The Best of a Brutal Year


Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

F I N A L L Y … Can’t be much worse than the last!!

I’m left with a feeling of awe actually – at how we’ve managed to pull together and survive this, most of us. I’m sorry for those who have suffered loss – whatever form that loss took, and will continue to take.

So much loss…

But we are on the brink of recovery. How amazing is that?! In less than a year so much has been achieved despite everything.
I find that moving, and I am grateful for our collective resilience.

And as so many do at the end of every year, I’ve looked back with curiosity to see which posts were the most popular. I’ve compiled them for you to take a gander back if you’re curious too!

The 10th most read (as distinct from most “liked”) post of 2020 was:

No 9

No 8

No 7

No 6

No 5

No 4

No 3

No 2

No 1 – the most read post (and indeed my personal favourite) was:

ps: The Top 3 on THIS site for 2020

At no 3 – I was having a bad day here…:

And a good/sad day for the Arachnophobia piece which came in at no 2

And the most read post was:

So – dear old 2020 – you’ve been a great teacher, but good riddance none the less .

And 2021 – you are very warmly welcome like no other year has ever been!!

Thank you all – it’s been quite the year. See you on the other side!

Forget Resolutions – try these instead!

When a journalist contacted me last year for some quick “Be happier by—” tips for a piece she was doing on the dreaded New Year’s resolution tradition I was not thrilled. I’m really not a huge fan of New Years’ Resolutions.
But then I thought well,  hmm… “Be Happier by -” That’s FAR better than “Be miserable, unrealistic and give up stuff I love up by – “.  And so I replied to her with a list, she wrote the piece and I thought – that’d make a nice little post on my own blog some day. Then in true New Year’s fashion, I forgot all about it!

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