This is the sparkling new edition of the eZine the first one of the year! I
know Im very late in saying this but Happy New Year! I hope the year
has been wonderful to you so far and that it continues to bring you
nothing but happiness and laughter.
Firstly, Id like to apologise for how long its been since the last issue was
published. We have undergone some changes at the eZine which has
slightly caused this delay as we wanted to get things sorted and
organized before we begun the issue as we wanted this years eZines
to be absolutely wonderful! Some of the changes that have happened is
that we have lost a few members ofthe team, due to several reasons -
but they will be missed a lot and we thank them for their wonderful
contribution to the team we have loved working with them! The second
changed that has happened is that myself and Natalee have swapped
roles, I am now the Editor and Natalee is Assistant Editor the decision
was made by Natalee due to several personal reasons which are
understandable She has been an absolutely fantastic editor though!
We hope you enjoy this issue of the eZine we have covered three
months for you so there is plenty to read and hopefully something for
everyone! As always please let us know anything you would like to see
or even contribute to in future editions or any ideas or themes you
may have, and of course we would love to hear what you have to say
about this edition.
January 2012 was a hard month for me. I was at one of the lowest places
I've ever been and I couldn't see any way out of the despair I was
experiencing. My life was falling apart whilst I sat there holding the self-
destruct button. I had my friends around me but I struggled to talk to
them and let them know what was going on. RYL was my refuge, it helped
me to start to see hope again and to believe that I could be somebody.
I don't think my friends knew how much they helped me but because of
wise words they said and love they expressed I began to engage and
work with my therapists. I look back and wonder if I've actually
progressed since this time last year. The answer is I have, I am still the
same person in many ways but now I have people in place to be there
when I feel myself slipping again and I am engaging with my doctors and
wanting to recover. There is still a long way to go, I'm still scared and I
still doubt myself but I know that my friends love me and this time a year
ago that wouldn't have been enough but I've come a long way over the
past twelve months. I'm not the person I was back then.
A year ago if you had told me that in Jan 2013 I would be a song writer,
on track for a 2:1 in my degree and finally understanding who I really
am, I would have said you're wrong. I was blind to the future, I couldn't
see how I could do anything good or how I could achieve my dreams and
This month last year I was a burnt out, broken, lonely girl, this year I'm
still burnt out and I'm still broken but I'm accepting to love myself and
allow others to love me. I'm not who I once was. I'm thankful for the past
12 months because it's made me stronger and despite all of the bad times
I did have a pretty awesome year.
In January, Australia Day was celebrated around Australia. Here is some
further information for those who are from other countries and don't know
what Australia Day is. I have also included a colouring in sheet.
Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day,
and ANA Day) is the official national day of Australia.
Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of
the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time
of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known
as New Holland).
Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later,
records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first
official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818.
It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia and
is marked by the presentation of the Australian of The Year Awards on
Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Honours List for the Order of
Australia and addresses from the Governer-General and Prime Minister.
With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies the day is
celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation.
Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.
So here we are, another year, a new beginning. I don't know about you but I'm not the biggest fan of New Year. I don't enjoying going out,
staying up and cheering when it turns midnight. I'd much rather have a few close friends over and spend New Years eve chatting, playing games,
a nice relaxed evening.
New Years is not just about the start of another year, it's the time for
New Year Resolutions - promises people make in the hope to be disciplined enough to stick it out through the year. Most people won't
keep the promises and many will make the same one year after year, hoping that this time they'll have found the discipline to follow it through.
I gave up making resolutions a few years ago. I don't see New Year as
our one new beginning, but I see each day as a new beginning, a fresh start. Jean-Paul Sartre said:
'There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.'
I think there is so much truth in what Sartre has said here. Every day is a
gift, I'm sure we have all heard the saying: The past is history, the
future's mystery, the present is a gift, that's why it is called the
present. It's very clich and cheesy but it's true. Today is a gift which we
have been given to enjoy. We have a new beginning, a fresh start. Every
time you wake up, you have a new day to start over.
When I was in my second year at University I went away to Stoke-On-
Trent for a week as part of one of my modules. One of the first things we
had to do was go for a walk and look at the city. When I was walking I
found the brick in the picture above. I took this photo because when I
looked at this brick, I saw the old and the new together. The old broken
down brick but the new life growing on it. To me this symbolises new life
being created out of the destruction of years previous. You might see
yourself as a
broken brick, as a broken down, destructed being, someone who can't
create anything new, anything beautiful. That's a lie, you can - there is
always something beautiful that can be created. There is always
a new beginning waiting for you.
So what are you going to do with your day? Of course there are always
daily, mundane jobs which need doing but there is always the opportunity
to do something great. It could be a step towards recovery, it could be
deciding to make a dream become reality, maybe it could simply be doing
a random act of kindness to a friend or a stranger. Whatever it is that you
choose to do, be proud of yourself.
It is so much easier to just stay at home or stay in your comfortable,
familiar daily life rather than step out and try something. It's so much
easier to do things we know we can do than to give something new a go
and run the risk of failing. In my opinion, I think we fail ourselves when
we don't try. Trying and it not working isn't failing, it's discovering that
your way of doing it doesn't work - pick yourself up, dust yourself off and
try again. Tomorrow is a new beginning.
Tomorrow is a new beginning - don't waste it. Take a step, take a risk.
Every month we look around the RYL forums in search of our
This months Signature of the Month belongs to..
