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Well here we are at end of the first month of 2022 – and I can assure you my year of being a Gift has started well!
I suggest you grab a drink, get comfy and settle in for a bit of a read!
Gift is my WOTY for 2022
As I said in my post announcing Gift as my WOTY:
I can be gift, give a gift, receive a gift, I am a gift, I can gift my time and energy, I have a special gift….the list goes on!
As in previous years I plan to reflect on my WOTY at the end of each month – what I’ve managed to give, how I’ve been giving and what it all means to me.
I’m hoping it will help me focus during the coming year and help me to make good decisions, I think I say that every year 🙂 It’s always great to look back on these posts too!
This year I’m joining co-hosts Donna, Jo and Sue to provide a link party for anyone who also wants to write a monthly update to help keep the focus on their WOTY. Hoping you can join in with us.
Let’s get this party started!
January has been full of gifts – some I’ve given and some I’ve received.
- The GIFT of a first birthday – my grandson turned 1 during January and what a gift he’s been – fun, cheeky, smiley, cuddly and clever!
- The GIFT of friendship – so many fun friend moments creating memories. My co-hosts and I were interviewed by Marsha for her Challenge Host Interview Series and we loved sharing our friendship.
- The GIFT of memories of my father – it was 4 years ago that we lost dad, but I know he’s forever with us. It was good to have mum staying with us for a few days during this time – the gift of time.
- The GIFT of reading – I love reading and couldn’t imagine life without it! Our WOYBS linkup is the perfect place to share our love of books. Donna has suggested I read some books about GIFTS during the year – what books would you recommend?
- The GIFT of marriage – the Mathematician and I celebrated 42 years of wedded bliss (?) in January – that’s a huge number of years!!
- The GIFT of tennis – we’ve had the great distraction of watching the Australian Open tennis during January and it’s always a great way to spend warm summery days! In the past we have attended the event in Melbourne and love the atmosphere and action, but with present conditions in place we gave it a miss this year. We tend to message our daughters throughout the games and it’s a fun way of stay in touch.
- The GIFT of time – I helped a friend with her garage sale recently. Her husband died last year and she is planning on moving so needed to clear things out. It was a group effort and we all enjoyed gifting her our time.
- The Mathematician has a birthday in January so of course I’ve bought him some GIFTS 🙂
- The GIFT of music – you may not know about it, but a tradition in January each year is the Triple J Hottest 100, a countdown of the hottest songs for the year as voted by the public. It’s conducted by the public broadcaster, ABC Radio, and attracts millions of votes – here is a link to the Top 10 songs -such a wide range! This year the children’s group The Wiggles made history by taking out the top spot with their version of Tame Impala’s song ‘Elephant’ – I’ve included the video for your viewing pleasure – make sure you keep an ear out for the Wiggle’s iconic Fruit Salad which makes an appearance! My 3 year old granddaughter loves The Wiggles! Have you heard of them by any chance?
The gift of a New Year
As I’ve done in past years, I’m sticking with having a feature photo for the month. And this was the bright blue sky, a blank canvas to start the new year – a gift! Who knows what the year ahead will hold 🙂
This Leunig cartoon also spoke to me and fits in well with my sky image above.
The Gift of Recognition
The biggest thing to happen during the month was receiving an award in the local Tumbarumba Australia Day Awards. These awards are nominated by the public and a committee selects the winners. There are several categories: Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen, Young Citizen, Sporting Award, Community Event of the Year, Community Group of the Year and then Special Achievement Awards.
The Mathematician and I were honoured to receive a Special Achievement Award for our volunteering in the local community. We are very proud to have been recognised in this way. Of course we don’t do what we do to get noticed or to get an award, we do what we do because we enjoy it, we love helping others and seeing things happen for the better in our community. We wouldn’t live anywhere else!
The citation reads:
Debbie & Grant Harris have been supporters of the local community for over 30 years. Grant has been a Kokoda Trek leader with Rotary’s Tumba2Kokoda since its inception in 2006 and still leads walks for locals on a weekly basis, a particularly valuable activity especially since the bushfires two years ago. Debbie is an active Rotarian and Past President of the Tumbarumba Club.
Both Debbie and Grant haven been heavily involved in the successful development of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail. Debbie spends much time and effort in publicising the Rail Trail on various forms of social media and is keen on getting the message out there about our beautiful area.
The purchase of two Triobikes with funds from Rotary, Lions and the Tumba2Kokoda account plus various other donors, has allowed older and infirm members of the community to have a Rail Trail experience, which would otherwise be denied them. Both Debbie and Grant are very involved as volunteers in this project. Grant has initiated and led the development and training of the TrioBike pilots. He continues to make himself available on request to pilot older community members, and others, on the rail trail while Debbie is more often than not the support rider on these trips, helping make the passengers comfortable and ensuring they have a photographic record of their trip, a significant commitment in time and effort.
Debbie and Grant have, through their joint efforts, make our community a better place in which to live.
You can only imagine how proud and humbled we feel. Having mum there to share the day with us was very special too!
You’re invited! What’s it all about?
What: 2022 Word of the Year Link Party #2022wotylinkparty
When: Last Thursday of the month PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday of the month AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 3 days so you’ve got plenty of time to join.
Why: To encourage us all to keep the focus on our chosen WOTY.
Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag #2022wotylinkparty so that we can find you and include your link in our posts. Whichever way you choose to share, don’t forget to leave a note in the comments so we can find you.
“It’s okay to be the teacup with a chip in it. That’s the one with a story .Matt Haig The Comfort Book
I hope you have enjoyed my first month of my WOTY GIFT.
What’s your GIFT?
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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here
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