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New Year Same Old Me

No I’m still going to be me, not somebody completely different. The size 8 version is not on the horizon, nor is the gold medallist (I was terrible at sports before my health went south).

2018 is all about Growth for me. Over the last 18 months I started to put my writing higher up on my agenda, whilst I have done this before, this feels different as I have progressed in ways that still surprise me. I am determined not to keep having this dream of seeing my words come alive on a stage, this is actually going to happen.

If anyone told me this time last year that I’d be catching buses without assistance, travelling on trains by myself and being accepted on a playwright course, I’d tell you that’s make believe.

Being blessed with a powerchair has changed my life in ways its really hard for most people to explain. Just going out on New Year’s Day for a stroll was easy, being at her side chatting away without her having to think about helping me…. Awesome!

My Goals

1 By the end of 2018 I will have three finished pieces including a full length play.

2 Healthier habits acquired. I am not expecting to have lost x amount of weight, but less sugar, salt and fat will be a huge achievement.

3 Selfcare is not Selfish: I am going to continue on looking after myself, removing as much drama in my life the only drama I want is what I create on the page.

4 Memories. I can’t do most things without support and I am going to enjoy sharing these amazing memories with my mum and some of my very special friends.

5 Lastly I am going to stress less by remembering to breathe. I can’t do much about the 2 things that causes the most stress in my life. My body’s need to have regular ‘temper tantrums’ but I will do all I can to manage symptoms holistically.

The care I receive is problematic at the moment but I am already looking at ways to improve that so hopefully it won’t be so much of an issue.

The Finish Line

I know the finish line is nowhere insight so these goals for 2018 are guidelines and if not completed by the end of the year that that’s ok with me.

Reading more, writing more, laughing more and feeling happier with myself I see will be a wonderful side effect to focusing on my writing.

My hope for everyone who has taken the time to read this post is that they will at least get 1 step closer to realising their dreams, find joy in unlikely places and have a year full of blessings.

I hope you are intrigued about goals and will check back to find out how my year is going…..

Oh, and before I forget:



At the tender age of three, Leanna Benjamin knew her place was in the limelight and that nothing else would do. From her parents' living room in Leicester, she pirouetted her way straight through school into the BBC. Just as her dreams were coming to fruition, a simple case of the flu triggered a debilitating illness that has left her with life changing consequences. Leanna Benjamin is a Graeae Theatre Write to Play alum, and a Leeds Playhouse Fuse Writer, but this is not the synopsis for her new play - it is the story of her life. And she wants to share it with you.

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