We need never be hopeless, because we can never be
We love this signature because it's simple, straight to the point, and
most importantly, true. No matter what situation in your life, you
don't need to thing it won't get better. It will - everything is fixable
and it will get better, everything has a resolution, it sometimes is
just harder to find than other times. Just don't lose hope because
good things are just around the corner and the bad situation won't
last forever. It's wonderful to see such a wonderful and
positive message around the boards.
Never lose hope.
If you want to be in with a chance of being next months Signature
of the Month, then get creative!
Remember, it doesn't need to be busy and full of colour to win.
It can win because it's funny, inspiring, creative or just shows off
your personality! Remember as well, when it comes to signatures,
they also help other members remember who you are
because they remember a phrase or a picture in your signature!
Have fun getting creative!
I first heard about SpiritHoods back in September 2012 when I was
browsing through Temporary Secretarys blog, I love her fashion posts
and couldnt help but be drawn to her post about SpiritHoods. The
SpiritHood she has on is a wolf one, which I fell in love with for a few
reasons. I love wolves, I love the print that she has inside her hood and
its all for a good cause!
Ive liked SpiritHoods UK page on Facebook and the day I ordered my
SpiritHood was the same day they announced their sale on the UK
website. I jumped straight onto my iPad to browse which hoods were in
the sale and decide which one I would order. I didnt really get anything
for my birthday this year so I decided Id treat myself.
After looking for a while I finally decided to get the Mystic Wolf hood with
HB3 tech. This means it has headphones inside the hood, so I can listen
to my music whilst keeping warm! However I love the sound that my
beats earphones give me so Ill probably still continue to use those, Ill
see how I feel though.
The hood was in the sale for 69, down from 99. Now a lot of people
would say I was mad for paying this much, but I had wanted it for months
and I knew I wouldnt find one this cheap again and if I do Ill probably
buy that one too! I know I havent had this one long but I already want
Righto I think its time to show it off!
Powerful Fierce ClairvoyantMystic Wolves are messengers of truth and
worlds. They are highly aware beings, able to see through facades, and
travel the darkness unscathed. Those with this spirit exude a confidence
that can be seen and felt.
The paws on this hood are amazing and are often photographed by people
who own a SpiritHood.They have the SpiritHood logo on the palm so youll
know if you have a genuine one. As well as that, they have a texture that
has some sort of grip too it, great when walking on a moving bus!
My hood has a gorgeous knitted inside to it which is black and white and a
sort of Aztec/fair isle pattern which is lovely as well as fashionable for
Of course cant have a picture of a SpiritHood without a picture of me
This is what SpiritHoods have about the Mystic Wolf hood on their
Play music everywhere your SpiritHood goes! Just plug-in your mp3
player or phone to the cord in the
pocket and hear your favorite music through the speakers in your hood.
Sewn into the hood are built-in washable speakers, yes you can wash
them http://s0.wp.com/wp-includes/images/...?m=1129645325g Works
with most mp3 players and mobile phones, speakers are
not removable and should not be put in dryer.
The hood itself is so toasty and warm you dont want to take it off! I wore
it out when we had the snow and it was amazing, it was heart breaking
having to take it off to walk inside a shopping centre, but I hung the hood
behind my hood, just like you would do with a hoodie or a coat with a
hood on it, keeping the paws hanging down still. Or you can just take it
off, your choice really. I got some weird looks walking around but I wasnt
bothered, I was warm at the end of the day!
Like the hood, the scarf and mittens part of the hood are also warm and
kept my hands toasty as I walked to more shops and back to the car. The
fur does malt a little bit but not enough to bother me and a simple roll
over my coat and clothes with a lint brush sorts it out. The fur on this is
fake, nothingreal whatsoever! That being said the fake fur is lovely and
soft and even resting it against your body it makes you warm. I have it
on my lap right now and my thigh is really warm, cant complain!
On the scarf part of the hood it has a pocket on the left hand side where
the headphone socket is for the headphones, as well as a pocket to stash
your iPod, phone, etc. Ill be keeping my lip balm in here as Im forever
using it when out, especially in this cold weather! Will be great to keep
bus and gig tickets in too in future.
On the right eat theres a little loop that you can stick feathers or even an
earring through to make the hood look that little bit more tribal. I intend
to buy a blue feather earring soon to stick through the loop to make it
look a little bit more funky. You can buy feathers from SpiritHoods
website but I think theyre a bit pricey and plus I want one I like, I dont
like the ones they have (they only have three).
When I was wearing my hood it reminded me of something you would see
native red indian americans wearing in Western films and I love that,
SpiritHoods are doing something so unique and everyone loves it,
including celebrities! I know Jared Leto loves the brand and has even
created his own hood to sell.
So for 69 I am in LOVE with my hood and I dont regret paying the price
I did, I saved 30 which doesnt seem like a lot but it does to me when I
wanted one for three months.
I hope you liked this post and if you have a SpiritHood why dont you
share which one you have? I love looking at people all toasty and warm in
their hoods, as well as seeing which ones they own.
Natalee (Field of Paper Flowers)
New Year is the oldest of all holidays, as it was first observed in ancient
Babylon as many as 4000 years ago.
Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year's Eve is believed to have
originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel
evil spirits and bring good luck.
$2,419.95: The average amount an American pack-a-day smoker could
save by quitting smoking this year. (If you quit smoking and bought a
gym membership, you'd still save to the tune of $1,000.)
49 million: The number of bubbles in a bottle of Champagne.
According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more
vehicles are stolen on New Year's Day than on any other holiday
throughout the year.
In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico families stuff a life-size male doll
called Mr. Old Year with memories of the outgoing year and...