Christmas Cheer and Happy New Year – December 2012 (copied from previous blog)

Well this month has been a bit of a mish mash of good and bad, but as we near the end of the year (and thankfully not the end of the world!!) I’m choosing to ignore the bad.

Christmas always means a lot to me, always has. I love having the opportunity to spoil all the people I love. I love the sparkly tinsel and decorations, the repeated music on the radio, and even the wrapping of endless presents and my spare room looking like santos grotto!

It’s also the perfect time to remember everything I’m thankful for. I could list them all but that would take me forever! I’m thankful for my friends and family, who are there with never ending support and non judgmental attitude. I’m thankful that I’m surrounded by people I love and who love me too. I’m thankful for memories of those not with me, and the memories created with each passing
day.

Being thankful makes me think of the people who don’t have the things I have. I don’t have a lot of money to give to charity, but this time of year I always put a little aside to help if I can. Even if its just buying a gift for the TFM cash for kids drive that happens every year. I look at it all realistically – I have so much in my life that the things I don’t have and struggle with are things I can cope with. No one has an easy life after all. I can’t imagine having more of things I struggle with and less of what I do have and it makes me reflect when I think of the people that live this way. We all like to think about what we can do to help – but how many of us actually do something about it? I was talking with my mum the other day, and mentioned I’m intending to contact the Salvation Army and offer to help serve the Christmas lunch next year – I’m due at work n a late shift so will only be able to spare a
couple of hours, but its a couple of hours that I want to spend giving back to the people who help me realise just how much I have. And maybe in turn give a little to them.

The job I went for had to be turned down due to my current employer not allowing me to drop my hours – but even that can’t put a dampener on my good cheer. Because the new year will be here soon enough and that just means a whole wealth of new starts.

Normally I’m not one for making resolutions but I am this year. The first one started at the beginning of December with my return to slimming world. The second is that I’m going to focus more on my writing wherever possible – the writing group I intend to start will happen and I am going to embrace each new day with a smile, and a positivity quote from Vicky Brown’s new inspirational book for 2013 (slight plug there haha) – title to be updated as soon as I know.

2013 will not only be a good year, it will be a great year. For all of us. All we have to do to make it
so is believe. So call on the memories of being a child and the faith that Santa Claus could fix anything. Believing the tooth fairy would leave you a present in exchange for a tooth, and call on that belief and make it work for you in 2013. Life’s too short to be unhappy – so make yourself happy. No one can do it for you.

Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and new year. Thanks for reading and much love from me to you. Xxxx

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