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2016 has started off well. We ate our twelve grapes at midnight for good luck, viewed fireworks from our terrace, and watched Bryan Adams bring in the New Year in London on television, while he played all my favourite songs. Then watched the amazing fireworks in London. It was a Spanish/English/Canadian New Year´s Eve for us.

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12 grapes each to be eaten at midnight for good luck. A Spanish tradition

To learn more about this tradition read about it on Glamour Granny Travels  http://www.glamourgrannytravels.com/2015/12/24/grapes-and-cava-a-spanish-new-years-eve-tradition/ 

On New Years day we went for lunch with my in-laws at a fabulous restaurant called La Herradura (The Horseshoe) where we enjoyed a delicious eight course meal and a Flamenco dance performance. A great start to the New Year.

La Herradura

La Herradura

Flamenco dancer

Flamenco dancer

With my mother-in-law

With my mother-in-law at La  Herradura

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New Year´s Lunch with the in-laws

Now it´s time for me to look forward and set goals for 2016.

1.  Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music successfully launched
2. Finish Amanda in New Mexico – The Ghost Hotel
3. Do more promoting of all the Amanda books and Pig on Trial
4. Connect with local schools and book stores
5. Continue to explore Spain, attend cultural events and write about them
6. Travel to Holland, France and England
7. Work hard at making new friends in Spain
8. Attend Pueblo Ingles with friends
9. Take time to read more
10. Practice Spanish
11. Keep learning more about writing
12. Enjoy my more relaxed life style
13. Look after my health by eating better and exercising more
14. Keep in touch with family and friends back home via social media and mail

15. Help other writers meet their goals
16. Be thankful for at least three things every day.

By writing these goals down and sharing them with you, my wonderful readers, I will be more committed to reach them.

Thank all of you for your encouragement and support over the years. I truly do appreciate it. May all your dreams come true in 2016!!

If you can dream it, you can do it! Walt Disney

I´ll leave you with two short videos of the flamenco show.

https://youtu.be/pSnI7MbZCf0

https://youtu.be/82DPk99wm4g

 

Happy New Year 2016 replace 2015 concept on the sea beach

In ancient Roman myth, Janus was the god of gates, doors and beginnings. January, was named after Janus in 700 BC. Having two faces, one looking back into the past and one looking forward to the future, he was an appropriate deity to dedicate the first month of the New Year to.

As I look back over the past year I like to revisit the goals I set out on January 1 to see how I did, and share them with you. How did I do?

1. Sell the house in Canada

It took longer than we thought but the house in Canada sold on April 2, 2015

2. Get settled in Spain

We bought a place in Spain and feel quite settled.

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

Amanda on the Danube -The Sounds of Music is completed and in the hands of the publisher! It should be out mid 2016.

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

I am working on this one, have found a couple of markets but need to find more.

5. See Pig on Trial published

I am pleased to say Pig on Trial has been published as a bi-lingual book for kids. 

6. Get connected with writers in Spain

I have met a couple of writers here in Spain but would like to connect with many more so will continue to work on this one.

7. Lean Spanish

Oh dear. I haven´t learned much Spanish at all. So many people in my area speak English including the Spanish folks. I have picked up some phrases but not enough to carry a conversation. Need to work harder on this one.

8. Join a walking group

Oops, didn´t do this.

9. Cut back the sugar intake

I did do this and feel so much better!

10. Explore Spain and write about it

 I did this too and have seen so many parts of this fascinating and diverse country. It is a great place to explore!

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

I´ve made a few new friends and hope to make many more. It takes time. I have been very diligent in keeping in touch with old friends. Thanks to social media this is easier than it used to be.

12. Go home to Canada for a visit

I was fortunate to be able to go back home twice last year to see family and friends!

13. Find a yoga studio

I didn´t join a yoga studio but have been doing yoga every morning at home, so I feel this is a yes.

14. Write everyday

I do write everyday. This has become a habit.

15. Embrace change and look for surprises!!

I believe I have embraced change this past year, and there has been plenty. Thank heaven I love surprises as there have been many of them too! You can´t move continents without experiencing changes and a multitude of surprises. It wasn´t always easy, but I learned so much and am glad I did it.

 

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

As this year comes to a close, I wish you all a very Happy New Year with many welcome surprises.

In the next post I will look forward.

If you would like to know what sparked my dreams as a child, read my guest post at March of Time Books, the new blog site of my dear English blogging friend Barbara Fisher.

What sparks a child’s dreams?

Guest post by Darlene Foster dreamer of dreams, teller of tales.

When I was little, my dear grandmother gave me a colouring book filled with pictures of children from around the world dressed in traditional garments. I loved that book and while colouring each page, dreamt of visiting those fascinating places. Growing up on a farm in the Canadian prairies, we didn’t venture far.

Read the rest of the article here  Pop over to Barbara´s blog and you might see me in a sombrero!

What sparked your dreams as a child? I would love to know.

 

Today I have the pleasure of being a guest on Jan Moore´s blog, Work on Your Own Terms, where I talk about my decision to move to Spain.

Following the Dream, by Darlene Foster

I met Darlene on Gabriola Island when she was visiting her daughter, just before she and her husband moved from Canada to Spain. I’ll let Darlene tell you about her new lifestyle in her own words. Her travels inspire the children’s books she writes. See how happy they look in Spain. She just might convince you to follow your own dreams.

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“I’ve got to follow that dream wherever that dream may lead.” Elvis Presley

“Why Spain?” was the question asked of me often when I made the decision to move to another country. “Why not?” was often my answer.

I could have said, because of the warm, sunny weather, the fabulous Mediterranean food, the medieval markets, the rich history, the castles, the fiestas, the warm and friendly locals, the laid back life style etc. The truth is, I wasn´t really sure. I just knew I wanted to try living in another country, preferably a warm country.

Click here to read the rest of the article:   http://workonyourownterms.com/followingthedream/

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

Rainer Maria Rilke

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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.

 


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Amanda in England

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