be untouched by my growing up.
You see, confession, I haven’t done taxes for two years, I have shares that I lost contact with almost 7 years ago (ooh, government almost claimed them), I have multiple superannuation accounts. Medical tests that I should do regularly, clutter and general messiness (I feel like my house still looks like a university share house). Renovations sitting incomplete, gardens that are neglects.
There. A cathartic confession.
Life is grand, I’m blessed in life. Time to tackle those things. Hence my grand proclamation.
Six months in, I’m doing okay with this one so far. Taxes all caught up (may even have enough of a refund to buy a thermomix, squeee!), shares chased up and five years of dividends claimed, a barrage of medical tests completed. But still much to be done.
I’m getting there, slowly growing. Second half of the year
- Still have superannuation accounts to find and roll into one (why is this process so hard?)
- Hmm, still some medical tests I should do- first mammogram, skin checks, dental
- Garden still a mess, clutter still overwhelming, but improving
- Diet ok, but still too much processed food
- Anxiety still getting the best of me.
Yep, I reckon I can do it! Buoyed by the success of this grand proclamation, there will be no stopping me. More grand plans. Sorry family!
If you only do three things:
1. Did you know that the government can claim any money you’ve lost contact with after 7 years? Its very hard to get back, once they have it. Do you have lost super, untouched bank accounts, dividends etc you should claim? Contact your institution and chase it up while you can.
2. Are there medical tests that you should be doing? Mammograms, cholesterols, physicals, cervical screenings, skin tests.
3. Anything else you know you should be doing but have put off, ignored?