Christmas is almost here and a new year is just around the corner. In just over a week we will be celebrating the start of 2019 and waving goodbye to 2018. It’s been a funny old year! Brexit seems to have been headline news for an eternity, and the long hot summer days kissed goodbye to the extreme weather triggered by ‘The Beast from the East.’
Most of us, myself included, when we look back over the year, will have probably had our share of ups and downs, sadness, happiness, loss, heartache and wonderful surprises. It’s this time of year though, I try even harder to remind myself of what I already have that many don’t have. Grateful for a roof over my head, food on the table, a loving family, good friends and the ability to speak freely, and share my thoughts and feelings.
Trigger republished my inspirational memoir Stripped Bare in August this year. Since this time there has been a number of disappointments, some exciting times and a few breakthroughs too. Not one to rest on my laurels though, I am busy writing more material. I have a follow up book for Stripped Bare and a hard-hitting fictional story too.
Equally important to me though, is the reasons behind what I do, both as a speaker and a writer. I have been privileged over the past few years to raise awareness to mental health issues, recovery and wellbeing, inequality, child poverty, animal welfare, compassion and kindness. Next year, my intention is to step this up. Over the past two or three months, I have been busy connecting with schools, colleges and universities. Kicking off in January, I already have bookings in my diary to speak at a number of schools in 2019. I am hoping these talks will cause a ripple effect, bringing about more opportunities to speak to our next generation.
FARM ANIMAL RESCUE SANCTUARY
Recently, I have also linked up with one of my favourite charities Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Stratford upon Avon. The founder of the sanctuary, Carole Webb, reached out to me and asked if I could possibly help to raise the profile of Woolly Park Farm. There was no hesitation! The sanctuary has been close to my heart since my first visit in early 2015, so I am thrilled to be part of the FARS team.
My ultimate goal has always been to reconnect children (particularly the disadvantaged and vulnerable) with animals and nature. Carole and I are also looking to work together over the coming months to encourage investors to fund the sanctuary. The idea being to make the sanctuary a place children can find solace with the rescued animals. The children will also be guided by experts about mental health, compassion and kindness. Compassion towards themselves, each other and animals.
I would like to take this opportunity to show my appreciation for all your continued support over this past year. May I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and blessed new year. I hopefully look forward to sharing more of my work with you in 2019. If you wish to find out about my upcoming books, speaking events and charity work, please subscribe to my website quarterly newsletter here
Christmas blessings to all!
Sharon ACV xx