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And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

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I hope everyone had a fabulous New Year. We enjoyed our first New Year in Spain by watching fireworks from our balcony at midnight. On New Year´s Day we had a lovely lunch on the deck of the Nautilus Restaurant with new friends, before watching the Santa Claus swim at La Zenia Beach. A great way to start the year in a new country.

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Last year had so many changes for us we are eager to get 2015 started. For me that means writing a list of goals. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Sell the house in Canada

2. Get settled in Spain

3. Finish Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music

4. Write more travel articles and find a market for them

5. See Pig on Trial published

6. Get connected with writers in Spain

7. Lean Spanish

8. Join a walking group

9. Cut back the sugar intake

10. Explore Spain and write about it

11. Make new friends and keep in touch with old friends

12. Go home to Canada for a visit

13. Find a yoga studio

14. Write everyday

15. Embrace change and look for surprises!!

There you are. I always feel better having written them down and sharing with my readers.

Thank you all so much for reading my blog and encouraging me along the way. All the best for a wonderful 2015 full of things that have never been!

 

Most of you are aware that I am a big believer in setting goals and always set some at the beginning of each year. Now that 2014 is nearing an end, I need to check how I did. A blogging friend of mine, Beth Stillborn said we should go into 2015 building on the successes of 2014 and I like that idea.

My 2014 goals and the results:

1. Finish Amanda in Alberta -The Writing on the Stone for publication early spring by writing diligently and completing three chapters a month.

I am pleased to report I completed Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on The Stone,  launched July 2014

2. Get rid of unnecessary belongings, prepare the apartment for sale, sell the apartment.

I got rid of more than one third of my belongings, put some things in storage and packed the rest to ship to Spain. This was a tremendous amount of work. We have not yet sold the apartment.

3. Start new writing projects: a picture book, travel articles, another Amanda adventure.

I have written four chapters of  book 5, Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music, have a publisher interested in a picture book and have written more travel articles. I am pleased with this result.

4. Cut back working hours some more, possibly retiring.

I cut back my hours from 5 days a week to four days a week, then to two and a half days a week. I retired on September 26 and was given a fabulous send off. Another goal met but I do miss my job and the wonderful folks I worked with.

5. Take an extended vacation to Spain or move to Spain by the end of the year.

We moved to Spain November 1, 2014!! (I still can´t believe it!)

6. Attend my grandson’s graduation in Alberta.

I did see my grandson in Alberta. He didn’t quite graduate but is working hard to get the credits he needs. We celebrated anyway!

7. Spend quality time with friends and family.

Pleased to say I spent some excellent quality time with friends and family this year.

8. Plan a few small holidays and/or getaways.

I went back home to Alberta three times and had some great get-aways with special people. More about this in another post.

9. Continue going to yoga on a more regular basis.

I did go to yoga fairly regularly but could have done more. Need to find a yoga studio in Spain once we are settled.

10. Pay attention to the signs the universe is sending.

Still working on this one.

I am very happy with how I met most of my goals this past year. Not everything works out as planned of course but you will never reach a goal if you don´t have one.

Next post will be my goals for 2015, built on the successes of this past year.

 

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“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

-Gloria Steinem

Do you set goals at the beginning of the year? How did you do with your goals from last year? Perhaps they went a totally different direction, that´s OK too. The nice thing about goals is they can be adjusted.

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I for one have so much to be thankful for. A wonderful family, great friends and a fun adventure ahead. I am also incredibility thankful for all my blogging friends. Who would have thought when I started this blog 4 years ago, that I would meet so many awesome people.

One of those awesome people is Barbara at March House Books. This weekend I am a featured guest on this lovely blog where I talk about one of my favourite subjects; dreaming.

Daydream Believer, Darlene Foster

Hello readers of March House Books. I am delighted to be a guest author on one of my favourite blog sites!

