40 Days and 40 Nights

9 02 2011

It’s been 40 Days…and 40 (Very Long) Nights!…


…since I began writing this blog – and I thought this would be a good moment to stop and reflect on my journey thus far.

Now feels like the right time to take a look at some of the lessons I’ve learnt; insights I’ve shared; pay tribute to the friendships I’ve made and to recognise the highlights of the of the past couple of months.

I’ve learnt that it is okay to ‘stand up and stand out’. To be myself and let others decide whether they want to hear what I have to say.

I’ve learnt that is okay to no longer hide behind other’s opinions and views of the world – and that my opinion also counts.

I’ve learnt to reconnect with myself and my own world – and I am beginning to understand myself better than I have ever done before.

I’ve learnt that it is possible to be heard in a noisy, overcrowded world and that by remaining true to myself, others will stop and linger awhile – to connect and sometimes leave a comment – before moving on to share their thoughts with others on the same path.

I’ve learnt that I can be totally focused and that I’m more resilient than I realised.

I’ve learnt that if I want something badly enough…and it is the right thing for me to do…heaven and earth…will move to ensure that I am heading in the right direction.


Last week I was at the point of throwing in the towel when my post – Blog Baby – was Freshly Pressed. This amazing recognition of my writing and the excitement of seeing my ‘views’ shoot through the roof…helped to renew my enthusiasm and gave me the boost I needed to keep going.

Another highlight was participating in a TV programme for ITV called ‘May the Best House Win’ which was broadcast last month. It was quite an eye opener to see myself in this way and what I saw…was not what I see when I look in the mirror!

Plans for my new business, Naked Dragon, are coming together slowly and beautifully. I believe that I was being asked…for some as yet unknown reason…to slow down; let things take their own course and to give the business the space it needed to come together in its own good time.

Going ‘public’ with my Dystonia was a huge leap of faith. Talking about my condition between friends and family is totally different to actually ‘putting it out there’ and I almost changed my mind a dozen times before I decided to ‘face the fear…and do it anyway’ by pressing the ‘Publish’ button!


The Greatest Gift…and one that was totally unexpected when I began this journey…are the friendships that I have made through this wonderful blogging community. You all know who you are and I know that I am very blessed to have attracted you into my life …for however long we choose to walk this road together.

“People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime” Author Unknown

(I will publish this poem – a favourite of mine – in tomorrow’s post)

 Day 40 (and 40 Nights!) – 365 Days of Celebration

Today I am going to celebrate by scheduling the above poem for my next post and take some time out to step back and enjoy the achievement of making it to this significant milestone.




20 responses

9 02 2011
Jean Paul

Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes! Celebrate you should Juls.
Can’t wait to see the poem.

(A person came into my life recently and I’m enjoying it (her), without knowing if it’s for a reason (well, it is), a season, or a lifetime. But hey – it’s fun!)

9 02 2011
1961 Girl

Well JP…whether it is for a reason, a season…or a lifetime…the important thing is to enjoy every moment. In a world that changes in an instant, who knows how long ANYTHING will last. Let’s make hay…

Juls 🙂

9 02 2011

🙂 great post Juls…

9 02 2011

40 days already! It really does make it more worthwhile and fun to write knowing that people might come across it 🙂

I love the lessons you’ve learnt… all so eloquently stated…

9 02 2011

Beautiful Juls! You speak with wisdom well beyond your years.

You’ve also brought out another time saving trick for keeping blogging simple – write a post ahead of time and kee it in draft form until you need it!

Happy Birthday Juls!

– Bob

9 02 2011

It’s hard to believe its already been 40 days or thats only been 40 days. You are an inspiration to your blogging friends. I am so glad you decided to celebrate your special year by sharing your incredible life with us.

9 02 2011

40 days already! It’s gone so fast, and we have all learned so much from each other!

9 02 2011
9 02 2011
Jenny Cutler

very succinct. made perfect sense. a huge success all round.

looking forward to the poem. you go to SO much trouble with your quotes. I will work up to that. Friends ask me if they HAVE to join in order to leave a comment. I can’t work it out. It seems you do?

9 02 2011

You are doing great my dear and i love your energy and insights… It’s been quite the forty days and see ho strong we are getting … sleep deprived and all. lol! 🙂
To answer your question about the blog hop, you add your link and then check in later to see who else linked up and then go say hello and vise versa. Likes and comments always welcomed. Just another way to get more bloggers to know your work. Hope that explains it.
We did well. 20 brave souls signed on; do check them out… Awesome!
Thanks for linking up on the blog hop and see you soon. 🙂
Have an abundant year!

9 02 2011

Hey Juls, I can’t believe you almost threw the towel in. It just shows that often when we are at that point we are almost always on the verge of something better – never give up!
There’s a great community here and we all seem to share one another, we are attracting more and more like-minded people. So all the more reason to carry on because everybody loves your posts.
You seem to have got many great plans for the future, hopefully life is going the way you want it to. Hang on in there, we’ll look after you 😉

9 02 2011

Hi Juls, I’m glad you have chosen to stick it out because I do believe wonderful things are going to happen in your life this year – some already have!! 🙂

9 02 2011
Piglet in Portugal

Hi Juls,

It is good to stand back, enjoy your night off!
Thinking of you

PiP 🙂

10 02 2011

Very exciting when a Baby Blog is Freshly Pressed. Congrats!

Hope you’re enjoying the blog hop.

11 02 2011
1961 Girl

Thank you…yes it was very exciting.

I’ve yet to figure out how the blog hop really works and hope to do this over the next few days! Hope you are enjoying it.
Juls 🙂

11 02 2011
Marion Driessen

If you throw in the towel, I’ll just pick it up and hand it back to you. We NEED you here Juls 😀
Today it’s HUG Day – something I made up this morning: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/photo-friday-hug-day/ 😉 – so move closer and you’ll get a hug as a THANK YOU for sharing your inspirational thoughts with us.

11 02 2011
1961 Girl

Thank you my lovely. Have just read your post and left you a message…lots of virutal hugs coming your way x 🙂

13 02 2011
Papa Joe

I must be going senile Juls. I would have sworn I posted a comment here. Is it stuck in your spam filter by any chance?

Lovely post as always. 🙂

– Papa Joe

13 02 2011
1961 Girl

Hi Papa Joe.

Do you know, I’ve never looked at my spam filter. Maybe I should check it out to see what is in there!

Glad you liked the post though 🙂

13 02 2011
Papa Joe

Happy Birthday Juls!

You’ll probably find some amazing things in your spam filter. Considering how popular you are with the real bloggers I’m sure the spammers have you targeted big time. Should be all sorts of generic flattery and maybe even some offers to enhance, enlarge, reduce, firm or tone various parts of your body – some of which you won’t even have! 😉

Happy Filtering Juls! 🙂

– Papa Joe

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