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


• 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?