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365 Days of Gratitude and Writing

Every day of 2017 I’m hoping to share with your my gratitude and writing.

I believe that my happiness stems from a positive attitude (and possibly a little bit of luck, my mother is the eternal optimist). Even in adversity, if we look to something in our life that we are grateful for we can move forward, if not immediately, but eventually. My mum always taught me ‘there’s always someone worse off’, rather than ‘there’s always someone better off’. It’s a nicer way to feel about the ups and downs of life.


I’ve missed the first nine days. Instead I begin with the first ten of my 365 days of gratitude and writing. I’m grateful for/that:

  1. My Uncle Ken will be okay after a nasty fall on New Year’s Eve, because I love his warm bear hugs.
  2. A happy, healthy, growing family including Larabella and Kru, because of tiny arms for hugs, sweet button lips for kisses and smiles that melt your heart.
  3. My husband, Bevil’s unconditional love (through all my crazy writing episodes), because he is my best friend.
  4. Mahli and her eagerness to meet me at the door (even though she scratches me), because there is nothing like the uncomplicated loyalty and companionship of a dog.
  5. The fragrant freshness of rain on mown grass, because it reminds me of so many wonderful hot summer days.
  6. The last Lindt chocolate in the box is white chocolate, because it’s a favourite treat that melts in your mouth.
  7. The anticipation of a year of growth and change, because we can manifest our dreams into reality.
  8. A wonderful friendship with a fellow author and writing mentor, because sometimes writing can be lonely.
  9. I have a fulfilling job that I enjoy, because it gives me creativity, usefulness and security.
  10. That my publishing journey has begun again, because I’ve backed my ability and taken those first steps.

What are you grateful for?

Maybe you’d like to share your own 365 days of gratitude. It can be as small as, sun shining on your laundry so it finally dries, or it can be as big as, learning how to walk after an accident that took your mobility. Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

If you don’t know how to go about being more grateful here’s a meditation and affirmation video from Fresh Affirmations, enjoy:


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2016 was wonderful and 2017 is going to be even better

2016 was a year of change for my family

As with most New Year celebrations, we started the year with big hopes of a better year than 2015 (well sometimes it can’t get any worse). Are you and your loved ones looking forward to a better year?

There were a few mishaps but mostly the changes were huge. My husband started his own business Mirror Pool Cleaning, to fulfil a passion he has with pools (and to quit having a boss and be one). He’s a stayer and the jobs he’s had were all long-term, so you can imagine how hard it was for him to take a chance on himself.

Mirror Pool Cleaning Gold Coast
Mirror Pool Cleaning webpage at (created by me using Wix). Bevil is the handsome smiling guy.

I’m super proud of his efforts and following a dream instead of just staying with what is safe and predictable.

Our youngest son finished his course and began working with his father. He’s picking up the pool lingo and figuring out the job, particularly vacuuming (who would’ve thought?). It’s a good partnership, father and son, because they both have the same warped sense-of-humour.

Our middle son got promoted and now moves to Canberra (I wish it wasn’t so far away). It’s good for his career and at least his lovely girlfriend is moving with him, so he’s not lonely. He’ll be chasing more CrossFit dreams in 2017 (this time hopefully fully fit and healthy).

Our eldest son (and of course his awesome wife) blessed us with a second grandchild. Now with have a grandson as well as three-year-old granddaughter. He also finished his cabinet-maker apprenticeship (tradie in the family, yay!). You’ve got to say 2016 has blessed us.

Late in 2016 I decided (after years of submissions, research and procrastination) to self-publish my latest manuscript. This means something wonderful and exciting started in 2016 (Warm Witty Publishing began) and the first published book will be available in June 2017. I’m not giving up my full-time job because that brings me fulfilment and joy too.

If you’re over 50 you can change your career, health, fitness or lifestyle. Whatever you’ve dreamed of changing you can begin it. We’re both over 50 so it’s not too late. I have a friend who just started a nursing degree. Don’t think a career change is just for the young. Assess you goals (the things your passionate about) find them in a job and aim for that job. You can do it. Just trust your instincts and leap into it.

There’s so much to look forward to for us; building both businesses, watching our sons grown into wonderful adults with lovely supportive partners, enjoying our adorable grandchildren and living a life we’ve dreamed of (or course we’ll be a bit poorer until things take off but it will be worth it). I think going into the year with a positive outlook and affirmations will help us fulfill these goals. We don’t need New Year’s resolutions – we have enough going on.

I hope you are looking forward to a wonderful year full of optimism and hope. I wish that, and your dreams come true in 2017.