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A good year

It’s almost done. A mere 60 minutes and 2011 will be history. It’s been a good year. We sold the house that belonged to a neighbourhood I never really felt at home at. I finished the first draft of my novel. We have mostly been healthy and, most importantly, happy.

I have never been good at New Year’s Resolutions. I just fail to get the point. If you really want to change something in your life – why wait until a certain date? However, given my love for excel sheets, I am quite fond of making to do lists that will keep me busy for the coming 12 months.

The 2012 list includes our new place and turning it into a real home, to overcome my new-found fear of literary agents and… to make time to enjoy life.

For the first time in my life I feel that I am getting older. There are the tell-tale lines around my eyes; I am getting tired much more easily, and I am much more aware of life’s fragility than ever before. For chrissake, my bones are making cracking noises when I bend down!

Looking at my daughter makes me realise how quickly time goes by. It almost seems impossible, but Little L will be three next April.

So. 2012 will be the year to take it slow. Take a step back and take it all in. Enjoy life.

Happy New Year!


  1. Sounds like you have a good plan to begin the year and quite right about the resolutions too. I shall make a To Do list and see how far I get. Happy 2012.

  2. Simone says

    Sounds like a good plan, I wish you a wonderful 2012! And I’ll be at your book-signing for sure!! Xx

  3. Rachel S says

    Those creaking bones! They’ve become a familiar sound. All the best for 2012. x

  4. I know I’m getting older because I just don’t have so much energy. If I go to bed late, I can’t bounce out of bed the next morning. I have a mug that reads “it’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years” – a quote from Abraham Lincoln. So true!

    Happy 2012.

  5. Old? Ha! I say you’re only as old as the man you’re feeling is feeling – and men never feel old 😉

    Here’s to a fabulous 2012 and hooking up soon too. Happy New Year!

  6. You didn’t look old when I saw you..must have happened over the last two weeks :). Lovely to see you and catch up. Happy New Year!! xx

  7. I chuckled at the idea of putting your thoughts into an excel sheet… 😉

    Well at least you weren’t the one complaining about the cold getting to you if you stayed out too late…!

    Happy New Year! xx

  8. Happy New Year!!! I’m looking on the bright side re crowsfeet around eyes. On the upside I have a greasy skin so won’t develop any deep crinkles like those with dry skin have. God bless my austrian skin!!

  9. Happy New Year!!! According to The Mayan Calander there probably won’t be any time taking it easy though 🙂 XXX

  10. You always look so fresh and lovely (just wait to you get to 49 which is where I’m at). Someone once told me (when I was 40). Enjoy the face and bod you have now because….well, I won’t say what happens next! Happy New Year, I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog last year and look forward to reading loads more of your posts in 2012!

  11. can’t wait for this year! so many ideas… no idea how I will fit everything in

    lovely to have your blogging back- looking forward to house updates!

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