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Something interesting happened to me this morning.

For those of you who were with me when I had the old blog, today is the 10th anniversary of the “Arc de Triomphe incident”.

Those in the know, know that this was a traumatic and deeply humiliating incident for me. As time went by I realised that apart from the hurt and humiliation I suffered, I realised that I was robbed of a chance for closure. I always vowed that on the 10th anniversary I would email X to tell him how I really felt and the consequences of his actions that day.

So, this morning, after attending my WAIRC hearing, I sat down at my computer, clicked on the message section of his Facebook profile and prepared to type. And then something happened:

I simply could not bring myself to do it.

All I could think was, “That’s not you anymore. A lot has happened since then. You’re different now. Better. You’ve argued in front of a Supreme Court judge and this morning you fought for yourself at the WAIRC. You have overcome a lot of obstacles and made it through. You’re simply not that person anymore”.

I discovered that I no longer cared.

In other words, “You’ve come a long way baby”.

It’s good to know that I am developing as a person and making progress. I feel good.

Then again, maybe some of this is related to a conversation I had with him late last year:

X: Did I tell you that I am getting married and am gonna have a kid?
Me: No. Congratulations. When are you getting married?
X: March.
Me: When is the baby due?
X: March.
Me (mentally): Errrrrr….

Ten years later

If I could, I would send what I am about to write to every person on the planet who is burdened with the beast of depression.

2007 was the worst year of my life. I knew within the first five minutes it wasn’t going to be good. The ship I was on was docked in Ushuaia, after our trip to Antarctica. I wrote my wishes for that year on a piece of paper and threw it towards the water. Twice. Both times the wind blew it back over my shoulder. I knew then that my wishes had been rejected.

2007. The year where everything that could have gone wrong, did. Even the things that couldn’t have gone wrong did. The year where things I hadn’t even considered happening, happened. My computer died, making my law degree difficult, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which came with a side serving of depression, my weight ballooned, I was given false hope by employers, my assessments were always scheduled in the same week on the same day and of course the Arc de Triomphe incident. At one point, I thought it would never end and questioned if I would live to see the end of such a dreadful, never-ending year.

2007 was also the year Facebook took off with a bang. At one point, I looked up a blast from my past which made things even worse. He looked great and he looked happy, posting pictures of himself and his pretty, petite girlfriend, who is now his wife. My self-esteem was poor to say the least.

Now it is 2017. Ten years later.

Things are different. Better. I finished my degree, completed my Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – with Distinction, as well as my Masters of Laws, also with Distinction. I am 25 kg lighter than I was and am more attractive at 42 than I was at 32. I completed a Master of Translation Studies and was rewarded with a scholarship which I have managed to keep topped up. I feel accomplished, confident, good about myself. I feel excited and am making plans. Big plans for 2017.

As for the blast from my past. He looked better ten years ago than he does now (IMHO) and I am told that he lost his job and that his marriage is not as good as it could be to the pretty, petite girl. Ten years ago, I felt inferior to him when I saw his pictures. Now it’s the reverse.

To all those people who are suffering, read this and remember: It does get better! Things will get better. Nothing is permanent. Suffering does end – take it from one who has been there, done that.

Take it from me: Never, ever, ever, ever, EVER give up! You will get there in the end. 

2017

Welcome to 2017: The year of piajurin

End of year meme

1. What did you do this year that you'd never done before?
Write a “**** it – I have nothing to lose” job application;
Vote for The Arts Party;
File a police report;
File a missing persons report;
Celebrate “Mean Girls Day” by seeing the double feature of Mean Girls and Clueless at the cinema;
Work with someone who doesn’t remember the 20th century;
Be approached by a Channel 7 news reporter for a story;
Stay at the Richardson Hotel;
Go to work without wearing a bra;
Drink two Frozen Cokes in a day (my throat needed numbing);

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for 2017?
2016:
1. Limit my use of exclamation marks;
2. Resurrect my dwindling Japanese;
3. Watch SBS French news;
4. Watch five Best Picture Academy Award winners (The Great Ziegfeld, Spotlight, Cimarron, Going My Way, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Broadway Melody, Wings, Cavalcade, You Can’t Take It With You, The Life of Emile Zola, A Man For All Seasons, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King)
5. Replace “what the hell” with “what the devil”. I heard it in a 1960s film and decided it sounds more stylish.
6. Finish my Diploma of Modern Languages in Russian.
7. Watch five films from the IMDB Top 250 (Room, The Revenant, Star Wars Episode VII, Deadpool, V for Vendetta, The Secret In Their Eyes, Blade Runner, Hachi A Dog’s Tale, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Arrival)

2017:
1. Fly Qantas instead of Virgin. The commute to the new Virgin Terminal just isn’t worth it.
2. Read Freedom, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Prophet, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Silkworm
3. Read two books on the BBC Top 100 list
4. Give my car a thorough professional cleaning inside and out
5. See five films on the IMDB Top 250 list and All-Time 500 list
6. Work out how my French Twist and other clips should be used
7. Finish watching all of The L Word

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
More stamps in my passport.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 25. Worst. Day. Ever.

