A year of ups and downs, swimming and study, success and bereavement and perhaps a hint of suspension yoga

It is nearing the end of 2018, and I am not so happy to say that it couldn’t come sooner.  

This year has been abnormally busy, and that is saying something, but it is also the reason why I have hardly posted any blogs. This year has welcomed a lot of downs, but it has not been all doom and gloom. I have taken the opportunity to reflect and revise certain aspects of my life, and I think I am on the road to improvement. There have been some amalgamations and new ventures, some continuations and some ends. 

On the upside, after two and a half years, I finally feel like I am back to calling myself a long-distance swimmer. I have also re-taken up yoga via a system I have kept my eye on for a while. It is called Yoga Burn. I have participated in many different styles of yoga over the years, from ashtanga, to traditional. The only one I haven’t tried is the suspension yoga. I prefer not to participate in group activities, and so if I did do the suspension yoga, I could see myself getting up to mischief and start singing songs like “I Believe I Can Fly”, doing Superman poses or see if I could inspire someone else to get involved, and re-enact “the scene” from Titanic. Um, I wonder where my small human gets their non-malicious influential behaviour from? 

The yoga burn system is traditional yoga on steroids, where it blends the traditional poses with calisthenic movements so you burn more calories. It is a home-based system which is exactly what I need as I don’t have much spare time, and I am always trying to monitor the work Life balance.  

One thing I (and the family, friends, random people I meet) have learnt, is that it seems it doesn’t matter how much research you do on a house before you buy it, as you can still experience a lot of issues and end up going through legislation.  

This is one of the main “downs” this year where our house had to undergo emergency foundation work, which the insurance company did not cover!  

We have only lived in our house for 3 years, all searches were carried out prior to the purchase, as well as due diligence and additional research. Everything was done above board, but it seems that someone along the line forgot to mention that our house had previously been underpinned and now we find ourselves in legal action with the party involved.  

So, this was the first part of our year.  

In the middle and nearer to the end a family member experienced a biopsy testing for the C word, it was benign (thank the heavens). We also unfortunately saw two deaths in the family, and another family member (directly related) had to move house quickly due to circumstances out of their control. I also ended up in hospital with excessive bleeding in October, and I am still waiting to find out what that was all about.  

On the upside however, as I said before, I have taken the opportunity to do some major housekeeping. Instead of being involved in several mini ventures, I have amalgamated them all into one called SOCLI (The Society of Learning and Information). This is something that I will be reporting more on in the new year, as I am hoping it will prove to be an exciting project. 

I am on the brink of releasing another book called Death Comes from Above (if I could actually settle on the plot – the possibilities are endless). This one has been a lot of fun to write as it is an action thriller, still coated in fiction, but not science fiction or fantasy based. On that note, the fifth book of the Dragon Realm Chronicles is also set for 2019.  

On the more studious side of things, I am looking to start my legal doctorate in 2019, detailing the progress of electronic evidence and how technology, and the digital revolution have embedded themselves in the legal industry.  Of course, what would legal research be without the mention of data security or…wait for it…the GDPR.  

Maybe it is that time of year, but upon reflection I do have a lot to be thankful for. In the grand scheme of things my family and I are very lucky people. We have a roof over our heads, our general health is good, we have jobs we like, my husband and I have an amazing small human. Things were bad this year, but they could have been a lot worse!  

I’m very excited about the upcoming year, I think it will be fruitful, and successful. I have mastered the Work life balance this year, and it is something that I will encourage others to seek, as it is incredibly important to manage your own expectations as well as that of your clients or customers.  

If you are not in a good place either with work or personally, then find a new place to settle. Happiness seems to be an endless pursuit nowadays, but it can be yours, you just have to keep exploring and trying new things.  

Watch this space. More news to come. 

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