For as long as I can remember, I have needed to be around people. They energize and inspire me. When there are no people around; I simply make some up. It all started when I was a young child living on a ranch in the Canadian prairies. Surrounded by never ending sunshine, a huge blue sky and tons of wide open spaces to wander around, I lacked someone to converse with. My parents were busy working hard, and who wants to talk to little brothers. I named my teddy bears, gave them personalities and created adventures for Ted, Teddy, Toostie and Elvis, in my head. It wasn’t long until I began to make up other imaginary characters and situations. My parents called me a daydreamer, and I guess I was.

My old friends, Elvis, Ted, Teddy andTootsie

My old friends, Elvis, Ted, Teddy and Tootsie

Read more of the article here and check out the picture of me in a cowboy hat at age twelve.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for reading my blog posts and making comments from time to time.

I am now off to visit my family in Alberta.

 

“Reach high, for stars lie in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” Pamela Vaull, 20th Century American Author/Poet

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As many of you know, up until very recently I have been facilitating workshops for job seekers for the past thirteen years. I loved my job and enjoyed all the workshops I created and delivered, but my most favourite was my goal setting workshops. The participants enjoyed the sessions and said it gave them renewed hope. I have attended a few goal setting workshops myself over the years. As I was cleaning out my desk at work, I came across a workbook from an excellent session I attended nearly four years ago. I almost fell over when I read my notes.

1. At the beginning we were asked to write down a dream. This is what I wrote:

To be an internationally known children’s author living on the coast of Spain.

2. We were then asked to close our eyes and picture ourselves having achieved this dream, then describe the environment around us. My response:

In book stores and schools doing readings and presentations, surrounded by fans of my work and going home to my villa in Spain.

3. After a couple of other exercises establishing  capabilities and values, we were to write down who we had become once we achieved our dream.

I am a writer of children’s fiction expanding my horizons and meeting new and interesting people while adapting to a new culture and environment.

4. Finally we were asked to write our dream again with enhancements that came from some explorations and reflections. Here was my enhanced dream:

An internationality known and well loved author of children’s stories, interviewed on TV, with lots of fans and owning property in Spain where I can go to relax and write after my travels and book tours.

There was much more to the workshop, but what I realized when reading what I wrote, was that goal setting does work. Writing down your goal or dream and visualizing it,  is powerful.

Since taking this workshop four years ago, I have written and published three more books, read from my books at schools and book stores and am about to move to Spain! I haven’t been interviewed on TV but I have been interviewed on blogs and that is even better.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney 

 

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C. S. Lewis

“The Times They Are A-Changin” Bob Dylan

On September 26 I said goodbye to a 45 year career. After working in retail management, recruitment, and employment counselling, I decided to retire to write full time – in Spain. Yes you heard correct. Hubby and I are selling our house, car, furniture etc. and moving to sunny Spain. We both desire one more great adventure and what better setting to relax in and write to my heart’s content. Thankfully, we have the full support of our family and friends.

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In sunny Spain last year

I have loved every job I’ve had. I’ve been fortunate to have great employers and amazing co-workers, many who remained friends over the years. It was not an easy decision to leave it all behind.  I was given a great send off by my current workplace with a pot luck get-together. One co-worker even made crepes for all of us! I was made to feel very special.

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Farewell flowers

Farewell flowers

Kobo gift certificates. The perfect gift.

Kobo gift certificates. The perfect gift.

 

A co-worker making crepes for everyone

A co-worker making crepes for everyone

 

A boss and a co-worker with the perfect posters in the classroom.

A boss and a co-worker with the perfect posters in the classroom.

We have been talking about this huge change in our lives for awhile now. We have weighed the pros and cons and decided we need to do this now while we still can. If not now…when? I want to share this wonderful poem by the amazing  Christine Kloser.

 

If Not Now… When?
By Christine KloserStuck like a bird in a cage.
Infinite potential, wings of glory.
Beauty to bestow, blessings to bring.But a voice that says,
Conditions aren’t perfect… yet.
It’s not safe… yet.
It’s not time… yet.
I can’t fly… yet.

