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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It’s perfect book reading weather


It’s perfect book reading weather

The days are getting chilly and if you’re in south east Queensland at the moment it’s raining too.  It’s time to rug up, with Ugg-boot-footed feet, a warm cuppa and a good book. I prefer to read novels with warm, exotic themes in the colder months. There’s nothing better than being swept off to an exotic beach location (even if it’s only in a story).

Zanzibar
This is Zanzibar. Isn’t it beautiful? Wouldn’t you like to go there, even if it’s only in a story?

The Zanzibar Moon is the perfect winter read. You’ll forget it’s even cold when you imagine the white sands, blue skies, ancient dhows and turquoise waters.

If you also yearn for an erotic romance with a sense of adventure; an utterly sexy guy whose best friend is a wild cheetah, it certainly ticks that box. Did I mention he also has an adorable heart-melting son?

You may want a story that’s not just a romance, but also has an interesting story line. What if it’s filled with family ties, unique quirky characters, intoxicating landscapes, Arabian Knights type magic, Swahili, multi-culture, awesome wildlife, tear-jerking moments and set in a magical setting? Ticking more boxes?

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of The Zanzibar Moon . As you read you’ll be transported to a beautiful world, where magic happens.

The Zanzibar Moon and Wildernis Cafe Bar Palm Beach.
Me, Michelle and Karen at Wildernis Cafe Bar, Palm Beach, Queensland.

The Zanzibar Moon out and about

I recently caught up with my sister, niece and an old friend and her partner for breakfast. We took the opportunity to take photos at Wildernis Cafe Bar,  with us holding  The Zanzibar Moon  in front of their magnificent artwork. It was a wonderful way to share my story in a lovely venue, that I highly recommend. Beautiful fit-out, nice views, ambiance and delicious reasonably priced food. It’s a special place to dine.

And if Zanzibar looks like a place you’d like to visit go to Tanzanian Tourism, or see what Check You In Travel and Tours can recommend to you about travelling from Australia to Zanzibar.

The paperback or ebook of The Zanzibar Moon are available for review. If you are in the media and would like a copy please go to the contact page.