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Blessing 101 – Hitting the front cover! April 10, 2012

Today I woke to a tweet saying Disabled woman ‘s virtual holiday to London will bring the Olympics closer to home. It was sent out by the local newspaper Twitter account and I realised with a burst of excitement that my article on the new Holidays From Home virtual London trip must have been in. I was so relieved and pleased. I followed the link and saw the brilliant article. I was really happy with it, it covered everything I wanted to say.

I dispatched Mum to go round to the paper shop, where she got several copies; but I was amazed and slightly horrified to see my face on the front cover! That’s the first time I’ve been on a cover and I was on page 9 – my lucky number!

Front cover of the Evening News

Mum took me round to the shop later in the day because they had a board up outside with a headline about my being in the paper and I had to see it for myself. We even took a picture….

Holidays From Home in the Evening News, the board outside the paper shop.


When you send out a press release, you never know if anything will come from it; but I was so delighted with the coverage and very, very grateful.


Blessing Blog 1. Virtual Party Friends. January 1, 2012

I decided that this year I would blog each day about one thing in my life I’m grateful for, a person, a place, an event, whatever I can think of on the day that I want to acknowledge and appreciate. Today I can think of about five different things straight away that I want to blog about; but I’m going to start with my friends, specifically the ten amazing people who took part in my virtual New Year’s Eve party last night. Some I knew before, others I met for the first time last night; but it didn’t matter how well we knew each other, because we all had a wonderful time.Virtual shopping in New York, choosing clothes and diamonds, then a party with cocktails, canapes and virtual fireworks!

It was better than I could ever have imagined and we had such a good time. In fact it was the best  NYE I’ve ever had. Normally an anti climax, yesterday was definitely not. We chatted via Facebook, listened to my radio show and I just felt so connected and supported, not alone, which is how I can often feel during events and holidays. I was joined by people from three different continents and that was awesome! Literally I was filled with awe. The power of technology at work.

The comment that people kept making was that they weren’t sure if they should join in at first, because they normally just ignore NYE; but how much they enjoyed it, which was so rewarding to hear. It’s definitely encouraged me to pursue the idea this year. It would be amazing to do them with more people; but it was a challenge to keep up with the conversation when there was ten of us, so not sure how I’d do it differently; but it’s something to think about.

I know Holidays From Home, my virtual holidays and parties aren’t for everyone, that’s something I came to terms with in 2011; but the people who get them are “my people”, “my tribe” so to speak and they are incredible, precious diamonds, that I can’t wait to get to know better in 2012 and hopefully meet even more of them. I know they’re out there, now my mission for 2012 is to connect with them, to share the joy of life and our determination to that adversity will not stop us having fun!


Blogging everyday for a year – my progress! December 31, 2011

Technically I didn’t start Postaday2011 until the first week of January, when I heard about it; but now seemed like a good date to look back over the year. It’s been really fun to do. There have been a few panicked “oh no it’s nearly midnight” moments and a few technology fails; but I have posted every single day and I’m really proud of myself. I’ve never before set myself such a big challenge and one that I could so easily measure my success.

I only signed up for postaweek; but was so enthused by it, that I was writing every day – to think I’d have missed 6/7 ths of all the fun! I’m so glad I jumped in with both feet! There were times I struggled to find a topic and days when there was so much I wanted to write about that I had to post more than once. Some of the topic suggestions inspired me, while others left me cold and looking for my own ideas. I’ve enjoyed the fun frivolous topics and the ones that have made me analyse myself and my views on the world.

I feel I’ve grown as a person keeping this blog, I’ve learnt about myself and I’ve realised that I thrive with goals, deadlines and challenges. I also remembered how much I love to write and I was introduced to the wonderful and exciting world of NaNoWriMo which is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I would never have found out about it had it not been for postaday. I never considered a future in writing when I was at school and now I know that it has to be part of my life somehow!

Blogging is now a way of life and I won’t be able to stop in January even if I wanted to! 2011 has been full of surprises and I know with 100% certainty that 2012 won’t be any different. I look forward to the next adventures!