Believe that voice of fear?
Or believe the truth.

You’re ready when you CHOOSE to be.
Conditions will never be “perfect” (and that’s OK).
Support makes it SAFE.
It’s time when you SAY “It’s Time!”

Here’s to the voice of the TRUE you.
The ONE who has been called,
To liberate your message,
And fulfill your soul’s purpose.

Not someday.
Not when it’s convenient.
Not when it’s easy and no risk is involved.

Instead…
This day can be THE day.
The day you say YES.
To you.
To your message.
To your life.
To your soul.
To being who you were BORN to be.

Because…
If not now, when?
The choice is yours.

 

Christine Kloser, “The Transformation Catalyst” and award-winning author powerfully combines spiritual guidance and intuition, with nuts-and-bolts transformational writing, publishing and marketing expertise.  The result is a global movement of aspiring authors who unleash their authentic voice, share their message on the pages of a book and make their difference in the world.   Trusted and celebrated by aspiring authors and publishing industry leaders for her down to earth, authentic and inspiring approach, Christine has become the well-recognized leader of the transformational author movement having trained more than 55,000 authors in less than 4 years.   Get her free training at www.ChristineKloser.com.
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La Zenia beach, Spain

 Watch this blog and follow us as we head into Darlene & Paul’s Next Great Adventure.

I found this on the wonderful Beth Ann Chiles blog It’s Just Life.  A blog I enjoy following regularly because you never know what gems you’ll find there.

Life is Too Short

Life is too short to not take the time to do something fun every single day.

Life is too short to not use the good dishes or eat in the dining room.

Life is too short to not wear the expensive perfume.

Life is too short to not say what is on your mind.

Life is too short to be wasted on silly disagreements.

Life is too short to not stop and admire every beautiful thing in nature that we happen upon.

Life is too short to not embrace new things.

Life is too short to not say I am sorry when we are wrong.

Life is too short to ignore someone in need.

Life is too short to not sample something new.

Life is too short to worry about a single thing that you can do nothing about.

Life is too short to blend in.

Life is too short to spend in negativity.

Life is too short to be living someone else’s dream.

Life is too short to not do something challenging.

Life is too short to not do what you love.

Life is too short to not tell those you love how much you love them every single day.

Life is too short to be mean.

Life is too short to just exist—go out and LIVE!

This week Beth Ann is giving away fabulous stuff  everyday. (Because that’s just the kind of person she is!) Hop over to her blog, add a comment and you may win something marvellous. 

 

I am about to make a major life change. (more about that later). This post helped me to realize I need to do this because after all – life is too short not to.

And this from Cynthia Baker’s blog Simple Pleasures  where she matches her incredible photography with meaningful quotes.

Photograph by Cynthia Baker

Photograph by Cynthia Baker

Have you been given an opportunity to make a life change in the past? Are you glad you did? Was it worth it?

Today I am guest blogging over at T.B. Markinson’s blog Making My Mark

Inspired by Dreams of Travel by Darlene Foster

Posted on January 10, 2014by 

I recently met Darlene via her blog. Most of you know I love to travel, so when I discovered that her books were centered on traveling and introducing new people, places, and cultures to a younger audience I had to find out more. Darlene was kind enough to agree to guest post. I was inspired when I read her post and I hope you will be as well. And now here’s Darlene:

Read more:  http://tbmarkinson.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/inspired-by-dreams-of-travel-by-darlene-foster/

Drop by and make a comment.

While there, check out TB’s other blog site The 50 Year Project where she challenges herself to visit 192 countries, read 1,001 books, and watch the top 100 movies. I love this idea of listing places, books and movies one plans to experience in the next 50 years.

TB is also an author (boy do we have a lot in common!)

Check out her latest book Marionette

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