Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Pocketful of Dreams

Recently I've become more aware of myself, my dreams and influence on those around me. From those who have known me for a very long time or those for only a short while, some are still completely shocked that I turned my life around, and often express almost disbelief that I had it in me - to change and ultimately find the confidence that was buried deep inside. I'm not at all offended, because I didn’t think that I could ever be as happy, confident, loved, and fulfilled as I am today.

The Great Outdoors Attire - Coat by Trespass, Trousers and Shoes by Karrimor, Headband and scarf sent from the enchanting Sophie
This was such a blissful day in the Peak District, a day which was completely carefree, doing the things I love - and totally uplifting and thrilling.

Dreams have always played a part in my life – even in my toughest years, and pre-adulthood, I was a keen dreamer.
I was always so reserved and quiet for so long – and hid my own achievements, but with age (ultimately), my weight loss journey, travelling and seeing the world and getting married to my absolute rock of a husband I feel I can finally be proud of what I have in life.

That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped dreaming – I have more tailored dreams now, with much more structure, possibility, yet still with enough whimsicality to make them fuelling, exciting and within reach (almost).
The biggest problem with dreams is that sometimes we all have the same ones. Being questioned about why you have succeeded in something or grasped an opportunity is a tough one to answer. For a second it can make you flutter, but then you remember just how tough it was to get here, and that you don't at all for a second take a moment of your life for granted.
We can all have dreams, and we can share dreams. Because believe it or not, there is enough love, happiness, luck, and good in the world for everybody.

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

One Hundred Times Stronger

February was truly golden.  It’s ironic that the shortest month on the calendar happened to be such a delightful, fulfilled and glorious one. March is promising to be a good ‘filler’ month of sorts. Spring always calls for a spring clean, and getting those DIY jobs done (Thank you Mr Taylor) that were never finished last year, has predominantly been the focus this month with the anticipation of April ahead (Hello: Easter Weekend).  


My running has really stepped up a gear – I managed to surpass all my expectations and ran 100k in February, with a new 5K PB on record. Pretty pleased with that – so pleased I found myself in an awkward situation which involved an ultimate disaster in a runner’s life. (I say no more, other than I found myself rushing home to change afterwards!)  
I’m feeling in good shape nearing the start of spring. I’m determined to have some definition in my bikini body in time for our trip to Thailand in May – but you know what I’m feeling strong, healthy and proud to have finally grasped the balance of a healthy lifestyle.

I’ve been delving further into my Deliciously Ella cookbook, which is fast becoming my go-to recipe book. I have been longing to bake for a while, but still haven’t managed to get my bake on. But I did enjoy watching the Comic Relief Bake Off… Passion fruit and lemon curd pavlova mmm!

My husband was away for a couple of nights a few weeks ago and gave me a gift voucher to spend at Sainsbury’s, so I went on a little grocery splurge. Stocking up on all my essential ingredients - and new ones too, nuts a plenty. I’m beginning to appreciate the fact good; some organic and natural ingredients do come with a premium cost.  But getting pleasure out of buying the stuff you really want is great satisfaction.  

Some girls buy shoes – I buy medjool dates! 

As I was at the checkout (The bit I always struggle with shopping alone), a man came over and handed me a coupon.  I was so grateful to him – because that token of genorosity covered the cost of my coconut oil and almond butter which could be deemed expensive essentials. Great to know there are good people out there in the world today.

Thailand Planning
It dawned on me that we are only nine weeks away from our trip to Thailand… I’ve been pinning heavily, and finding inspiration a plenty.
It's really coming together now, and sinking in how much of a spiritual journey this will be.

Right now, I’m feeling very thankful - to be able to say I've found a happiness and balance in my life that I have never experienced before. Without a doubt 2015 is the year I grab life with both hands and live it to the full.

Happiness doesn't cost money or contrary to popular believe revolve around having everything - it's the small things that matter the most.

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