Hello 2019!

January 10, 2019
2019, colour, new year, happy new year,

2019, colour, new year, happy new year,

Hello 2019 and Happy New Year! 

Ta Da!  This is my first post for 2019!  I feel like I’ve just opened up a fresh new diary with lovely crisp, white pages.  Know that feeling?  A fresh start, full of promise and hope.  I want my writing to be all neat and perfect and not to make a mistake to ruin it.  Ahhhh that perfectionist is still there in me!


I don’t make new year’s resolutions or even select a guiding word for the year anymore.  I do however like to reflect on the previous year – what went well, what was lacking, what do I need more of and/or less of, and of course for 2019 what would I like to achieve, do, feel and experience?  

Many of these reflections are quite personal, but I will say that I continue to be a work in progress and I guess I always will be continually evolving, learning, and growing.  I share some of my reflections & intentions for 2019 towards the end of this post.  

Zen Tip Tuesday – an exciting new endeavour on the blog for 2019!


You might have already heard about my planned new Zen Tip Tuesday (#ZTT) guest post series for 2019?  I may have mentioned it HERE and HERE!  It kicks off on Tuesday 22 January!  It’s fresh and new and it’s so exciting!  You can read all about it HERE.  

You might notice that Write of the Middle’s tagline is – ‘Snaps, Crackles & Zen with Min’.  Snaps represents the sharing of photographs and my love of photography.  Crackles represents the ups and downs, good and bad, all aspects of life that I might talk about on the blog.  And Zen … it’s about seeking peace and balance … for our mind, body & spirit.  I felt the blog needed more input on Zen and there’s how the seed was planted in my mind for this series.


At this stage, I have contributing guest posts each Tuesday from 22 January up to and including 16 April, but I want to continue this series for the entirety of 2019 (at least) so will need more guest posts.  If you’re interested in having your post featured please send me an email at min@writeofthemiddle.com with your suggested topic and we will go from there.  I’d love to have you on board the #ZTT train!  In the meantime, everything you need to know to have your post featured can be read HERE.


But wait there is more!  I’ve decided to start a Zen Tip Tuesday #ZTT link-up which kicks off on Tuesday 5 February.  I figured 5 February would provide anyone who was interested in linking up enough notice and time to get familiar with the ‘zen theme’ and have a think about a post to link up, and also school holidays will be over and life will be returning to usual again by then.  

For quite some time now I have wanted to host my own link-up party but there were so many and I didn’t want it to be a case of too many.  However, some of the old favourites have now sadly gone, e.g. #FYBF #IBOT & Weekend Rewind (Flog Yo Blog Friday & I Blog on Tuesdays to those unfamiliar with the acronyms), so some room has been made for some fresh linky blood and as Tuesday was now linky-less since #IBOT is sadly no longer, I saw the opportunity to extend my new #ZTT guest post series into a link-up as well.  I expect the take-up will be slow at first but I hope that it will grow into something special.

You can read all the details about the new #ZTT link-up HERE.  


In case you’re madly bookmarking all those links above (of course you are!!) it might help to know that the links provided above are all easily accessible on the main menu at the top of the blog as shown in the screenshot image below.

#screenshot, #ztt,

Reflections & Intentions for moving forward into 2019

So for 2019, these are my thoughts going forward:

  • I don’t feel I have found my true purpose in life yet or that my days are being filled as they should be. Everything I’ve been doing is leading me there.  It’s like I’m following a trail of crumbs, but I’m not quite there yet.  So, this year I will take all interesting opportunities on board with gratitude, as they just might lead me to where I am supposed to go. You never know. My antennae will be super alert this year, with the hope of getting closer to some clarity and surety, and ultimately the fulfilment I seek.
  • I will continue to be aware of my shortcomings and try to do better this year.  
  • I intend to incorporate regular walking back into my weekly routine to compliment the 3 x weekly pilates classes.  The good thing about being a 50+ midlifer is the wisdom of knowing that it’s in my own best interest to only do activities that I enjoy.  The days of forcing myself to ‘exercise’ in a way that I don’t like or enjoy and can never sustain are over.
  • I’d like to incorporate a regular home practice of YOGA into my life.  Unfortunately, I can’t afford to attend yoga classes on top of Reformer Pilate classes but I want to do yoga. There’s a yogi in me wanting to come out … so finding a suitable YouTube video series or App to guide me in regular home practice is on the plan for 2019.  I have my own yoga mat and even a bolster so there’s nothing to stop me!
  • Health checks. Lots are overdue. Book those appointments and get your butt to them and tick them off your ‘to do’ list once and for all!
  • Passport Renewal – for the love of everything that exists – please get your passport renewed this year!  *sigh*
  • Reincorporate some gratitude practice back into your life Min.  The great work you did on this back in 2012/2013 has slipped away.  I feel a refresh is much needed!
  • I would like my 2019 to be full of colour (like the image with this post depicts).  Lots and lots of splashes of colours representing different experiences! I want to keep learning. I want to have fun. I want more belly laughs. I want to explore and see places I haven’t seen or been to before. I want to enjoy new and continued connections. I want to grow as a person and to loosen up and be less uptight, and more!

