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