Here We Are Again

So the festivities are over already.
Where did the time go?
I must have been really enjoying myself.
Actually no! It was a very bittersweet time for me
as my lovely Dad was in hospital and ironically took a 
turn for the worst on Christmas Day (his favorite 
day of the year).

As those of you who have been following me
for some time know I left my life in Spain
to come and look after my Dad in the UK.

Despite how much I was hurting inside,
I wanted to do the very British "stiff upper lip" thing.
I'm not good at being overtly emotional (something
I found quite hard whilst living in Spain as the Spanish
have no problems showing very strong emotions
in front of anyone and everyone).

But I also know how much my Husband
LOVES Christmas and how many wonderful
events he had planned (if you follow me on
Instagram you would have seen some
of them there). So I felt I had to hold
it together (which I am quite good at doing). 
I think that comes with years of training
as a Criminal Pyschologist where
all emotion was eradicated from my working day ;-)

Anyway, I digress.
All that aside, I am still looking forward
to whatever 2015 holds for me and my loved ones.
Whatever it brings, I know it will teach me more
invaluable lessons and hopefully make me a better person :-)

Consequently I wish for ALL of us……….

*the joy of no resolutions

*the joy of NOT permanently being in a rush,
battling our way to every new finish line

*the joy of knowing tomorrow always brings with
it new chances and opportunities. Not everything
has to be done today.

*the joy of abandoning to-do lists and instead creating
"achieved" lists

*the joys of camera-less moments you didn't
expect but which will stay in your memory
for a very long time

*the joy of purging; be it your email, your Instagram feed,
your closet…….whatever makes you feel lighter

*the joy of wearing sparkles and sequins even after
the last bauble has been put away.

*the joy of the smell and feel of new books 
(you just don't get that with a Kindle ;-)

*the joy of more belly laughs

*the joy of more dreaming

*the joy of  snow

*the joy of more hugs

*the joy of more snatched and
tender moments that make you
feel warm and fuzzy

Happy 2015 lovely ladies.


  1. Oh my sweet friend - sending positive energy to your dad and hoping that he is doing better. May 2015 be blessed and beautiful ... hugs, Celia M. (HHL)

  2. So sorry to hear that. Sending lots of good vibes and hope your way. I hope that you managed to find some solace and relaxation among a difficult time over the holidays. Keeping fingers crossed for you and yours. xx

  3. I'm sorry your Dad took a turn for the worse Vanessa...and his favourite day too, bless him...
    thinking of you...I love the Robin Sharma quote.
    Wishing you and your family a peaceful and happy new year...with my love xx

  4. oh Vanessa I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope he's through the roughest part. It's so hard to have illness during the holidays, all that worry and the smell of hospitals. By the looks of your beautiful and wise new year's post, it sounds like you're keeping a positive perspective. This might be my favorite anti-resolution's list yet. So much wisdom here about really living.
    take care and sending blessings to your dad...

  5. Hello dear Vanessa, Just stopping by to wish you a happy new year. I'm sorry to hear that your dad took a turn during the holidays. I know what it's like to spend the holiday season in the hospital with a loved one. Despite a 'stiff upper lip' those are not easy times. I appreciate your list for your new year, especially more belly laughs.
    Hugs to you today,

  6. Lol, at first I thought that outfit was made of gold then within seconds I was slightly disappointed.


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