My journey into 2016

I`ve returned to my computer and desk again in my familiar office which is a small spare room in my home. I can hear the birds chirping outside as I place my fingers on the keyboard and peer at my computer screen ready to write my first post of 2016. I took a break from writing and social media during Christmas with the intention of relaxing. Thankfully Christmas was fun, there have been times when Christmas was too busy for me.  People around me needed help with their emotions or other individuals in their lives which I was happy to give but would leave me drained. Now I go on holiday for part of it mixing fun with stress!.  New Year passed over me quietly, I shared a glass of warm port with my partner as we sat and watched the fire-works around the world on television. We hoped for a good year as 2015 was very difficult for both of us.

During 2015 I suffered very severe asthma. I was on a nebulizer and seeing a lung specialist. I was put on eight courses of steroids and the final course was a massive dose that threatened my own emotional stability, too much steroids can have a negative effect on mood. I had a brilliant lung specialist, Dr O`Donell in James Hospital Dublin, who was very compassionate and well skilled in his profession. He guided me through this terrible illness. I am now much improved. I also had the care and support of my partner. Without these two people I doubt if I would have survived.

I started writing my novel in June of 2014 and by May 2015 the book was ready for editing. I am self-publishing which is a lot of work but I find it rewarding. Around the same time as I became very sick I hired an editor who was a scammer, an editing service based in Dublin. Possibly I would have exercised better judgment had I been in good health. She pretended to be editing my book through the Summer but was really not doing any work on my book at all. During my illness I had to work on getting rid of the scammer and finding a professional editor which was difficult because I was so sick. I have hired an excellent editor now, Proofreading Guy, and my book will be published hopefully in February.

What is my purpose of writing this post? In part I want to publicly thank the professionals that are working with me now. Certainly I don`t mean to moan about 2015 but I have learned something very important that will probably stay with me for many years as well as 2016 which I want to share with you. There are some conditions in life that happen to everyone, it is just a result of living on this planet and illness is one of them. It`s not a punishment.

I have learned that if you trust yourself and your own intuition that it will guide you to the right people and the right behaviors to help yourself. You may take the wrong path but your direction can change and you can make the right choices again, life can get better.  You don`t have to be afraid in life. You will receive the help that you need, when the time is right. I hope to always remember this lesson.

I wish all of you a really great year this year!. I hope what you want in your life will manifest for you and that you find only good things arriving in your life.

Happy New Year to everyone!


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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Trilogy science fiction booksI have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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7 thoughts on “My journey into 2016”

  1. I’m on the same voyage. I have MS, type 2 diabetes, and more. A lot of the more was brought on by steroid treatments or the wrong medications because of complications. 2015 was a better year for me. A writing coach found me, wouldn’t let me stop writing and is now also my editor, mentor and friend. He’s guided me through my first book, only two chapters remain to finish, in less than a year. He’s held my soul up when I couldn’t find that I had a soul. He’s been there when words left me and when I just couldn’t face the world anymore. Bill Manville has been my sanity and belief in the world. It’s hard to believe that someone who has known me for only fourteen months knows me so well.
    The paths we take combine and intermingle. It’s good to hear that your path has set you on an adventure and that you have someone there to be supportive. It’s great that you found the right doctor. I’m still on that search. You also take risks, so I’ll try to do the same. My caution has been on high alert for a long time. Maybe I could turn the red light on my dashboard off a little more, and the green light on.
    Happy New Year, and many more.


      1. All of our paths find adversity. Mine isn’t nearly what others go through. I have learned that the internet will allow me to be in the company of the greatest people on earth. I love your name, by the way, it gives me a musical link now when I see it. Gabriel’s Woods done by YoYo Ma. You should give it a listen.


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