Looking back on 2018 – a year of firsts

What are the highlights of your 2018? I bet one of them wasn’t, like me, playing a cowardly stoat, as pictured. I like taking stock and reviewing the previous 12 months. It’s good to identify what you could have done better. But, more importantly, it’s a time to tot up your successes and give yourself a pat on the back.

My summary of this year comprises a surprising number of ‘first times’ for me, including places, experiences and activities. Here are some highlights, which include some personal successes that I’m too modest to single out!

Author stuff

First…

• Time exhibiting and speaking at ‘The Best You’ health and wellbeing Expo, conducting a survey and selling my book.
• Royalty cheque payments.
• ‘Meet the author’ event at my local Waterstones.
• Monthly blog for Psychologies Magazine’s online Life Labs.
• Poetry Open Mic performing my own stuff.
• Anniversary of the publication of my book, ‘Solo Success!’

Out and about stuff

First …..

• Sight of Mount Kilimanjaro up close and from above.
• Experience as a sighted guide for the blind on a first trip to Zanzibar. Hard work.
• Trip to Edinburgh Festival. Expensive but terrific fun.
• Summer house-party (as hostess) in Bude, Cornwall. Next year, the Lake District.

Luvvie stuff

First …

• Christmas panto – as Director of Snow White, with only 2 dwarfs.
• Time back on The Criterion main stage for 4 years. Four parts in Alan Bennett’s The Wind in The Willows, this Christmas. Including cowardly stoat Gerald as featured.
• Big part in a play for around 5 years. Now rehearsing a 3-hander, ‘The Children’ by Lucy Kirkwood for performance 26 Jan to 2 Feb 2019 at The Criterion, Earlsdon, Coventry.

Other stuff

First ….

• Case of acute bronchitis. Had to be drugged up for return flight from Zanzibar.
• Participation in a Singalong-a-Sound-of- Music! We won a prize!
• Time in years I think I might be ready for a relationship.

And on that bombshell, how will you challenge yourself in 2019?