Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 358 – Determination


“I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”

Zig Ziglar

Okay, Spidey, I get it. I need to up my determination!

I consider myself an ordinary person. There’s nothing special about me, other than I am blessed with wonderful people around me and the world has conspired to give me enough of everything I need.

(Sometimes more stress, and less time to do what I want, but I’m not fussing!)

But in order to achieve all the hopes and dreams I have for my work, as well as in my writing career, being determined is my biggest resource.

I have to have that feeling of wanting to achieve, in order to get there.

And I need that determination to seek out the time to reach my goals.

Things are hectic, again here, with changing rules, absences in school due to Covid rising again, so different stresses at play, but I have ensured I have stuck to that daily writing habit. Every day on the blog, and some time on the WIP a couple of times a week.

I am determined to translate the daily blogging habit into a daily writing routine, after January, so no matter how short, I am still focussing on that manuscript that I have to finish.

Peeps, it will get written!

So, are you a determined person?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 357 – Strong Women, Strong Tea


“A woman is like a teabag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Let me raise my cup of chai to you on that one, Spidey!

Firstly, can I say that as I read this quote, I was compelled to go and make myself a nice, hot, strong cardamom tea!

So, I’m back now with a steaming mug of tea, and a chocolate chip muffin to go with it, because, well, you need that sweet treat, too, don’t you?

I do believe I am about to really show the world just how strong a teabag of a woman I am, this year.

What with my ever-busy school career, being mum and wife, as well as dutiful daughter/daughter-in-law, I have now added signed author into the mix, which means I can’t just write when I fancy it, but I kinda really have to!

Snd I feel quite determined, to be honest.

I have a year to finish this first draft, but I want to get it done by the end of the summer holidays, so I have time to read it, get opinions, go through what I want to change, etc. before the whole submitting to the publisher.

It’s not as simple as picking up a pen or opening your document on your laptop, and writing, though.

You have to be in the right frame of mind, as well as free of other responsibilities, too, in order to fully embrace your writing time. Oh, and your writing mo-jo needs to be around, too!

It’s always been a bit of a sticking point for me. Because the children were a little younger, the last time I rushed to finish a manuscript, and the rest of the family weren’t that invested in what I was doing, I was stealing time, where I could.

But I did it.

This time, however, I have the support of all of the people around me. The kids are teens, which is great because they don’t (strictly) need me running around after them, picking things up, cleaning, feeding, etc., unless it’s the summer months and cricket has started… and Hubby Dearest is so much more aware of just how important my writing is to me. If you saw my Friday post, you’ll see the beautiful flowers and balloons he gave me as a Congratulations gift for having signed the contract!

Last night, I was up at 3.30am, after having slept a few hours, and ended up reading, to lull me back to the Land of Nod. Hubby Dearest asked me why I was reading, and not writing that book if I was up!

This was a first.

For a change he is actively encouraging me to go and hole myself up in my writing cave for whatever time I need, whenever I want, to continue to make my dreams come true. In the past, it was more of an annoyance, and if my laptop and constant tapping away at it was disturbing him, or at an unsavoury time, it would cause grief.

And you know what? I’m going to do this. I really am.

This month, I am blogging daily as part of Linda Hill’s #JusJoJan challenge, so I am carving out a little time every day to write the posts. This means I will be in a daily habit of writing, again. I will try and write on my Manuscript, twice a week, to start with, and once this challenge is done, that time I freed up, to write the posts daily, can be used to write WIP words!

Work will always be there.

School is a huge part of my life, but I have also come to realise, that though a job is important, it is not your life. If we go, we are replaceable in our place of work, whereas only we can be the ones to fulfil our dreams, and to be there for our families. So, I won’t bring the stresses of school life home, unless something dire happens, or it’s Ofsted!

Instead, my after-school hours are time for my family, for me, and for my authorly future!

(By the way, the tea is almost finished, but rather cool, now. I think I should make another cup!)

So, how do you organise your work/life balance, or your real life/dream life aspirations?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 356 – The Unknown


“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” 

David Bowie

Thanks, Spidey, and a very Happy New Year to you, my arachnid superhero type co-writer!

I really loved this quote, when Spidey found it. It really does encompass what I am feeling, right now.

I’ve been harping on about that ‘thing’, that I have which I can’t confirm or deny yet, though I am itching to do something about, but, until it is set in stone, I don’t want to tempt fate! And I do promise you, like the above, it will be far from boring!

Then, there is school.

Numbers are going up again, but the government doesn’t want to lockdown fully, again, unless it was unavoidable. Schools closing would be the last resort, so they say.

It seems that in the not so distant past, we were sat here, debating what would happen at the beginning of the last new year, too!

I really don’t want schools to go into remote learning, at least, not for my little ones.

Home learning is tough for them, and their parents. It’s not like the older kids who do have the nous to get on with things, themselves. You just have to, as a parent, crack the whip once in a while, to make sure they are doing what they should be doing.

