Where did all the time go?

After spending another day off my day job, yep you guessed it, working at my day job – I sat wondering where all my time went so far this year. I mean heck! It’s almost the end of March already and I’m no-where near completing the things I wanted to. Now some of this is due to my awesome skills of procrastination, then there’s my day job/all the time of managing a very busy retail customer service team and wanting to make the most of what very little social time I have to spend with family and friends. But still, it’s almost April, which means its almost my birthday, which means its only 2 months from mid year. Argh!

I have at least managed to complete 7, yes you heard right, 7 of my goals I set out for this year. But now I’m beginning to wonder how many more I’m actually going to hit in whats left of this year. I can hear you all shouting at me that there’s still 9 months left of the year, but you know, that whole procrastination thing…

So I think I need a new plan. One that involved spending less time at ‘work’ (I often hit over 60 hours a week just there), and one that gives me more time to do the things I want to do. Days out with family, hours to craft and make things from fabric and wood, time to write what I want to write (something that’s got to be done if I ever want to finish that darn book), time to see things and visit places I’ve always wanted to. And time to love. So here’s to new plans and having someone very special behind me, supporting and encouraging in everything  do.

A glorious day in the park

A glorious day in the park

2013 Goals update – 1

So at the beginning of the New Year, I set myself quite a large number of goals to try to achieve, rather than some silly resolution that I’d fail before the end of January was up. My list contains 100 different goals, a complete mix of things for work, personal achievements, hopes and dreams.

Sounds like I’m asking a lot from me right?

Wrong.

The idea of the goals was to look back over the year and say “Hey, look at you and the things you can do if you would only stop telling yourself you can’t”.

Now I know that there are a couple on my list that are just not going to be achievable this year, (like live in another country for 6 months), but that doesn’t mean that I won’t attempt them.

So this is me, checking in and sharing with you the ones I can tick off as done.

  • Post a blog for January
  • Post a blog for March

(So I managed to skip the Feb post – totally by accident of course, and not procrastination)

  • Catch a snowflake on my tongue

(Who knew it would STILL be snowing in March!?)

  • Visit the zoo – yay! I love things like this
  • Paint my nails a different colour and leave them for a week
  • Meet an online friend in person
  • Use the stairs where possible – No more lifts for me!
  • Have a memory jar

(I really need to start using this more often though)

  • Post a blog for April – ticked as soon as I hit the post button for this one!

So, that actually doesn’t seem like very many, when my list is 100 goals long.

But!

I have a number of goals that are almost complete as we speak. I am half way through completing a colouring book (kinda silly, but there’s got to be some of those in a list 100 long!). I’m attempting to knit not one, but two tiny blankets as my brother and sister-in-law are expecting twin boys!

I’m halfway through my watch a movie I’ve never seen with each letter of the alphabet goal, and I’m at book 18 of a 100 – and those are just a few I’m in the middle of.

So yes, my goals are progressing nicely, four months into 2013. Now to conquer the world!

world-love

A Witches Tale

A Witches Tale – a short piece of flash fiction. Hope you enjoy!

Everyone knows where there is death a witch is sure to be nearby. For everyone knows witches are the root of all things evil. They were so bad in Flowergate that the king decreed them as outlaws.

A long time ago, there lived a witch called Molly with bright orange hair and purple eyes. She lived hidden away in the forest, for she’d seen how the king treated witches. Molly longed to show him witches could be kind.

One day, she brewed a love potion in her cauldron. Bubbles popped and sparkled with a kaleidoscope of colours. Molly poured the potion into a bottle, pleased with her idea. She would give the potion to the handsome prince, who would fall in love with her and change the king’s mind about witches forever.

But on her way, Molly tripped over a stone. The potion flew out of her hand and landed in the mouth of a large toad that promptly drank it, finishing every drop. Molly cried, the potion gone and her plans ruined. The moon replaced the sun and the sky grew dark as Molly went home, the toad croaking loudly from the pocket on her cloak. She couldn’t leave behind after it looked at her with its big round eyes.

Molly kissed the toad goodnight and tucked herself into bed. A bright light flashed in the dark beside her. The toad had gone and in its place sat the king’s son. She’d gotten her prince after all.

