Happy New Year!!

Well, 2017 has been and gone – but has it prepared us for 2018?

During 2017 there have been many changes in the big wide world. Some scarey, some confusing. The important thing is that we have all made it through. Yaaaay!

If you read this blog regularly you will know that 2017 brought me many, many changes too.

I completed the All Counties Craft Challenge, got nominated for several industry awards, moved home to a different country (technically and literally), began a fitness and eating program to better my general health and also started a new episode in my life as a freelance creative professional.

Phew! Not really sure there was any other aspect of life left that could have had some change applied to it! For someone that was literally locked in by anxiety a couple of years back, I’d say that there has been progress. :)

Did it all go smoothly? No, Lol! Despite this, and thanks in a large part to you, I am grateful to 2017 for showing me what is possible in life and I am now looking forward to seeing what can be achieved in 2018.

Am I ready for it? I’ve made certain preparations. Will it go smoothly? Unlikely. Will we get through it? Most assuredly my good friends!

Hehehe. I guess this means, yes?

Shall we do it together again? I’ll be hear, nattering on about various things – will you pop back throughout the year too? I’d love to hear from you.

Anyway, I’d best trot on now, I hope that 2018 brings you happiness and many happy memories!

Ciao for now!

J :)

41 thoughts on “Happy New Year!!

  1. Happy New Year John. What on earths been happening. Since i last saw you at the NEC in March last year.?
    Between hubby and myself weve spent most of the year in hospital or laid up at home. You last gave me cards to colour and post on as you made your way around the country. It seems as if youve made alot of changes that ive missed out on. I need to catch up on whats happened. Hubbys in hosptal again in Jan and i need another carpul tunnel doing but hope to get crafting again soon.
    Please help me catch up and all the very best for 2018 John xxxx

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  2. Happy New Year to you as well John. I am so grateful that you have been able to make some changes to your world and to include us all in on your journey. It has been inspirational to me to see that even with mental health issues (I have mine as well) that you can make progress and help yourself with support of others.

    I hope 2018 is a good year for us all.
    Carol

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  3. Happy New Year John. I think you need to pat yourself on the back, your achievements are phenomenal, very well done. I hope all goes well for you and your renewed confidence takes you to where you want to be in 2018. Really enjoy your C&C shows too. Best wishes

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  4. Happy New Year John. You helped me often in 2017, made me laugh, created new things to keep me interested, made me feel as if I wasn’t alone. I am sure, reading comments left for you, that you have done the same for others. I hope in some way, we have been there for you too. Keep on crafting, and demonstrating on Create and Craft. This year is going to be a good one…… xxx

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  5. Happy New Year John. Not sure what 2018 will bring but I’m counting my blessings each day. I took a huge leap of faith earlier in the year when I returned to work after 20 years of dealing with ME, Fibromyalgia, and severe chronic pain. Still have bad days, but am grateful for all the days I can do the things I love. I now work for a large sew and vac dealership where I teach sewing, software and scan n cut classes plus all that sales stuff. I take each day with a big handful of gratitude, and try not to dwell on those dark days of pain and isolation behind me. Sounds like we both have a lot of catching up to do in this game of Life, so let’s hope that 2018 gives us that opportunity!

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  6. Happy new year…. together we raised funds and awareness.. so opening up possibilities for lots of folk whilst grabbing a few ourselves…onwards and upwards : )

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  7. Happy new year John. Glad you’e settled into your new home – Paisley is a great wee town. Many happy memories of growing up there. Hope it inspires you to even greater things.

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