The Reason we Climb!

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By the end of the year I feel like I’m in the final few steps of climbing a mountain. Exhausted I push myself, one more challenge one more day. I’m longing for time off work to spend with my family. Every day becomes more difficult than the one before, but every day brings us a little closer to the summit.

Why to we do it?

Because we’re alive! When we reach the top of the hill we can see the sun set on the year and everything we’ve achieved.

If it wasn’t such a great year, we can watch the sunset on that too, and then watch the sun rise for the first time on a fresh new beginning.

I know I’m premature, its only December 14th, but for those of you struggling in the stressful holiday season, slow down and remember to look at the sunset.

 

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Buon Natale & Felice Anno Nuovo

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Here it is again! December I’m talking about of course. The crazy month where we try to be everything to everyone and end up stressed, tired and happy all at the same time. I love Christmas, always have and always will, but sometimes I have to stop and remember what it’s all about. Most people seem to forget we’re celebrating the birth of a baby who (if you believe in Christianity) changed the world! I believe. I’m not a religious maniac, and I don’t even go to church, but I do believe in Jesus Christ. OK, that’s it with religion.

I’ve spent Christmas in England, Germany and the US and I have to say, the atmosphere is so much better in Europe. Not sure why, but you don’t plan Christmas there, you FEEL it. It seeps into your heart. Carol services in ancient cathedrals, traditional, beautiful. Next Christmas I’ll be in Italy, my first Christmas in my new home. Its going to be so special with my husband, daughter and son in law. A dream come true. Until then Buon Natale.

Happy 2016

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The frost is thick, but the sky is blue,

Here’s wishing a Happy New Year to you.

 

Christmas 2016

Yes I always have to have something to plan for. A trip to Mexico is booked for March, but that’s a simple thing. More challenging is what I have planned for Christmas!!! A whirlwind tour visiting family in England. In two weeks we’ll visit London, Birmingham, Alnwick, North Yorkshire and then back to London to see in the New Year. No, I’m not wishing my life away, I’m just enjoying it to the full!

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Image by © Paul Hardy/Paul Hardy/Corbis

Looking forward to the photo opportunities. Maybe this will be my view next New Years Eve!

A period of Calm

 

Minolta DSCThis photo was taken in July 2009 in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico. 2009 was a tough year. The company I worked for laid off half of its staff. Bad times! I had a trip to Mexico planned for March, but had to postpone it because of the travel complications caused by the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus. I badly needed a vacation, but we got there in the end. The resort was peaceful because July isn’t the busiest time to visit Mexico. Many people were still afraid to travel because of H1N1.

I took this photograph on the first evening of my trip. Isn’t it beautiful? For the first time in about six month I felt calm and relaxed. Although I’m not in Mexico now, I do feel relaxed for the first time in four months. I’ve been job hunting and doubting my abilities after being laid off from that same company I survived in 2009.

I was bitter and hurt when they let me go. Seriously, after sixteen years, who wouldn’t feel that way? It’s behind me now though and pretty soon I’ll be starting in a new and exciting position with a new company. My commute is less and my paycheck better. Some things are just meant to be. Yes, I’m a little nervous starting somewhere new after sixteen years, but I’m excited too.

What’s even more exciting is that in less than four months I’m flying to Italy for a three-week vacation with family and friends. I think I’m going to like 2015 very much. Out with the old and in with the new! Happy New Year at last!

If you are looking at my photograph and want to try this breath-taking ‘all inclusive resort’ yourself. It is the exquisite Grand Velas in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Truly the most relaxing and welcoming place I have ever stayed. Grand Velas – Nuevo Vallarta

 

When Opportunity Slaps you in the face!

In February of 1999 I was working in a small law firm with terrible pay and a slightly unbalanced boss. I’d been there for two years. Life was certainly exciting.

One afternoon I got a phone call from a recruiter who wanted to know if I’d thought about working in a Corporate Legal Dept. How she got my number I have no idea. I interviewed and was offered the job within 24 hours. Someone liked me! My pay doubled when I switched jobs. Life was good.

For the next nine years I learned a great deal and got several promotions. In 2009 the economy plummeted and around fifty percent of the company were given their marching orders…..I remained. I missed my friends who were no longer there.

The next five years weren’t so great and now I find myself a casualty of a very unexpected cut in the workforce. I’m not alone, but it still hurts. Sixteen years is a very hard habit to break, but I look at it as an opportunity. It’s nice to work somewhere for a long time, but your job shouldn’t become a habit. It should be something you wake up and get excited about each day.

Now, on the brink of a new opportunity, I’m scared and excited. I look at my exit as a gift. Oh sure, when I got the news I felt bitter, why me? I’m over it now though and honestly, it’s the company’s loss. I’m now ready and willing to put my enthusiasm and energy into something new. It’s exciting.

2015 is almost here and it really will be out with the old and in with the new. It’s an exciting prospect.