As 2019 comes to an end, I’ve been doing some reflection.

How has the year treated me?

Well, it began with me enrolling to study into two courses, with the intention of only doing one of them. In a turn of events involving confusion and a poorly-behaving computer system, I ended up in both courses.

I thought, “Hell, if other people can do two courses, then so can I.”

So, I did.

2019 was full of stress, triggers, tears, frustration, panic, anxiety, fear and accomplishments. It pulled me, pushed me, tugged me, hit me, spat at me, scratched me and tested my resolve, strength, dedication and commitment. I grew in more ways than one, learnt things about myself I wouldn’t otherwise had, and discovered that some people never really left high school.

Not one single week went by where I wasn’t doing an assessment for either course, including the holiday periods between terms. Sometimes, I had three due in the same week! Eight just in the last five weeks of the year! Without going back and actually counting the weeks for accuracy, I think it would have been 36 weeks straight classes and assessments.

The library was my second home.


It is a momentous achievement in announcing that I graduated on 11th December 2019 from completing the Diploma in Counselling, and Certificate IV in New Small Business! Ecstatic is understating the emotion I experienced when I hit “send” for the submission of my final assessment! I’m incredibly proud of myself. Honestly, if I’d known prior to starting these courses the amount of work a Diploma and a Certificate IV entailed, I probably wouldn’t have done it. Going in blind was a blessing.

I survived!

So, what now?


After that, though, volunteer work, gain casual employment and complete the Diploma in Community Services. With Recognised Prior Learning, and only doing ONE course, I should have an easier study load to carry and manage in 2020.


I want to wish all my readers and followers a Happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with your loved ones. As today creeps ever-so closer to midnight, celebrate and have a plan B. Keep safe, especially with the bush fires still burning, and please pray for rain (if you’re the praying kind)!

May 2020, the year of perfect eyesight, be one of success and achievements, and full of blessings (I can hear you all groaning at my dad joke there btw hahaha).

See you all next year!!!

2 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. I have read your book . While I found myself having empathy for all of your abuse, the trained eye couldn’t help but notice most of the WOMYN you shared this knowledge with doesn’t fall into four husband’s and an engagement (were you changed your name before the happy occasion). I would have have enjoyed reading it much more if you had used I AND ME . Having said that good for you revealing your story here’s hoping many positive, strong and loving life decisions cross the path of enlightenment and awareness

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    • Hi Poppy

      Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it a lot.

      While many women don’t have 3 marriages and an engagement to reflect back upon, the message of abuse and its affects remains.

      Your comment has given me something to ponder and review though. And for that I’m grateful. I will take it on board.

      I’m glad overall, it was a good read.

      Again, thank you ūüėäūüĎć


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