2016 Our Time to Shine

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Art by Kath Unsworth


I started my first day of 2016 with a yoga session and finished it with an adventure. A memorable trail ride through the bush on horseback with the kids, my two sisters and niece. We laugh now about our crazy stubborn horses. They enjoyed dragging us through the thick scrub for two hours. We have the scars to prove it (more like a couple of scratches). But we did it and I am so proud of my two children who have never been on a long horse ride before this.

January is the month that slips through my fingers all too quickly. I am aware of it now and want to work on my main project as much as I can. But life throws us challenges in the midst of parenting.

The wonderful weather beckons us to the beaches and outdoor activities. The children are on holidays until the end of this month. Its almost impossible to find the time for what I want to do. Being creative and consistent is the key. I admit, children (tweens) wanting something to do every second of the day becomes my challenge. How about you? Do you feel January goes by without a thought? Or are you one of the lucky ones who gets to work from day dot.

I’m not going to feed you my long list of new years resolutions, or one word to live by. I have too many for this year and feel I will carry out all my goals if I truly live a well-balanced life.

It begins with my health. I cannot be at my best as a mother, wife and artist if Im unfit. At the end of last year I added yoga and weight training to my fitness menu. The odd bike ride with the kids and my morning walks weren’t enough. Trying to avoid sugar is not hard for a savoury queen (chips, twisties, yum) like me. My weakest link is a mouth watering (flaky pastry) meat pie or a gourmet Pizza. (Tandoori chicken my fave).

By limiting these foods and keeping to an exercise plan, my mind feels clearer already. I won’t lie, the body is reluctant to let go of old habits. My husband inspires me (go Pete). He has trained now for about six months. I can see the visible changes in his body and general well-being.

I am older than he and so we joke about how it will take my body longer to learn and crave these new habits. Some days my mind is eager but the body says no, and visa versa. It’s funny how we humans know whats good for us but we fight it daily.

Its time to shine in 2016 because I want to live in the moments, evolve and grow. Grow in mind, body and spirit. My hope is, if I live this so-called, well-balanced life, It will allow me, to thrive in all areas of my life.

THE PLAN (not a resolution)

I’m going to finish my picture book, it has taken me two and half years to get to this point. It will never be perfect and to learn, I must set it free. I enrolled in a webinar on how to make 2016 my year to finish a picture book (Readers Digest webinar). 12 goals to help make it happen and have my book ready for an agent/publisher. I will also receive a critique of my manuscript as part of the package by an agent/editor. It is the main reason I signed up. Once I have my feed back and make all the changes I will also take it through another critique with Readers digest. One final professional critique, one I will pay for, something I have not done yet. I need to stop worrying about the illustrations FINISH them and trust in my journey.

I say to you, I hope 2016 is a year for LOVE, PEACE and JOY. I look forward in reading about your lives, hopes, dreams and achievements. Thank you for entertaining me for the last three years and here’s to another year full of adventure’s.

Share a goal for 2016 with me, we can keep each other accountable.

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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87 Responses to 2016 Our Time to Shine

  1. reocochran says:

    I love your drawing, Kath. Your artwork is exceptional and you should enjoy writing and illustrating and not stress too much. My favorite artwork in books wasn’t “perfect”, it was heartfelt. ♡ Smiles, Robin

  2. Sara says:

    I wish you all the best in 2016, Kath! I’m going to make attempts to get myself a little more fit this year too (isn’t that nearly everyone’s resolution?), because it’s true that you’re no good to anyone else if you aren’t in good health yourself.

    I also hope you have great success with the picture book – you deserve it after all the work you’ve put into it. I know you write well and the illustrations will be magnificent – you can’t fail with that winning combination! Cheers!

  3. Awesome, Kath doll! Sounds like 2016 is going to be an amazing year for you!

    You know how much of an advocate I am for physical health, so I am beyond happy that you are bringing Yoga into your life. Wishing you much wellness, beauty, and creativity in 2016.

