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.


Some jokes for you

Here are some jokes for you.

Why are Christmas trees bad at knitting?
Because they always drop their needles.

What do you get when you cross a bell with a skunk?
Jingle smells.

What does Mrs Claus say to Santa when she sees clouds?
Looks like rain, dear.

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

These jokes were found here, where you can read some more: http://www.elfcrazy.com/christmas-elf-jokes-for-kids/