A New Year Awaits...

I had planned on doing a spot of writing about the coming year, but I’m still not firing on all cylinders after being poorly over Christmas. Not quite the way I’d hoped to spend our ‘first’ Christmas together of our ‘new’ life but hey ho, such is life.

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Instead I shall fall back on some ‘feel-good’ music. This was inspired by a classical piece – the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The genius who has arranged it in a rumba style is Joachim Horsley. He not only arranges music, he also composes and orchestrates it. He’s named this ‘Beethoven in Havana’. I’d happily dance in the New Year to this…

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year filled with peace, love, happiness and good health!

May we have the courage to face whatever 2017 has in store for us.

2015 - A Retrospective; Soundtrack by Queen

'Pegasus' ~ Jan Boeckhorst

The idea for this post came while chatting over breakfast with Liam, and he said, in his best reporter voice, “So, how was 2015 for you?”  And it got me thinking …

At the beginning of the year, almost at the end of mediation, I thought the divorce would be final by Easter; freedom was so close, I could almost taste it …

Despite coming to an agreement through mediation, nothing came of it; and because it hadn’t been signed off by the court, it wasn’t binding.  After that monumental waste of time and money, we had to go court for the first hearing for the Financial Dispute Resolution in July.  The offers I made were rejected, and it felt like everything had come to a grinding halt …

After working through the storm of emotions, and coming to terms with still having to be in the same house as him, I decided I wasn’t going to let this get the better of me.  Through meditation and prayer, and the wonderful support of my lovely friends, their love and the boys’ love, not forgetting my special little weekend breaks, I got closer to a calmer, more peaceful state …

We were supposed to have the 2nd hearing at court on 21st December, but that fell through.  The key document that is required – the pensions actuary report – still wasn’t ready, despite them having over 4 months to sort it.  I won’t bore you with the details of organisations messing about and not responding to questions that needed answering.  But, the week before the hearing, I found out from my solicitor that the hearing was being postponed.  It was only at that point did I realise how much I’d been ‘looking forward’ to it, for it to, hopefully, be done and dusted, so we could finally move forward.  I could say I was crushingly disappointed, but that would be an understatement.  For a couple of days, I couldn’t think about it or talk about it as I just ended up in tears.  Then, I had a magical moment, which just seemed to wash away all the hurt and sadness, and I felt fine!

I still don’t know the ‘new’ date for the 2ndhearing, hopefully we’ll find out sooner rather than later.  At the close of one year, and the start of another, I can honestly say that I feel great, positive, ready for anything …

Happy New Year! May 2016 bring blessings, peace, love, happiness, and all good things to every one of us.

Hello 2014!

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

I enjoy listening to Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and loads others, but Beethoven is, by far, my favourite.  I decided to choose this quote to herald the New Year as I want to reconnect with my writing and crafting.  

Keeping with the ‘Beethoven’ theme, here’s a link to one of my favourite pieces by him – 'Ode to Joy' (not biased by the title or anything, honest!), the choral finale of Symphony No.9.  I’m so used to finding flashmob performances for contemporary music, I was pleasantly surprised to find one for classical music.  I especially enjoyed watching the reaction of the children in the crowd, so cute.

Beethoven wrote this toward the end of his career when he was almost completely deaf, and plagued by ill-health.  He composed it by hearing it in his head, and never heard it played.  Yet he conducted it at its premiere performance in Vienna in 1824.  Apparently, when the audience applauded, he was still conducting, being several measures off.  One of the sopranos went to his side, and turned him around so he could see the audience’s reaction; they raised their hands, waved handkerchiefs and hats in the air so that, although he could not hear the applause, Beethoven could see their appreciation.

And that is one of the reasons, apart from the emotion-stirring music, that this piece inspires me and lifts my spirits. I hope it does the same for you, and fills you with creative wonderment for the New Year.