Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Out with the old and In with the new ~ 2015

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As we draw to the end of 2014 I have to say, hand on heart I am delighted. Never have I been so glad to see the end of a year.

There was much to have celebrated during 2014, our twentieth wedding anniversary, my business further developing, family visiting from Australia for an extended time and several other really positive things.

Sadly, all of that has been greatly overshadowed by the death of my Mum and how I move forward from here will take time to define for both Stuart and myself. Not a day goes by when I don't think of Mum or have a thought that I must remember to tell her something. We had lots of conversations over the years, ranging from deep and meaningful to the random comments of familiarity.

I also experienced some other disruptive behaviour from a genealogical colleague. I am deeply saddened that someone, apparently deemed as a "mover and shaker" can be so woefully lacking. What is so dreadful is that I have never really encountered such miserable and unkind behaviour in the genealogical arena in all my years of researching and that is probably why I was so shaken by the events. All that glitters is not gold is a phrase that sums it up nicely.

Over the last few months I have stopped the usual blog posts. There are various reasons for that, the conclusion of several projects and my thoughts have really stopped my creative juices from flowing. That said, I have looked back through my blog planner and for 2015 there will be a more structured set of posts. Mostly genealogical although I plan to post again to Sunday Salon which is about books and reading, something that I have done little of this year for pleasure. I also plan to take part in Weekend Cooking, a regular cookery themed blog jive. I have missed both of those themed posts and I hope that 2015 will get my get up and go back from wherever it went!

The Book of Me which launched in 2012 and became available on-line for the genealogical community, amongst others during 2013 - 2014 has just finished. It is quite something to have concluded a seventy week prompt schedule. Well done if you took part, regardless of whether or not you kept up. The prompts are still available on-line and I have no plans to take them down.

For 2015, we see the birth of In Deep with the Book of Me, which will run over the course of 2015, each prompt delivered on 1st of the month  and supported within a day or so by a presentation and / or hangout. The Facebook Group is still very much in operation. The Book of Me Master Class (on-line version) will be available for 2015, not to mention another project which will launch in the Spring.

So, just before I raise a glass of virtual bubbly and wish everyone a happy New Year, I want to thank all the readers, from the genealogical world and others that read this blog for the support, readership, kindness and simply being "there". It is appreciated and I truly value the friendship.

From my house to your house, Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year to you Julie. I've followed your blog and participated in your Book of Me although I haven't kept up but plan to finish in time. Will join he next one too as well as the 52 ancestors. Blogging keeps me focused and the prompt have helped me to focused. I'm sorry for your loss. I too lost me Mum 21 months ago and still feel that loss deeply. Grief has no time limit take your time. Thank you for the help you have given me to get through this past year. You'll never know how it has helped. X

  2. Julie, I hope 2015 will be a much happier year. You deserve it.


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