Goodbye 2012! Hello 2013!


It’s only a little over an hour away from midnight, and from the New Year. I am in London at the moment, spending New Year’s Eve in the hotel room. I can see the London Eye from the window, and at midnight, will have a view of fireworks from the warm, comfort of the room rather than being out in the cold. 

I like beginning of a New Year. It’s tidy, clear line of an end and of beginning, though in reality, it’s just a continuum of life. 

My life took a quite a different turn in 2012, starting in February, when I started a project that would eventually lead me onto Kaizen Journaling, and my own business. It’s been an eventful year all around. I achieved more than I realised, and failed at a fair few things too. Travelled to three countries. And quite recently, made the most amazing decision to go volunteer in Ecuador with my husband in February 2013. (more about that later)

I could describe 2012 in three words: Year of Growth 

I really took control of where I wanted my life to go, and took steps to eliminate things that no longer worked for me. It wasn’t easy, but I’ve always believed in taking full responsibility for my life, and so it was up to me to decide how I wanted my life to be. 

As 2013 draws near, I’m more hopeful than ever. Future is uncertain, because there is no future. It’s only the Present that you have any control over. I have plans and goals that I am going to work towards, but I am also open to unexpected turnings and opportunities that life presents. 

I wish you to do the same. 

Thank you for being here during this year. Kaizen Journaling would not be what it is without you. I hope that this community of Kaizen Warriors grows even stronger in 2013, because the stronger we are as a unit, the stronger we would be as individuals. 

I wish all of you a very Happy New Year, and may you find the strength to make all your dreams come true! 



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6 Responses to “Goodbye 2012! Hello 2013!”

  1. Laurie January 1, 2013 at 01:21 # Reply

    It sounds like you have an exciting year to look forward to! Thanks for all the journaling inspiration you have given us in 2012. Happy New Year!

    • Dolly Garland January 2, 2013 at 18:17 # Reply


      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I hope to provide a lot more journaling inspiration in 2013. Readers such as you make it encouraging :-)

      Happy New Year.

  2. Lynn Fisher January 1, 2013 at 02:50 # Reply

    Sounds like you are having quite a good time…we are still a few hours away from midnight and the new year here, in Minneapolis…where celebrating inside sounds just right today!
    A very Happy and fun filled New Year to you! Enjoy your stay in London btw…wish I were there : )

    • Dolly Garland January 2, 2013 at 18:18 # Reply


      Starting New Year in London was great, though I am now very glad to be home!

      I wish you a very Happy New Year!

  3. Ciara Conlon January 1, 2013 at 13:08 # Reply

    Happy New Year Dolly, Looking forward to hearing more about Ecuador. Enjoy London, ever in Dublin let me know

    • Dolly Garland January 2, 2013 at 18:19 # Reply


      Thank you, and hope you have a fantastic 2013. I will be writing all about Ecuador soon :-)

      I would definitely love to come to Ireland at some point. If you come over in UK, I would love to meet you!

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