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New year, new me

As the wind rages around me and the rain lashes the roof, I'm thankful to be inside, drawing up my personal campaign for the year ahead.

I've got various writing and research projects to get my teeth into, including the paid and the not-paid. January is as good a time as any to plot the days, weeks and months ahead.

As far as my health and fitness goes, I need to get back to the gym on a regular basis, to firm up and also shed some of the pounds I put on over Christmas. I'd like to walk farther on my twice-daily trips with Arty, but that's not always possible on dark mornings and nights and through never-ending mud. I'm even contemplating getting Arty a playmate this year, although two dogs are double the work.

I want to do some voluntary work outside of my own Lush Places community because I need to get out more. Being chained to a laptop every day - writing - does nothing for my sanity. So I'm currently looking at a number of options which I might enjoy.

I'd …

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