Happy New Year!
Lots of my favourite bloggers have already done their new year posts, and it's been great looking at their plans for 2015, and their highlights from 2014. Bits of 2014 were pretty hard. There was a lot of upheaval at work and for a while I wasn't 100 per cent certain I'd be keeping my job, though when I thought about it I realised there were other things I could do and it wasn't completely bleak. Many of my friends have had far, far worse times in 2014, and on reflection I reckon for me the positives outweighed the negatives.
My 2015 highlights (with links to relevant posts)
Staying in an old farmhouse constructed around the remains of a medieval great hall.
Finally finishing that bloody navy cardigan!
Finding a 1950s Evans Tweensize brown lace dress-and-coat suit in a charity shop for £15.
Burgh Island hotel to celebrate turning 40.
Vintage Nostalgia Show. (We already have tickets for 2015.)
Annie's 1920s-themed boat party in York.
Going to Caceres and Merida in Spain.
Visiting the British Library's Gothic exhibition.
art deco tea set.
Starting to learn burlesque.
My other resolution is a general one: after all the disheartening, horrible news that's been everywhere, I want to make a concerted effort to make things better. On the simplest level, that means trying to be a little more patient, a little more cheery for others, every day. Unhappiness, sadly, spreads far more quickly than happiness, but a smile and a kind word can slow down its progress. I've also signed up as a contact with Arts Emergency, because I feel that opportunities for working-class kids are even less than when I was a little guttersnipe, and if I can give a little advice or help to just one person, I'll be doing my bit to increase opportunities again. And I guess I'll see what other chances to make things better life throws my way, and try to make the most of them.
Happy 2015! May this year be a good one for you.