by Julianne Alcott (aka Michelle Dennison)It is almost October, and in thinking about what to write, I was reflecting on the year that has been.

It started with me getting divorced last October, and will end with my ex getting re-married this current October.

I had four possible relationships that started out promising, but ended in me being a  little sadder and wiser, and someone I cared about very much turned out to be the opposite of who I thought he was.

But the last 12 months haven’t been only sad…

  • I signed a contract for my first book to be published.
  • My second novel is currently being read by the publisher.
  • My little girl danced a solo in front of hundreds of people, and was amazing.
  • I made new friends.
  • I might have an opportunity to study further.

So this has been a reminder to me that that in every year there are good things and bad. Sorrows  and joys. Laughter and tears.All of them are part of life. The challenge is what we make of it.

And that reminds me of the lyrics to The Climb, sung by Miley Cyrus.

The senior choir at my school are practising it at the moment, and my favourite part is…

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down, but
No I’m not breaking
I may not know it, but these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep goin’,
And I, I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, ’cause There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb

I also came across this quote from Helen Keller. If ever there was a person who had every reason to give up, it would be her, but she accomplished amazing things. It’s a good one to remember when we are starting to feel afraid.

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
The Open Door

And I’ll finish off with this quote …

“Dance like the photo’s not being tagged. Love like you’ve  never been
unfriended. Sing like nobody’s following. Share like you care. And do it all
like it won’t end up on Youtube!”


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