Girlfriends – which type are you?

Back in my youth, I was quite the tom boy and naturally most of my friends were boys. I loved running around, playing football and generally preferred male company. A lot less drama back then! However, all changed when I got married and moved to Hong Kong. Thrown into the deep end in a city that wasn’t home, I came to rely on some really close girl friends who I now think of as my family.

Last week I was chatting to one of them about love and life. This particular friend is my voice of reason and she has no issues with telling me how it is, disagreeing with my view or presenting me with advice I’ve given her in the past. Talking to her felt like taking a weight off.

It’s not international woman’s day or friendship day but I just felt the need to thank the women in my life. These are the 4 type of women I’m blessed to have in my life:

1. The one that isn’t afraid to tell you how it is

As a Virgo, I can get quite carried away with my imagination. I have big dreams and sometimes unrealistic expectations but this friend has no issues with bringing me back down to earth or giving me a different perspective.

2. The one that will indulge you

We all need one of these because sometimes we don’t want to chat with the devil’s advocate. Sometimes we just need to have a good ol’ moan and have someone listen. Chatting about life changing decisions is however a no-go if that person is not going to set me on the straight and narrow.

3. The one with a child/children

As moms, we all need one of these and I’m lucky to have a good few. Whether it’s chatting about schools, mandarin class, unisex schools vs. co-ed. or simply moaning about toddlerhood over a bottle glass of wine, this friendship is a sanity saver!

4. The spiritual one

Ahhhh….calm! That’s how you feel after chatting to this friend. She puts life into perspective and you leave her feeling like you’ve just had an amazing conversation. This friend is usually also quite positive and so you come away feeling energetically high.

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What type of girl friend are you?

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Running for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

On Sunday, my friends Nandini, Bhavna and I ran (in beautiful Richmond Park) to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH). This London based hospital does some amazing work for children around the world. Many a child has been flown in from other parts of the country and world, to be healed by the surgeons and doctors at GOSH. As a mother now, I hope never to have to walk through the corridors of GOSH and I chose this charity as it’s a cause close to my heart.

It was an absolutely beautiful day to run. Crisp but with the sun shining down on us and what a sight Richmond Park is. I’d been there once before, about 8 years ago, and have very fond memories attached to my visit. It was a fun run and as Christmas is around the corner, we all ran in Santa Suits. We raised over £2,000 but our Just Giving page is still open for those who’d like to donate (just click on the link below).

https://www.justgiving.com/nandunatsandbee-runforGOSH

After the run we headed down to another part of the park for lunch in a quaint little café hidden amongst the trees, with a magnificent view of the Thames.

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The sun streaming through the clouds on the way home, the perfect end to a great day.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated to our cause and cheered us on…your support meant so much to us.

With love xx