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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.
I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
Most recently I have been enjoying exploring other art genres, including Eco-dyeing.
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Monday, 1 January 2018

And so 2018 begins

Today is the first day of 2018. Usually when I blog this time of year I look back with a summary of the past year. But today I am sharing just a small selection of my photos from 2017, as I doubt you really want to hear about what I have been up to, and anyways you can always go to my Index, or my Blog Archive list on the RHside there. So here are just a few pics from 2017....



 When I looked back to find some photos for this post, I realised we had had a very good year overall. I enjoyed scrolling back through memories of my year through my photos. Now we are retired we have had the chance to do some travel and for me, at least, to explore some arts and crafts that I have wanted to try.


 
I think these three quotes I found on the net sums it up...... 

 "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - CS Lewis

 "It’s so important to never stop playing ... to never stop learning or being inspired by new people and new challenges". Instagram.com/christicarterphoto/

"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life." - Amy Poehler, Harvard University from Sweetpeapath.blogspot 

I think the pinnacle of 2017 for me was being contracted to supply gifts featuring my photography for the visiting Setagya Sister City contingent and being awarded the "Colour Image of the Year", and runner-up "Photographer of the Year" at my photography group.


I wonder what 2018 will bring. For me I wish for the simple pleasures of time spent with family and friends making precious memories, and for good health and being able to enjoy my life in whatever direction it takes me. To be open to new ideas and experiences. To keep learning and being inspired. 

I will strive not to judge others, to be compassionate, and to be a good person. To be a good friend, wife, sister, mother and grandmother. To be there to help whoever needs me whenever I can. To be a good listener and to be shoulder to cry on when needed. 

With so much unrest and tragedy around the world, both natural disasters and man-made, I pray for peace, and hope that leaders and countries can sit down together calmly and peacefully to sort out their differences. There is always a better, more peaceful, way to resolve differences.

It was pointed out to me today by some friends from Europe that just because we might do things differently to those in other countries, doesn't mean we or they are right or wrong, it is just different. I don't think anyone has the right to push their beliefs on others, as long as human rights are not being violated and people can move about and think and speak freely and safely. 

And I hope we as individuals, and countries all around the world as a whole, can work together towards slowing down global warming. The future of our planet depends on it.

Finally, remember last year has gone, the past cannot be changed, and tomorrow is still waiting to be written. 



I wish you all a safe, healthy and happy 2018 and time spent making precious memories. 
Do you have plans, dreams or aspirations for the year ahead? Perhaps you would like to tell us about them in the comments.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 

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Life in Reflection

 

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26 comments:

  1. Adore the grasses one! Joyous new year to you!!

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  2. Wonderful thoughts! Precious memories! A lovely New Year! Happy New Year!

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  3. Happy New Year Jill. I hope to continue to follow your travels and blogs throughout 2018. We're heading off in our caravan in 4 weeks time for some more exploration of our wonderful country.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. I am itching to get away again, but no firm plans as yet. There is just so much to see and do!

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  4. Great advice and lovely shots. I hope your 2018 is even better than the last year!

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  5. Beautiful images - if course! - and a lovely way to look back on 2017 and to start off the next year.

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  6. Happy New Year, Jill! Thanks you for alerting me - Wordpress does not have a link up buttons -
    When you are on the post "All Seasons- Between the Old and New -" almost at the end of the post it says
    ...share by pressing "Click here" (purple) below to add to the link list!
    Then after the white space it says "Powered by Linky Tools.
    (next line) Click here (underlined) to enter your link and view the Linky Tools list..."
    When you press on "Click here (underlined)" it opens up a new page.
    On the bottom of all the thumbnail pics, it says
    "Click here to enter. When you do -you fill in the info about your url, etc. at no. 4.you choose "From Web" or "from file" and choose the photo you want to share.
    Wishing you success! Thanking you in advance for sharing your beautiful post!!

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    1. The post A brand New Year 2018 is not the post of All Seasons! The post of All Seasons is titled "All Seasons - Between the Old and the New!"

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    2. Thanks Jeannette. See you over there!

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  7. Happy New Year Jill!!! Love your two quotes and your beautiful images! Thanks for visiting My Photographic Journey at Our World Tuesday!!!

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  8. Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/01/curiosity.html

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  9. Hello, Lovely images and mosaic. It is great to be retired and traveling, I love it. Wonderful thoughts, I feel the same about peace in the world and saving our planet. Great post and quotes. I wish you and yours all the best in 2018, happy New Year! Have a great day and new week!

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  10. Enjoyed reading your post. All you say makes so much sense. I pray for a more peaceful year. Seems 2017 sure flew by.
    Thanks for visiting and linking. Happy New Year.

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

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  11. Wonderful series of memory shots of 2017 and love the young man and the globe ~ reminding us to save the earth ~

    Wishing you a Happy New Year,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. Am getting the impression from your lively collage you lead a happy life breaking the rules and finding creative niches. Hope 2018 will be full of these adventures for you! A happy New Year to you and a terrific week:)

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  13. I love these words: "It’s so important to never stop playing." More play has been a goal of mine these last few months, and I'm renewing it in this new year. Wishing you a beautiful and inspiring January. :-)

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    1. SO many wonderful things to play with and explore!

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  14. Jill - thank you for your narrative. My husband (from the UK) and I (from the US) have talked many times about the roles that countries play in the world. When do they have the right to 'intervene'? I think human rights is a very important part of the equation. To respond to your other question: my goals for 2018 include being more patient and a better listener. Happy New Year to you!

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  15. Wise words, so true! There's no peace untill we stop hate each others and learn to accept that we are all individuals with different habits. Happy New Year, may it be full of love and happiness :-)

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    1. I don't know why people can't be more accepting of the beliefs of others.

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  16. Happy New Year Jill! I hope that your year unfolds wonderfully for you and that those leaders you've mentioned do manage to keep 'peace on earth' and not push 'the' button. . .it is an unsettled time on this planet but maybe with all of us working just a bit harder to be kind and understanding . . .well, no telling what good things might happen. A lovely post!

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    1. the combined thoughts of all of us working together towards a better future.

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  17. Happy New year! Wishing you a fantastic 2018!

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  18. Hello, yours is a good advice. Let's hope this year something will be getting better for our poor planet. Here in the very north we feel the climate changes even more... Happy 2018!

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  19. thank you all dear wonderful readers. I think we all feel the same way about the year ahead. Lets all work together towards a better future. Who knows what can be achieved with positive combined consciousnesses.

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