Wednesday, 19 March 2014
A year that was............2013
So I made the fateful new years resolution to write a blog post every month for 2014 - ha we are now in March 2014, however my rationale for this long awaited post is that my birthday is in March so my new year starts then *wink*
I found this lovely template on Designer Digitals I think and we take so many pictures sometimes its hard to pick, I've been torturing myself about Project life I really love the concept but don't seem to be able to get my act together to do it, so as 2014 is a mammoth year for me I thought what a good way to start. I have stalked many a blog and website who do the Project life concept and I'm especially impressed by those who can fill up a page every week - my life just is not that full and it makes me feel pressured and really who has the time? I don't even have kids yet! I've tried in the past to keep a diary - that doesn't work either and I really want to be able to document stuff simply for the pleasure I get out of the creative aspect and I don't have to be a good as anyone, its just for me, its the same as art journaling but I can't get my head around doing my own so I thought let's break it down - baby steps, so here is my review of last year and then I can make a start on blogging / project life for 2014
Good bye to the house with the red door that became my home for almost a year, so Damon and I came to a cross road in our relationship in 2012. I think we both needed time out and a chance to grow and to think the seven year itch they call it! So the house with the red door took me and made me better again.
I was sent to Mumbai in India (I know!) to turn around a client site in five days - well India was a culture shock, I like to think I am worldly and well travelled but nothing prepared me for the reception I received, poverty, caste, women are still way down the food chain - I had business men at the five star hotel I was staying in leaving me their room keys because they didn't believe I was a working professional! Surely my husband would not had let me come out here to work on my own? I think we take our independence and freedom for granted sometimes.
A holiday with the cats! Err that was no holiday. I only managed to leave the house twice and that was to go get myself food supplies I was exhausted I remembered waking up one afternoon covered in all of the cats and kittens - seven big cats and seven rat babies. Mum asked if I could come a look after the new set of kitten and her cats whilst she was on holiday, well I could hardly say no and kitty love makes everything better doesn't it?
April became the month of kick starting a fit and healthy lifestyle so I became slightly obsessed I'm not going to lie I was getting up most mornings at 5.30 and doing some exercise, but the thing that changed the most was my diet. I've always been healthy and exercised but after hurting myself the year before and having to have steroid injections its not something I want to go through again and I wanted to create good habits. I stopped exercising at home a few months later and joined the LA Fitness in West India Quay near my office so I go after work during the week I still do some exercise at home at the weekend if I need to. I'm really enjoying a clean and lean diet and my obsession with green fruit and veg continues...
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea! One sunny Monday Damon and I both happened to be off so we wanted to do something. I suggested a road trip to give Bruce the new truck a chance for a good drive so we went to Broadstairs. Have to say that makes me homesick for Colchester, being able to drive for about 30mins and you hit the coast. Takes a bit longer from Kent but we had a lovely day walking along the sea front and the pier eating ice cream and window shopping and owning a second home by the sea.
Nothing much happened in June but it gave me time to appreciate how lovely our flat looks now, I took loads of pictures and used them for a layout class in the Gogo getaway.
My Dad's big six oh! we had lunch gathering in town (Colchester) just the immediate family on the Saturday and then Sunday we went to Grandpa's and had food al fresco and the rest of the family there to celebrate. Dad did a speech it was all very touching and it was the first time they all got to meet Damon. Damon realised that we are just like any other family and much like his own who love nothing more than to laugh, eat and drink and have a good ole banter.
Had to do two entries for August as we went to SW4 - now I know that Damon loves me, he hates outdoor festivals but got us VIP for this event we had a great time but I think I have now run out of favours to drag him to anymore of these do's this one was particularly muddy!!!
I realised that I have no pictures of where I work, even though work takes me all over the country I'm sure in time to come it would be nice to have this documented to be able to show little feet if they come along that I had a life before!
My third and fabulous Gogo Getaway and I now have firm buddies that I can share craft and laughs with. I always come away feeling invigorated by being around such lovely women and this time I didn't get around to getting the pictures ready for the layouts but I managed to finish them all with pictures when I got home. We did some different projects as well so I always learn something new and I am planning to see these ladies before October this year.
Movember - what a hoot so its really aimed at the men to participate in this awareness campaign for male prostate cancer, they grow a moustache in any fashion they want and people sponsor them. Damon has done for a number of years but chose not to last year. Well, we the ladies in the office decided we would be supportive Mo Sista's and have ourselves photographed with our own paper versions. 'twas very very funny!
Christmas was amazing - we went to the house in France and I got to decorate it from top to bottom and bring the nature from outside inside, it looked very rustic. The nine days flew by but it was lovely to spend that time with Damon and his family - everyone kept referring to us as the 'kids' because we were the youngest!!!