October 26. Got three phone calls / emails regarding potential jobs before noon. That has never happened before.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Based on everything that happened to people in 2016, surviving it. Oh and getting several default judgments at the Magistrates Court.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Obtaining help when I needed it and getting people to answer my emails.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Had a viral infection that lasted three weeks in November. Took me ages to recover and I haven’t been that ill with a respiratory problem since 2004.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Half price Premium tickets for Garbage in concert.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Soph and Simon: Thank you for finding me a tinted replacement window for my car.

Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles: Girl power!

All those people who said they would have voted for the ASXP had I been running.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Rodrigo Duterte – This guy is seriously nuts!
Lynn & Brown Lawyers – Avoid these people. Not only did they go majorly over the costs agreement but the advice they gave me was wrong, wrong, wrong!
Ex-flatmate: Next time you are going to lie to someone about throwing out their stuff and attempt to extort money from them, don’t do it by text message. Idiot!
Australian sports stars: Get over yourselves. You’re not that special.
The ASXP: The WA branch has worked very hard and how do you reward us? By putting a Vic candidate up for a WA seat.
WA Police – They could win a gold medal for laziness when it came to investigating my break in. I practically had to twist their arms to get them to view the CCTV footage.
Prick who broke into my car – Who smashes a window to steal a teapot and sheets? Dumbarse.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My court case.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
When my engineer friends told me that my web business and invention ideas were plausible and could make me money.

16. What song will always remind you of this year?
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It – REM.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Same
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Travelling

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being lied to and led on and deceived.
Chasing up other people’s mistakes.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Watched Suicide Squad and Florence Foster Jenkins, read Truly Madly Guilty and cursed the people I was supposed to pet sit for who never got back to me.

21. What LJ users did you meet for the first time?
Most of my friends have abandoned their LJs.

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
No. I am not attracted to Australian men.

23. How many one-night stands?
Zero.

24. What was your favourite TV program?
11.22.63.
Agatha Raisin was quite entertaining too.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Yes.

26. What was the best book you read?
Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
The Children Act, Ian McEwan

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Morning Harvey. They were the intro band for The Dandy Warhols. I thought they were good.

28. What did you want and get?
Half price tickets to see Garbage in concert.

29. What did you want and not get?
A Democrat President-Elect.
Normal haemoglobin levels – missed out on a $2700 medical trial as a result.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Ghostbusters and Bad Moms – nice to see Hollywood realising that women can carry films.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Got a $70 book voucher at work, went to the premiere of Ghostbusters and had a weekend at the Richardson hotel.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Right wing defeat.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Fabulous!

34. What kept you sane?
Walking.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Christoph Waltz, Cillian Murphy, Bernie Sanders and Justin Trudeau.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Women’s Issues – if the flag bearers at the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Olympics were women and the bulk of our gold medal winners were women, why are we not entitled to the same pay as men?

37. Who did you miss?
My overseas friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Pi - my adorable Godson.

Vik my accountant is pretty cool too. He seemed amazed I was single and would have guessed my age as “35…tops”.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year.
Never underestimate the stupidity levels of the average person.
It’s amazing how much progress you can make in a dispute with the sentence, “I have drafted court papers – we will have to get a third party to decide”.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“You should never argue with a crazy man”, Movin’ Out, Billy Joel

Five personally significant events of 2016:
1. Starting my translation business
2. Starting my will business
3. Walking away from law
4. Walking away from bad people
5. Prioritising happiness at the expense of success instead of the other way around.

Five things I want to do in 2017:
Live in Europe
Work in Europe
Travel to Vietnam, Rangoon and Laos
Finalise my invention
Ignite my web businesses

Be the change

In 2012, one week before my International Dispute Resolution essay for my Master of Laws was due, I had the following conversation with Alastair Irvine [id.au]:

Him: You probably won’t believe me, but you’re much happier the week before you’ve got an assignment due.
Me: No in fact that doesn’t surprise me at all. I have places to be, things to do and deadlines to meet. I have a purpose. That makes me happy.

I am not the kind of person who can sit around and do nothing. It drives me crazy. I am happiest when I am busy, have things to do and plans to make and projects. This is why I am really looking forward to 2017.