Final Wrap Up

So there you go – some reflections on the past year, some intentions for the new year, and my fabulous new #ZTT endeavour.  I do hope you’ll jump on board the #ZTT train and share your little gems of zen, either by linking up or having your post featured.  Everyone has little gems of zen to share.  What little practice or activity do you do that gives you a sense of peace, or as the currently very popular (on Netflix) Marie Kondo (of KonMari) says ‘sparks joy’.  These things all contribute to your sense of zen – balance (mind, body & spirit).

Ultimately, we all want to achieve happiness, peace, satisfaction, fulfilment, love, connection, and some ZEN in life don’t we?   I wish you good health & happiness and hope that your 2019 is fabulously colourful too.

Ciao for now,


Link up here at WOTM or with another of us in the Lovinโ€™ Life Linky team:
Leanne of Deep Fried Fruit
Deborah of Debbish | Jo of And Anyways
It doesnโ€™t matter where you link up as it will magically appear on all our blogs.

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  • Reply Rita January 10, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Happy new year Min! Your new link-up is very exciting and I’m sure it will do very well! I wish you all the best for the new year!

    • Reply Min January 10, 2019 at 9:44 am

      Happy New Year to you too Rita! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I am excited about the new guest post series and link-up. I hope it does well – fingers crossed! I’ll be messaging you soon. I have some news! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit January 10, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Love the intentions for the new year.
    I don’t have intentions as much as I have a check list of things I’d like to do before I turn 50. I guess they could be considered intentions … Need to get that on the blog sooner rather than later I suppose.

    • Reply Min January 10, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Soak up those last days of the 40’s Leanne! I hope that 2019 is a good year for you. It’s been rough for you over recent years and of course last month in particular. There will be some waves to ride this year but I know that you will continue to find positives in everything around you. xo

  • Reply Natalie January 10, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Happy New Year, Min! You have great intentions for this year. I know you’ll make them happen. I noted your new ZTT link up and hope to join in. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Min January 10, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Happy New Year to you too Natalie, and thank you! I’m so happy to hear you’ll join in with #ZTT – thank you and I’ll look forward to reading what you write. xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey January 10, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Get that passport renewed NOW Min…you never know when an opportunity to use it might come up! I’m overdue for medical tests too…must add that one to the list.

    • Reply Min January 10, 2019 at 9:50 am

      I know!! I keep procrastinating! Must.Get.It.Done!!

  • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond January 10, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Such an exciting year ahead for you Min and you sound well rested and motivated to get going in 2019. I’m looking forward to your new ZTT link up and will definitely be there. I would also like to be a guest so will email you. Best of luck and look forward to seeing you on the 6th. x x #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Min January 10, 2019 at 9:52 am

      I’m very excited about 2019 Sue – lots of new things happening – #ZTT but also being part of the Bupa Influencer Program and lots of learning, opportunities and connections ahead for me! Thank you so much for all your support with #ZTT. I’d love you to be a guest poster – awesome to hear this! You have so much to offer! Thanks also for your interest and support of the new link-up. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl January 10, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Happy 2019, MIn! Zen ZIp Tueday sounds great, I need this in my life! Following with interest!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Min January 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Happy 2019 back at you SSG! I hope you enjoy the new Zen Tip Tuesday series. I’m very excited about it! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Reply Deborah January 10, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I love the zen tip Tuesday idea Min and it would be lovely if I can get my act together enough to feel as if I can helpfully contribute at some point!

    • Reply Min January 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks Deb. I’m nervously excited about it. I’d love to have you join in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Nikki @ Wonderfully Women January 10, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Happy New Year, love the sound of your new link up, will be sure to add some suitable posts. xx

    • Reply Min January 10, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Happy New Year to you too Nikki, and thank you for loving the sound of #ZTT – I’d love you to link up when the linky starts up! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Reply Patrick Weseman January 11, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Very nice and I know I can use some help in finding zen. #lovinlifelinky

    • Reply Min January 13, 2019 at 7:55 am

      Thanks Patrick – and I think we could all use some help in finding zen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Debbie January 11, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Min, Happy 2019 to you! I also love the sound of your new linkup and will try to get involved.

    • Reply Min January 13, 2019 at 7:56 am

      Hi Debbie – Happy 2019! Thank you so much – I’d love to see you at #ZTT ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Reply Sanch @ Sanch Writes January 19, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Happy New Year, Min! I love the idea of Zen Tip Tuesday – might see what kind of posts are around and contemplate joining in every now and them

    • Reply Min January 21, 2019 at 10:14 am

      Happy New Year to you too Sanch! I’d love you to join in with Zen Tip Tuesday when you can. Also consider contributing a guest post – I’m sure there’s some gems of zen within you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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