Posted in Family life, Happiness

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 http://www.mirrorpoolcleaning.com.au (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.

 

Posted in Animals and conservation, Family life, Health and fitness, Other stuff, Women's issues

A healthy me still just around the corner


There’s a new healthy me just around the corner. I swear it.

Here’s one of the corners I walk around with Boss, my dog:

Tallebudgera lake this morning was like a sheet of glass and not one boat out on it.

This inspires me to go walking which I’m doing regularly but haven’t upped the ante for the Body Blitz by adding weights and cardio as often as I liked. I have a really good excuse or two!

I’m on writing deadlines, have new business plans to put in place, Joel came home again, I got a new computer (loving the iMac) and plenty more excuses. Please stop rolling your eyes.

Okay, so I know it takes more than a month to make a habit (so they say) so I’ve begun again as far as Body Blitz. I’m really trying to build the habit of intense exercise every day. Walk/run this morning with the dog, eat oats for breaky, work for a bit, light lunch, walk the dog again this arvo and do some weights before I go to the surf club to work tonight.

About the work bit: I once again edited ‘Finding Tarzan’ now called ‘Finding My Tarzan’. I think as women’s contemporary fiction it rocks!

Wish me luck submitting it again.