Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone.

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas holidays, the way you wanted.

Remember, on the 10th January, I will be changing my blog link back to my free domain address. For further details why and, what’s happening and how some of you that followed when it was my paid domain could be possibly affected, then please see this post for further details:”IMPORTANT INFORMATION for my followers of this blog!

See you later, with further blog posts, after this date.

A reflection on the year

What a year I have had in 2018. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year as many of you will know. I have struggled with grief of losing my cousin and her husband. The emotional grief was ongoing, due to the court case for the person who played a part in their deaths being this year. Then writing to the local councilor, where they lived, to fight for changes on that road, which has resulted in a lower speed, clear signage and improved road.
Although the grief is still there, the year has been positive too. I started my new job on 2nd January and I have loved every second being there. Working there has made me feel like my old self, but a better self, because I have grown further in confidence this year. I am also happier because of my new job and also because of now living in Mansfield. This was icing on the cake, when I moved, because I did not think at one point this would happen, as it got nearer to the end of the year.

My next aim is to build up my hours, by looking out for morning work. I plan to send CV’s out to businesses near me, as well as looking at job vacancies that crop up in my email inbox, from job alerts I have set.
Until that morning job happens, I continue my volunteering one day a week at Ashfield Play Forum. This volunteering role, I have been doing for some years now. But when I do get a morning work, it will mean I need to leave, which they understand. As one staff member had said, before I got my new home in Mansfield, it will be a new chapter. My new chapter has come early I feel, for living in Mansfield alone. So watch this space and continue to visit my blog for new posts/stories, in the year ahead.

I would like to end this post on saying Happy New Year, whether it’s soon to arrive, or already happened, depending on where you live. Have a safe holiday and I will see you in the New Year.

My personal achievements of 2018

  • Starting new job and enjoying it since day one! (Except for the atmosphere I have talked about.)
  • Liking Tai Chi again.
  • Feeling great and proud, after walking home from work a couple of nights. (When I lived in Sutton-in-Ashfield and had to walk from Mansfield.)
  • Feeling at peace and content, because I now live in Mansfield.

What have been your personal achievements?

Noel preparing

So a couple of days ago, under supervision of me, Noel followed instructions to help prepare for a photo to be taken at work with another elf. This photo was then left the next day by me, so that whoever is responsible for this elf, knew they had a visitor. The visitor being Noel, the elf.
On the back of the photo, Noel written, love Noel, so they knew it was him in the photo. But I wonder if they were curious who helped him do this?
I hope they got a laugh out of it, because that was the intention. 🙂

Now although I can’t show you him joining another elf at my workplace and that photo taken, I can show him prior, in preparing, by listening.


While Noel was away, Nick was taking a very relaxing break, by the looks of it.


Nick and Noel on the look out

I may have not been naughty, like a few of my friends and readers have been with this post; Noel says, “Who’s been naughty?” but they did hear about me checking out my presents under the tree. They heard about me feeling a few of my presents and guessing what they might be, so I am now on their naughty list for that.
Noel and Nick are also watching I don’t do it again, otherwise they are taking my presents back to Santa.

Noel is high up at the top of the Christmas tree and Nick is covering low ground. They are on the lookout and keeping an eye out.