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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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Be resolute on your New Year’s Resolutions


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2015 is here and what did we learn from last year? The most important thing I learnt is that time flies and we need to make the most of every moment in case there are no more. Most of us make New Year’s Resolutions and I guess they are a good way of looking forward to the New Year with goals and direction. Unfortunately most people don’t keep their resolutions and they’ll make them over again and again.  They say, “I want to quit smoking” but make no effort in giving up the smokes. No patches, no chewing gum, even no cold turkey, just keep on chuffing away. Then there’s the people who say I’ll lose weight but months after the New Year starts they are still eating badly and haven’t started exercising.

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Why do people do this? Are they only reciting a resolution because, that’s just what you do on New Year’s Eve? I must admit I like resolutions and I admit I haven’t stuck to all of mine but I give them some effort. I guess that’s all resolutions really need is the effort and willpower to see them through. So if you made a resolution I hope you work hard at it and fulfil it, otherwise it’s like those moments in time that have past. We can never reclaim them back. Well, we sort of can if we blog about them.

Wishing you all a fabulous 2015, full of health, love, smiles, happiness, accomplishments, milestones and dreams fulfilled.

My resolution: write more often and engage with my readers.What’s yours?

How about entering the Umoja Writing Competition 2015?