Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year !

happy new year holidays

Well another year over and a new one just begun. And to put it quite bluntly, what have I done?

I looked on 2010 as a transitional year for me. The aim was to remain standing. I had been through two of the biggest changes in my life within a short period of time [less than 6 months apart]. One was the loss of a relationship which is now regained and even stronger [but at the time I thought it was all over], the other was leaving a job I loved, but for all the right reasons, I needed to leave.

Both issues were bereavements of sorts so I needed to grieve. I was fortunate to get a brand new job which I am enjoying, it's challenging and no two days are the same! I'm now employed as a support worker for a mental health charity. If you'd told me a couple of years ago I'd be in a different job working with new people I would never have believed it. It took me a while to settle in and get my 'sea legs' as it were after everything that had happened to me where I felt the rug had been pulled from beneath my feet, I needed to feel solid ground once more.

But do you know what, although I didn't appreciate those changes thrust upon me at the time, they have certainly been for the better. My relationship with my husband is stronger than it's ever been, my new job has shaken me out of a rut and given me new opportunities taking courses etc. For example I have recently passed a PTLLS course which means I can now tutor adults in life long learning.

So, maybe that old saying is true: If life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

I don't tend to make New Year's resolutions these days as I usually break them, so I set goals for myself instead. This year I'd like to write several short stories and submit them to magazines. I'd also like to carry on making lemonade as I've come to realise that change, even if it is thrust upon us, is usually for the best.

So what are your New Year's resolutions/goals?


ellajames said...

Happy New Year Lynette, Glad things turned out well for you after all.
Glad to see the back of 2010. lost my dear mother in law, had to give up 2 Open uni courses as could not catch up after she died.
However I am looking forward to this year.
My first resolution is not to make that many that I am unable to achieve them so I am aiming for goals that are acheivable!
My birthday is 11/1/11! and I have planned for the year, the following: we are going to make a trip somewhere each month. I am starting with Iceland, Prague next month with Edinburgh and Bath sometime. Just the rest of the year to book up when we have decided where we want to go.
I need to get fitter so I want to swim and walk more and with my hubby having sent his first novel off to prospective publishers, I would like to write more.
My A210 starts next month so I want to complete that for another 60 points.
My cake website is up and running and I want to develop that further (
so hope to make some interesting cakes this year!
well I may write all of my thoughts down in an envelope and open it next new year's eve and see what I managed to complete!
Here's to a healthy and hopefully happier 2011.


hilary c m said...

Happy New Year Lynette and everybody! My New Years Resolution is to have more fun in 2011. x

Lynette said...

Sorry to hear you had such a bad 2010, Ella. I felt like that about 2009. Things can only get better! Your travel plans sound really exciting. Good luck with A210. And that's great that your hubby has sent off his manuscript. I remember you telling me about it

Wishing you a positive, prosperous and peaceful New Year!

Lynette x

Lynette said...

Keep me posted about the fun things you get up to, Hilary! Happy New Year 2011 to you! x

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynette, happy new year to you, hope this new year bringd adventures and luck. :-)

I have goals as apposed to resolutions because I have more success with them.

2010 was an okay year for me, nothing major, apart from moving - although I often wonder if my A363 tutor comments were a major event?? Basically she said I was a rule breaker and would never realy go far due to that and that my work was substandard, I still don't get it to this day! Ah well.
My goals for this year - despite what everyone else says whether it be about my writing or me personally I will always follow what I think is right. To improve my writing skills, to not follow the sheep, mind you I haven't done that for a long time but its a constant goal I keep each year.
To not give up on my writing like I wanted to last May and to try to have faith in myself.

All the best to you Lynette
Nadine x

Lynette said...

Happy New Year, Nadine! Hey there's nothing wrong with breaking a few rules now and again. Promise me you'll never give up on the writing. Some of those tutors have had nothing published themselves. Keep believing in yourself x

Anonymous said...

I love breaking the rules every now and again, variety as I call it :-).

I promise to never give up on my writing, I promise to edit and re-invent if it is not the desired effect I wanted :-p.

I will try my best to keep believing in myself even though I will falter somewhere along the line.

As a start I entered a few poetry competitions the other day with impulse poetry (made up on the spot) Plus I told myself I should enter comps more often.

Hope all goes very well for you this year Lynette, you deserve it.

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