This is just a very quick first blog of 2014 as I am up to my eyes in packing boxes for our imminent move…good job I 'Red Carpet Manicured' my nails first!! As 2013 drew to a close, and following the deaths of four of my friends and colleagues to different forms of cancer during the year, I was starting to look forward to seeing the end of what seemed to be a not very good year. Then I took a moment to reflect and realised that along with the sorrow there have been some real high points too.
Was it really only March 2013 that I became a published author with One Hundred Lengths of the Pool? Thanks so much to all of you who bought it and for your lovely comments about it, which meant so much to me.
It's no longer available through QVC but you can get it on Amazon in hard copy or ebook version or order it through Waterstones and other reputable book stores. Their copies are not signed but maybe I could sign at any events during the year that you are invited to – I am at the Beauty Bash on January 23rd. There was also the wonderful launch party that Simon Wilson threw for me at his Fulham road shop …. can't wait to see him when he is back in the UK at the end of this month.
May was a wonderful month for my football team Crystal Palace. We had a fabulous day out at Wembley for the play-off finals that resulted in the Eagles being promoted back to the Premier League for the first time in eight years.
June saw me take an impromptu holiday in Dubai with Denise, my friend from my Price is Right days, and our respective partners. We had joked that we were going to gatecrash their holiday so you should have seen their faces when we actually turned up! I needed that holiday to get some swimming practice in for the charity gala in early July that I organised with the help of QVC.
Again thanks to so many of you for supporting me…between us we raised almost £6,000 for British Polio Fellowship and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Everyone who took part enjoyed it so much that we are hoping to organise another gala this year…watch this space.
I took another week's holiday in early September and managed to get a lot of writing done for my novel. Then, of course, there were all the celebrations around QVC's 20th birthday…it was lovely to meet those of you who attended the birthday tea parties.
Losing my friend Stretch at the beginning of October was my lowest moment of the year and my heart goes out to you if you have lost someone special this year. Fortunately kitten Wilfy arrived on the scene soon after and he has lifted my spirits enormously.
The last couple of months saw us frantically doubling our efforts to find a new house as the one we had been renting was sold. Our extra effort paid off and, hopefully, we should be completing and moving next Friday (so I will be missing Fashion on Friday again!) And, of course, most importantly for me, my CML results have continued on a positive path throughout this year…maybe in 2014 I will achieve remission.
And so we come to the new year. There was a new moon as we welcomed the new year in so any New Year's resolutions you made have a particularly good chance of coming to fruition.
I got all the members of my family to write down five resolutions and hopefully they will come to pass. My first one is to finish and publish my first novel this year so, once we have settled in to our new home, I will have to be very disciplined with my writing.
I wonder if any of you made any resolutions this year? I am back on air tomorrow at midnight with the Yankee Candle TSV featuring new aromas for the new year…if you love Yankee I'll see you there.
Much love and wishing you what you wish for yourself in 2014,
PPS: …and here is a photo of the Bethlehem Lights Christmas wreath on my front door as requested by Carol xx