And So It Goes….

“How did it get so late so soon?”

Surely the year cannot be almost over. It seems like only yesterday I was posting John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and looking forward into 2017, making plans, dreaming dreams…

2017 was a year that saw some great adventures at home and abroad. I went to New Caledonia to learn French (well to learn whatever you can in only a week!) and did some island hopping. I took my life in my hands crossing the Wingan Inlet in a flimsy packraft and explored more of our fabulous South Coast (The Best Coast!). We spent some time with two mischievous red pandas and were enchanted by three cheetah cubs. We discovered some ancient Aboriginal rock art near Canberra and an island paradise only 55kms from Sydney. We spent more time in the snow and I started a photography challenge….that went nowhere.


Mogo Zoo
new caledonia
winter wonderland

Behind the Scenes

While trying to keep this blog going I also nurtured my inner nerd by taking up a coding course with Udemy. And you know what? Coding is bloody hard.  I’ve just finished the first part about HMTL5 – and built my very first -albeit very basic – webpage. My hope is that by the end of 2018 I will be able to build and maintain WordPress websites for others. Fingers crossed.

I also completed a few short courses with the Sketchbook Skool – I’ve always wanted to be able to draw, not there yet but I’ve been told everyone can draw, it just takes practice. I’m holding on to that.

And just the other day I signed up for an on-line photography course with none other than famous portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz through Masterclass. Am looking forward to starting that this weekend.


And what for 2018?  I will be starting the year out in style, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Paris and then heading up to Norway to explore Oslo and the Lofoten Islands. It’s currently -2 degrees celsius in Oslo. I’ve packed my insulated pants and while I may look like the Michelin Man I will be toasty warm. Other than that I have no other travel plans for 2018, which is unusual for me. But I’m happy to see how the year unfolds; what dreams will be dreamt and realised; what mad adventures await. I am happy to be surprised.

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” 
― Neil Gaiman

So a happy Christmas to you all and here’s wishing for joyful, adventurous and inspiring 2018.

About Julie Small

A NOMAD and a nester - hope you enjoy my stories and photos.

2 comments on “And So It Goes….

  1. Love reading your stories Julie and have a wonderful trip. See you in the new year which I am sure will be full of adventures!

  2. You’ve had an eventful year Julie. It is great that you are doing short courses and learning new things. I would like to do something in 2018 – either photography or a social media course. Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy Paris and Norway. It will be a tad chilly.

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