Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

Here we are again!  Another year passed and a new one just a few hours away.  I suppose we have had quite a tricky year with the ill health of dear people close to us and it looks like 2011 will continue in the same vein for a while.  Balanced with that is the wonderful arrival of our very beautiful nephew Max whose smile gives us all a lift.


Like everyone I am spending time looking back over the year and looking forward to what the new year might hold, particularly in terms of creativity but I think I'll save that for another post.

If you are a friend on facebook you may have noticed some comments made by me on a page called 10k Everyday.  The page relates to a young man in my home town who, on 1 January 2010 committed to running 10 kilometres/6 miles everday for a year to raise awareness and funds for Cancer Research.  This morning he achieved his aim and completed run number 365 despite being full of the rotten cold that is plaguing everyone just now.

Being someone who barely walks to the shop less than half a mile away and who has no discipline at all I can only applaud Tim for turning out in all weathers, including the recent deluge of snow and ice, and sticking to his task through thick and thin.  You can read the local paper's report from this morning here and if cancer has touched your lives as it has ours, make a donation if you would like to Cancer Research UK through Justgiving here.  (Tim does not know that I am blogging this by the way).  At a time when I am struggling to stay positive I find Tim's dedication so inspiring and I  intend to keep his effort in mind as we enter 2011.  He is an inspiration!  I think that may well be my word for 2011!  Well done Tim! (Tim and I have never met).

It remains for me to wish everybody who looks in here, lurks, comments, doesn't comment, welcomes me to their blogs, shares their inspirations and recipes, shares their expertise and supports me in all ways a very happy, healthy, peaceful, strong, creative and inspired 2011.  I wish all my friends everything you would wish yourselves and then some. 


23 comments:

Cameron said...

Julie, love your New Year's picture. I can also relate to your not getting exercise. I need to get going with that to help me lose my weight. Love and Happy New Year.

Shirley Goodwin said...

Love the Painted Quilt book! I hope you get time to do creative things in 2011 and your loved ones' illnesses ease off.

ju-north said...

Happy New Year to you three! Love the card! Bet you couldn't have imagined you'd be making a wonderful card like this 12 months ago! xx

Françoise said...

Bonne Année Julie!

dosfishes said...

Happy New Year to you Julie. So glad to have found you this year. High praise for Tim, what an accomplishment! xox Corrine

Ro Bruhn said...

Many people feel the same about 2010, it hasn't been one of the better years, let's hope 2011 brings much happiness, good health and lots of creativity across the planet. Have a very Happy, Healthy and Creative 2011.

Lyn said...

what an inspiration to us all, wishing you a happy and healthy and peaceful new year
love
Lyn
xxx

artymess said...

Happy New Year Julie hope it's a good one and Max is adorable...x

Bea said...

Happy New Year to YOU, dear friend. :)Bea

Amo said...

Max look lovely and what an inspirational young man too. (didn't know you were on FB!)

Happy New Year and hoping it's a healthier one for you and yours.

A

Lesley said...

Max is just gorgeous. Happy New Year!

Heather said...

Your New Year card is beautiful Julie and so is your little nephew. Tim's achievement is an amazing example of dedication and commitment - he must be a remarkable young man and makes me feel very inadequate. Do hope 2011 will be an easier year for you and that you'll have more time to use your creative talents.

JP said...

have a good 2011 Julie - I have enjoyed reading your blog again this year and it was so nice to meet you in the flesh at FOQ

Linda said...

A really lovely piece of digi-art Julie....makes me think of summer :-)
Hope 2011 is a good year for you and your family.
XX

The Happy Apple said...

And I hope you have the most amazing 2011 Julie...Happy New Year! (btw, your nephew has the most winning smile eve!)

Pat Brennan said...

Happy new year to you and yours

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Happy new year to you my dear blog buddy. I shall look forward to following your beautiful blog and work and meeting up again this year for more treats, love, Carolyn x

Emma said...

What we all need is strength, strength to cope with all that life throws at us, oh & a little time to ourselves! There is so much to choose from, isn't there?! Good luck with it all & Happy new year!

silverpebble said...

Happy happy New Year, Julie. I hope it's a good one for you.

Max is so lovely - what a gorgeous image.

katney said...

Happy New Year, Julie. Meeting you and Stewart was one of the highlights of 2010.

pam said...

Happy new Year and all the best for 2011.

maggi said...

Have a really great year Julie. What an inspiration that young man is.

Elizabeth said...

Hi There Julie!!! Thank you for sharing that beautiful smiling face and the wonderful story of Tim!!! The new Year will hold challenges for all of us but we will be better for the challenges and there will be time for some wonderful art escapes and adventures as well!! I am sure of it!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!
Happy New YEar Hugs to you!!!