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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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Praying for those in the dark

It’s been awhile since my last post, which is usual, but life has kept me busy with two jobs, community involvement and everything else it has thrown at me. So I thought I would post something related to all the hype that’s been occurring of late. I’m talking about the Trump travel ban and the chaos that has subsequently ensued as a result. Now I’m not one to get into political discussions on social media. That’s not me. I like to keep my political opinions to myself. I prefer to talk about positive things, writing, travel and other tidbits that could be otherwise helpful.

I do feel for those affected by the ban. I have Muslim relatives, and I want to travel to the Middle East someday. Being one who loves to experience new places and cultures, I think about those suffering injustice around the world. So I offer a prayer, which was shared by one of my fellow members at my Rotary club. This prayer is not just for those affected by the travel ban. It’s for anyone who is depressed, confused or just looking for someone to come out of the shadows and tell them, “everything’s going to be alright.”

So here’s the prayer, and if you like it, please share it with others:

We pray today for the day when peace is known in all the world.
We pray that understanding will triumph over ignorance, that generosity will triumph over indifference, that trust will triumph over contempt, and that truth will triumph over falsehood.
Compassionate Spirit,
Bless the leaders of all nations.
Bless those in harms way.
Bless those who are suffering.
Bless those who are scared
Bless those who are dying and the lost and unknown dead.
Bless those who love and those who are helping.
Bless those who can do nothing but wait.
Bless those with limited information.
Bless those of limited understanding.
Bless those who, though  with good intentions, do wrong.
Bless us all and give us strength to be instruments of peace in all we say and do each day.


Man praying, meditating in harmony and peace at sunset. Religion, spirituality, prayer, peace.



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Happy New Year, and Hello 2017!




Happy New Year to all my followers, and may 2017 be prosperous, challenging (in a good way), and above all change you for the better! And if you’re likely making New Years’ Resolutions as you party the night away with friends and family, make sure they are ones you can actually stick with.

As we say farewell to 2016, it’s time to reflect on the year for us. I’d like to share some significant things that happened to me this year:

  1. I earned my master’s degree in education
  2. I plotted a new YA contemporary fiction novel, which I will work on in 2017
  3. I took up a new hobby – Tai Chi
  4. I traveled to new places (Seattle, Cleveland, Portland, OR, and southern Arizona)
  5. I hiked alone in Saguaro National Park
  6. I rode a segway for the first time
  7. I decided not to pursue a doctoral degree, and moved back home to Canada (huge turning point!)
  8. Contributed over one hundred hours of service in volunteering
  9. Joined Rotary International


What about you? What was memorable about 2016 for you? Write a list down – great to do if you wake up feeling wonky in the morning – of the all the highs and lows of 2016.

Happy New Year, and I look forward to another year of blogging in 2017!




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