2017 was the year that …. 2018 will be the year that …

2017 was the year that I planned to:

  • Become a Nemeton PriestessI enrolled on the course for this, but about halfway through, I realised it was not the right direction for me, and dropped out. I feel good about my decision though.
  • Learn to play guitar. I still really want to do this, but early in 2017 I realised there was just not going to be time for it this year. I suspect the same will be true for 2018, but I *will* learn at some point.
  • Complete the IFFG 2017 ChallengeI did this! I completed a piece of freeform crochet artwork measuring almost 3 ft tall and it was featured in the book published at the end of each challenge.

  • Learn the art of tatting. Ah yes. Tatting. I bought the kit, which only cost a very few pounds. And that was as far as I got. Priorities changed. Maybe one day.
  • Progress my sound therapy experienceI did this. With bells on. Hurrah!


2017 was the year that

  • I found myself. In August 2016, I complained (somewhat self indulgently) to a friend that I wanted a job. And then immediately said I didn’t want a job. I wanted something, but I didn’t know what it was. 2017 was the year I did something about this. It took months to work out what the something was and by the time I realised what it was, I was already well on the way to finding it. I had lost my sense of self. I found it again when I went back to being Sound Therapist, including taking CPD training.
  • I launched my Sound Therapy business, with a website, and a therapy room of my own, and actual clients. I started feeling like a grown up again.
  • I thought I had conquered the grief I’d been holding on to. 21 years today, as I write this. It was the year I felt like I’d accepted it all and moved on. Today, I realised I was wrong. It’s easier to cope with the rest of the year, but New Year’s Eve is as hard as it ever was.
  • I took the children to France for a holiday, without the hubby, because he didn’t get paid holidays. And I proved to myself that I’d been worrying about nothing when I worried about driving in France.
  • I planned a road trip to Romania for the kids in a  27-year-old camper van I bought. And then we didn’t go on the road trip. Yet.
  • I finally bought my two beautiful, large gongs. And eight gorgeous, lovely Himalayan singing bowls.
  • PK learned to read. His fifth birthday was 2 weeks ago and he went from no reading to having a reading age of 7 in a matter of months.


I don’t make resolutions for new year, but there are some things I would like to achieve.

In 2018 I would like to:

  • Complete the IFFA 2018 Challenge. After successfully completing last year’s challenge, I want to push myself further this year and create a piece that fits into the theme “Galaxies”. It’s not a theme I’ve visited with my freeform before, but I have an idea forming in my head, and will start sketching it soon.
  • Learn the basics of needle felting and embroidery.I have decided to include elements of both in my artwork for the IFFA 2018 Challenge, but haven’t done either before. I have bought the materials for making a needle felted background for the piece and will be experimenting with them over the next few weeks I hope. I’ve also bought myself an embroidery pen and will be playing around with that soon too. I hope to include small pieces in my artwork.
  • Find new, larger premises for my sound therapy business. I’ve already visited several premises to try to find something suitable, but it’s proving harder than I hoped. I really want to try to get something suitable set up in the first couple of months of the year, which will help with my next goal.
  • Launch new group sound therapy sessions. This one is pretty much dependent on finding suitable premises, but in 2018 I want to launch new group sessions including sound baths, women’s empowerment sessions, fibromyalgia sessions, and a range of sessions based around some of the Pagan festivals.
  • Take the camper van on a road trip *somewhere*. This one is dependent on my mobility and health, as I find the clutch pedal difficult to use in our camper van (it’s about three feet in the air!) and the accelerator makes my leg ache (because it’s so much more of an effort than in a modern car, and even in my modern car, I make liberal use of cruise control!). However, I’d like to plan a UK road trip for this year and if all goes well, it’d be lovely to plan a European trip for the near future.


What do you have planned for the coming year?

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