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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: New Year (05/09/05)

TITLE: New Year (ii)
By Genstacia Bull
05/15/05


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New Year

Itís about 7 hours from midnight into another new year and the mental battle has not changed through the years. Charlotte is reviewing what she has not achieved that she should have in the year that is running out fast and is in dread about the New Year. In her typical response to stress she has withdrawn and become more introverted and unproductive with anxiety in the last few days.

Though she knew she should not be anxious about anything her mind is paralysed by fear. She paced her meticulous bedroom then reaches to close the window from the violent wind outside, and the noise of London revellers who are already drunk and its not midnight yet. She snorted in disgust then felt bad for been so judgemental

She continues her musing. I should work harder, but I am exhausted. Well maybe I should be more organised, or I should get some more qualification. She flops on her bed with a pounding headache, the frustration of not been able to meet her goals were getting too much for her bear.

She awoke startled by the loud shrill of her phone, how long has she slept for. The caller hung up before she could reach it and she could not be bothered to return the call. A quick glance at the time and she was relieved to know it was only a few minutes to ten. She opted for a long soak in the bath and decided against doing the traditional thing of going to church like many did just because it was New Year eve.

As she relaxed with the mesmerising smell of lavender, she starts getting things in perspective and recalled all the positive things she has achieved, they far outweighed the things she has not achieved. It dawned on her that she could turn the negatives into positive in the coming year by not beating herself up mentally but by taking the time to congratulate herself and be thankful for the good things and take time to figure out how she could carry out the goals that were left undone in the coming year. She sank into the bath even further even more relaxed by the attitude adjustment she had made.

She also made a conscious decision to have some fun and not allow her worth to be based on how much task she accomplished. Hmm she gave herself a smug smile the New Year is worth looking forward to after all. I just need to lighten up!


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Helga Doermer05/18/05
Sounds like one woman entered the new year with a new perspective. What an amazing difference a moment of self-care can make.
Sally Hanan05/22/05
You have good flow from beginning to end. Try to write in one tense only, as you switch in this many times from past to present.