A good year


It’s got to be my favourite day  – January 1st  – though now it’s spreading to the Eve too because of the anticipation and the ritual I weave into those final hours of the departing year.

Last Dec 31 my sister was with me. We took pleasure in choosing a WORD to scribble on a slip of paper, rolling it into a tight ball and blowing on it three times before hurling it into the open fire.  It was to be left behind with 2013.  I couldn’t contain myself to one so choose a few.  As I was a first timer I unburdened myself of words like Limitations, Fear and Doubt. This year Clutter is going to be in my selection. There’s still a place for Fear.

And then my word (also written down and sent up the chimney with positive intentions) to carry me through the New Year.  I went with Abundance. Abundance in its full interpretation (plentiful, overflowing fullness…)

A few days in to January I went to my set of Angel cards (a gift from another sister) and pulled one for my year.  Serena, the Angel of Abundance fell from my deck. I kid you not! Coincidence or the start of my good fortune.

So tonight  you’ll find me by my fireside. Pen poised. Papers ready.

2014 has been a year with an abundance of ideas and inspirations. Lots of moments. These are some of my notables:

Bringing our Story Island writing classes to children and learning lots from that process

Developing Time Catchers  – still in its infancy.  Proud mama!

All I’ve gained from the workshops/classes I’ve attended : on Counselling, Journaling, Dreams, Metaphors, Therapeutic writing and the books I’ve read

Clocked a year as a library reading group facilitator on Memoirs

Finding my writing haven (an unwritten post) in a convent

Facing my regrets as I attended my school reunion and made peace with unfulfilled hopes and woke up to what I have/am

August in Ireland: wonderful days in stone cottage in Donegal with dearest school pal setting our worlds to right by a turf fire.  Seeing our kids choose mud-pie making over MINECRAFT.

A week in the Burren with my parents and other family- miserable weather but fun outings and golden time

In December a hop across on Eurostar for a day/night with a wonderful friend in Brussels

And to show I’m still a little shallow – receiving a fragrance combining set for Christmas

All the moments of learning I’ve had throughout the year ..some I ‘ve needed time and distance to appreciate

I didn’t achieve everything I’d set out to but I can carry them over in to 2015 and add them to my brand new sparkling list.


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