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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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5 Writing Prompts to Get Creative


5 Writing prompts to get creative

Sometimes we need a little nudge to push those creative juices down the inspiration slope to flow into the ocean of ingenuity. Here’s just five to help with you lack of progress, writer’s block, work stoppage, late-arvo-down-in-the dumps, idea famine, brain drain or whatever else is stopping your creative process.

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5 prompts

  1. Close your eyes, stand up, spin around the room (or backyard, café, beach – wherever you are), stop. Now open your eyes. What are you looking at? Draw inspiration from it. I opened my eyes to see a plush monkey holding a heart. It was a valentine’s gift from my granddaughter that says, “I love you. I love you,” (a monotone recording that says those words). It’s made me think of how precious my grandchildren are. That’s an easy prompt to inspire me. How did you go?
  2. Stretch your neck. Rub your own shoulders for at least five minutes. Feel the tension ebb away. Now that you are more relaxed recall the creative block you think is holding up your progress. Tell yourself, “Hey, blockage get out of here. I have work to do and don’t need you. Good bye.” Yes, it’s a mind trick but see if it works. I spend a lot of time talking to myself (what writer doesn’t) and this technique works for me. It’s like how my friend Kerry the Healer reminds me that our words are powerful.
  3. Find a large piece of paper. Scribble. Draw. Doodle. Write. Keep at it till you see something on that paper that starts creativity flowing. It could be a word or an image. You may have scribbled in spirals, but that image could urge you to write about a cyclone ravaging a small town. Doodling is like looking at clouds. You’ll see an image no one else sees. It’s your own creative mind that finds it.
  4. Whether you’re a writer, artist, marketer or whatever, think of a vivid colour. What does that colour make you think of? Say it’s yellow: it might be a sunflower, sunshine, happiness or it could be urine stains on a white sheet, post it notes all over your to-do list, nicotine stained teeth. See, different thoughts for different projects.
  5. A fun one to finish. Think of the funniest thing that has ever happened to you. Write about it. Let your laughter flow as you write. Try not to wet the paper or your keyboard as the tears of hilarity stream down your cheeks. I don’t know what this will prompt you to do creatively, but at least I’ve made you smile.

Enjoy your creativity!