Its kind of traditional to take stock at the end of a year – and while I don’t usually indulge, its been a year of change and achievements – just not quite all of them things I had any idea or ambition for.
A few headline items in no particular order:
- training as a helpline volunteer for Surrey Drug and Alcohol care
- paying off all outstanding loans and debts
- achieving the 50,000 word target for Nanowrimo
- getting the bank to repay my missold PPI, with interest
- completing – finally – my divorce
- arranging my new marriage – in a castle
- paying off said marriage without plunging back into debt
- getting a tattoo
- rediscovering how much I enjoy cooking
- being happy
compared with this time last year – things are stable without anything looming over us. Its not to say that things are perfect: when are they ever? Money will continue to be an issue for a while while the job market is so depressed, but I’m intending to keep writing, to keep making bids for work on freelancer websites and applying for more regular full time work while saving to retrain as a counsellor. If I can say this time next year that I’ve finished my first novel and started my counselling diploma I’ll count it a successful year.
Some might ask why I haven’t put the wedding as one of my targets for success. The answer to that is simple: I know that’s going to happen and I know its going to be amazing.