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With the decision to start blogging in June this year, I feel as though I have been embraced by an extended family of writerly friends. It has been a Roller Coaster journey into the unknown, one where I have come across some amazing people, corresponded with folk from all around the world and more than once felt totally out of my depth.

I would like to thank those of you who chose to follow my blog, numbers were important in those early days and it spurred me on to watch them grow. The encouraging messages that were left have also been a great blessing to me, some weeks, when I wondered what on earth I was trying to achieve, someone always had the right word to say.

As we come towards the close of 2012, I’d like to wish you love, joy, peace and happiness for the Christmas season and pray that 2013 is filled with more of the same.

christmas in australiaI’ll catch up with you all again in the new year.

God bless

Sandie

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Gift listSlowly I am working through my lists.

Shopping Lists,

Gift Lists,

Jobs List,

Special Events Lists

and a

Holiday list, which is slowly growing to epic proportions.

Lists are very much a part of my life as I have a memory like a sieve. Fortunately for me, I’m pretty sure it is not age related, as I have been like this for as long as I can remember.

Struggling through school and facing exams was a nightmare (give me an assignment any day), remembering those odd jobs people ask me to do without noting them down, can make me appear rude. So too can invitations that don’t come into my inbox or on pretty bits of paper.

The start of a new year sees me writing up all the birthdays and anniversaries onto a calendar that is placed in a prominent position. All sorts of things get added over the year and this helps me no end, when I have to write-up a Christmas Newsletter to post out to friends and family overseas. A job I have completed this week – Yay.

My phone also has the ability to remind me of various occasions and keep notes. My problem being, that I forget to use it to its full potential, being completely bamboozled over Cloud technology and worry I will lose my precious electronic gadget.

Then I have my fridge which becomes a magnetic pin board, with notes stuck to every bit of available space allowing me to triple check my schedules.

To many, this ritual and routine would be over the top, silly and unnecessary, yet to me it is a lifeline. We all have our own way of doing things and as we master this journey called life, we need to use every tool available to us. It has held me in good stead for so many years, that while I can embrace change it is often so much easier to stick with what I know.

While Santa has a ‘Naughty and Nice’ list, mine is a much more practical. A good old-fashioned, notebook and pen, which suits me just fine at the moment, but I feel a change is in the air. I have added an iPad to my Christmas wish list. Perhaps if I have been a very good girl it could change my life, clear my fridge, do away with notes stacked upon notes, clear my calendar and become an ‘iBuddy’, whispering all those reminders into my ears.

As all of you negotiate your lists, wether they are mental or physical, remember to set aside some personal time for yourself. Sending off my Christmas Cards and Newsletter was a major achievement this week, so I rewarded myself with a cafe bought coffee and a read of  magazine. It was very enjoyable after all that writing, typing, licking and sticking, just before before fixing a stamp to all that Snail-Mail.

Look after yourselves in the lead up to Christmas 2012.

You are worth it.

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If an apple a day will keep the Doctor away, what will an orange a day do?

I have happily drifted into this new season in my life, allowing the colour orange to come to the fore. It is not a colour I normally wear, so I have settled with my lovely new handbag and shoes to lead the way. My prompt to remind me of this new journey, has been to treat myself to a nice juicy Navel Orange each day. They have been beautiful, containing so much juice that I generally get to wear some of it.

This week has also had me moving onto the next chapter of Cheryl Richardson’s book, ‘The Art of Extreme Self Care‘. You may remember that last month I had to learn to say ‘NO’, something I have probably done quite well at over the last few years, but struggled with during my earlier life.

Rhythm and routine is this months challenge. This could be interesting, as I feel I am often overly structured, having way too much rhythm and routine already. Some of my friends have even been known to get a little pep talk about it when they are stressed, as I encourage them to walk along a beach and tune into the oceans rhythmic movement.

I love the ocean in all its moods, it connects me with my roots overseas and creates expensive dreams, as I imagine all the far off lands I’d still like to visit. My writing often reflects my love of the ocean, with one of my more special pieces, expressing the healing properties of walking along a shore line, gathering tiny pebbles.

Perhaps, with the added pressure of NaNoWriMo, the challenge of building a social media profile and Christmas looming just around the corner I am being blessed this month. Blessed by my Heavenly Father who wants to walk with me, hold my hand and whisper encouragement to my soul, as we wander the shorelines of life together.

One of my all time favorite shorelines is pictured above. The sun setting over Sidmouth, Devon, UK. The place of my birth.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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