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Reflecting on 2019

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So first of all, I want to thank those who commented on my last post about Poland! I wasn’t expecting such a huge turnout! Funny how things happen when we’re not expecting them!

I’d also like to apologize for not posting as much on my blog as I normally did in years past, as well as for not being active on Twitter. I will try and make the former more of a priority. As with the latter, well…my plan is to come back to that when my debut novel is finally finished. I just don’t like to brag as much about my personal life as other authors.

Anyway, with 2020 just days away, it’s time look ahead to the potential fortunes of the new year. But before you do the countdown and crack open the bubbly, try and look back on 2019. I mean once it’s gone, it’s gone. A friend once told me that it’s good pause and reflect on the recent past and present. It helps appreciate what has been accomplished. We often get so caught on looking ahead to the future, we don’t stop reflect on what we have already achieved. What were your biggest achievements of 2019? Was 2019 not your greatest year? No worries! It might be a good idea to look back on what didn’t go so well so that 2020 can be better.

I thought I would share some of my top fives of 2019:

  1. I successfully completed my teaching contract in Poland
  2. I voluntarily created a LinkedIn page for my former school
  3. I helped a woman get home after she found herself stranded in my town
  4. I visited new countries: Hungary, Croatia and Turkey
  5. I made significant progress in my novel (ten chapters written)


Unfortunately, this year saw the end of five-year friendship. Actually, this friend lost me. After enduring months of his toxic attitude and jealousy towards me, I had to kick him to the curb. As much of a relief it was, it caused a lot of pain since we had been friends for such a long time. A lesson learned: any friend who is constantly jealous of you, criticizes your actions and holds a grudge for petty things is NOT a friend! The good thing that did come out of this is that I learned to stand up to people that rub me the wrong way (a weakness for many years).

Sadly, my uncle passed away this year at the age of 85. He was a wonderful man, always treated me like his own son whenever I visited him, and a tireless worker, father and husband.

I challenge you to look back and write down five of your biggest accomplishments of the year, and even one of two things that didn’t work out for you. Think of it as saying ‘thank you’ to 2019.

And on a final note, Happy New Year to all my loyal followers!

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New Year’s Resolution Idea: Volunteering



Since I haven’t posted anything on my blog for a long, long time (the longest since this blog first appeared on the WordPress world), I thought I would post one, which might coincide with everyone making New Year’s Resolutions. So if you haven’t made one – or made one you can stick with – why not make volunteering part of your NYR!

A lot of people don’t volunteer beyond the required hours for high school graduation. With the exception of mandatory community service as a result of breaking the law, it seems as if volunteering can’t enter the picture. I was the exception; I eagerly completed my required high school volunteer hours before Christmas, and I even did more! To this day, I am proud to proclaim I’ve been actively volunteering for the past fourteen years! As a result, I’ve gained many transferable skills such as bartending, customer service, soccer coaching and leadership. I don’t think I could do without volunteer work. Even with my current busy schedule, I still manage to volunteer twice a month where I assist the traveling public at a busy international airport. It’s a great thing to do when you’ve just relocated, or temporarily unemployed. The former can help you make new connections while the latter will keep you occupied and marketable during the laboring job search.

Not convinced volunteering is worth the time or effort? Here’s a few more reasons why it’s worth considering:

  • gain transferable skills (could come in handy if you ever consider a career change)
  • meet new people who may become lifelong friends
  • help someone in need (tis better to give than to receive)
  • make a difference in your community (you’ll know what it means when you actually volunteer)

Volunteering isn’t as big of a commitment as you might think. Just one hour a week, a month, even a year makes all the difference. Remember any time you give will be greatly appreciated, and do expect gratitude on the part of the organization you are supporting. You will be surprised at how much volunteering can change your life.

So if you are convinced, I suggest starting out by volunteering for such organizations like the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, you can volunteer at annual events and festivals in your community, your local library, or even your church. Try Google searching volunteer opportunities in your community and see what comes up. There’s something for everyone when it comes to volunteering, and if you are doing it for the first time, you don’t have to have any prior experience. So give volunteering a go, and see where it will take you!

Many apologies to my loyal followers for not posting since last summer. It has been a real crazy time in my life, but I promise to post more in the New Year. Hey! That could be my NYR!

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Saying Goodbye to 2015


Now that Christmas is done with, it’s time to look to welcoming 2016. Put on those party hats, bring out the bubbly and make New Year’s Resolutions – again! But before you get excited about watching the ball drop on Times Square, be sure to take the time to bid adieu to 2015.

Remember this time last year when you were making resolutions for 2015? Did you succeed in accomplishing them? Don’t worry if you didn’t; many of us fall off the boat before Valentine’s Day. But how was 2015 for you? Think about all that has happened for you this year. What went well? What didn’t? Was 2015 better or worse than 2014? For some of you, 2015 hasn’t been exactly happy. What with the growth of ISIS, and the terrorist attacks in Paris. Try not to let the global woes cloud your judgement as you reflect on 2015. It’s OK to think about yourself in this context. So how was 2015 for you?

Make a list of all the good and bad things that happened to you this year. What happened this year that you would like to have continue in 2016? What could be improved in the new year?

A number of good and bad things happened to me this year, but for the sake maintaining a happy mood I shall highlight the goods: I visited four new American states (Louisiana, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Mexico). I rode in a hot-air balloon, officially earned my master’s degree in Education, and I finally finished my soon-to-be debut novel, The Burning Night. I have to say that 2015 has been a progressive year for me. I’ve taken risks, tried new things, and my life has been moving forward.

It’s important to reflect on 2015 before she bids us farewell. A way to stop and look around so you don’t….miss it. Where have I heard that expression before? You’ll probably be surprised at what you discover as you reflect on 2015.

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