Bring on 2017 – Weekly Photo Challenge

Oh. My. Goodness.

HeadsThis week’s photo challenge is all about New Horizons.  It’s something that’s been on my mind for quite some time and here it is as the prompt for this week’s challenge!

This week, we’re challenging you to think ahead and show your work in a representative photo. If you set New Year’s resolutions, give them some thought a few weeks early. If resolutions aren’t your style, show us something that you want to achieve — it could be setting a new goal, making plans, or even tackling that pile of laundry waiting by the washer. The goal is to get out of the busy “now,” and imagine your new horizon. Go!

I took this photo recently while travelling on the ferry across Sydney Harbour to Manly.  It’s something we try to do whenever we visit Sydney.  What’s not to love – the warm sunshine, the big blue sky, the harbour, the bridge, the Opera House…all Aussie icons!

I chose to use this photo for the challenge as the open waters through the Sydney Heads are beckoning.  There’s unchartered waters out there, nothing in between me and the horizon and the big blue sky is an unmarked canvas.

That’s exactly how I see 2017!

What is in store for 2017, how will I cope with not going to work (having just been made redundant), what am I going to do, who am I going to be?????  I’ve written posts recently (well maybe over the past six months) asking myself these very questions.  Torturing myself if I’m honest.

The way I see it, 2017 has to be a better year than 2016 so starting with a blank canvas suits me just fine.

This week is a biggie for me – I start the week with my birthday and I end the week with being made redundant after working at the same place for the past 22 years. I know I will be up and down during the week, there’ll be laughter, tears, fun, parties, farewells all culminating in my final day of work.  If you’ve been through this sort of thing then I’m sure you’ll understand my emotional state!

I’m getting better at accepting things and I recently set my mantra for 2017.

I’ve decided that 2017 is going to be my year of New Horizons

Wish me luck as I start this new journey!

Deb 🙂

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  One thought on “Bring on 2017 – Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. khathworldprofit
    December 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Yes, we are waiting for the great new year. Yes, we have a lot pile of snow for one day to experience before the new year. I like you sharing of the blue sky and the falling snow flakes. Is the sky really blue in nature or it is just the reflection of the environment or only exist from our eyes viewing of it?

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  2. December 11, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I know it hasn’t happened in a very nice way and that you loved your job and your career but I’m pretty sure you will make the most of your new found freedom and you will be busier than ever. 😊x

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  3. December 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    That’s another great photo, Deb – what lies ahead looks very bright!
    Have a happy birthday, and try to focus on the good this coming week. You’ll be fine. I was made redundant quite a few years ago after being in that job for 16 years, it’s a big change, and I know what you are going through… but as the saying goes, as one door closes another opens – just look at the size of your new door!

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    • December 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Good points you make Tom. All will be bright and there’ll be no stopping me! Thanks for the support.

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  4. December 11, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Many including myself have shared that experience. Even the most positive thinking of us, whilst looking to making and creating new challenges, still have moments of self doubt. There is also an inner feeling that seems to insist we get on with things (what ever things is!) get back into the daily work/ home/ leisure routine.
    But if it helps… can I say that I found the most valuable time in formulating my future after the devastating loss of a good career was taking my time in making the next move….and for me time in the outdoors was the best place to find the peace and space to think. That and being flexible in expectations was the wisest advice I received.
    Looking back I have only one regret…. not the loss of job, not the feeling that had I failed, but it was the loss of companionship of those you had once worked with. That takes longer to re-establish.
    Good luck…your new future awaits 🙂

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    • December 11, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      I really appreciate your thoughtful comment and appreciate your words of wisdom. I agree that taking my time is import and having space to think. I know I will miss the companionship of my colleagues and the daily chatter. We will endeavour to continue our friendship as we are all leaving together. It’s been a hard blow but I’m almost ready to take on the future now. Thanks again. 😊

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  5. December 11, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Happy birthday Debbie and best wishes for the rest of the week.

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  6. December 11, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Lovely photo Deb and all unchartered waters in front of you with new beginnings just around the corner no doubt. Happy birthday and all the best for the week (and year) ahead. Cheers. 😊

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    • December 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you Miriam, it means a lot to have such supportive blogging friends. I love the openness in this photo, it really says it all 😊

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  7. December 12, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Happy birthday, and I hope you find the rest of the week bearable. I remember finding the first week feeling terribly flat. But – it doesn’t last, honestly. Pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start all over again! It can be fun.

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    • December 12, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks for the birthday message Anabel, I’ll take your words of wisdom on board. I tend to overthink things at times and need to just give it a go. I’m starting to feel more positive so that’s a good sign. 🙂

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  8. December 12, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I left my career with tremendous trepidation and it did not take very long before I realized it was the best decision I ever made. I moved, made new friends and love my new life. I’m certain you will too Deb – just be open to new possibilities and embrace the opportunities as you encounter them. Good luck and Happy Birthday!

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    • December 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for your comment and birthday greetings Tina. Things will work out and I’ll look back one day and wonder what I was so worried about. I’m glad to hear about how you coped, much appreciated.


  9. December 12, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Deb Love the photo,I wish you all the luck and know things will out well.PS am behind with blog reads, comments not to mention my own posts. Louise

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    • December 12, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Louise – I love what the picture embodies and it suits my thoughts for 2017. All good 🙂

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  10. December 13, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday and wishing you happiness and joy as you start your new adventure at the end of the week (hugs) xxx

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  11. December 28, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Love this! Yes I’m excited for the new year. This will actually be the first year in a long time for me to make New Year’s Goals. Thanks for the encouragement! I look forward to reading more!

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    • January 2, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you! All the best for the year ahead.


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