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The events of the last week make it difficult to reflect on the year as a whole, or indeed, look forward to next year. At home, two families lost loved ones in an event which has rocked Australia to its core. The senseless siege in Sydney’s Martin Place will forever be etched in our minds and we may never know the real reason behind Man Hamon Monis’s actions that day.

And, on Friday, as many Australians partied to celebrate the end of the working year, news came through that a mother in Cairns had taken the lives of seven of her own children and a niece, before apparently trying to take her own life. Again, her actions are difficult to reconcile with the nurturing nature mothers are supposed to have and we mourn the senseless loss of more lives lost.

But Australia is not alone in its tragedies, with 149 people, mainly children losing their lives when Taliban extremists attacked a military school in Pakistan. And just yesterday, two New York police officers were killed in the line of duty by a young man, who was acting in apparent retribution for the recent shootings by US police officers, of unarmed black men.

Our world is changing. Violence and murder, whatever the motivation, is now commonplace and while horrific events happen every day, there are few which make us sit up and take notice of this fact. Hopefully, some good will come from the horrible events we witnessed last week, and we embrace the values which made Australia great.

At YOURLifeChoices we’re also reflecting on the year we’ve just had. It’s been busy, but thankfully, fun. As well as bringing you your daily news, on which we know you love to have your say, we’ve also kept you up-to-date with the changes to Age Pension, government legislation and Federal Budget measures on the night they were announced. We’ve looked after your health with a heads-up on what’s new in medical research and the simple tips you can follow every day to keep your proverbial motor running. And we’ve suggested destinations far and wide, as well as in your own backyard, which are not only worth visiting, but how you can get there on a limited budget.

On top of all this, we’ve launched our Quarterly Retirement Update which aims to simplify retirement, the stage of life which should be your reward for years of hard work. We’ve also moved offices to accommodate our growing and changing team. Andrea decided that she wanted to try something new, but has popped back in now and again to help us out. So Kathryn took her place and is the one to thank for all the delicious recipes you see each day. After more than three years in our team, Rachel moved on to pastures new, but in her place, we gained Leon and Amelia and we’re enjoying the different points of view they are bringing to our team.

And so we look to next year and promise that we’ll bring you more of the content you love, as well as some new and exciting features. As always, we welcome your feedback, so if you think we’re missing something, or if you’ve particularly enjoyed something we’ve done and would like to see more of it, let us know. Don’t forget, if you’ve got a burning question that no one seems able to answer, ask us. Our team of experts are on hand to give you the benefit of their wisdom – we’re here to make retirement simpler, and fun.

To each and every one of you and your families, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year and beyond.

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Written by Debbie McTaggart


Total Comments: 7
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    I would like to congratulate each & every person who operate this site. I look at it every day with anticipation & enjoyment. I would like to wish the staff & readers a VERY HAPPY XMAS

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    I wish to thank the team a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2015.

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    I wish you all a very happy season and a wonderful new year.

    To the people who works for this site I congratulate you for a well done job and encourage you to continue with the good work that informs and helps many of us oldies.
    Have a great Christmas everyone.

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    Yes I would like to add my best wishes to all the staff that keep us informed throughout the year.I would also like to add this little story for all the readers.Last July I at the age of 67 I was involved in a business that went broke.I asked your life choices for some advise.I had a choice sell the house and pay the loan , or keep working and pay the loan.The advise was keep the house and keep working to pay the loan.My wife and I chose to sell our house and buy a caravan.
    A big step at 67.howrver we have been on the road now since September and are as happy as could be.Its tough with only one pension and some savings and are currently in the outback of Western Australia. Each day is different.
    o rates/power/water/bills.yes we do pay caravan park fees and I asdmit dont know where we will end up but thats part of the fun.Dont get bogged down folks enjoy yourself, life is short.

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    Debbie and the Team at YLC: Season’s Greetings and a Bright and Happy 2015.
    May we all enjoy this time of year with our family and friends and take the time to say a prayer for those who have suffered horrendously and their families also.
    We are all very fortunate and lucky indeed if we have managed 2014 without too many mishaps.
    Best Wishes for the festive season to all the contributers to YLC may we continue the battle in 2015.

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    Merry Christmas YLC admin and members and all the best for 2015.



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