My Master of Translation Studies is finished and I am halfway through creating my translation business. I also have two other start up projects which I am told have potential not only to work but to make me money. One involves making wills, the other involving a process that will make gift giving much easier.

In addition, I also have an idea for an invention. It’s not new, it just changes the way something most people do and makes it better and easier. It came to me while working at my law firm. This is big for me as I am not an “invention” person, but I think this has great potential. It scares me and simultaneously excites me.

I think 2017 is going to be great for me.  By focusing on my business ideas I get to do to things that are important for me:


  1. I get to be busy and focused and brimming with ideas; and

  2. I get to do things on my terms.

Wish me luck!

End of year meme (mid-year)

1.     What did you do this year that you'd never done before?
Wear winter clothes in Perth in February
March in Sydney Mardi Gras
Become a Godmother
Deliberately drive on the wrong side of the road in peak hour (If you know a better way to get on to Scarborough Beach Road from Huntriss then do let me know)
Argue a case in front of a Supreme Court judge
Hire a Barrister
See Cats, the musical
Know someone who trended on Twitter
Use a menstrual cup (now I know why women scream during childbirth)
Attend a meditation workshop
Have someone cite me in their thesis
Stay in Fremantle Prison
Issue someone with an ultimatum


2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for 2016?
2016:
1. Limit my use of exclamation marks; (Yes)
2. Resurrect my dwindling Japanese; (No)
3. Watch SBS French news; (I work so can't watch it)
4. Watch five Best Picture Academy Award winners (The Great Ziegfeld, Spotlight, Cimarron)
5. Replace “what the hell” with “what the devil”. I heard it in a 1960s film and decided it sounds more stylish. (Yes)
6. Finish my Diploma of Modern Languages in Russian. (One semester to go!)
7. Watch five films from the IMDB Top 250 (Room, The Revenant, Star Wars Episode VII, Deadpool, V for Vendetta, The Secret In Their Eyes, Blade Runner)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes – hence the Godmother.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No but I have it on good authority that it’s only a matter of time.

5. What countries did you visit?
Australia. We are indeed a big country with a lot to offer.

6. What would you like to have in the rest of 2016 that you lacked in the first half of 2016?
More concrete travel plans.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 22 - day I started work.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finding a good job at a good firm where people aren’t crazy.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Finding permanent accommodation. They let me out of my lease after four weeks and I am still very suspicious.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
What was diagnosed as a bowel infection was later diagnosed as an inflamed intestine. Kept me home for two weeks.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
So many things. I got some great Charlie Brown dresses at Myer in Brisbane for $69 as they were on sale from 11am to 3pm;

Got a great Portmans dress at an op shop in Freo for $5, which gets a lot of compliments;
Black velvet jacket from Vinnie’s in Freo
A fabulous red jacket for $10 at a market in Surry Hills

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Lois - She adopted a little girl this year. I am so proud of her!

Ricky Muir - I owe this man a huge apology. When he first started I thought, "Oh geez" but he now seems more progressive than the Greens.

Ingdirect and Cashrewards. Thank you for the cash back and saving me substantial money.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Virgin Australia. They lost my hair dryer when I came back from Sydney and refuse to reimburse me for it.

IMDB Top 250 voters. Your obsession with comic book heroes means we are losing good films like Duck Soup and The Philadelphia Story to movies like Deadpool and Captain America.

My aunt Denise. She owns a vacant 5-bedroom house at the top of Attadale. I asked if I could live there. She said no. You may be my Godmother and a good catholic but you're a lousy human being.


14. Where did most of your money go?
Topping up my savings account from New Caledonia and surgery and also a new account to save for my trip to Cuba.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Having money and not having to go to Centrelink!

16. What song will always remind you of this year?
Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The Clash. The American primaries and Brexit make this a relevant song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Same
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Swimming. This time though it’s not my fault – I can’t find pools that enforce swimming lane rules.


Using a menstrual cup. They are so much better. Why did I wait 25 years to do this?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Using tampons and pads

20. How did you spend Christmas?

N/A

21. What LJ users did you meet for the first time?
Most of my friends have abandoned their LJs.

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
Does Bernie Sanders count?

23. How many one-night stands?
Zero.

24. What was your favourite TV program?
American Crime Story was interesting. Sarah Paulson gave a great performance as Marcia Clark. The sexism she endured was vile!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Donald Trump.

26. What was the best book you read?

So many!
Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
The Interpretation of Murder
The Girl on the Train

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing and nobody

28. What did you want and get?
Tickets to see Fatboy Slim

Mark Rylance to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor
A job!

