Dreams never die and my dad is a testament to that! Some of you will know he is a Walt Disney artist (one of only a couple back when he started approved to work for Disney) and has illustrated many children’s books and comics over the years. He was a co-creator of the BBC’s Poddington Peas when he brought Paul Needs’s characters to life, some of you might remember.
I worked with him when my little press published The Jet-Set books at Paws n Claws for Born Free helping him to realise the dream of writing as well as illustrating his own characters.
Well I am thrilled to announce that he had another picture book of his illustrations and stories published this month by Chapeltown Books and how lovely this is for its illustrations and beautiful message that in today’s political climate is just what we need.
The book is available on Amazon; here is the UK link! Dad will be doing talks in schools and has some planned at local libraries next month; this Saturday in Benfleet!
Do please spread the word… Dad taught me that age is no limit and if you have a dream… never give up!
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I saw something on Facebook that said get a glass jar and every time something good happens write it down and fold the paper and put it in the jar. I think this is a wonderful way to think in a positive way and focus the mind to think about good things and not bad ones. I think I could count many blessings every day; that I get to do what I love, that I write lists and do everything on them; that I have the most wonderful friends, a great family, a man who tells me every day how much he loves me. I think we must all think that way.
This week as I look at it in review I have subbed Chutney with a new synopsis; finished an edit and have the report to write today, fitted in three gym classes yesterday, helped someone pass the next level of their PT course by being their guinea pig in a training session the day before, set up a JustGiving page for our gym challenge and met the lady from the charity, got banners, T-shirts and balloons and arranged a visit to the hospice; arranged to see my best mate Sunday as a pre-birthday lunch and plans with a couple of friends for lunch next week. Hopefully my poorly man will be well enough to take me out Saturday but if not then we will have to postpone the birthday celebration until he is well… that will stretch it out, right?
If we can see the good and the positive and not the negative side of life, which we all know is there, we will see that counting our blessings is a wonderful way to live and imagine the joy we will have reading those little notes in that glass jar this time next year.
That is all, have a wonderful weekend everyone…
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Sometimes we just know it. We sense it. We feel we are on the right path.
Nothing comes close to that feeling that no matter what life throws us, we are living as we wanted, we are working towards something and we are happy.
I know some people might think I cannot always be bursting with so much optimism, but I am, truly. Sure life throws things at us all the time and I am not living in that much of a happy bubble I do not see the pain in others or myself or know the terrible things that are happening in the world. It’s just that for most of the time, for most of the people, life is okay. Thankfully. I see a lot of bitterness in people and I see people who strive for goals that are based on ‘things’. You know I gave up a lot of the security that came from a well-paid job in the pharmaceutical industry for an uncertain future as a writer. I wondered if I could really turn what I loved and what was really more of a hobby into a job. It never ceases to amaze me that I did. And that I am still doing it and it’s what I truly love. Financially it does not yet reap the same rewards but as soon as you make the goal just about being happy amazing things start to happen. And there are far greater rewards than the material things.
We are all a work in progress. Our lives are in a state of continual shift and realignment and that’s what makes it interesting and exciting. I remember questioning my decision to move back to a place that does not quite have the aesthetic feel as my spiritual home in North Wales. But something inside me told me that it was where I was meant to be now. That it was time. And by then I felt I was living the dream and I could take that with me wherever I went. And I have. So the island is flat and does not have the same views, but all I have to do for that is close my eyes and I am right there.
Make everything about being happy. In fact you can be happy right now in this moment. It’s as simple as changing the way you think about things. I hope that some of my positivity rubs off on others as I think life is also about the people we share it with. We are not here to walk alone but to be part of something far greater than that. People influence us and we influence them and so long as we add to one another, so we become greater than the parts that make it up then we can find something truly special.
I know life will have other things to throw my way and I know the path will not always be an easy one — but as long as we have each other, as long as we make sure people know how much we love them and are loved, as long as we try to be the best person we can be, and find that job or that role that gives us the inner peace and happiness we need, we can face anything.
I want to die with dreams still waiting that I am working towards because as soon as we stop looking forward to things, we lose our way. Happiness isn’t a place or a person or a thing, it’s a feeling and it can be all of these things, but it’s really something we have to go within to find.
That is all.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
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