Life is Short. Love what you do. 1


Today is the last day of my forties. Tomorrow I turn fifty.

Days like this get you thinking about what happened over the last decade;


Moved to NZ

Made incredible lifelong friends

Worked at church 7 years

Raised three teenagers to young adults.bought a franchise. Sold a

Franchise. Bought a house.

Changed careers.

Travelled to India

Travelled to Vietnam

Travelled to Thailand twice and Cambodia twice.

Took the kids to Europe

Saw my daughter get married and gained a son-in-law

Travelled to Perth many times

Lost 25kg but found 6 of them again!

Welcomed new people into my life…

Changed churches…changed up my theology…

Recalibrated beliefs

And recalibrated my life and

Contributed to a book…

…my biggest hurdle this decade was losing my husband and becoming single.

The decade brought massive change and massive heartache.

Massive growth and massive retreat.

Would I change any of it?

Yes I would. In a heartbeat. But I can’t. Some things are part of life that we can’t alter no matter what our heart yearns for. But what of tomorrow?

Ah yes tomorrow…maybe I can learn, grow and given the opportunity of life I can see some more happy days…

But for today…I remember these inspiring words from my beloved.

Life is short. Love what you do…

Speak to you soon from a new country as I shift to Cambodia to work in an aid organisation for the new decade ahead.


About Annie Wilson

My hearts cry is to make a difference in this life. I know life is short. I desire to leave people happier than when I found them...I don't always achieve it. I’m passionate about people, being generous and being kind. I have three adult children one of whom is now married so I have a son - in law now too. I work as a serious injury consultant full time after recently finishing up eight years as a creative director. Two years ago I lost my husband suddenly and so reluctantly now I’m journeying life on my own without my best friend. Last year I co-authored a book on ‘Hope’ which endeavour’s to make sense of my journey of heartbreak to the beginnings of healing and learning to breathe again. I’ve travelled a lot, worked in many settings and had a faith in my Creator since I can remember - I love to write and paint, decorate and generally thrive when I’m feeling useful. What seizes our imagination changes everything. Coming out of a winter season in my soul after losing my husband I’m anticipating a warming of the air and a lengthening of the days. I, like you, am hopeful.

One thought on “Life is Short. Love what you do.

  • Christine Cooper

    Hey beautiful Annie… I love this post you have written of your life’s journey since coming home to love in NZ…. I still remember the day you came into the shop at KA and our subsequent trip to Bland Bay for a girls weekend. Your generous heart shone thru even back then as you battled the loss of moving countries and leaving your good friends and family behind… Remember how you suggested we all go in together and buy a bracelet for Marilyn as a thankyou for the weekend! But hasn’t God so been faithful to you as you look back and see His hand on every part of your journey. And so Annie you start another new chapter in your book of life and I wonder what adventures it will bring you…many happy ones I pray beautiful girl as you step out in faith toward this BIG adventure! I so admire your courage and cheer you on my friend… We were away for our only break so far this summer and I’m sorry we missed your big 50 birthday… You looked very lovely at home with all your Whanau and friends and hope we can have a catch up before you leave for Cambodia. Craig will be cheering you on too I know and I’m sure have a beaming smile on his face knowing you are following your heart and making your dreams come true. Keep that lovely smile on your face and believe me others will be blessed by it as you travel the earth doing what God has gifted you to be and do… Have a wonderful day and let’s try for a catch up before you go if you can fit it in your busy schedule and likewise mine too – have hit the ground running with a new house to bring to life with only 3 weeks till the family moves in… Gods favour is there… He is faithfull… Much love Christine Xxx

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