2018 hasn’t been an easy year but I think I’ve managed it ok, considering. It’s the first year of my life that my Dad has not been here. I know that I am incredibly lucky to have had him with me for 53 1/2 whole years but no matter how old you are or how old they are, the finality of the loss of a loved one is a very hard thing to come to terms with.
This year was a year of some quite confronting firsts and it’s the year where grief became a part of my life and I’ve been learning to ride the waves of it and live with it. My birthday in May was surprisingly upsetting. I hadn’t expected to feel as I did on that day. I was beyond sad that I did not hear my Dad’s voice on the end of the telephone saying “many happy returns love” as he has always done, and of course he was not at the family birthday get together. In September, it was the first Father’s Day without him. On 1 November it was the first of his birthdays that he wasn’t here. On 1 December it was Mum and Dad’s wedding anniversary (would’ve been the 56th) and then on 2 December, the first anniversary of his death. And now, we approach Christmas – the second without him. This time last year we were all in shock, not sleeping well, and basically traumatised for Christmas – the first one without him. This year we are all in better shape, but gee we will miss him very much.
Ok, onwards. Here we go!
Making: Plans to switch off as much as possible from screens and social media during the Christmas to New Year break and just float around in my pool and read books.
Cooking: Is something I like to do sometimes but other times I would like someone to cook for me please!
Drinking: Too much coffee most likely!
Listening to: Podcasts – not my usual thing but I have discovered a few that have really sucked me in and I enjoy listening to them!
Reading: Still have three more (of nine) stories to read of my friend Rita’s writing group’s Twisted Fairytales Box Set – read about Rita’s novella and the other eight here.
Next read: All of the books published by my bloggy mate Jo Tracey. I’ve purchased and downloaded the lot!
Wanting: Just peace of mind really. Everyone to be safe and happy.
Looking: Forward to my new Zen Tip Tuesday series. Send me an email if you’d like to be part of it! Next time slot available to have a post published as part of #ZTT is Tuesday 9 April 2019.
Playing: With Rudi (my fur nephew) quite a bit when he stayed with us recently. He just loves having the tennis ball thrown for him. Over … and over … and over … and over again!
Deciding: What to get people for Christmas seems to get harder the older I get or is it the older they get?
Wishing: Wishing so many things but wishing gets you nowhere really does it?
Enjoying: Oh boy – did I enjoy some delicious food in Melbourne and along the Great Ocean Road. Favourite food was experienced at L’Edera at Port Fairy. So yum!
Waiting: Eagerly for the first session as part of the Bupa Influencer Program – in late January – in Melbourne again!
Liking: The fact that I can tick the Great Ocean Road off my ‘Bucket List’ after my recent trip. Keep watch for a series of posts and photographs of the trip to come. The first covering the initial two nights in Melbourne can be read here.
Wondering: Where will I go next? I like to go to at least one place every year that I have not been to before.
Loving: My first ever time flying in a helicopter and it was at The 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. Here’s a quick video of take off.
Pondering: Which room of the house to paint next.
Considering: Getting in the pool for the first time this summer. Just waiting for a nice sunny day!
Buying: This time of year … Christmas presents!
Watching: Nothing much lately (been reading and listening to Podcasts more instead) BUT saw Bohemian Rhapsody at the movies when in Melbourne and it was fantastic! Have you seen it?
Next watch: I’d really like to see ‘A Star is Born’ at the movies. Anyone want to come with me?
Hoping: For a happy, fulfilling and inspiring 2019 ahead.
Marvelling: At the beautiful sights mother nature provides as experienced along the Great Ocean Road.
Cringing: At how many things are on my ‘To Do’ list, many of which have been on there for many, many, many months!
Needing: A PA to organise me. I used to be the Queen of multi-tasking and organisation. What has happened to me? Mid-life and perimenopausal brain is what!
Questioning: This, that and everything! Sigh!
Smelling: Is something I can’t do. If you’re a regular reader you’d already know. My Pilates mate Liza on the other hand has a nose like a blood hound. She picks up any scent within a 5km radius. I kid you not!
Wearing: Warmer clothes while in Melbourne was a blast considering it was shorts and t-shirt weather back home. I love the cooler climate. Did you know that?! Crazy thing is that Melbourne had a heat wave the week after we got home! Glad it wasn’t while we were there!
Following: Quite a few Podcasts of late!
Worrying: Is something that is part of my DNA but I’m working on it!
Noticing: That all my crochet projects have been on hold for some time. I’m a typical Gemini. I get bored easy and have many projects on the go at one time, jumping from one to another as the mood takes me.
Knowing: That I was very lucky to be a finalist in the Bupa Blog Awards this year. I don’t know how that happened but it was most definitely a highlight of my year!
Thinking: Too much at night when in bed. It stops me from sleeping!
Admiring: So many of the bloggers that I met at the Bupa Blog Awards – so much passion, creativity, and talent in the industry!
Sorting: Through my linen cupboard was finally done during November 2018 and lots of linen and some clothes went off with Nina from Himalayan Connection to Nepal to those in need and I’m so grateful to her for what she does!
Getting: Ready for Christmas Day.
Bookmarking: Recipes. I feel the need to add some new ones to my repertoire!
Coveting: Peace of mind. Happiness. Harmony. Balance. Zen.
Disliking: That it’s been over a year now that I have lived without seeing my Dad’s face or hugging him.
Opening: Gifts on Christmas Day is always enjoyable but I enjoy watching the receiving more.
Giggling: At the antics of Rudi & Ava when they were together during Rudi’s stay with us.
Feeling: Hopeful that 2019 will be a good year.
Snacking: Has got to stop during 2019. It’s the year to get a grip on snacking.
Hearing: Birds chirping. Ava snoring!
Taking Stock posts will be quarterly again during 2019 – so in March, June, September and December.
Apart from a couple of Skin Care Saturday posts (on 22 & 29 December), this will be the last post here at WOTM until Thursday 10 January 2019 as I’d like to try to practice what I preach by having a bit of digital detox and enjoy a break. Until then I wish you and your family a very safe, fun and Merry Christmas and send you all the very best of wishes for a happy and fulfilling 2019 to come!
Ciao for now,
Link up here at WOTM or with another of us in the Lovin’ Life Linky team:
Leanne of Deep Fried Fruit | Kathy of 50 Shades of Age |
Deborah of Debbish | Jo of And Anyways
It doesn’t matter where you link up as it will magically appear on all five blogs.