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June 12 Challenge

June 1-30 Challenge

Day 12 Twelve Things You Are Grateful For

June 12, 1942. Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday.

June 12, 2014. The last time I allowed the 12th to be a day of monthly mourning and depression for me. The next month, when the 12th rolled around, I chose to be grateful for the things and people I have rather than being depressed because of what I had lost.

12 Things I am grateful for:

  1. My family. We moved to the other side of the world exactly 10 years ago last weekend; me, my hubby and my two children. The move has made us stronger as a family unit and I’m forever grateful to have them.
  2. My dog. My little terrier Billy is a rascal, but he is also my writing companion and my support.
  3. My computer. Has enabled me to find my creativity.
  4. My creativity. This may sound quite narcissistic, but I love the fact that I can write. I love to create characters, places and settings and am grateful for that.
  5. My love of books. I have read since I was young, and feel privileged every time I find a new author or a gem of a book.I’m currently reading a Tracy Chevalier book, and am engrossed by it.
  6. Baking. I love to bake with my daughter. We set out most weekends to look through recipes and spend that precious family time together.
  7. The internet. I would be lost without my friend Google, as he is used so much in research. What was life like before the internet? I shudder to think.
  8. My car. Allows me to travel around the beautiful Gold Coast, and search for inspiration.
  9. Dining out. I love to discover new restaurants. As a family we eat out quite a bit; food helps us to connect and bond.
  10. The area I live in. Also, the world and all the gorgeous places in it. We should all be grateful to live on this glorious planet.
  11. My parents. For giving me life and good advice.
  12. Waking up each morning in a warm bed, content and looking forward to a new day.                                                              *

June 3 Challenge

June 1 – 30 Challenge

Day 3: Three Things You Can’t Live Without

June 3, 1937. The Duke of Windsor married American Wallis Simpson. He loved her so much he knew he could not live without her, so he gave up the Crown of Great Britain to marry her.

What are three things you can’t live without (or wouldn’t want to).

#June 1-30 Challenge

  1. Chocolate. Growing up, I loved Christmas. The thrill of presents and sumptuous food, yes. But the real reason is the amount of chocolate that my parents allowed me to eat! One year, I found a stash of chocolate meant for Christmas day. I opened a Milk Tray box, and ate the top layer. Then I swapped the layers to fool my mother into thinking that I’d had just one or two….! To this day I cannot imagine a life without chocolate.
  2. My family, and my dog. This is a no brainer as far as my family is concerned… I have a little fox terrier dog, Billy, that I adore. He’s wicked and naughty but he comes third after my children.
  3. I love my computer. I’m old enough to remember a time when all I knew about computers was that it was ‘just for boys.’ Girls had to contend with needlework classes instead. Now, I cannot imagine not consulting my computer for anything from recipes, pet tips, film reviews.. its endless. Its also helped me to rediscover my passion for writing.

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