Merry Christmas.

It’s been almost 5 months since my last blog post and that’s primarily because I’ve had lots going on with my health and been busy working etc. It most definitely wasn’t done intentionally and I promise I’ll be doing my utmost to be more active come the new year.

It’s hard to believe Christmas is here already – this year has flown over in the blink of an eye. It’s been somewhat eventful for me – 2 book releases and a few events scattered about as well as work, health issues (which I know are boring so I’m absolutely not going to focus on) – new friends made and old friendships continued, and lots of time spent with family.

I must take a moment here for some memories too – as we do every year, I’ve been with mum and placed the lovely wreath where my nana and grandads ashes are scattered. It’s been quite a long time since nana left us, and a mere 8 years for my grandad. I have so many memories of my grandad – but my favourite of all was something that made our Christmas’s really special when we were growing up and in fact, right up to his last Christmas. Regular readers of the blog might have seen me mention it before but it’s so treasured it’s worth mentioning again. Every year without fail, the first thing me and my brother wanted to open when grandad walked in the door was our sock. He would fill the sock with a banana, an apple, a pear and satsuma, along with a few (maybe 5-6) quality street sweets and 50p wrapped up snug and tight in an envelope that was always at the bottom of the sock. Even now all these years later, it’s still the thing I miss about grandad being here for Christmas. That sock and him of course.

Christmas can be a tough time for a lot of people – some love it and some really struggle. If any of you do struggle I’d like you to know you’re not alone. I can’t do as much as I’d like to help people at Christmas – but I can offer a bit of time and a cuppa, or even just a quick message if that’s all that’s needed to make you smile. I’m all about spreading the love – all year round and not just for Christmas.

2018 has been a tough year for so many people I know – there have been losses and gains as there are every year. Some people have lost more and others have gained but one thing has remained steady throughout. You’re all still here, reading this little blog of mine about my life. And I send each and everyone of you my thanks for that as well as the best good wishes I can muster.

If you’ve been one hit by the loss side of the coin, try and remember that it will get easier. Time is a wonderful healer and even though I know it possibly doesn’t feel like it currently, I promise it’s the truth. 2019 will hopefully be easier and whatever happens, you’re strong enough to face it all. Because you’re awesome.

For those who’ve gained, whether money or time or even friends etc, then focus on that and let that be the positive things leading you into 2019.

2019 will be to each of us, what we make it. I intend to make it as great-a-year as I possibly can.

Believe in yourselves.

Live for the magic in each day.

And trust that whatever the plans are for next year, you can meet them head on and work with them. It truly can be everything you want it to be.

Much love to you all and a very merry Christmas from myself and my husband, Peter. And as always, keep smiling.