It Wouldn’t Be New Year’s If I Didn’t Have Regrets.

Another year of mixed blessings is coming to an end and I couldn’t let it pass without acknowledging some particular milestones in my life.

Obviously, there was the Turkey adventure which I hope to resume in the spring; funds permitting and fates being kind. And secondly, I discovered the wonderful world of blogging in April and here I am eight months on and who’d have thought it! I started this blogging malarkey as a hobby sitting in a small dusty little Turkish grocery shop when I was miles away from home and had the grand total of one English friend to my name.

I have so much to be thankful for and for the first time in my life I feel that I’m one of the popular cool kids; which was something I never managed to achieve at school or college. But the most fortunate things about this particular circle of cool kids,there is no judgement or cruelty, all are welcome and we share the gift of laughter. I feel privileged to be part of our blogging community and grateful that you all welcomed this mere amateur so warmly from the very first. Whenever life is being unkind and I lose my way for a short while, I know that one of your posts or comments will either inspire or cheer me even on my bluest of days.

I have made some terrible decisions this year and I can’t guarantee I won’t make a thousand more. No doubt in 2013 there’ll be tears but hopefully they will be sprinkled with a few rainbows. So I’ll be raising a glass to you all this evening when I’m counting you amongst my blessings and welcoming the arrival of a New Year steeped in promise and adventure.

Wishing you all much laughter, love & happiness in the year ahead my friends.

2013 + 1

87 thoughts on “It Wouldn’t Be New Year’s If I Didn’t Have Regrets.

  1. I agree with Maggie – you are definitely one of the cool kids now!!! Here is my toast for the New Years: “Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.” William Shakespeare

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  2. Happy New Year to you Dallas! And thanks for sharing all the fun, laughter and tears over the last eight months. It’s been a roller coaster of a ride and never a dull moment 😀 Here’s to the 2013 Turkish adventure, may it thrive.

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    • Happy 2013 to you too! I’m looking forward to all your new adventures with your new friends. But I also wanted to thank you because when I was a Billy No Mates out in Turkey I always looked forward to hearing from you so thank you for welcoming me into the cool kids club

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  3. All the best for 2013. 2012 was full of so many choices and adventures. In June I married my Turkish boyfriend and look forward to a time when we don’t have to be in separate countries. I wish you moment of unexpected joy and sheer happiness. Please continue to write as you have a real voice. Not being in the popular crowd is a badge proudly worn by some of life’s most interesting people. Happy New Year’s!
    cheers, Deb

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    • Congratulations – a wedding how marvellous! Do you have pictures? I know how difficult it is living in one country and yet your heart is in another. So my 2013 for you is that you are soon reunited again. You’re so right about popularity but I wouldn’t trade in my blogging membership now for a gold watch. Wishing you the very best of everything in 2013

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      • Ain’t that the truth 🙂
        And to put that work in your dad’s gardening parlance, you take the shovel and I’ll take the spade, or rake and hoe, or trowel and…..well, you know.

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  4. Dear Dallas… wishing you all the very best for the coming year. I’ll try to come up with some rainbows just for you! I simply cannot imagine you as not being in the middle of the coolest crowd! I’m so glad to have met you here. You’ve brightened so many of my days with your wonderful sense of humor and I’m hoping this next year brings you lots of new, exciting adventures to write about.

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    • Funnily enough I was going to write “one of Gunta’s rainbows” in my post but I thought I’d put you under pressure to go out rainbow chasing every week! I feel sure that we are both destined for adventures and unexpected surprises in 2013. So my wish for you is all the happiness you are so deserving of for this New Year – Dallas x

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  5. Wishing love, laughter and happiness to you too Dallas – and thanks you for the smiles and laughter you’ve given through your writings this year. I look forward to reading more in 2013,
    Suzanne 🙂

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  6. Either you are a cool kid or the nerdy corner is definitely spreading out all the way across the dining room lol have a great new year and remember they weren’t mistakes they were learning experiences which all went to make you the amazing woman you are 😀