Thank you to all the lovely people who have read my blog, those who have just stopped by once and those who have supported me through out. I love reading your comments and seeing the little likes on the screen. I didn’t start the blog to be read by others, I didn’t think anyone would be interested; but I have felt my world expand with each new person that has come into it, no matter how long or short a time that may have been for. I look forward to getting to know you all better in 2012.

I hope the new year brings you health, wealth and happiness.

Lots of love



The pressure to celebrate at New Year’s Eve and how I found a way to cope and even have fun, despite being stuck at home December 30, 2011

New Year’s Eve is a really weird time of year for many people. Apart from Christmas and maybe your birthday, there’s no other time when there’s so much forced joviality and the compulsion to go out and have a good time. I think it’s hard when you’re well and can afford to go out to party; but it’s even more difficult if you’re forced to stay at home because of illness or disability, either yours or someone else’s.

The thing is in truth it’s a night like any other; but because of the date it suddenly has this incredible pressure put on it and it places this huge magnifying glass on your life, where you are, what you’ve done for the past year and what may happen in the coming one. It can be hard to be positive and excited when life keeps making things difficult. One option is to just ignore it – a completely valid choice and one that I have done several times, often when I was so ill I didn’t even know what day of the week it was, let alone that it was New Year’s Eve – it’s much easier for things to pass you by when you’re bed bound and can’t watch television or listen to the radio. Less easy when you’re being bombarded with people who are talking about their plans or lack there of, not just in the real world; but in the media too.

I hate that I can’t join in, that I’m stuck at home, not out of choice; but because of my health. I don’t like feeling like I don’t have a choice in my life. Okay so the choices can be small; but I want to feel like I have some control over what I do and I want to celebrate the New Year. It might be an awful year; but for just a few hours I want to pretend/believe/hope that it will be amazing, the best yet and all my problems will just melt away. I think that’s the one good thing about New Year, you can dream a little, hope for the future and we all need some hope.

Normally I sit at home on the sofa, or lie in bed with my Mum and we watch the television to see some of the fireworks at midnight; but I always feel like it’s an anti-climax. I don’t want to watch other people having a great time, I want to be celebrating, having my own party. Which is why it’s so important to me to do something to acknowledge the new year and yet fit the celebrations to my health, ability and needs.

This year I wanted to have my own new year’s eve party at home and I really wanted to give others the same opportunity. Which is why for the past month I’ve been working on doing the virtual party I had a blast putting it all together, writing the virtual party a special Dazzling Diamond theme and even doing a virtual shopping trip. I put together a menu of cocktails and canapes to have and I also wanted to know some of the background, so I researched the customs behind the event, seeing how other people around the world celebrate. It was really interesting and fun to do too. I learnt a lot and on New Year’s Eve I will be wearing yellow pants! You’ll have to join in to see why!

I know it won’t be the same as actually going out; but I know that this year I get to have fun and welcome in the new year with other people who want to have fun too. People who know that life can suck; but won’t let it stop them having fun, any way they can. I can’t wait! If you’re feeling bored and alone and want to join us that would be lovely – find more details here…


Forget 2012, when do you think the world will end? April 23, 2011

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Topic #105: Forget 2012, when do you think the world will end?

I don’t think the world will end in 2012, in fact I don’t think the end is any where near nigh. I’m not sure I’m qualified to predict when it will end; but I believe it will be millions, if not billions of years away. I doubt humans will even be around to see it. We’ve been on the Earth for a tiny faction of its life span and I think it’s more likely that we’ll get wiped out before the world ends.

Actually that’s made me re-think the question – does the end of the world mean the end of human life or does it mean the end of the planet – the literal translation that I took it for.

Ok so all this prediction stuff seems so random, so I think the world will end on 26th October 9742; but by then there will be no more humans left to keep track of the calendar, so it will never be known if I was right!

PS I appologise for poor typing – my keyboard seems to be playing up at the moment, missing out keys I press. Any ideas welcome!