Sunday, 28 May 2017

Changing the balance

For the past 8 years I have neglected myself and my interests, concentrating all of my energy on my Children and making sure they were having a great time. Recently, I have come to realise that it's ok to also take time out for myself without comprimising on the Children's happiness.

If you follow me on social media, you will know that last week I started my couch to 5k journey. I wouldn't say that I enjoyed it, but I did it for myself and hopefully it will get easier as the weeks go by (I am currently trying to motivate myself to do Day 2!).

I have also booked a spa day for next month with a friend from work. It's on a day that Craig has off from work and the kids will be at School so won't miss me anyway! I am so looking forward to this day, it will be a long overdue treat and great to spend it with a friend.

This week we are visiting my parents in Dorset, normally I would try and pack in as much as possible. But this week, for the benefit of all of us, we are going to slow it down. Having some lazy or shorter days.

Yesterday was a stroll around the park, stopping for coffee on the way round. Millie was so happy to find that 'Poppy and Joey' the swans she befriended last year, have had babies. She of course had the honour of naming them; Rosie, Jackson, Jack, Jonny-Joe and Poppy Jr! (Don't even ask where she plucked the names from, I have no idea!). We popped back to my parents for a rest and then I took Chester down to the arcades, where he was over the moon to have 'won' a fidget spinner!

Today, I sent the children and my parents to The Lighthouse theatre to watch Gangsta Granny, whilst I had some really lovely 'me time' wandering around the shops and having an impromptu skincare consultation! Apparently Gangsta Granny was a hit with everyone, and I didn't feel as though I had missed out because I got a full breakdown of the story from Chester and Millie!

I think I have really turned a corner with my mindset and I am really looking forward to enjoying some more 'me time' going forward!

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