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Look on the bright side

Look on the bright side

As I contemplated my list of New Year resolutions, it reminded me that in life it is too easy to focus on the negatives rather than the positives.

highlights of 2016

We all have times when we think the world is against us. A run of bad luck, a procession of unexpected bills (I’m thinking of you BT and your broadband) or a bout of ill health. So, in this blog, I’ve reflected on some of my major achievements. Yes, I am blowing my own trumpet and I hope you will do the same. Think about the things that you achieved in 2016. It doesn’t matter if they might seem trivial to others. They are your successes and worth celebrating. Just taking a little time to remember those achievements might put a smile on your face. For what it’s worth here are my edited highlights of 2016;

  1. Seeing lots of guests coming back to The Cross for second or third visits. Their kind words and endorsement mean a great deal to me
  2. Entering my third year of trading! I’ve always dreamed of running my own bed and breakfast and while the reality does mean lots of hard work, I really do enjoy it 99% of the time
  3. Winning the ‘Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year‘ at the Mendip Business Awards. I still remember screaming (pretty loudly according to other attendees) when The Cross was announced as the winner
  4. Successfully trialling my version of a ‘pop-up’ restaurant. Ian Bates is an incredibly talented local chef and to have him regularly cooking dinner here is great for residents and non-residents. My ‘Dinner Dates with Ian Bates‘ have literally gone down exceptionally well. I now have a loyal following and new diners are coming along each month. I’m looking forward to our first 2017 dates in February
  5. Making it to 60! Thankfully, I feel pretty fit and healthy and full of life. I enjoyed celebrating this milestone in December, but the volume of alcohol I consumed does mean that (like many) the aim of getting fitter has made it on to my New Year resolutions

I hope 2017 treats you well and is full of many good surprises and achievements.


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