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.
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.