3 things…

3 things…

At the beginning of 2012, I made a list of New Year’s Goals, rather than resolutions, because let’s face it – those are always broken within a few weeks. Apparently I managed to break some of my goals, even though I was determined not to.

One of my goals was to write a blog post once a month. Minimum. So far, I’ve failed that completely. Looking back, my last post was January 22nd, so I didn’t even make the first month! So this is my first attempt to rectify that, with a little post of 3 things…

3 things I’m thankful for

– My family, who as crazy and annoying as they can be, I love them to bits

– My friends who are always there to support me

– My relatively good health

3 things I can’t live without

– My phone. I’m awful at remembering people’s telephone numbers

– My laptop. It’s one of those teeny net book ones I can carry around where ever I go

– My Kindle, because it’s easier than carrying all my books on holiday

3 places I’ve been

– USA. A lot of my friends live in America, so I try to visit them as often as I can

– Tenerife. My Nan used to belong to part of a timeshare, so we would go every year

– France. I recently spent a weekend camping with my parents sightseeing in and around  Paris

3 of my all time favourite movies

– Top Gun

– Pretty Woman

– Finding Nemo. I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy.  Come on, Squishy Come on, little Squishy.

3 favourite hobbies

– Reading and writing – kind of goes without saying right?

– Walking. I’m a definite out and about in the country person

– Role-play. You know, those crazy make believe table-top games

3 random facts

– Living in the house with us is: 2 rabbits, 2 dogs, 2 fish tanks (marine and tropical) and 1  tortoise. Makes breakfast time a little crazy!

– I love the winter season, when the grounds covered in frost and everything looks picture  perfect

– As much as I try to deny it, I’m a perfectionist. If it isn’t right, re-do!

Six Sentence Sunday #4

Welcome to this weeks SSS! So I’ve been really awful with procrastination ever since my Christmas vacation, and haven’t posted on my blog at all! Bad me. So here is a new SixSunday for your perusal. This is taken from a peice of flash fiction I wrote titled ‘A witches Tale’.
Everyone knows where there is death a witch is sure to be nearby. For everyone knows witches are the root of all things evil. They were so bad in Flowergate that the king decreed them as outlaws. A long time ago, there lived a witch called Molly with bright orange hair and purple eyes. She lived hidden away in the forest, for she’d seen how the king treated witches. Molly longed to show him witches could be kind.

And there you have it! Comments and feedback welcomed. I hope you enjoyed them and come visit next week for another six. For more great windows into people’s work, please visit Six sentence Sunday here.

Six Sentence Sunday #3

Welcome to this weeks SSS! As with last weeks, this is taken from my current work in progress. Waldo and Elmore have been preparing for the race around Mount Karoagana and have suffered a few mishaps along the way!

Waldo shouted above the roar of the crowds as he ignited the powder in the small dish suspended on the frame. A bright flash dazed the crowds momentarily as the powder ignited, releasing a shower of hot sparks, until only an iridescent blue flame remained. As Elmore released the ropes from his iron grip, the balloon began rising.

“Wahoooo! It’s working Elmore, it’s actually working!” Waldo beamed at the now silent crown as the balloon carried him higher into the sky. He leaned over the edge of the wicker basket and waved a final farewell to Elmore as the winds carried him towards the mountains.

And there you have it! Comments and feedback welcomed. I hope you enjoyed them and come visit next week for another six. For more great windows into people’s work, please visit Six sentence Sunday here or join in with your own as I did!

Six Sentence Sunday #2

Welcome to this weeks SSS and my second six! As with last weeks, this is taken from my current work in progress. Enjoy!

The morning of the race dawned, promising a cold and dreary start to the day. Harsh northern winds whipped down the mountains and around the gathered crowd at the cities frozen black gates, doing little to dampen the excitement and anticipation of what would be the first annual marathon across the mountains. Over a dozen teams of racers waited nervously at the starting lines as the gathered crowd gre in size, ready to cheer them off.

“Come along Elmore! We’re almost at the gates!” In a flap of excitement, Waldo hurried off to join the race participants.

And there you have it! Comments and feedback welcomed. I hope you enjoyed them and come visit next week for another six. For more great windows into people’s work, please visit Six sentence Sunday here, or join in with your own as I did!