Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year

2011 is here, and most welcome it is too. Last year wasn't the greatest year on record, although there were some positives, most notably the safe arrival of Amelia Alice Peers, who delights more than she infuriates! Financially it's been a good year too - another 6K knocked off the mortgage, savings up and all this despite a turbulent year workwise. January and February were awful, then PCA closed in September blowing a huge hole in my commissions (and practically obliterating my regular work), but I've ended the year in a stable position, with new work replacing the old and 2011 looking a little brighter. Much thanks must go to my friends Chris, George and Sheena on that score, plus the folk at MSN Tech & Gadgets, Future Publishing, BBC Magazines, Incisive and Engage. I also saw my first piece of fiction published too. Sportswise Birmingham finished in their highest position since 1959, and I've been blessed with the company of good friends and family, while my weight is now exactly where it should be - slap bang in the middle of my personal BMI index, so 2010 did have its positive moments.

But all of this has to be offset against the negatives: I lost two uncles this year, my grandmother hasn't been well and other family problems have seen my loved ones endure more stress, illness and pain than I would (obviously) like them to bear. The dreaded 'C' word looms large in my family, and I loathe this illness more than any other. Friends too have seemed to have suffered more than they should with similar problems, and 2010 will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons. We also had disappointing news with regards to Harri's hips, with another operation a distinct possibility.

Ultimately, however, I'd like to think that despite the negatives, I have - more than ever - come to appreciate my lot in life. I am blessed in so many ways, and despite all the setbacks in 2010, continue to enjoy a healthy, happy and comfortable lifestyle, which is sadly more than can be said for many people on this planet. Here's to 2011 and I hope to remember to count my blessings, whatever happens in the next 12 months.

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