It’s been an exciting few months for me, as I find myself finally living the dream that I’ve been working torwards for a long time. I blogged about the details in September and the title of that blog says it all: I’m Present.
So this Christmas, I’m taking some time out to truly be present with my friends and family, and also with myself. In January this year, I said the only ‘resolution’ I’d be making was a promise to be kinder to myself. I still have my moments but I think I can safely say I’ve fulfilled that promise…. and so much more! It’s been a good year.
If 2014 hasn’t been the greatest year for you*, well – there’s still time! And all things pass so imagine how different things will be this time next year when you’re looking back at now…
Whatever you’re doing for the holiday season, I wish you love, peace and lots of laughter!
*If the season really gets you down, there are people you can call, and you could always tweet or email me too – it might take a couple of days but I’ll be listening, and I will reply.
It’s the end of another year already. 2010 seems to have just flown by, and yet so much has happened!
If you have been reading my blog since I started (if you have, do let me know – I’d be impressed and extremely flattered!), you may remember my post ‘End of the Noughties‘ from December 2009. In it I mentioned that instead of writing a long post about the past year, I had been over to Meg Pickard’s blog and taken part in her post about the Mayfly project.
Every year from 2000 to 2009 Meg asked her readers to look back over the previous year, and then sum it up. In 24 words. I looked for Meg’s Mayfly project this year but couldn’t find it (if anyone else has come across it, please let me know so that I can post over there again!) but I loved the idea of summing up the year in 24 words so here goes:
Wedding. Malaysia. Marriage. Completing a poetry collection. Career shift towards writing and coaching. Morning sickness. Baby bump. Learning to drive (finally). Believing. Doing. Being.
As I said, so much has happened for me this year! If you are interested in reading my poetry collection, I will be offering this as a free download from my blog next week so look out for it.
So – How was 2010 for you..? If you think you can sum it up in 24 words, do give it a go! If you find that word count a bit restrictive (it is a good way to focus on what was most important for you but it’s not easy!), please feel free to comment below in as many of as few words as you’d like to use.
Finally, whatever you are doing tonight, I hope that your 2011 is everything you hope for!
As Christmas draws closer and most of the UK shuts down for at least a day (I still remember when it was more like a week!), I will be spending time with loved ones and taking the time to reflect on the past year and look forward to what is yet to come. What are you up to?
However you will be celebrating, I would like to wish you all the best for the holiday season. Xx
Whatever the holiday season might mean for you, I hope that you have enjoyed 2009, and are looking forward to the new year and what it might bring (I know I am)! Instead of a traditonal greeting card, I have created some more wordle word art for you:
If you have been following my twitter updates, you may know that I have been in Morocco for the past week. I just got back yesterday, and already it seems like such a long time ago!
Morocco was amazing, so beautiful, and all of the people I met there were lovely, so open and inviting, and generous in spirit.
I did so much, not as much as I would have liked (a week is never long enough!) but managed to fit a lot into a short space of time, and still find some time to rest!
Highlights for me were:
Moroccan ‘whisky’ – a fresh mint tea that is offered nearly everywhere you go. It smells amazing, so fresh, and tastes delicously minty and very sweet! My top tea moment was looking out over the Ben Youssef Dam, Agadir’s man made resevoir, which stretches out for miles and offers breathtaking views of the country.
Th Souk – the massive Moroccan market in which you can buy everything from curry powder to carpets. I could easily have spent a lot more time and money here. The people were friendly and everyone wants to have a chat regardless of whether you buy from them, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only is my French is a lot better than I remembered, I was also pretty good at haggling!
The Desert – I felt so much at peace here, so much so that, yes you guessed it, I wrote a short poem (below). I was going to include a picture here, but hopefully these words will let your imagination paint a picture instead:
I can almost see the perfectly dry heat
I listen to the silence
And sink into sand, warm under my feet
For now, this is all I need
I embrace this vast nothingness with my heart and mind
This is the stillness I’ve been trying to find
And in this space
I feel at peace.
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Tagged Agadir, Ben Youssef Dam, desert, French, haggling, Mint tea, Morocco, peace, Poetry, silence, Souk, stillness