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Forward to the Future!

2014 was a challenging year for me ; illness and death dominated. But illness and death are as great a part of the human condition as are the joyous occasions of birth and life.It has been a year in which I learned so much and I think grew as a person. I experienced love and support from family and friends, betrayal and trust, despair and hope, loneliness and companionship. I found kindness, generosity, friendship, patience, goodness, joy, happiness, creativity and God’s goodness. There were the dark days when I listened endlessly to the World Radio during the night and busied myself during the day with projects and more projects, just to get through to bedtime and more radio… There were the days of calm when nothing more happened,and so the chance to recharge.

I shared in the Spring as my Dad took ill and died, and through the summer with my mothers’ stroke and  eventual return to her home. But Autumn brought in worse events and I couldn’t write about them. all I could do was keep going. Making plans became a waste of time, just when I knew what to do , priorities changed.

2015 will be a challenge too as we deal with the repercussions of 2014. And who knows what else awaits us in the future. Time is a continuum .But forward I go to the future.

Given that no-one knows what lies in front of them , I can only marvel at the human optimism of making New Year Resolutions! I have seen a few blogs recently full of wonderful goals for the year, and one caught my imagination…Laura at Made In Oxford. Here she lists 15 goals for 2015, but not quite as you might expect. And she challenged others to have a go too. And being forever an optimist and a glass half full kind of person I couldn’t resist  setting goals and making plans.

So here are my 15 for 15! Read to see how it works.

15 minutes walk , four times a week. Since my dog died nearly six years ago I find it hard to force myself out of doors in all weathers.

14 bags for the charity shops- unbelievably we have still not decluttered the garage nor finished emptying Dad’s house.

13 good photographs of animals. In 2014 I had the idea to make my own cat calender only to find I hadn’t enough photos of cats. So in 2015 I’d like to make my own animal calender, gives me a bit more scope!

12  meetings up with friends, in person, not just on line or by phone. When bad times strike I have found I have tendency to hunker down at home, time to get out and meet people.

11 new savoury recipes. I am very good at trying new cake recipes, but less so for new dinners

10 hand written letters to friends. Who doesn’t like a hand written personal letter instead of a quick email, or Facebook catch up?

9 hand made cards.

8 Sewing or embroidery projects

7 uses of yarn new to me, the more unusual the better. I have got stuck in a rut with my use of Sirdar yarn. Anyone got any recommendations for other yarn I should try.

6 trips to museums, art galleries, theatre, cinema- again in the spirit of rejoining the world.

5 projects for charity- ideas?

4 new walks

3 craft workshops

2 visits to new cities- again anyone have any suggestions. I am hoping Edinburgh will be one.

1 journey by rail

0 impulse purchases

I think the latter may be the hardest, so I will be writing my shopping lists with great care.

Love to know if you have any ideas on how to achieve the above, where to go what to try.

Meantime Forward to the Future. Happy New Year.


Comments on: "Forward to the Future!" (17)

  1. What a great list! If you are looking for some lovely British wool, then I can recommend the yarn from the New Lanark Mill – it’s spun at a world heritage site!
    I feel that my 2014 was rather like yours – I lost my dad and my mum was seriously ill. I sincerely hope that we both have a better time in 2015.

  2. Happy New Year Cathy. I hope 2015 goes smoothly and you get plenty of chances to accomplish your fabulous fifteen.

  3. I love your 15 in 15! So many good things to do. I want to work on a list too. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  4. You are certainly due for a period of calm in 2015. Wishing you bravery in meeting any new challenges.

  5. Thanks for the linkback 🙂

    This looks like a great, achievable list. It’s so important to focus on things you can do, rather than set an impossible hill to climb.

    Wishing you a more peaceful 2015 xx

  6. I love your list! Which of course has a lot more than fifteen things and so is far longer than mine. Here’swishing you fewer challenges and many good days in 2015 x

  7. I am so glad you wrote about this! I am going to join in too, even though I am a little late getting started!

    • It has been good for me to have this keeping me focused this month. I will be doing my first update this week.Good luck, I shall look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  8. […] more this year.  I saw a planning idea I liked from Laura at Made in Oxford ( I was led there by Nana Cathy) and I am adopting that for goal-setting this year.  It’s fun to see what plans different […]

  9. This is a wonderful list. I am so sorry for your difficult year. Have had one of those recently and still feel like I’m recovering. I wish you the best.

    Please do make sure you spend time with real people, friends in person. That is on my list, also. I call it “RPT,” real people time. My goal is to see real people at least once a week. Since I am retired and mostly home (and somewhat of a hermit,) it is easy to avoid, but bad for my mental health.

    • Thanks Melanie, I really appreciate your taking the time to comment here. I met real people yesterday, and you are right it made such a difference to my spirit.Good luck for you in 2015 too.

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