Lessons I Learned Over a Decade

As 2020 starts off a brand new decade, people are taking the opportunity to reflect on the previous one. The idea of ten years feels like eternity. But when I think about myself ten years ago compared to myself now, the distance seems even more vast. To map the journey from 13 to 23, here are some of the most formative lessons I learned over the last decade.

When I was 13 years old, I learned that some friendships don’t fade; they’re broken to pieces. At the same time, I realised at 14 that new bonds can quietly materialise when you’re unaware.

Ultimately, most people in life come and go. That’s just how it is. And at 15, I learned that walking long distances isn’t as difficult if you’re walking with the right people.

At 16 years, I learned what it’s like being alone despite being surrounded by people. Still, there’s hope. Old places can be imbued with new memories. At 17, the same paths I once walked in exhaustion later led to new adventures.

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Some Resolutions (Happy New Year 2016!)

Dear readers,

A very happy new year to you all! I hope you have a healthy and successful year ahead. 2015 has been bittersweet but thinking back, there have been some truly happy, warm and wonderful moments. Here’s to hoping that this year brings even more moments like that for us all.

Now, no one really sets goals this time of year, but I thought I’d do something different. So here goes…

(That was sarcasm, just to clarify. Let’s jump on the bandwagon of tradition and set some resolutions!)

Writing Resolutions

  • Write a little bit every day.

I’ve tried (and failed) to do this before, but this year I’ve got a plan: I’ll write anything, anything, be it six-word stories, first lines, last lines, bad jokes, or shopping lists. I’ll be happy if I spend even five minutes a day writing something I don’t have to for the next 365 days.

  • Make a list of and participate in writing competitions.
  • Send work off to be published:
    • Write, edit and finalise short stories/poetry
    • Get subscriptions to magazines/journals
    • Send, send, send (maybe once a month?)

I want to take decisive steps towards being a published author this year. The first step (apart from actually writing) seems to be sending my writing to different journals and magazines, whether they’re in print or digital. Let me know if you know any good magazines to publish short fiction!

  • Read the writing-related books, articles and guides I’ve got saved.


‘Nuff said.

Not only are my bookmarks filled with links I’ve saved, but my dad has also sent me loads of helpful articles. I’m planning to read a few every weekend, or maybe one a day at least. Baby steps…

  • Have at least one short story finished per month.

I won’t set my goals too high. I’ll be honest: I’ve never kept my resolutions (that I know of). I plan to change this (as always), but I figured I’ll start small.

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Page 1 of 365 | Happy New Year 2015!

Dear readers,

I wish you a very happy new year, and hope 2015 is a happy, healthy and successful year for you all. I saw a wonderful quote on the internet recently, pointing out that today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. I hope the pages of your book are filled with beautiful words, pictures and experiences throughout the year, and that it turns out to be everything you dreamed of as the clock chimed midnight on January 31st.

I would also like to say a big thank you for those who have read, commented or followed my blog; a writer wouldn’t be much without readers. Once again, I hope you all have a happy new year ~ and get writing!