  4. Bravo to you and your hubby, Kath, for having the right attitude about health and fitness. I have a couple new resolutions this year I hope to implement to help me feel stronger and healthier, one of which is lifting weights. Slow but steady is the key for this 50 something body!
    I’m excited to read about your goals for your picture book! Drop over and read about my goals when you get a moment. Happy New Year!!! xx ❤

  5. Zambian Lady says:

    A happy and prosperous 2016 in every area of your life! Like you said (paraphrasing) the heart is usually willing to do the right thing but the body is not. I wish you success in your endevours this year

  6. Aquileana says:

    Best of luck with your proyects ahead…. Much success, Love, Peace and Joy to You for 2016, Kath!.
    Aquileana 😃💫

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  8. Sheila says:

    Horseback riding with your family sounds like the perfect way to spend New Year’s Day. I hope you’ll find many more adventures this year. I love the sound of your plan too. I’ve been thinking the same thoughts lately about being healthier and finding the time to be more creative (and finishing that book)! I have a feeling that this will be our year. Happy New Year hugs!

  9. Dalo 2013 says:

    It sounds like you finished off the year with a good adventure ~ what more could you ask for 🙂 A beautiful way to bring in the New Year ~ a great post and best to you with your writing and drawing (and all your artwork!) in the New Year. Cheers to a great 2016.

  10. Roy McCarthy says:

    I have the greatest admiration for anyone who dares climb on a horse’s back Kath 😦 It’s true that we (as a human race) have become conditioned to prefer leisure and inactivity and you do need to awaken those positive feelings of physicality, eating clean etc. to be able to fully appreciate life. No resolutions for me but I wish you and your family a fantastic 2016.

  11. Exciting things for you in 2016! Good luck with your fitness plan and your book!

  12. Sherri says:

    You’ll do it Kath! I’m with you, I don’t make resolutions because I want to make changes every day that I can stick to and for my mental and physical health. I am so excited for you and the steps you’ve taken to complete your picture book. I will sign up with you to resolve to finish my memoir to publication. I’ve talked about it long enough, worked on it for 3 years and still to get my revisions done. Let’s take this journey to publication together and make 2016 our year…you’ve encouraged me so much, and I hope I have and will continue to do the same for you. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your holidays (what fun, a horse ride through the bush with your kids!). Here’s to a healthy, joy-filled and successful year ahead for us both! We can do it my friend!! 🙂 xxx

    • YES Sherri we can! Went on a BBQ boat around a beautiful bay yesterday with friends and the kids swam in the deep blue and fished, so I cannot complain about the holidays, today bike rides and paddle boards in the ocean, we are very lucky the ocean is only half an hours drive from us. Keep me posted on your wins I will be posting soon about creating new habits

  13. Alisa Belzil says:

    Kath, I find myself inspired by your energy and laughing with your humor. Pastry, pizza and tandoori chicken… Ohhh my! Just saying it aloud makes me drool. As for living life in balance, you’ve got it. Being versatile and trying to go with the flow are pillars of motherhood and adulthood I live by. I wish you all the luck in this VERY NEAR book journey of yours and I tell you, I can’t wait to hold it in my hands. So excited for you, friend! Sending you support and love for an incredible limitless year.

    • Thanks Alisa I am using a virtual diary each day to create new habits and outlines are going well. When I tried rendering them I found I needed to change things. So this time I am outlining all the way to the last page and as I do it I can see what needs to be fixed. Rendering will be after I am happy with each page. Seems to work better for me. Heres to another year of amazing art evolution.

  14. Inger says:

    Your art work is beautiful Kath – I am sure you book will be a success!

    Exercise is always a good idea, I will admit I have not been doing enough of it the last 6 months. I don’t really believe in new years resolutions (I am never able to keep them) – but I think I will put exercise on my priority list for 2016:)

    Wishing you a happy new year and all the best for 2016!

  15. Balance–that is a good word for 2016 for me as is more learning! That includes writing, art, and tech skills, but also the personal work. I did not expect the profound insecurity that has come with the change in my roles/identity since becoming an empty nester! Definitely a work in progress. 🙂 Here’s to love, peace, and joy! Wishing you all the best, Kath.

  16. Cecilia says:

    Very thoughtful words, thank you, very inspiring, and your drawing is awesome!

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