Welcome to my ‘Life with Tess’ blog!
I decided at the beginning of 2012 to take up the WordPress challenge to blog for 366 days of 2012. I had never blogged before.
Well, that Challenge is over now. Done and Dusted! I was amazed to achieve writing every day: 366 days despite travelling overseas and doing a 14 day cruise!
My family helped me celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2012 when I was given a special ‘Bloggers Award’ made up by my son. What a thrill it was having them celebrate this milestone with me.
In 2013 I continued writing on blog but just not every day. It still feels so decadent after the daily blogging experience. However, I have continued to share all of the ups and downs concerning marriage, children, grandchildren and life’s happenings with humour and some measure of wisdom as I did before. I have other challenges to achieve now as 2014 continues onwards. I completed a 9 Week Challenge at my local gym which was quite a feat for someone as unfit as me! I lost 4 kg and continue to attend the gym regularly.
I enjoy life and wish to keep learning until the day I die. Life is never easy and I think that living, loving and sharing your life with others is good for your well-being so this is what I have decided to do on my blog. And I just love to write.
INFORMATION ON MY BACKGROUND YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW:
I have had an interesting and full life but am now in my late sixties having retired from full-time work in 2009 after a demanding but enjoyable career in the Federal Government.
I love writing, travelling and being in nature. I belong to a monthly Book Club at the local library and really enjoy the feisty interactions we have and I have also formed some good friendships there. I am also part of a weekly group where we study Shakespeare from an expert on the subject, who just happens to be 85 years old.
I live with my husband Geoffrey in Brisbane, in the beautiful Sunshine State of Queensland, Australia. Geoff and I share many of the same interests – especially caravanning, cruising, music and our garden. There is never a dull moment in our house as Geoff is such a colourful character.
We have two wonderful children – grown up, married and gone. Maria is now 42 and bringing up our two gorgeous granddaughters Alice (12) and Violet 7) almost on her own; also Daniel (37) married to Belinda, parents to delightful 4-year-old Isaac and their baby Madeleine (1-year-old). We are a close-knit family and enjoy the cut and thrust of activities shared and love spending time away together now and then, at a resort. It’s full-on but enjoyable.
What a good life it is! I studied at university in my forties and I cannot imagine not having a challenge in my life so I know there will be new challenges ahead of me in 2014.
Now that 2013 is over, I invite you to continue travelling with me on this journey. 2013 was a hard year in which I lost my sister … but I found that time does heal. I also finished my Diploma of Publishing in 2013 and edited my first book! However, I will continue to write about all manner of things that interest me and as I have some work as an online editor, life will never be boring or dull.
Please … put down whatever you are doing and come along with me on the journey in 2014, as I share … Life with Tess.