The thing about this time of year is it gives us that time to pause… and to think and to reflect… Something we ought to do far more often. We become so engrossed in the small dramas and the things that, on reflection, don’t matter, we forget to appreciate the things that really do matter. Gratitude is top of that list.
Be thankful for it all. For all of this, for this moment and for everyone we hold dear.
This has been one hell of a year in so many ways, beginning with turning 50 (how’d that happen?) and then, of course, getting married! The one-year anniversary fast approaches. Again… how’d that happen? It has been a year punctuated with a bunch of mini honeymoons before the big one, a wonderful new literary agent, a story collection published, a new gym… a journey pathed with new and old friends… each one of them precious and important.
How many times have I said it? I mean it: life is change. So embrace it for all its uncertainty and unpredictability. and for making life wonderful and exciting.
I am also aware that this marks the closing of a decade and we can all reflect on those changes.
Here are some mad highlights in pictures from the blog!
2010 found me starting this last decade giving up my day job to finally live the dream and I have never looked back. It also saw Rosie, my beautiful cocker spaniel, come into my life, what a blessing she is. Completing the furry family, our two angels: the cats Cagney and Lacey. That year really marked the beginning of a special journey for me to who I am truly meant to be. This January is when I have been going it alone as a freelancer for ten years. While financially it has never made me as rich (not yet but it will), it has made me richer in every other sense. In the ways that matter. And finding happiness in your job, finding a passion to get out of bed for, but not just that, to open your eyes with utter excitement, is TRULY the most wonderful thing in life. I feel so very blessed.
19.1.19 A Symmetry in dates!
2010 saw the publication of Gentle Footprints and Hay, big things for our small press.
2013 was a HUGE year for me with the Commonwealth shortlisting; that opened doors, winning the Bath Short Story Award and then, of course, the publication of my novel While No One was Watching.
A year or so later I got my first agent and I moved my life to Essex so that saw the biggest change of all.
In 2015 I met Mal, my yoga teacher… and the rest is history, almost a decade single and I learned you can love again. You can have it all. What a blessing.
I finally sold my house and said the final farewell to my life in Wales and, in a way, to Lee although he never leaves me, he is in me not in a house… but selling it meant Mal and I could move in together here in Essex in 2017.
Keeping the momentum going, there have been successes and there have been sad moments but all in all I would say this has been a pretty amazing journey. I have a new agent, the lovely Camilla and exciting things light the path ahead for us. Oh and a trip to LA in the fall too and before we know it, it will be Christmas again.
One of the things I love about New Year is the pen folded into the furrow of a new diary, all those blank pages. It’s new calendars, it’s a sense of restoring the balance, refocussing. Something we need to do a lot more often.
It won’t all be plain sailing but that is life, but with a grateful heart and always having things to look forward to, no matter how big or small… the movement will always be in the right direction. We can do anything!
Tomorrow I will pack away the glistening lights and the sparkle of Christmas for another year and look at my clean office and those blank pages and smile.
The future awaits… new decade… thanks for the past ten years, it’s been a blast and now we can embrace the next years.
Are you ready?
So thank you to every person who is and has been part of this wonderful journey… and I hope you will be part of the next chapter.
The best really is YET to COME!