I only set myself two targets last year. Number one was focus on family and friends. I did well on this one. Over the year we’ve (re)connected with various bits of our extended family, who are scattered across Europe. (I’ll spare you the ‘our weird family details’). Number two was to turn books in my head into published books. I did okay on the second one too – I published a guide for early years settings, another guide about developing young writers and a second bad faerie book for children. I’ve almost finished Road School, though not quite (damn). In other news, I gave a talk on creativity for the FA, at St. George’s Park (exciting). I did a keynote at the first WomenEd conference (amazing experience/amazing people). And I started writing a regular column for Nursery World as well. Both kids had significant birthdays, with one turning teen and the other leaving single digits behind. Oh and we got outstanding in our Ofsted inspection at preschool.
I’m setting myself three targets for next year. I know that I’ll be travelling a lot already – we’ve booked a houseboat in Amsterdam to see a Muse concert with friends. I’m going to Chile for work in April. With Portugal in the summer as well, it looks like the first of next year’s targets should be:
1. Travel a lot.
The next target is simple, since it’s the one that I didn’t do this year:
2. Finish Road School.
And the last target basically revolves around getting to an age where I go ‘oh shit, I’m old’:
3. Do something amazing to celebrate my *beep*-ieth birthday.
As someone once said: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” As U2 also sensibly remind us: “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” But even though they’re right, when I reach a new decade, I definitely want to do something cool to celebrate my birthday. 🙂