WHAT a ride!

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - HEYJUDE... - Jude Dob­son AD­VICE

HOW SWEET IT IS TO HAVE SOME­THING OLD BE NEW AGAIN

It’s Jan­uary – of­ten a time of self-re­flec­tion and res­o­lu­tions. My usual one of get­ting fit is be­ing put on the ac­tion­able list this year, but that’s an­other story for an­other day. It’s also per­haps a time to re­flect on the peo­ple in your life and the re­la­tion­ships (be they per­sonal, fam­ily or work) that you have with them. Are you thank­ful for those peo­ple? Say so! Or is it re­ally a rub­bish re­la­tion­ship mas­querad­ing as some­thing re­spectable? Fix it or be brave! For me, 2018 was some ride. On the plus side, I cre­ated a doc­u­men­tary se­ries on WWI and had the priv­i­lege of piec­ing to­gether sto­ries of some brave men. I met and worked with an amaz­ing group of peo­ple. I’m thank­ful for that.

I trav­elled – de­liv­er­ing my two big kids to ‘Un­cle Sam’ for the year for work and uni, and in­stead of think­ing too hard, I said yes to go­ing to Coachella mu­sic fes­ti­val with friends and our daugh­ters, and their young friends. Great times, good mem­o­ries, re­la­tion­ships fu­elled.

But on the sad side, I lost my dad a few months ago. My lovely, lov­able papa. I don’t like the thought of start­ing a new year with­out him in it, with­out hav­ing him to talk with, to sit with, to have in my life.

Per­haps you had sim­i­lar ups and downs. It’s the roller coaster of life we all ride. Change is the only con­stant. The trick is fig­ur­ing out how to roll with it.

It’s good to be back!

It’s so good to be back! With the start of a new year, now is the per­fect time for a change and I truly wel­come it all. Feel free to send me any ques­tions and I’ll do my best to lis­ten and of­fer some wis­dom. Do what makes you happy, for ex­am­ple say­ing yes to go­ing to an over­seas mu­sic fes­ti­val!

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