Weekend Reading (and Watching) Happy New Year to All


It’s 2010, and I always find the promise of a new year cleansing – a new beginning, a fresh look a the world, the opportunity to try something new or different.

Sure, 1 January is an arbitary date and I could do the same thing any day of the year, but I suppose it’s the tradition of the new years resolution that makes me ponder what I want to happen for the forthcoming year.

Some of you may be aware the my husband and I separated just before Christmas (which is partly why my posts have been rather sporadic recently, much to deal with emtionally, less head space for blogging, I hope back to normal schedules soon).  A hard decision, but I think the right one, so my new year will be a very different one, with new challenges for me and the kids, and many new and exciting opportunities for us as well.  Making a decision, making a choice rather than keeping on going in an unhealthy situation is something that I believe is important for my happiness.

Above my desk I have typed out and stuck up on the wall these 7 Laws to Live By (not sure where they are from – sorry, have a feeling it’s probably adapted from a book, if you know where, leave a comment).  I thought I’d share them with you.

1. Everything is possible.  You can do anything you set your mind to and take the action to achieve.
2. If you want something, give it.  Make someone feel special every day.
3. When you make a choice, you choose your future.
4. Don’t automatically say no, be open to opportunities.
5. Every time you wish or want, you plant a seed.

6. Enjoy the journey.  Stop to smell the frangipani, roses, jasmine and daphne along the way.

7. You are here for a reason.  Take the time to be grateful for both what you get and give to the world.

I hope your 2010 is full of great experiences, happiness, friendships, opportunities and love.

On another topic, I received an email just before Christmas with a link to this great resource of 25 videos on makeup tips and techniques.    From tutuorials on eye makeup for glasses wearers, to camouflaging and contouring, there is something to be learned here for many.

And a brilliant Guest Post from Audi (Fashion for Nerds) over at Already Pretty on Choosing a Hat to flatter your beautiful head.

Happy New Year to you all, thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it.


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  • Imogen: I was wondering where you were – I assumed that Xmas was just a blog-free zone for you. I'm really happy for you that you have made a decision to move on in your life in a way that is most beneficial to all involved, but I can only imagine how hard it is. I'm thinking of you all. I know that great things are in store in 2010 for you. Whenever we make hard decisions and transform, we bring good things to us. Kxo

  • Oh, Imogen. If you say this is for the best, then good for you. It may be a difficult time even so, if this is true, my best to you and your kids.

  • I love your 7 laws to live by – I was nodding my head after reading each one.

    I've created a mood board for this year (my latest post) and have decided that this year is the year of Making More of An Effort. That's an effort with everything – yesterday I spent some time calling friends I hadn't seen for a while; I also wore some make-up yesterday – my daughters were delighted!

    I hope the New Year brings you much inner happiness, more success and good health to you and yours. Best wishes x

  • This news really caught me by surprise. I had no idea. I´m sure you have thought things around and about before coming to the conclusion. I respect you for that. I wish you strength in your future! Lots of hugs!

  • I am so sorry to hear your news. We all want a "happy ever after" but sometimes it is not to be. I went through the same thing 18 months ago. It took a lot of courage and then it takes awhile to get through but it is worth it in the end. Everyone is happier. I wish the same for you.

  • I do know what you are going through – these things (even if you both decide that they are for the best) are never easy…. And your 7 laws to live by are so wise …. Think that I will send them on to my 19 year old daughter too… xx All the best for 2010..

  • Imogen, I am sorry to learn that this year has been tough for you personally. I hope you can feel peaceful and hopeful about making a decision that, while difficult, can bring some healing and resolve to your life. Many hugs to you.

  • Sitting here completely wrapped up in thinking of you. This experience is so complex and I can guess at the mix of feelings. Hope you have frends close by to offer you support and strength, as well us, your blog friends.

  • I didn't know, and I am sorry. I hope things work out well for you and your adorable children. I'll be thinking of you. Thanks again for your wonderful blog, it makes me happy every day.

  • So sorry to hear your news and it explains your absence. I wish you all the best for this coming year and the future and have every confidence that you and your kids will flourish in a warm nurturing environment.

    Looking forward to reading all your fascinating posts in the months to come.

  • Imogen I was surprise to hear your news but am sure that you have already made the right decision for you and your family. I wish you courage on your new journey.

  • Imogen, have been away and am also surprised by your news. Hoping this next phase of your life brings good things for you and your family.

  • I also thought the holidays just meant "busy so less blogging", like myself, and was surprised by your news. Here's hoping everything turns out wonderful for you. That you have a peaceful year despite this current turmoil. Sending hearts and hugs across the ocean!

  • Imogen I'm so behind on any blogs apart from YLF that I have only just read this post. My relationship broke up in December, so we are going through something similar. It's tough. I hope you are doing ok? You sounds like you have a lot of inner strength.

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