Project 52, Travel

The Planner in Me!

Hello everyone, LONG time no chat!  So disappointing when your working life takes over your personal life – the work-life balance becomes unbalanced, and own individual pleasures get pushed to the sidelines.  Sadly, for me, blogging was one of those that were side-lined.  That is, it was – I have taken my professional skills, being that of the most AWESOME time management person and decided that my personal life needs to be managed (a little).

work life balance web

It’s funny really when you think about it – for work, I am the most time managed person in the world.  I create a plan of tasks and knock them off like a cat knocks off your favourite vase on the bookshelf – almost ninja-like, with speed and ease!  In my personal life, when it comes to travel – I throw my task book on the roadside and end up in the general that my nose points too.  The fallout from this is that I don’t get to do everything I have wanted to do, and I have to return then to finish off what I have started.  Or I miss one thing because some shiny other something has caught my eye – and off I go on some tangent.  Well – this is no more.

Don the cat

This morning I was at the door of my local stationary store waiting for them to open – I stocked up on all that has to do with time management and planning (yes I am a stationery addict, and yes I used this as an excuse to buy more paper and paper related products LOL).  I am going to plan all the road trips I have EVER wanted to do in New Zealand and record everything down.  In these plans, I will record if they are one-dayer, weekender’s, or the more time consuming – “Calvin we are taking a week” off’ers.   I am hoping that I will use these plans much like a cook uses a recipe to bake a cake.  AND YES – I am going to start up a blogging project that coincides with all my future planned travel recipe cards!  What a perfect plan – IF I can time manage my personal life!

I have been thinking about this for some time now – but keep pushing it to the side.  Assuming that “work is too busy atm” or “next weekend” and my personal favourite “I’ll start that after this quick road trip”.  Each time pushing it further and further away from actually being completed – heck from actually being started!

That is until now – as from today until the end of this year, I am going to start planning and writing up travel recipes.  Because what a good Project Manager knows is that all the best projects look seamless ONLY because a person and/or team has taken the time to prep and plan before the projects kick off.


“Project 52” will kick off from the 1st weekend in January 2018.  Having a start date which is seven weeks away, will give me the time to plan and research future recipe cards.  Additionally, to also start to create a working model of the how’s, what’s and when’s; and more importantly, to begin to work out how I am going to talk Calvin into this project!!!!

Wish me LUCK for convincing Calvin people – because everything else is totally achievable! 


Sitting in the airport lounge looking around

So I am currently sitting in the Air New Zealand lounge in Auckland (NZ).  I kid you not – there is STANDING room only and a line out the door waiting for space to free up  :O.  I am so glad that we are early airport arrivers.  We have had our pre-flight breakfast, 2 cups of coffee and bonus we also have a comfy spot to sit and watch the mad dash when a seat frees up.  I flew out a this time of day a few weeks ago – decided that since the main terminal was pretty much empty that I wouldn’t worry about heading into the lounge – I now see why LOL.

Today we are heading to Sydney Australia for a mini long weekend.  Things to do and people to see – I am guessing we won’t have a minute to spare and will return to work on Monday like we have run a marathon!  We have a busy month of zipping around, so we are very lucky that I time manage so well 😛 makes for less stress.  Anyway – this post isn’t really about anything – I just felt that I should look like my fingers doing some work and not just sitting here, aimlessly people watching.  Well – I am people watching at the same time BUT I am also looking as if I am busy working on “important business manners” – shhhhhh I’m not LOL.

Well, it’s it – just a quickie HI everyone  before we head to our gate




Only 370 days to go…

Well, while I have been silent on the blog over the past few months since returning to the workforce – we haven’t been sitting at home hiding under the covers (even though I am pretty sure Calvin wished we had been lol).  I have been busy busy busy.  With my new job, trying to become a gym bunny AND planning trips in the future.  We have even booked our next big trip.  So what is coming up with Calvin and I?


Well what isn’t – where to start?  Next month Calvin and I are heading to Wellington for a quick weekender, October we are heading for a long weekend in Sydney – I am so looking forward to catching up with our very good friends, November we plan on taking a ferry over to the Coromandel AND a formal NYE Ball to see the year out.  BUT all our plans pale to our next big trip – in 370 days…

In 370 days Calvin and I are taking off for 4 days in Shanghai and then finding our way home over the following 22 days – on a slow boat from China.


As, well, always – I have started a countdown clock. TICK TOCK!  But the countdown clock is the only thing that is standard for this trip.  Unlike our usual trips we will not be in total control.  We won’t be jumping in a car and road tripping from one side of a country to the other.  We won’t even be planning the route.  This time, everything totally out of our hands!  And oddly, I am starting to look forward to taking time to include a pre plan trip – all I have to do is plan 4 days in Shanghai – 4 days in one spot!



M – xxx