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Reflections and a New Year ahead

  • I've had one glass of *chocolate* wine so mellow but with plenty to say... I've felt *funny* all night.. as if something's playing on my mind, but not quite sure what... I think it's just this end of year thing... it IS a time of reflection... and thinking about the new year about to embark.

    Thinking back to the year that's nearly over.. for me it's been a good year..a kind year and I have very little to complain about..there's been tears and sadness I am sure, and plenty of times when I was frustrated at not being able to do more...but those times don't stand out and I cannot remember anything specific, so they cannot have been so bad :)  

    I've been deeply touched and saddened by so many losses of famous people with talent... these people were part of my past, people I listened to or watched when I was a teen and early adult.. and especially as they were mostly my age or only a little older - that's scary and touches on my own mortality..

    And at work - it's definitely been a tough year on that front.. it's soooo tiring, the hours way too long.. and yet I know i have a fantastic job.. I get to help people and make a difference in their life.. and the people I help appreciate me.. and that makes the challenges worthwhile.. I wish I could find a better work/life balance - but for now that isn't possible so i have to find a way to keep strong mentally and physically so I can endure that with a smile :)

    Looking ahead to 2017 - I know i have so much to look forward to... so much to hope for.. it's a HUGE year for my daughter; she needs to pass her exams so that she can get to the college where I work, where she dreams of going and where I just feel in my heart she will be transformed and happy.. IF she is happy then I am too :)  On a personal front I have the chance to study something new and exciting... it could change the direction of my future... who knows..  but at the same time, of course, that's scary.. 

    But all in all... again... I think I have much to be hopeful for in 2017 

    I hope everyone has a lovely New Year and I wish everyone the best for 2017