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    • Bless you Paula – that’s what I love about you; you’re always a glass half full kind of a girl! As for the amazing woman; I’m still a work in progress but there again I do have some fabulous mentors these days! Happy New Year lovely girl

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  7. Thank you for your humour and optimism Dallas! Let’s all leave our regrets behind us, we can learn from some of them and find unexpected benefits in others, and what we all have is Now and our hopes and plans for the future – here’s to 2013 and new experiences and love to everyone! Trish xx

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    • Happy New Year Kaye, I hope it brings you all the happiness and luck you deserve! Loved your new picture on FB, it was stunning! My Dad is down at the allotment but is going to catch up this evening with your vid, no doubt wearing one of his new Xmas jumper in tribute! Your likes and comments aren’t so shabby either so we’ve both members of the cool kids club!

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  8. I also love this blogging community to bits and pieces. You have a very ‘cool’ blog indeed, and I look forward to reading more of your adventures this year. Happy 2013 to you, and I’m holding thumbs that you will be blogging from Turkey again before too long. Hugs to you.

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  9. Wishing you a year of happiness with only a few mistakes and tears. I’m glad I ran into you, Dallas. I like what you write, and I feel like *I’m* hanging with one of the cool kids (you!). Happy New Year!

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  10. Crazy cool kid you certainly are and I love being part of your blogging community. Always look forward for when one door closes another always opens but it is in front not behind you. Looking forward to your next adventure, keep on blogging…

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    • Thanks Deborah – great name (it’s mine really but got stuck with the nickname Dallas at primary school and the rest is history)! I’m still a work in progress so I’m working on the cool kid thing! Happy New Year and may all your dreams come true

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  11. Happy new year cool kid! Here’s to an awesome and breathtaking and stupendous 2013. May it be filled with laughter, love and friendship. I look forward to reading more of your adventures, reflections and general chit chat. Love your blog. xxx

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    • Happy 2013 to you too – I hope life continues to be kind to you and your dear little cat and please more low fat recipes – one of my new year’s resolutions is to eat more healthily and those chocolate recipes were the bomb x

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  12. Someone who doesn’t have regrets is someone who hasn’t lived. I am sure someone said it before me and they were right. You can’t get the most out of life by standing on the sidelines, playing it safe, and being worried about failing.

    Happy New Year.

    Tim

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  13. delighted to be in your blogging company! there will be more tears than rainbows in the coming year, i assure you. i always think of this quote when i get a little frustrated with the me of the past… “the only things we regret are the things we never did.”
    its more apropos for an elder looking back on his entire life, because someone with only a few remaining years values his past more and realizes there shall be only so many future opportunities to try new things (and make more mistakes).. that possible sounded a little morbid, not my intent. what i hope to convey is that the quote is very true, but infinitely easier to recognize as we get older.
    anyhow. happy blogging in 2013. looking forward to hearing more of your adventures!!

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  14. Happy New Year to you! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging since April – I’ve got a couple of months on you and you run rings around me in the blogging stakes! Ha ha I’m obviously still in the nerd group! As for regrets, the biggest ones I have are of the things I DIDN’T do, so keep leaping in head first, you seem to be the kind of person with the spirit to float back up no matter what. It’s been a pleasure reading your exploits in 2012!

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  15. Hey ya! Thanks for liking my Turkey post (europeitinerary.wordpress.com) – so cool you’ve been living there. I will have to read around so I can get to know more. I’m starting a small business there, but I have a personal blog too as an American living in Germany. Anyway, couldn’t agree with you mroe about the blogging community, it’s a spectacular one! Cheers!

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  16. hey Tinkytown, just read this post so happy new year and I hope it will bring you what you are looking for. I think you have many many followers who want to see the happy ending of this TinkyTown Not-The-Honeymoon-series… Glad to be part of this blogging club as I am also new in this blogging world. Didn’t know it would be so much fun! (with some serious bits..) have a great evening. Bloody freezing in London tonight!

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