Posted in Charity, Happiness, Health and fitness, Writers, Year of Gratitude

Goals, setbacks, new beginnings and looking forward not back


A bang of New Year’s Eve fireworks may be how most people will spend the end of 2019. Not me. I’ll be taking a more straightforward approach, ending the year with gratitude, pride and bittersweet memories. Maybe raising a glass of cold beer with my nearest and dearest.

As I age time moves faster, though for some reason this year seemed like a long one. It was packed full of the highs and lows of life, like an old rollercoaster slowly chugging uphill only to shoot down the dips, so my heart dropped to my stomach. I have ached but I have healed. I am optimistic about 2020. I hope you are too.

Words of 2019

I’ve laughed, cried, worried, grieved, shared, created, worked, pondered, let fitness slip, planned, been bullied, stayed resilient, supported, began a dream job, enjoyed wins, endured loses, regathered, communicated, got motivated, fought lethargy, got fitter, ate healthier, built a new life, found a new home, created family traditions, grew bonds, rediscovered design, networked, increased gratitude, wrote – and above all – loved.

What I learned most was:

  • We all have hidden internal struggles
  • Showing successes on social media doesn’t mean you are more successful than others
  • Our bodies need health more than visual appeal
  • Cancer is becoming a chronic, rather than a fatal disease (but the fact does not ease the emotional pain for those fighting the fight)
  • Bushfires have been part of Australia for thousands of years (we need to return to old ways)
  • Fires create new growth (ask the Aborigines or any indigenous people).
  • The world cares about our koalas
  • I don’t need to write multiple books per year – I must complete my WIP
  • There is more to the business of writing than words
  • My family are imperfectly perfect, and I love them with my heart and soul
  • Dogs know their way home
  • If you find the person who loves you warts and all love them warts and all back
  • No matter how far you travel, real friends remain
  • I write to be read
  • Words are, and always have been, my story
Firefighter Calendar 2020
I thought you’d like the Australian Firefighters Classic Calendar 2020. Hot fireies. There’s also some with sexy firefighters with cute animals. It doesn’t get much better than that. Buy a calendar to raise money for charity. Bonus – you have hot guys on your wall.

You’re probably wondering if I have a resolution. I have too many because I have a long list of goals I would like to achieve in 2020 and beyond. So, instead, I am setting myself a monthly challenge. I’ll let you know what my January goal is. Less alcohol and more exercise. I guess it’s a common one in January but for my health – an important goal.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I’d love to hear yours. Comment below. Thanks for reading my dear readers. You mean the world to me.

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Posted in Family life, Happiness

Wishing my readers a love-filled festive season


Christmas, Noel, Yuletide, Hanukkah, festive season, holiday, whatever you call it, or how you celebrate it, I send you the best wishes. I hope you enjoy, love, happiness, good health, good cheer, prosperity and peace. It’s a time where families come together to share food, presents and good times. But for others, it can be a lonely time. Think of your neighbours or friends who don’t have family nearby. Share some of the festive spirit with them. Compassion and kindness help make this time of year a celebration for everyone.

Christmas wishes

I’ll be sharing my Christmas with family. It will be our first Christmas living near our grandchildren, so this year it will be a priceless time. There will be too much food, ham galore, prawns on ice, beers and wine in the eskies, dessert in the fridge (for later and so they don’t melt) and Christmas decorations adorning the table. We’ll wear the mandatory cracker paper hat and tell the ‘dad jokes’ most of which aren’t funny (which makes it even funnier). Secret Santa gifts will be stollen and swapped (causing hilarious heated debates). We’ll play cricket in the neighbouring block, swim afterwards to cool off from the summer heat, drink some more, laugh lots and watch the kids unwrap their presents with squeals of delight. We’ll slather ourselves in sunscreen and insect repellant, reminisce on our year, talk over the top of each other, argue good-naturedly, laugh that we do, play games and love deeply. Family! I can’t wait.

And if you’ve been affected by fire or drought I hope the season brings you some respite and your 2020 is prosperous and filled with happiness and healing.

I’ll be updating you on some exciting Christmas news soon. A bargain book set will be coming soon.

And if you didn’t read it last Christmas I still have my free Christmas read: A Real Christmas Present

What are you up to this Christmas?