Wednesday 31 December 2008

Reflections on 2008

Wow, I haven’t been on here for a LONG time! As is my normal want, I tend to reflect on the year that has just passed a few hours before I ring in the New Year. As I plan on ringing in 2009 watching the fireworks on London Bridge, I thought I’d slip a line in now.
So, what do I think of 2008? Well, I’m not sure I got the best out of it, but I feel I’ve learnt a lot, particularly towards the end of the year. So let’s recap:

1) I began the year full brimming with confidence that I would be a writer; all the articles I wrote were rejected!
2) I offered my services as freelance PA to keep me solvent – no one took me up on it.
3) Five people offered me jobs and then retracted their offers when I took them up on it.
4) I fell out with the woman I was helping write her book as she tried to scam me out of the amount she agreed to pay me.
5) I started this blog!
6) I applied for over 100 jobs with no success!
7) I’ve discovered that people find me scary and intimidating! Not my problem I say!
8) After 8 months of searching I finally found a job for 6 weeks, which was nice while it lasted.
9) I have finally given up trying to like either red or white wine – I simply cannot take the sour taste!

10) I have let go of a few more people who I didn’t need in my life.

On a good note:

a) I became more in tune with who I really am
b) I’m going to be in a fashion show in LA! Woohoo!!!!!!!!
c) On the advice of a dear friend of mine I’m going to continue with my writing and see how far I can go with it.
d) I have FINALLY gone wireless and now I can access the internet pretty much anywhere!! Next I’ll get my digital camera and then I’m all set. I know, I get excited about a lot of things! LOL

Oh, also, I have made peace with the fact that the only men I attract in England are unhinged. I guess some attention is better than none at all!!

So 2008, while it wasn’t everything I thought it could be, it wasn’t as terrible as it could have been either. But that said I’ve realised that life is what we make it. With that in mind, I have decided that 2009 will be my year of taking risks.

During the last few months of my father’s life in 2007, he spoke of the things he regretted not doing. It was so sad but it taught me a valuable lesson. Life is so very fragile. We don’t know what each moment will bring our way; even though it sounds like a cliché, we really should live each day fully as though it was our last. When we live this way, we find that we will be more inclined to step out of our boats and walk on water. Even if we don’t accomplish the thing we stepped out of the boat for, and least we will “fail” trying! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!