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2017: ending my year intentionally

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I’ve never been one to set New Year’s resolutions – the reality of me is that I’ll last about 2 weeks before life gets in the way and I think to myself “I’ll keep going with that next week…. there’s always next week.”

because life does get in the way and 2017 has been no different

I had intended doing a blow-by-blow summary of my year, but then this post from Daisy on No Sidebar gave me the direction I needed to finish my year with intention.

1. What makes this year unforgettable?

2017 has been a year of loss.

The loss of dear friends… too many of them my age, which reminds you of your mortality and of the need to live every day as if it is your last.

My Boy’s diagnosis with ankylosing spondylitis…  a tough gig for a teenage boy to deal with, losing control to the pain that has become a daily part of life for him.

The Girl leaving home for the second time… letting one of my little birds fly free and marveling at just how comfortable she is with this change.

2. What did you enjoy this year?

The highlight of the year was definitely our trip to Fiji.  It came at a time when we all needed a break – physically, emotionally and mentally.  Ten days of family, good food, swimming, beach and, books.  Exactly what our hearts and souls needed.

3. What/who is the one thing/person you’re grateful for?

Miss L. who has been my sounding board for all things related to my Boy and ankylosing spondylitis.  Whether to cry about his pain or fist pump about a great day, she’s been there for both of us this year.

4. What’s your biggest win this year?

I pitched a job for myself to the Boss, and am loving my new role as the media manager at the school.  It was time for a job sea-change and I’m glad I had the balls to do it.

5. What did you read/watch/listen to that made the most impact this year?

It’s been a year of learning about minimalism for me.  The sites Becoming Minimalist and No Sidebar being the main ones, plus a host of others that I don’t keep track of, and the book “The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning” by Margareta Magnusson.  I’ve begun going through cupboards and crates and getting rid of things that no longer bring me joy.  It’s a process, and it will continue into 2018, and probably 2019 if I’m honest, but it’s a process I have been enjoying and intend to make a part of my everyday life.

6. What did you worry about most and how did it turn out?

The Boy was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis this year.  It’s rocked his world, and ours as a family.  The constant pain and fatigue that he’s been experiencing have had him (and me) in tears – literally.  And as a Mum, not being able to take that pain away has been bloody awful… it’s making me tear up as I write.  When all I can do is rub his back and cry right alongside him… it sucks.

But we’re a determined bunch.  Me – I’ve read medical journal articles until my eyes were blurry.  I understand this disease, from an academic perspective at least.  I know about the drugs used to treat, the alternative medicines that will help and how diet and exercise play an integral part in the spinal health of a person with AS.  We’ve found a brilliant GP who has set us on a path to health, and we’re feeling confident that with her guidance we can achieve some semblance of the life that was for my Boy.

From here it’s about educating him about how to manage this disease because we’re both determined that this disease won’t manage him.

7. What was your biggest regret and why?

Regrets?  I always struggle with the concept of regret.  Life is a lesson and if you’re smart, you learn from the mistakes – therefore no regrets.

8. What’s one thing that changed about yourself?

I learned to care more about me, and less about what others think of me.  I’m definitely a zero-fucks-given sort of gal.  In a polite way, of course!

9. What surprised you the most this year?

That I miss my Girl less than I thought I would.  When she moved to the Northern Territory it was hard.  It’s different this time though.  She’s not too far away, and we text and talk every day, so the only thing I’m missing out on is her cuddles.  Which makes them extra special when I get them, so win-win.

10. If you could go back to last January 1, what suggestions would you give your past self?

You are where you need to be. Just take a deep breath.

So that was 2017.  2018 looms.  There are plans.  It’s exciting and nerve-wracking and who knows what it’s going to bring.

but whatever it does, I’ll be ready

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No. 12


We’ve downed tools for the year.  Kids have finished school, I’ve finished work and Husband has time off until the office re-opens in the New Year.

The focus will be late breakfasts, swims at the pool and walks on the levee.  Coffee and cake at Cafe Graze and taking the dog for a run in the forest.  A long Christmas lunch with friends followed by a swim in the river, as we see how many platypus we can spot.

Just being in the moment with the people we love.

Because before we know it, 2014 will be here and it will be all guns blazing again for another year.

So enjoy the moment.  You deserve it.

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Welcome to 2011

Will you make a New Years Resolution?


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What will it be…?

And will you keep it!

I’m aiming for this year to be a year of growth for the blog.   I’ve got lots of ideas roaming my brain – and when I get near pen and paper I make sure I let them out and write them down… (I am wondering though, why do I seem to have my best thoughts while I’m in the shower?!)

I do hope you’ll join me in 2011.

And best of luck with your resolutions!

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Do You Have a New Year’s Resolution?

Happy 2008 everyone!!

I don’t usually do resolutions.  Or fanciful wishes as I think of them.  You know the ones…  lose 5 kilograms by Easter, quit smoking, exercise more.

Well, for 2008, I’ve made 2. 

1.  Be a conscious consumer. 

This resolution kind of ties in with my handmade solidarity.  I’ve always been a conscious consumer – buying less packaging, not using chemical cleaning products, supporting local farmers, taking my own bags.  But this year I’m challenging myself to take it up a notch.  As I said to the kids yesterday, when we walked in to town to buy some groceries –healthy body, healthy planet. 

I’m doing this resolution in small steps. Each month I’ll set myself a challenge.   This month I’m challenging myself to remember to take my own bags EVERY time I go to the market.

2.  Walk to strengthen my back.

This one is really personal, which is why I will succeed at it.  After last year, & the pain I went through with my back injury, I feel I’ve healed enough to start to strengthen my back.  Walking is inexpensive, & I’ll enjoy the solitude. 

I’m going to challenge myself artistically this year as well.  I’ve started my list of crafts I want to try – silversmithing, enamelling, continuing with my lampworking.  I’m pretty flexible here though.  And I’m going to scrap my photos from 2007 – looking forward to that!

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