Out with the old …

DSCN2382I have been somewhat absent from blogging the past few months for various reasons including good reasons (visiting my grand-daughters more often, sharing with my son the launch of his first book, and joyous family times with all children home for Christmas) and a not-so-good reason of my internet being slow and thus I have frustratingly not been able to download / upload the photos I want to complement my writing experience.


The main reason for my absence is that I have been making a concerted effort to shed all my past baggage (both literally and metaphorically) in order to move on to my new life.

I have been working on getting rid of the 600+ archive boxes in the shed and I am now down to ~ 150. This has been a MASSIVE task and at times sent me just a little bit crazy!

I have been losing excess weight in my so-far successful H.E.A.L.T.H.plan and, even though I am now down to my ‘healthy weight range’ goal, I am continuing with a new aim to get down to the weight I was at age eighteen. As the plan involves more moving, less sitting, there has been less time available to blog. (Oh, the sacrifices I am making for me!)

I have been continuing with the shedding of emotional baggage – which comes and goes with the sorting of the boxes in the shed and looking at photos, shared projects etc

I will write more in-depth on these achievements at a future date. For now, I simply wanted to let you know that the process of ridding myself of unwanted baggage and leaving behind the last remnants of my past life has left me at the end of this year 2015 feeling that …

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good’ **

Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyous 2016.


** Quote and Youtube video clip from “Feeling Good’ 1965 Nina Simone
Written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse

26 thoughts on “Out with the old …

  1. That is great news Elizabeth! You should be so happy with your progress and for everything you have achieved. It is a new year and a new day and I am so happy you are feeling good. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year to you and may you continue to move towards your dreams.

  2. Oh… I felt the lightness of being just reading this! So wonderful to purge yourself of things that no longer serve your sense of well-being. It sounds like 2016 is starting off in a wonderful direction. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This is an outstanding summary of the journey you had, especially in 2015, Elizabeth. I really didn’t know how old yhis familiar song was, but it makes sense it came out when I was only 10. I love Nina Simone’s message, “It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new life. . .” So appropriate for the New Year. My friends and I have read online of setting a singular word on the refrigerator or on a bathroom miss or to illustrate what direction one would like to head in 2016. One younger woman chose, “Selectiveness.” Another online blogging friend chose, “Radiant.” Out church had us choose beginning of 2015. My word (soon to be) last year was “Fullness.” I did feel I made a full and happy year, living in yhe fullness of the moment. I choose, “Openness,” for this year. I liked your goals and feel this year sounds exciting for uou, Elizabeth! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy 2016! โ™ก ยฐโ€ขโ—‹โ—ยคโ˜†ยคโ—โ—‹โ€ขยฐ May a chain of happy events come your way. Hugs, Robin

  4. Great blog, Elizabeth. Best wishes for 2016.
    With the help of our daughter and her partner
    we are at present in the process of ‘decluttering’ our home.
    We are very happy they can give us so much help with this.


  5. Wohey, what a task! And I looove the NIna Simone song: Perfect.
    As always, I admire the courage with which you stick to your goals and tackle difficult things. You are a great inspiration… Wishing you a glowy, rosy 2016 ! xx

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