Is 2015 really soon over? I can’t believe how times flies.
2015 was eventful
2015 was an eventful year not only on the bigger stage of the world but for me personally too. My mental health went up and down. For most of the year, I managed depression, PTSD and anxiety really well even though I often posted how I struggle with it.
Mental Health down
In November though I had a major flashback that threw me back a lot. I am through the worst now and can concentrate on more creative things that I really enjoy.
I am grateful for my family and friends both off- and online who are at my side and support me. Most of all my husband 🙂 Love you dearly!!!!! Thanks, guys and gals! Couldn’t do it without all of you!
There have been a few pleasant milestones too:
I started the year taking part in Linda G. Hill’s “Just Jot it January” which will take place in a few days time again. It was a great blogging experience and even though at first I wanted to skip it in 2016 I changed my mind. The reason is: I offered a prompt for her 2016 event and, of course, I have to take part now :-).
Love Is In Da Blog
Her “Just Jot it January” resulted in me wanting to do my own event and out of nowhere appeared “Love Is In Da Blog“. Linda also agreed kindly to connect her “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” (I take part in it on and of) with “Love Is In Da Blog” and that helped a lot.
“Love Is In Da Blog” is a blog event about love where I post a weekly theme and a daily prompt that you can use in any creative way you please. I mainly wrote poetry in 2015, but it is open to short fiction, Stream of Consciousness writing, photography, music and anything you would love to create.
And these wonderful guys and gals took part this year:
I am in the planning stage for 2016 and will incorporate other media this year too.
typical Swiss photo
After three years spending our holidays at the home beaches of Norfolk, UK we allowed ourselves two outings this year. One went to Hay-on-Wye to the famous literature event “Hay Festival“. My step-daughter is a huge fan of Jaqueline Wilson and by accident, I found out that she would be there, so I got us tickets, and we went.
Unfortunately, my husband and I could not get many days off, so it was a little hurried but seeing Mrs Wilson was great.
In summer, we had the chance to spend a week in Switzerland where we met my uncle whom I haven’t seen in years. We took it slow and used half a week to drive to Switzerland via Germany where we met my brother, step-mother and one of my best friends. It was so lovely to see everybody after such a long time!
We spent our time in Switzerland at the B&B owned by Kathy and Robert Muedespacher in Wald, which is a beautiful place. Both Kathy and Robert are excellent hosts who make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. If you want to experience “proper” Swiss living at affordable prices, then please check out their holiday let and B&B here.
It is certainly worth it!
typical Swiss photo
#frapalymo and “The Day Jobbers Essential Poetry Prompt.”
You know that I love to write every day, not Nobel Prize worthy poetry and one of my favourite events of the year is #frapalymo. It is a German #poetry project in which @FrauPaulchen offers daily poetry prompts in May and November. I translate them since a few years to allow non-German speaking poets to take part.
It is a most intense and creative time and I am looking forward to take part in 2016
A little later in the year, I started “The Day Jobbers Essential Poetry Prompt” which takes part over at “The Bee Writes…“. On Wednesdays, I offer a poetry prompt that you can use and post your poem on your blog. If you leave your link in the comments, I head over to read and of course advertise for them on my social media. Unfortunately, pingbacks do not work on Blogger but it’s always nice to find a comment on my blog.
Reviewing for “Butterfly-O-Meter” and “BookTourTips”
I have been reviewing books for “Butterfly-O-Meter” since 2014 but had to say goodbye due to my mental health worsening this year.A big “Thanks” to Livia, who is an excellent host and made me feel welcome. You can find some great books over there so feel free to hop over and have a look
BookTourTips helps authors to advertise their books. I have written several book reviews and conducted some interviews for Kate, who too is a great host. I have found a few real gems, but you better have a look here.
“The Bee Writes…” gives authors the chance to advertise for their books with “The Bee Talks With…” and guest posts. It has been a little quiet at that front lately but both will continue in 2016
Mindful Monday and Writer’s Quote Wednesday
And last but not least I have taken part in Coleen’s brilliant memes Mindful Monday and Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Just head over to Coleen’s blog and check them out!
Thanks Coleen for such great experiences!
What’s up in the new year?
Well, of course, I want to keep up all my blog events and take part in “Just Jot It January” and #frapalymo but you never know what life will throw at you. All of them are planned though and on top, I have decided to start a new venture where I can explore different ways of healing and deal with mental health topics. If time allows I will write for other pages and blogs too but I feel I need to take good care of myself in the next few months, therefore, I need to keep to my own rhythms.
Wow, to be honest, I did not realise that there has been so many events and so much writing in my life. It has been a great year, and I hope yours was too.
In this sense
In this sense have a great New Years Eve, a great 2016 and may your life and creativity be blessed!