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2014: A Year of Changes

  • December 23, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 14 Comments

2014. What a year! When I recap on the year that has almost come to an end, I realise what a mammoth 12 months it has been for me and my family. So many adventures and so many changes!

The year started for hubby and I embarking on an epic six month trip circumnavigating our country, Australia. But since our return back home a whole lot of other things have changed for us as well.

So here goes. 2014 a recap:

  • At the very beginning of 2014 I left my job as a Bookkeeper after 30+ years with various employers which was a difficult decision because my future was uncertain.
  • Gallivanting around Australia with just me and my husband was always going to be a challenge. I had a lot of reservations about doing this initially but fortunately once we got going I enjoyed it immensely.
  • Touring around Australia I learned that solitude and peacefulness was a good thing. I learnt to appreciate the beauty and stillness that surrounded me and to go without some luxuries in life.020
  • Our much loved and terrific 26 year old son finally moved out of home, but we still see him most days.
  • My beautiful niece Lyndal married the very handsome Brendan and the whole family got together to celebrate this momentous occasion in Brisbane.
  • I returned home after six months and changed my career. I am now a part-time writer for a hotel website management and marketing company and I work from home with flexible hours.
  • My own website has gone from strength to strength and has actually got me recognition and a few paid writing jobs.
  • We turned one of our spare bedrooms into an Airbnb bed & breakfast room which is now earning us a modest income for little effort.
  • Our beautiful and talented daughter graduated from Medical School and we have now successfully raised two children that have both achieved their dreams.051
  • I am looking forward to more travel in 2015 with a trip to the USA and a cruise to Mexico and the Caribbean planned.
  • For the first time in several years my children will be home for Christmas and I am looking forward to having them under the same roof, even if it is just one day of the year.

Have you made changes in your life during 2014? I would be interested in your responses.

Wishing all of my readers a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!

 

 

 

 

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By 50 Shades, December 23, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

14 Comments
  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    December 23, 2014

    You had a fabulous year Kathy! Congratulations on it all… especially your son moving out! Joking. Merry Christmas my friend and I hope 2015 is even better for you and your family x

    • Kathy
      December 23, 2014

      Thank you Michelle, I did have a fabulous year – lucky me! Although my son has moved out most of his crap is still cluttering up our house! Merry Christmas to you too and I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday break with family and friends xx

  • Johanna
    December 23, 2014

    What a fab year you’ve had and here’s hoping 2015 will be awesome for you too. Have a very Merry Christmas with your family and look forward to hearing more next year.

    • Kathy
      December 23, 2014

      Thank you Jo. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year as well xx

  • Rachel
    December 23, 2014

    Hey Kathy, I loved the great year you have had and the honesty about reservations about traveling. Glad it turned out for you with some very rewarding hindsight lessons it seems. Thanks for the question about what has your been like, because it got me thinking. I decided that I will not work for anyone else, so my only option is to get all my work out there. This I have started. And my biggest lesson this year was that I found exactly what I want to do, not sure of the layouts yet but the biggy for me was to just trust that with all the hours I put in that it will show itself. My 2014 major lesson was trusting me completely and while I don’t have all the answers, I have complete trust that they will show themselves. So this awareness has me so excited by next year. I have told myself I have to break, but I am finding this a task in itself as I can’t wait for next year. Have a great Christmas, I intend to overeat and sleep.

    • Kathy
      December 23, 2014

      Thank you Rachel. I think all the changes were overdue and I feel as if I am a better person for it. That is so great that you have found what you want to do in life. I wish you well in your new endeavours. Also overeating and sleeping sounds perfect for Christmas! Merry Christmas :)

  • Red Nomad OZ
    December 23, 2014

    Wow! What an amazing year!! It’s always scary to step out into the unknown, but there are very few people I know who have done it and regretted it. I look forward to reading more about your adventures in 2015! Have a wonderful Xmas!!

    • Kathy
      December 23, 2014

      I don’t regret a minute of giving up the security of a job and home comforts to go gallivanting around Australia. I also don’t regret giving writing for a living a go. I am happier than ever. Thank you for your support in 2014. Happy Christmas to you too! :)

  • Rae Hilhorst
    December 23, 2014

    you have had an awesome year, congratulations and Merry Christmas xxx

  • budgettraveltalk
    December 28, 2014

    I can feel your happiness with your life at the moment. You’ve had lots of changes (positive ones) through the year. Here’s to an interesting 2015.

    • Kathy
      December 28, 2014

      Thank you Jan. I am definitely in a happier place than I was 12 months ago. It is amazing how travel changes your perspective on life and gives you renewed hope. I am looking forward to 2015!

  • Gaye
    January 6, 2015

    Sounds like you had a great year, and the success you’ve had with your new career is very inspiring indeed.
    I am planning some big career changes myself this year, taking a leap into the unknown, so I look forward to reading more. 2015 is going to be a great year! :)

    • Kathy
      January 6, 2015

      Thank you Gaye. I did make a few necessary changes in my life and I have never been happier. Although I have had a change in career I still have a long way to go. I now understand why ‘writers’ are normally dirt poor! I hope 2015 is everything you want it to be.

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