Hope Recipes day 1

Hello world. This is my first post of 2020 and I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.

The aim of my blog is to look at what hope means and how to remain hopeful.

So yesterday I had a huge internal dilemma as to whether to see the Sydney fireworks on my own or be with my family at the start of the new decade. I have spent much of my life doing things alone and here was one more example. I battled with trying to change the mould. I could be among those I loved.

I wrestled with what I really wanted. I wanted my family with me. I was very conflicted. But I carefully considered how I would feel if I missed out on a moment of history.

I decided that the fireworks were a once in a lifetime moment. It was the start of a new decade. I went with trepidation alone. However I soon got talking to people from Norway, Adelaide, Japan, Italy and South Korea.

The atmosphere was wonderful. As the furnace heat of the day dissipated, excitement grew and I let my 2019 go. I had thankfully found a lovely companion who was also alone.

So my hope recipe for 1st January is to be brave and do things on your own. Other people are kind and welcoming. One couple kindly guarded my belongings.

The second ingredient was to allow myself permission to do what I really wanted and not what I felt I should do. I thought long and hard about my decision, but it was the right one.

The third ingredient was to embrace the moment. I didn’t have a fabulous camera, so I asked people to email me their photos. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. But I relaxed and enjoyed the arrays around me; sparkling gondolas, the harbour bathed in hues of colour, breathing in the sounds, sights and smells of the start of a new decade.

And finally. I allowed myself to be silly. At one point I thought some people were making fun of me as I danced by the wire and sang and waved my coke bottle in the air. But actually I think they were just laughing with me, sharing my joy and enjoying the moment too. I have spent too much of my life caring what others think.

So there are some ingredients for a hopeful day. I am going to post every day. I’d love to have your comments.

Thanks for reading and a hopeful New Year to you all Hope X

Happy 2020 world#new year#hope#sydney

This is the start of my hope journey. Please join me as I work out what hope actually means.

Greetings from baking Sydney. Let the fireworks commence!


Sitting here baking in the Sydney heat waiting for 2020. Fireworks are a long time away but worth watching for. I am hopeful to make changes to my choices in 2020. That for me is hope. Learning lessons and doing things differently.

Happy new year readers Hope xx

New decade new hope#2020#suicideprevention#mentalhealth#hope#feelingpositive

Almost there. A new chapter for us all. I wanted to post my aims for the journey into hope site.

So I will try to write some daily hope recipes. I will write some hope ingredients which you can then use to create your own recipe for daily hope. I will be honest about what has helped me and look at the why and the how. I want to understand how to keep hope alive.

The purpose is to help assuage the pain which so many of us are feeling and I want to reach out to any who are feeling suicidal to encourage you to fight on because the world needs you to remain in it.

Please comment and let me know what you think. This is an experiment and I hope you enjoy reading as much as I’m enjoying writing this. Hope X

Coming soon adventure into hope#zerotohero#suicideprevention#mentalhealth#hope#keepingpositive

The New Year is almost with us. New Year’s resolutions, new decade resolutions. My plan is to write daily about a journey to explore hope.

So dear readers please join me on 1st January 2020 as we will venture forth together. I will be transparent and write with integrity. Hope you will enjoy the site. Hope X

Journey into hope 2020

So without going into detail, 2019 was undoubtedly the toughest year of my life.

I want to journey into hope in 2020 and I hope you will journey with me.

This is an experiment based on the film ‘Julie and Julia’. But rather than trying food recipes I am going to try a recipe for life.

So each day in 2020 I will post about how I have kept hope alive, even if it’s been a battle.

I hope to learn many things along the way.

Hope you enjoy this blog

See you on January 1st 2020

Hope X