Waking up the morning of the 31st, it has occurred to me that I haven't given a lot of thought to my new years resolutions. It's something I usually love to do, and something that has been good for me - I feel like resolutions are good intentions, ways of thinking and being that I hope will carry me through the year with a little more grace or fortitude. I usually give myself just three - three important things I want to consciously work at. Without being too personal, the year ahead for me will be a hard one. There is a lot of uncertainty and a lot of big changes ahead and a whole lot of things that are out of my control. And I'm doing pretty well at being OK with that, at taking each day as it comes, but it still worries me. So I'll be thinking today of three things that I can do, three positive changes I can bring into my life and the year ahead.

It's a nice time to reflect too, and I have to say that this last year has been a very special one - a year I didn't see coming and would never have believed, and a year that has seen me move a little closer to the things that are important to me. I feel especially grateful that my life is full of so many wonderful people, people that love, support and inspire me endlessly and make my world a happier one. To those dear friends and family, thank you - YOU ARE AMAZING...  CA AHD

* This big, colourful and wondrous image is courtesy of British artist Chrissie Abbott, in a range she designed for my favourite stationers and yours, AHD Paper Co - it's available as a gift card and poster and is easily the best thing I can think of to send to the people you love.