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Happy Xmas One and All!

on December 24, 2013

So, it’s the day before Xmas and we are pretty much organised for the big man’s arrival via the back door tonight. Most of the presents are wrapped, we have visited the supermarket this morning to pick out a very special carrot for Rudolph, and we have biscuits and beer ready for Santa.

It’s this time of year that can be hard when you have no family around. The excitement and buzz of the big day is not quite the same when it is just the 3 of us. However, we are fortunate enough to be spending the day with good friends tomorrow who, alongside enough food to feed an army should they so choose to turn up here, will no doubt bring good cheer and, more importantly, vodka, so all’s well that ends well. We will put on christmas carols, much to the despair of my husband, and will sing along merrily as we snap crackers over a feast of duck, turkey and ham..yes I did say there would be plentiful food didn’t i?

It’s also a time however to reflect on the year gone by and look forward to the new year ahead. This year I have accomplished things with my writing that, 6 months ago, I never thought would be possible. To become a regular contributor to a website that gets around 2million hits per month has been exciting, and building rapport with Editors of various websites and publications has proven challenging, yet rewarding. There have been many highs and many lows along this journey, with rejected pitches filling my inbox much more frequently than I would like, but overall I have learnt so much not only about myself but also, after 34 years, I have found something that I truly love doing.

As far as goals are concerned, it is my aim to continue writing next year, with the usual regular blog posts about the mundane of life, and published work that provides information and humour to others. I also aim however to stretch myself further and invest in mentoring and courses, and get my byline in one or two of the big glossies out there. Watch this space…

So, all that remains to be said is a big thank you to those of you who regularly visit my blog, and a Happy Xmas to one and all!

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