However, today we are reading about the strain on the NHS, again, with so many of those who are the backbone of our health service, isolating or unwell with Covid.

It almost feels inevitable…

But I hope not.

I’ll pray that things settle…

So, how do you think your start to the new year will pan out?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

Word Of The Year – 2022 edition! #WOTY

So, we are here.


Goodness knows what it will bring, but, firstly, let me wish you the happiest of New Year!

That is probably the face I’d pull if I had to dance, right now.. so unfit! LOL!

And, as you are aware, I have chosen a word to accompany that year over the last few years.

  • 2019 – it was SELF. And I am happy to say I have been pretty good at keeping that self care up, since them, too!
  • 2020 – BELIEVE. Well, lets all agree that 2020 was a kinda unbelievable year, allin all, with the paandemic, and BLM… However, I did believe. And my beliefs meant that 2020 was the year I finally became a published author!
  • 2021 – I chose the word HOPE. I think we all needed hope to pull us through what I found to be a tougher year than 2020, in many ways. I travelled through it, exhausted and worried abaout everyone and everything around me. But, I did keep that hope alive, within.

This time last year, I wrote this:

Inside, I have that hope that things will get better.

hope that I have the time and energy to keep writing.

hope to finish that first draft and have my novella ready for a reader magnet. (Well, I need that, not hope to do it, so I can send it to newsletter subscribers!)

Another hope is that I can cope with the responsibilities of this new job role and that I make it to the end of the academic year successfully, especially considering I am stepping back into it in a couple of days with another set of enforced home learning for a while… not sure how long for, either!

Oh, and I hope to work out a healthy, happy balance with exercise and food!

And, I hope we finally find our forever home, and by this time next year, I’ll be typing my post in a totally different place!

I think I was right to choose Hope because there was so much uncertainty around what we were experiencing.

I mean, I got through the year, thank goodness! Things kinda got better with the virus, but they went down again…

I am now in my second academic year in Middle Leadership in school. Was it what I envisaged my teaching career to be? No… however, I am coping, and sometimes, enjoying it!

But, I didn’t do great with my writing. (Though, as I may have hinted at, things are on the up with regards to that, too!)

I lost lots of weight… then put it back on again!

And my hope of a forever home? Well, that became a reality!

So, what is my word for this year?

Yup, it’s Create.

One thing I am, if nothing else, is creative, but things have been drowning my creativity recently. Now, I have a huge reason to bring that creativity to the forefront of my life.

  • Create harmony in my household (with two teens, that will be a challenge!)
  • Create new dishes in my kitchen ( I just want to get cooking again!)
  • Create new traditions in our new house (New house, new traditions!)
  • Create new adventures for others to read (That’s the biggie!)

And I will keep the words from previous years going, too, because they have helped shape me over the last few years.

Do you choose a WOTY?

So long, 2021! #DropKick!

What an unbelievably long year that took a relatively short time to pass!

Okay, so I know that made no sense at all, but you might just have an inkling as to what I’m talking about.

trash bag 2021

2021 feels like a year unlike no other, for me. There were ups and downs, throughout it, but, the overwhelming feeling I had, was of existing.

It felt as if I just needed to ‘get through’.

I think I just about existed through the year if I’m totally honest with you.

Do you know what I mean?

More remote learning, though the beginning of the year. More uncertainty as Covid got its claws stuck in, then kin of retracted them, then attacked, again. So many Lateral Flow Tests.

And from September, a new class filled with gorgeous children, some of whom had the hardest collective level of need that our school had ever faced.

My brain was like mush, in many ways. I couldn’t concentrate on much more than what I was doing in school, and keeping the household going, at home.

No real breakthrough in my writing. Yes, I blogged every Monday and Sunday, with the odd other post, but even my beloved blog couldn’t get my creative juices flowing.

smash 2021

And even though I lost some weight at the beginning of the year, it all piled back on, and then some…

We lost my uncle, too…

Oh, then there was my Bro-in-law fracturing his ankle in two places, meaning an operation and he is still unable to walk unaided, Father-in-law getting his cataracts done, Pops having his operation, my mother-in-law having her knee operations cancelled, Mum hurting her leg at the end of the year, and another family member is hospital too…

But, as I said, there were many ups, too.

No one tested positive in our family.

We did find our forever home and I now have my own writing room, and everyone has the space they crave, including Lil Man and a garden where he can go cricket-mad.

christmas face mask

I did get through my first academic year as Phase Leader of the Early Years department, and in School Management.

Lil Man passed his GCSEs and is now doing his A-Levels.

Lil Princess became a teenager (and she doesn’t let us forget!)

We celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary.

I managed to see Pops and Mum twice, at least.

I got some fabulous news at the tail end of the year… still not 100% confirmed, but fingers crossed, soon!

And that is the end of this year.

I end it exhausted, and still not 100% sure what I am walking into, when I go to school on Tuesday, or what the rest of the year holds… but I live in hope!

How was your 2021?

Come on 2022! Let’s see what you’ve got in store for us!

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