Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year! (And Decade!)

A Very Happy New Year to all who visit my blog: family, friends, blogging buddies, followers and lurkers! I'd also just like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have lavished their time so generously towards me over the past year, by emailing me or by leaving comments to my posts - I am truly grateful and appreciate each and every contact. x
Perhaps you have received the email that is doing the rounds on the internet at the moment, with its many positive messages backed up by beautiful snow filled landscapes? A couple of friends sent it to me last week and so I thought I'd pick out a few of the quotes that I particularly like......I think the very wise, positive thoughts that they encourage are important - I believe a happy and positive disposition helps us get through the more difficult times...Perhaps it would be better to bear such thoughts in mind throughout our lives, rather than hastily making New Year's resolutions that we feel pressured into making, but which we would actually find hard to stay true to? Be Happy!
1: When in doubt - just take the next small step.
2: Life is too short to waste hating anyone.
3: Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
4: Make peace with your past so it won't screw-up the present.
5: Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
6: Your children get only one childhood.

7: Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
8: Be eccentric now - Don't wait for old age to wear purple! (I love this one and VERY often wear purple!)
9: No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
10: Frame every so-called disaster with these words. 'In five years, will this matter?'
11: Forgive everyone everything.
12: The best is yet to come.

I hope that 2010 will be a happy year for all!
Niki x
I couldn't resist taking this photo yesterday when hubby and I took a breather in Wells - The outside seating area for the Swan Hotel had been doused in layers of artificial snow, which looked extremely pretty with the magnificent cathedral in the background.


  1. Happy New Year Niki and I hope your new shop will be a wonderful success (it couldnt be anything but!) Betty countryrosecorner x

  2. A Happy New Year to you too Niki & the best of luck with your new venture!

    Jayne (who often wears purple too!)

  3. Happy New Year! Many blessings being sent your way for your wonderful new venture!

  4. Happy New Year! Hope it is your best yet!
    Hugs, Lisa

  5. I love your list!
    I always enjoy my time here at the Stonehouse, thank you for showing us so many pretty things!
    Happy New Year!
    (Phyllis :)

  6. Wonderful list! Happy New Year, Niki & Family!

  7. Julie Bell3:51 pm

    Happy new year to you and your family. Cant believe christmas is over again and where did the last decade go let alone the last year. Cant wait to visit you in your shop, hubby has been warned. Julie x

  8. I can't believe how quickly 2009 has passsed. Happy 2010 to you and your family.

  9. Guenievre5:59 pm

    Meilleurs pour l'année 2010 !
    I like the old postcards !
    Toute à fait d'accord avec les pensées positives ! Il faut profiter de tous les petits bonheurs qui s'offrent chaque jour.

  10. Have a fantastic 2010, Niki. Thank you for sharing your beautiful blog with us!

    ~ Dawn

  11. What great sentiments Niki and yes more purple now!!

  12. Happy New Year, wise words indeed
    twiggy x

  13. Anonymous12:47 pm

    Best wishes for 2010. I am looking forward to hearing the progress of your new business venture. from Jenny McH (yes, an Aussie lurker)PS. I also love your postcards.

  14. Have a very happy 2010! I haven't received that email yet, so thanks for posting the sound advice here. xx

  15. Happy New Year! Love your blog!

  16. Happy New Year, Niki! A lovely and inspiring post, as always!

  17. Hi Niki, great thoughts for a new year (and new decade) hope the painting is going well.... Lizzie x
    PS yes, the tea cosy has sold to a "mutual friend" tee hee

  18. ! So wise words!.
    If you don't mind, I am going to copy. I think that it is great.
    I also he hopes happy new year.
    A Carmen hug

  19. I apologise, if bothers to copy these phrases digamelo, not publish them.
    But I have seen them so ideal, if it is kindly, I can answer?.
    Not me gustaria bother anyone.
    Thank you, a Carmen hug

  20. Hello Dora,
    Thank for for your comments on my blog - Happy New Year to you!
    Yes, please feel free to copy the quotes from this post - I'm glad that they inspire you,
    Best wishes,

  21. Happy New Year Niki!
    I agree, some of the quotes are inspiring too.
    Sandie xxx

  22. Sue S1:53 pm

    Happy New Year Niki! LOvely blog, good luck with your new venture, Sue S X

  23. Anonymous9:01 pm

    Hi Niki your shop looks lovely it really suits you. Hope you had a good Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year. It would be nice to catch up soon,look out for me in your new shop. Take care love Katrina x Hope the family are well.


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