“A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014.”
My ray of sunshine, in the sunshine! 🙂
I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. We were blessed with great weather here in London last week. The sun was shining, the skies were clear. On Friday, S and I headed down to Surrey to spend an afternoon with a friend and her gorgeous little girl. The kids are only a few months apart and it was so cute to see them playing together, holding hands and of course catching up with my friend R. I spent a lot of time with my awesome cousins this week too. With busy lives and upcoming weddings, we don’t get a chance to catch up as often as I’d like but when we do, it’s always such a laugh!
I went to a boarding school in Dublin from the age of 14-18 and so was introduced to “Lent”. I’ve never really had the will power to give up anything, or over indulged in anything that I feel the need to give it up but this year I decided to give up carbonated drinks. Initially I thought I’d give up alcohol but then met R and another friend for lunch two days after Shrove Tuesday and was easily convinced why I shouldn’t give up wine and in fact join her and give up carbonated drinks. Maybe it’s a mummy thing! I thought it’d be hard when I was out to dinner and wanted a diet coke but instead I just replaced it with hot water or green tea and it’s felt good.
I’ve had a busy few weeks catching up with things. As of last week, I am a certified life coach…woo hoo! I am currently working towards an NPL (neuro-linguistic programming) and hopefully CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) qualifications. Wish me luck! Essentially these are modules I’ve always wanted to study but somehow never had the chance. I hope to complete them before the end of the year and maybe even add a couple more therapies to my portfolio.
How was your Easter weekend and did you give up anything for Lent?
Oh what a bit of sunshine does to us Londoners!! Yesterday was the most beautiful winter day. If you live in the UK, your most common topic of conversation most probably revolves around the weather. And if you’ve been in the UK for the last few weeks, you’ll know how miserable the weather has been. It’s rained almost every day this year (it’s even raining now). But oh, yesterday was beautiful!! The sky was clear and blue with a few fluffy white cotton wool like clouds dotted around. The sun was shining and it felt like the summer (just a tad cooler!) I even saw some people driving around with the roof down on their convertibles.
I’d been waiting for yesterday all year. Bright and early, S and I left for the park. We try and go for a long walk through the parks most Sundays but due to the weather it’s not something we’ve got to do a lot this year. We strolled through our local park and then headed on down to London Zoo. I’m a ZSL member and S goes free. We saw all his favourite animals and because there were no crowds, unlike in the summer, we got to see each of them up close and personal. Mr. Gorilla came right up to the glass then turned around and showed us his bare bum before swinging away on the ropes. The tiger sat on the wall proudly and after roar’ing his way through the Zoo, S finally spotted the lion. He loved it!
But what was the best part of the morning? I left my phone at home! There is much to be said about leaving your phone behind. No checking Facebook, Instagram or Whatsapp. And no taking pictures. Sure, there were lots of picture moments but instead when I think back now, all I remember is the quality moments I spent with S. We spotted aeroplanes because the sky was clear, we saw lots of animals and petted some of them. We then stopped off at the playground and S went on the swings before finally walking home with S stopping off to say hi to all the dogs along the way.
I put a picture up on my Facebook page not long ago about putting your phone down and going outside and so I decided to take my own advice and it was liberating. I did have to stop and ask two people for the time because no phone and no watch left me literally lost for time but they were happy to oblige. Think I might make it a weekly thing 🙂 You should try it sometime…
Happy Monday everyone!