Happy New Year to you all. Firstly, I just wanted to spend a few moments reflecting over 2019 and also I would like to thank each and every one of my followers who have made me feel really special … by following me or liking a post, it really does mean everything to me, knowing that there are people out there who want to read what I have to say. If my writing helps just one person to become more positive about life especially those approaching a specific age milestone, then that makes me feel fantastic.
In 2019, I started the first year of a Creative Arts degree which will eventually incorporate both writing and photography. The first year introduced you to 5 difference Creative Art topics, Art, Photography, Creative Writing, Visual Communication and Textiles. I’m not going to lie, it was hard as writing academically is very different to writing freely. I purservered though and am proud to announce I passed. The pass mark was 40% and I got 58%, which reflects that I still have a lot to learn and will continue with the next course with immediate effect, as this will be the first one specifically for creative writing.
Another memorable moment was I put a reservation deposit on a new apartment by the sea, something I would not have thought possible ten years ago when I arrived in Saudi Arabia, approaching my 50th birthday. Now it’s a dream come true, and as I approach my 60th birthday, I have that same feeling of excitement as to what the next ten years will bring, a book being published or photographs being sold, traveling to more places by the sea and perhaps a little business on the go, anything is possible as I always say, just got to believe it.
In 2019, I grew my hair and transformed into a blonde, yes you can if you want to, something I have never done in all these years as have always been a brunette, not sure I will stay this colour but why not try something new, give yourself a confidence boost. Other moments, I stayed in a haunted pub, the most haunted in Wales, again not sure I would do it again, but it was an amazing place and .. yes I do believe their were ghosts there. I climbed a mountain, hard as it was, I did it and what a view, another achievement. There was the Spice Girls concert in Ireland which was fantastic, I knew all the songs and danced the night away with my wonderful friend and our daughters. Age as they say is just a number, get out there and do things you’ve always wanted to do, make a list for 2020 and aim to do them.
I manged to spend time with my daughters, family and friends in the UK, I read and wrote all year and now I’m so excited to be looking forward to new beginnings, adventures and plans for my 60th year, which at the moment include a trip to Thailand with my partner and youngest daughter, a writing retreat in Spain by myself, a writing/photography retreat in Italy also by myself, a surprise weekend away with aforesaid friend and daughters, a villa holiday in Tenarife, an Eat, Prey, Love trip to Bali with my eldest daughter, a trip to Lamu in Kenya and a holiday back in Saudi towards the end of the year. This is along with starting a new life in Kent by the sea and completing the 2nd year of my degree. Your list doesn’t have to be this extensive, it can all be UK based and not cost much money, but make a list that is achievable and exciting. You really can do this.
2020 is going to be fantastic and it really is my 60th year (I still can’t quite get my head around it). This weekend I start with a trip to Bahrain, new hair, new nails, dinner and cocktails await. Then one week later it’s a trip to Thailand, combining a yoga retreat, beach life, visiting an elephant sanctuary, The Big Budha and having Thai spa treatments, to name but a few ideas. You are never too old to dream and make plans and to change your life, your hair, your clothes, your job, you can do it, trust me, surround yourself with positive people and it will happen.
I will be leaving Saudi Arabia after ten years and intend to hit the ground running. I’m going to miss my adopted home country, although it has had its restrictions, in general I have loved living and working in this country and will be sad to leave. Dhahran has been my home, my job and my life, I have some amazing memories that have come about through knowing some amazing people. However, new horizons beckon. I remember arriving in the Kingdom with two suitcases and 500 pounds in my purse (borrowed). In 2020 I will be leaving with wonderful memories of traveling to countries I would never have dreamt of visiting, achieving goals that were impossible before as a single mum. I have had an amazing career with a company that has really been good to me and has given me the ability to now have a property by the sea that I’m excited to go and live in along with planned trips to Spain, Italy, Bali and Scotland.
The way I see it, turning 60 is really not bad, in fact it is starting to look pretty epic and I can’t wait to start the next part of my life. I will be blogging my progress along the way and hope to be able to pass on tips, reviews and positive messages. Learn to have the courage and belief that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and believe you can do it, no matter what your age is. If I can do it, so can you, looking forward to sharing with you and hopefully hear about your stories turning 50, 60 and above.