Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

Happy New Year!

It's a new year, so time to review my goals and update them, based on how things went last year and what I hope to achieve this year.

In many ways last year was good. We travelled quite a bit, attended at least four protest marches which were exciting and made us feel part of something larger than ourselves. I went to the SF World Convention in Dublin on my own and had a great time. We had several short breaks in holiday cottages in different parts of Wales, including a week in Aberystwyth staying in the flat above the Cliff Railway station. We had a couple of visits to London and we met several old friends from our university days which are now a long long time ago.

We spent time with family, though I'd like to do more of that this year. We published G's geology book and I carried on with my photography and got serious about my YouTube channel. There were no significant health problems and I had the annoying wart successfully removed from my upper lip.

The end of the year, however, was a total downer. After all the campaigning and protests, the Remain campaign lost, though not as badly as it might have appeared from the number of seats won by Tories in the general election. The Tory vote only increased by 1%, but loss of confidence in Labour led to this being their worst election since the 1930s. We desperately need a better electoral system, but while FPTP favours the party in power, it's not clear how this could be achieved.

So what next? I've reviewed my Welsh learning goals, but that's too boring to post here. We'll shortly be off out for lunch at a nearby seaside town, which is something entirely new for us because G will normally only eat out when we're away from home.

Looking forwards, I'll be focusing my efforts close to home. After three and a half years of engaging with national politics in a way I've never done before, it's time to step back and just do what I can to keep ourselves, our family and our friends safe and happy though what is likely to be an increasingly difficult year. I have a 366 photo-a-day project to attempt and I'll be making more videos. G has another book planned that we'll start visiting locations for when the days start to lengthen.

If you had a good year last year, I hope 2020 will be at least as good. If last year was difficult, I hope this new year will be much better.

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