As the year ends, I like most others am feeling reflective. For me this past year has been a year of restoring balance in my life, embracing the changing needs of my growing family as well as the everyday challenges that we all face and moving forward with them; all this while being open to new experiences, self development and friendships.
Both kids, Molly and George are at different schools now, so I like to keep on top of their homework, music practice and after school clubs – Weekdays I’m a taxi mum juggling it all as my husband is away working most weeks. Dancing has taken a bit of a back seat for me and on average I’m only dancing once a week at a freestyle but try and do a lesson when I can fit it in, but luckily with a husband who recognises my passion for dance, I am very fortunate to have been on four dance weekenders this year where I’ve met some fabulous people, all with my shared passion – and have had the opportunity to spend many a happy hour with valued dance friends, sharing car journeys, ropey accommodation, dancing moments; however it’s always a laugh a minute and I am truly grateful to have those people to share those moments with, you know who you are!
I’ve made some new friendships in particular through dancing, people I may not of met otherwise. A couple of those friendships in particular have enriched my life with their wisdom, experiences and generosity in sharing their time and experiences with me, including blues dancing and the benefits of conversational hypnotherapy, I’ve learnt so much.
Back in June, I surprised myself by leading a group of year 6’s in outdoor hut building and orienteering. I also tried roller skating which I hadn’t done since a child and ice skating is a ‘work in progress’ but I have managed to stay upright!
I spent an amazing summer in France with the family and was privileged to be part of the very special wedding of my dear niece Ellen to Nick and have welcomed a Great niece Jessica and Great nephew Ronnie to the wider family.
Our wedding anniversary weekend in Venice was another highlight, what an amazing place and I’m so glad its taken me this long to visit, as I am certain I appreciated it all the more.
As I continue to meet and get to know new people I realise we all have our own ongoing struggles one way or another, whether it be our health, relationships, or family issues and responsibilities – we also have our own ways of dealing with them. As I learn more about others I realise I have nothing to complain about and give thanks for how rich my life is.
My last blog was at least six months ago, and I intend to start writing more frequently in the new year
So as we leave 2018, my message to you all is to..
1. Be thankful for good family and friends
2. Look after yourself both mentally and physically
3. Be kind to others even if its a smile, simple greeting or compliment
4. Try and do something that brings you joy and makes you laugh
5. Open your mind to new possibilities, try something new
6. Value what you have rather than what you don’t have
7. Try not to judge others until you’ve walked in their shoes
8. Spread Love and kindness because it’s infectious
wishing you all a peaceful 2019, that’s filled with all the above and of course all you wish for…