A new year, and a 1,000 mile challenge


Happy New Year!

So here we are in 2019. Time to look forward, to make plans, to hope for good things to come. Of course, we never know what sadness or illness will come our way in the next twelve months, but I prefer to dwell on the positives, and deal with the negatives if and when they arrive. So, what does 2019 have in store?

Leaving the state of the world and politics aside (!), and looking ahead on a personal level, I’m hoping first to finally move house this year. We’ve been trying to do this since last summer, with various disappointments and things falling through, but I’m hopeful that it will happen soon…fingers, toes, everything crossed!

After three books with a small publisher, I’m still pinching myself that I now have a book deal with giants Harper Collins, which will make April very exciting when my first novel with them is released in the UK and the USA.

We have family celebrations to look forward to too – my niece Corinne, my late sister Deborah’s oldest daughter, will get married in September, which will be a poignant but wonderful occasion. To make it even more magical, it coincides with mine and hubby’s silver wedding anniversary, so we will be able to celebrate that with family too. Silver wedding! The man has put up with being married to me for twenty-five years…how lucky am I?

So lots to look forward to. I’m also taking on another big charity challenge this year, to raise funds for Headway UK, the brain injury charity, in memory of my sister mentioned above, who died from a brain injury in 2010 when she was 39. My chronic back condition (I have facet joint arthropathy, which has robbed me of the cartilage in my lower spine and is often pretty painful) now seems to be manageable and I’ve been running a lot again in recent months and loving it (apart from the little running accident I had back in June that landed me in hospital – the less said about that the better!). Here’s a photo I took while running by the canal last week…what a beautiful tree!

So… deep breath… I’ve signed up for a global running challenge called Run 1,000 Miles. It’s the equivalent of running 38 marathons or 322 5km races in the next twelve months, in a mix of solo runs and organised races. I’ve set up a JustGiving page with more info but as I say there, this is as much a time-management challenge for me as a fitness challenge. With my writing, plus my full time job at QVC which involves a 240-mile round-trip drive every day, my spare time for running is very limited. However, I tested myself in December to see if I could meet the required monthly mileage and I did; I just have to keep it up for twelve whole months now… wish me luck!

Finally a quick look at a few of my top picks from QVC this week – one each from our fashion, beauty and jewellery departments. First, fashion designer Ben de Lisi joined us at the end of 2018 and I’m in love with this super cute doggy jumper. I have it in the indigo but I love the sage too.

I was also utterly thrilled to hear that Gatineau have brought back their amazing eye make-up remover Floracil in its original formulation. It was always my very favourite, and like many of you when they changed the recipe I felt it just wasn’t the same. Thankfully, the powers that be listened to us! It’s back, it’s the Beauty Pick of the Month and it’s a 400ml supersize – hurray!

And finally if you love Diamonique, the Design of the Month for January is a very pretty pair of leverback earrings in a choice of simulated gemstones and for under £20

I’d love to hear your hopes and plans for 2019. You can leave a message under this blog or find me on social media – I’m on Twitter (@jackiekabler) and Instagram (@officialjackiekabler). 

With love,

Jackie x


  1. Peter burgess January 7, 2019 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, we too moved over Christmas, and hope 2019 is a great year, glad your books are doing well, you are a inspiration , a fantastic presenter on QVC, hope this year gives you all you hope for and more x

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2019 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pete, thanks so much! I hope 2019 is great for you too and that you’re enjoying your new home!

  2. Josephine Lynne Jennings January 7, 2019 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Happy Healthy New Year Jackie . Hope all your aims for 2019 bring you success in your endeavours .

    • Jackie Kabler January 8, 2019 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

      Thanks so much Josephine…hope it’s a great one for you too!

  3. Antoinette Browne January 8, 2019 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year. Congratulations for your up coming 25th wedding anniversary. And good luck with your book deal
    I just celebrated my 50th wedding anniversary. You are a brilliant presenter. Best wishes. Antoinette

    • Jackie Kabler January 10, 2019 at 10:37 am -  Reply

      Wow, 50 years! Congratulations, that’s amazing. Thanks for the kind words – happy new year!

  4. Christine Brown January 10, 2019 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Happy New Year Jackie, I admire so much the charity work you do so well done. I love your shows you are a true professional but always add that bit of fun and humour. Good luck with your book deal I cannot wait to read your new book in the spring and good luck with your running. Have a good year Best wishes Christine

    • Jackie Kabler January 11, 2019 at 8:12 am -  Reply

      Christine thanks so much! I hope 2019 is a great one for you.

  5. Clare kahl January 13, 2019 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I’ve been trying to find a dress I saw you wearing during a Philip Kingsley show, although it was on the beauty channel. I think it was v neck and was a multi print but mainly leopard. it looked fab on you. Just wondered if you remembered it and could let me know which brand. Happy New Year to you. Many thanks Clare x

    • Jackie Kabler January 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi, Gosh I’m so sorry I just can’t think what dress that might have been! It may have been one from a show I was presenting that day so not from my own wardrobe. If you spot it again let me know day and time and I’ll try to track it down!

  6. Maria Donderici January 21, 2019 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    A very Happy New Year to you Jackie. The picture of the tree looks lovely. I was out walking my parents’ dog along the canal today, and I managed to take a lovely tree picture too. Best wishes for the upcoming events this year. My goal for this year is to really concentrate on getting as healthy as I can, in order to help my illness out, so it will be a long hard slog. Good luck with your running, and fingers crossed, that your back stays on an even keel. Take care. Xx

    • Jackie Kabler January 29, 2019 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Maria,
      Thanks for your kind wishes and I hope you meet your goals too, good luck! Keep me posted.
      Love Jx

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