Week In The Life 2013 : Sunday (Day 7)


Finally. It’s the last day of this Week In The Life project. I’m thrilled and relieved, but also a tad bit sad.

Really excited that I managed to complete this project, even though it may not seem like the best week to put on record. Also very happy to have been able to share bits and pieces of my day-to-day life with you.

As I mentioned a few times, I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to do the daily blogging part of this project. I didn’t really want to bore anyone with the mundane stuff of my life. But, many of you have given really encouraging feedback. In fact, the whole experience is making me re-think my blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com. I mean, I know I’m always wondering about the content I share here. And, for the most part, I avoided these “This is what happened in my day” posts.  Strangely enough, it’s these posts that received the most feedback out of all my recent blog posts. Somehow, I’ve been reminded about my roots as a blogger.

I started blogging as a writer, a “memoir-ist”. But, I’ve slowly started moving away from that. And now, I’m wondering if I moved too far away.

But, don’t worry. I’m not planning on posting about “what happened in my day” all the time from now on. But, I am definitely considering bringing a little bit of that back. In fact, I’m seriously considering introducing “A Day In The Life” series here. Not just a day from my life, mind you. But, also other people that I find interesting enough. It’s something I’m going to think about a bit more.

In any case, let me give you some bits and pieces from the last day of my very first Week In The Life project…

So, let’s say hello to Sunday…

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

Started off the day with the aches and pains from the day before. Had no time to think too much about it, of course, as we had to rush out for the day’s events. Hubby made pancakes for breakfast, but I didn’t get to have any as I was up a bit later than everyone else.

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

This is a view that welcomes us when we drive out of the suburb we live in. When I first saw this after moving, I had to laugh. Made me think that we really did move out in to the countryside. Never mind that we’re really just around 45 minutes drive from the city.

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

This is the view coming down from the hill. I’ve always loved seeing the sea and the cityscape from this part of town.

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

The first and main part of our day was attending the boy’s soccer club’s annual Gala Day. The ceremonies started around 10am. He received his third soccer trophy this year.

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

As part of the Gala Day, there were bouncy slides…

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

… and bouncy castles…

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And water pistols.

I also had a yummy steak roll, which I shared with the boy and the hubby.


Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

After mid-day, we left the soccer club grounds and went back home. Had a rest for an hour or so, then I headed out on my own. I believe the hubby and kids ended up resting a bit more and doing some chores around the house. Including cleaning the hubby’s car (inspired by the kids’ new water pistols, of course!).

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

I had to fill my car with petrol first, as I was running low. Filling petrol tanks always makes me feel “grown up” for some reason. I guess because I’ve never done it until I was in my mid-30s. Yep.

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

One of the reasons I wanted to head out was to get myself a much-needed hour-long full body massage at the local mall. It wasn’t one of those swish places. But, I didn’t need anything fancy. I just needed some relief for my aching neck and back. And that was $60 well spent, I tell ‘ya. Walked out feeling so much better. Really wish I can make professional massages a regular part of my life.But, I think I’d feel too guilty if I start allocating part of our household budget for massages. 😉 

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

Another main reason for going out again: Doing the weekly grocery shop.

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

Of course, this week’s story won’t be anywhere near complete without a photo of the boy doing one of his favourite things: Minecraft!

On the menu for tonight's dinner: Chicken stir fry egg noodles.

After I got home, the girl helped me to put away the groceries. She loves helping out like that.

Then, I started making dinner. On tonight’s menu: chicken stir fry noodles.

And yes, I’ve become a bit naughty these last couple of Sundays, wanting to watch X-Factor Australia live shows while preparing dinner and eating. Our usual rule is “absolutely no screens (TV, phones, computers, etc)” during family dinner time – save for a few exceptions.

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

After dinner, hubby did the dishes and the kids started getting ready for bed. I also started blogging the WITL recap from the day before.

While everyone gets ready for bed, hubby also ends up in a phone call with his mum and dad who live in South Africa. They usually have weekly phone chats.

Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday | Day 7 | 15 Sep

And that’s a wrap for my very first WITL project, folks!

Stats and Stuff

Total photos for the day: 21 (took about 50)
Cameras used: Nikon D7000 + camera phone
Photo Editor Used: Picasa for Windows

To see all photos from this project, check out my Week In The Life 2013 set on Flickr.

Some Notes and Thoughts

  • My life in photos revolve around Family and Food, primarily. I guess, that’s not a big surprise. They’re “biggies” in my life. I love my work too, as well as reading, writing, etc. – but they’re a bit boring to photograph. 🙂


  • This Week In The Life project has been a great way to document life “as it is”. I had no pre-conceived notions of what will be documented. I just jumped right in and went with the flow. It wasn’t the best week, but there were definitely highlights that I am grateful for. I also love Ali Edwards’ question about the project, about asking “What is the truth about my life right now?” – and I feel this project has helped to answer that in a small way. Having said that, I had to re-adjust the way I do things and give up other things that I would have normally done because of this project. For example, instead of working on my writing/novel/script this last week, I had to put that aside because I just didn’t have enough extra time on top of my work and family commitments. I also didn’t get the chance to do any other art-making. Again, it had to be sacrificed for this project. Yes, it’s true that there will always be time for something we really want to do. But, once we do say “yes” to that something, we effectively have to say “no” to something else.


  • I’m definitely hoping to do Week In The Life next year again. Not sure if I’ll be able to join the group that does it with Ali Edwards again. If the timing is right, I would love to do it with a community again. If not, I might still attempt it on my own. And, as I said, I’m contemplating a “Day In The Life” series too.


Again, thanks to all who liked, shared, left comments, faved, Tweeted, messaged, etc over the last week while I was doing this project. Your feedback definitely inspired me to keep going!

About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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