29. What did you want and not get?
Bernie Sanders as the Democrat Party candidate

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Eye In The Sky and Finding Dory

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Ask me in two weeks

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A normal upstairs neighbour.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Affordable but stylish.

34. What kept you sane?


35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Christoph Waltz, Cillian Murphy and Justin Trudeau.


I also think I have a bit of a crush on Bernie Sanders.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Women’s Issues – amazing how few parties in Australia focus on them.

37. Who did you miss?
My overseas friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
My barrister Stuart was pretty cool, but I have only spent three hours in his company so I could be wrong.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year.
Respect the difference between making a choice and making a decision.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Oh lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.

Five personally significant events of 2016:
1. Finding and keeping law work.
2.

Five things I want to do in 2016:
1. Get to Cuba
2. Find a good place to live.

Opinion sought

I celebrated February 29th by going to see Star War: The Force Awakens.

I am not a Star Wars fan. I didn't see the first one until I was 22. I didn't see Empire and Jedi until two years ago as part of a "May the 4th" movie marathon. I have risked life and limb by telling Star Wars fans that I think the dialogue is terrible.

I was therefore surprised that I enjoyed Episode 7.

However, even though I am an amateur Star Wars watcher, there is one thing I just don't buy.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I don't know why I put that there since everyone has seen it by now, but good manners cost nothing.

So, Han Solo, a man who has spent his life encountering the scum of the universe, double crossing them and making deals with them, a man who is "streetwise" or in this case "galaxy wise" to say the least, and who has helped defeat the Empire, just stands there willingly and lets his son stab him?

Yeah. That does not make one iota of sense to me.

Please explain.

End of year meme

1. What did you do this year that you'd never done before?
Stay at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough
See Blur in concert
Go inside Perth Arena
Go to drag queen bingo
Be in the right place at the right time
Faint hours after donating blood
Go three days without washing my hair
Do 12 laps without stopping  (I used to stop at 8 for a breather)
Do the 30 Day Water Challenge
Use the Virgin Australia Lounge in Melbourne
Stay in a hospital in Brisbane
Go ziplining

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for 2016?
2015 Resolutions:
1. Read six books from the BBC 100 list; (Catch 22, Alice in Wonderland, Animal Farm, The Little Prince, The Secret Garden, Of Mice and Men)
2. See six films from the IMDB Top 250 list; (Interstellar, Whiplash, The Hunt, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Mary and Max, The Thing, The Bourne Ultimatum, Scarface, The Martian)
3. See six Best Picture Academy Award Winner films; (Unforgiven, Birdman, Ben Hur, Mrs Miniver, Gigi, Gentleman’s Agreement)
4. Use the phone instead of email when I can;
5. Use Pages more and Microsoft Word less (I tried but everyone else wants Microsoft Word as their choice)
6. Go through the storage unit that has held my father's things and mine since 1999 when I moved to Japan (added but didn’t subtract to the unit)
7. Go back to tango with Paul (he’s always busy);
8. Remember that I have two ears and one mouth and to use them proportionately;

9. Make a Kiva loan;
10. Remember the Helena Rubinstein quote, “There are no ugly women; only lazy ones”.


2016:
1. Limit my use of exclamation marks;
2. Resurrect my dwindling Japanese;
3. Watch SBS French news;
4. Watch five Best Picture Academy Award winners;
5. Replace “what the hell” with “what the devil”. I heard it in a 1960s film and decided it sounds more stylish.
6. Finish my Diploma of Modern Languages in Russian.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Sasha: Quinn

Sharon: Matilda and Lillian
Jenna: Ainsley

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
New Caledonia, Vanuatu.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
My own business and websites. Am investigating legalities.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 30. My perfect storm – NAATI exam, moving out, thesis due and flying out to Noumea.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
My Master of Translation Studies with an HD average.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t seem to be succeeding at being “normal”.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Had a secondary infection the week before my perfect storm and end of semester;

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Nothing springs to mind.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Yasser Tabbaa – he knew Daesh was coming but he stayed to protect the artefacts of Palmyra. He paid with his life and lord only knows what they did to him to get him to talk  - which he never did.

Ariel Winter. Thank you for going public with your breast reduction. You helped encourage me with mine.

iiNet Michael. He gave me two good bits of share advice. The first I bought in April at $1.75 and it is now worth $4.20. The second I bought in November at $0.70 and it is now worth $0.80.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Joko Widodo – it’s the 21st century. The death penalty has no place in today’s era.

Tina Fey – your Bill Cosby comment about “Well you could sleep through it” was tactless. As someone who woke up to find a man having sex with her – “F*** YOU”!

Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios – drop the diva attitudes. You represent our country and are poor ambassadors.

St Hilda’s. I still can’t believe you did that.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My South Pacific internship and breast reduction operation.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
- Graduating my Masters

- Completing my thesis
- My internship in Nouméa

16. What song will always remind you of this year?
Onion Skin – thanks to the demise of our Prime Minister.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? Same.
ii. thinner or fatter? Same
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Working

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Looking for work

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Catching up on sleep and sleeping off my anaesthetic after having a meal with M.

21. What LJ users did you meet for the first time?
Most of my friends have abandoned their LJs.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
No.

23. How many one-night stands?
Zero.

24. What was your favourite TV program?
The Affair and The Muppets.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
The Saudi Arabian regime. Monsters!

26. What was the best book you read?
- The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf

- Big Brother, Lionel Shriver.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Paper Gods, Duran Duran.

28. What did you want and get?
Justin Trudeau as the new Canadian PM;

Handing in my thesis three days early;
Breast reduction surgery;

29. What did you want and not get?
Too personal to say on a public forum.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Bridge of Spies and The Dressmaker.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
41. Had two nights at Scarborough Rendezvous and used free vouchers for Churros, ice cream, and a Boost Juice.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Synchronicity.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
The same as previous years

34. What kept you sane?
Keeping busy.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Christoph Waltz, Cillian Murphy and Justin Trudeau.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Refugee Rights and Human Rights abuses.

37. Who did you miss?
My overseas friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Nobody immediately leaps to mind as I kept to myself  because I was so busy so I guess I’ll say Elisa and Allira, two girls in the Italian stream of my Translation degree.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year.
Know your worth. This will be my motto for 2016.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“In a time of chimpanzees I was a monkey”, Loser, Beck.

Five personally significant events of 2015:
1. Becoming the Acting President of the WA Branch of the Australian Sex Party;
2. Writing and completing a thesis;
3. Working in a South Pacific country where French is the L1;
4. Attending a friend’s ultrasound; and
5. Surgery for back pain alleviation.

Five things I want to do in 2016:
I’d rather not say anything at this point but if all goes to plan then this time next year my life could be very different!

30-Day Water Challenge

Starting today, I am doing the 30-Day Water Challenge (google for more info). I started reading about it and the benefits people experienced and thought I would give it a try. I don't really have a goal (other than drinking a gallon of water a day) so it will be interesting to see if there are any changes. May make the odd not here too to keep track of it:

Day 1. So far so good. Drinking water hasn't been as hard as I thought it would. I have cut down on snacking as I don't feel the urge in my mouth and my stomach is too full of water. There have been times though when I have thought, "I think I'll have a cup of tea - oh wait". Only other downside is that because my stomach is full of water it can't tell me when I am hungry so when I do finally find out that I am hungry my stomach usually screams this at me!

Day 2. Face is breaking out. Not surprised as this is the first thing to happen when you drink more water.

Day 6. Hot drink cravings have stopped. Went grocery shopping today and it felt strange not to be going near the drink aisles or the tea aisles.

Day 10. Probably sounds hard to believe but drinking 3.8 litres of water a day has become a pretty standard part of my life. Much easier to do than I thought with the exception of yesterday when I had my NAATI exam and had to make sure to stagger the times I drank.

Day 11. Have found that when I take my bottle to the pool (am now back to three times a week - go me!) it is much easier to get through my water when I take it into the sauna and spa.

Day 15. Skin is much softer. Not just on face but all over my body. I also don't have to exfoliate my face as much as usual.

Day 19. Period is a day late which rarely happens to me. Assume it's all the water drinking. But no period pain.

Day 23. I have gotten used to drinking water first thing in the morning. Doesn't even occur to me now to have a hot drink.

Day 25. First time I had a social outing when I met up with my book club girlfriends in a cafe. Took my bottle along and wasn't tempted. Am lucky I chose a busy non-social month to do this. With the end coming up I need to decide how much to continue to drink when the challenge is over.

Well I did it. 30 days with nothing but water (and the soy milk I use on my cereal).

Here are the pros I noticed:
- my forehead crinkle disappears for times;
- lost 1.5 kg;
- my cheekbones are more prominent;
- the skin all over my body is softer;
- no headaches or period pain;
- don't need to exfoliate as much;
- much more motivated to exercise.

Cons:
- pores are still the same
- difficult to monitor hunger.

So will I keep this up? I am thinking of switching to 3.8L a day to 2.3L a day as this is much more manageable. Don't feel the need to drink hot drinks in the morning so I shall see how long that goes.