When I started freelancing, the intention was always that I’d have a bit more time to myself. After years of working long hours and commuting, I was ready to carve out free time. Of course, I was being naive. I spent every spare moment either working or with the girls. But now, I finally feel like things are changing.
Putting life first
I’ve always enjoyed sport, but for the past few years it has seemed like a chore. Something I had to fit in, that I knew I’d love once I started, but I really had to drag myself out of the door. For the past few weeks though, something has changed.
I’ve been working with XLS using weight loss shakes and have lost a total of 9lbs, which has stayed off this week now I’ve dropped down to one meal replacement a day. This feels like a real achievement and I’m pleased I’ve done it. That said, the most positive thing to come out of it is that I’ve started making the time to exercise a lot more – and really enjoying it.
This week was my third open water swim of the season, and my first in the river. I went with a friend to a part of the river where you can just get in and swim. No wetsuits, changing rooms, lifeguards or messing about. Just getting in and swimming. We’ve decided to do this every Monday morning after half term. It sounds like the perfect way to start the week.
The little things
For children, the smallest achievements sometimes mean the most. Libby has been playing the piano since September and getting on relatively well with it. But she hasn’t been overly keen to practice. This week though, something clicked. She has moved on to playing with both hands at the same time, and realised how good it sounds. And she wants to play it. Long may it continue.
Lia’s little achievement involved her preschool sports day. The night before, she didn’t want to do it. She was worried that she wouldn’t win and too scared to take part. But when the day came, it was a different story. She was happily playing with her friends before the races started. Then when they raced, she was there on the start line. Running slowly, not putting much effort in. But she was there and she enjoyed it despite her concerns.
We had the girls’ birthday party on Sunday, at Oakwood Forest School. We were so lucky with the weather, it couldn’t have been more perfect. And considering we’d never been to the venue before, we chose well. There were loads of different activities for the children to do and even the parents got involved. The girls both had a brilliant afternoon and all their friends seemed to enjoy it. Plus, birthday parties are behind us for another 12 months. Such a relief.
Thursday photo #211
The girls had some gorgeous birthday presents from their friends and one of their favourites was their dressing up outfits. Can you guess who they are?