Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Standing At The Gate Of The Year

Sunset at St Mary The Virgin Church, Silchester - October 2012

It's the 1st January 2013.
Another new year. 
New Year's Resolutions to make...and keep.

After a year away from blogging, I've decided to start writing again. I've missed the creativity involved in writing it. I've also missed the contact with you, my bloggy friends.

I've also been told by my mentors at university (I'm part way through training to be a Primary School Teacher. Yes, that was the BIG thing that happened to me during 2012!) that I need to find more of a work/life balance. So I'm hoping that keeping the blog going will force me to do something else other than always be knee-high in lesson plans and essays on pedagogy. 

The last few days I've had a few lines from this poem going round and round in my head:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. 
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
Minnie Louise Haskins

It feels very appropriate for the start of this year when there are so many unknowns ahead. I know that I'll finish my course in July and life for the next six months will be focussed very much on that. I also need to find a teaching job for the Autumn Term but where that will be and what age group I'll be teaching, probably won't be known until I've been through endless rounds of applications and interviews. It feels as though I'm on the brink of a whole new set of possibilities which makes it both an exciting and slightly nervous time.

I hope that you will share the journey with me throughout 2013 and whatever happens to you this year, planned or unplanned, I hope that you find it full of peace, joy and happiness.


  1. Welcome back! Wishing you a very happy and balanced New Year.

  2. Welcome back! My word for 2013 is balance. x

  3. Lovely to see you blogging again! Best of luck with your studies! xx

  4. So lovely to hear from you again, Jo. As you saw, I've had those lines of poetry going round in my head too. So perfect for this time of year. I look forward to sharing your adventures in 2013.x