If April was the longest month ever. https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/ June has been the reverse. I can’t believe that we are now at the end of it when it seems that it’s just started. The reason is that I have been juggling lots of different balls I have managed to keep them all up in the air but only just. Bright Light Marketing has been really busy with lots of new and exciting projects which is keeping us occupied and very positive.
Home has been as it usually is about the kids and managing their social lives has taken some doing. There have been football tournaments and matches. Sports Day. Tennis lessons and matches. Parties. Drama lessons and plays. High School Play the fantastic Miss Saigon. Book Festival. And most importantly preparing our daughter for high school. She has had two days at the high school which she and her fellow P7’s loved. Plus sport afternoons there too. It’s exciting to see them so looking forward to it now. Though equally this week is about saying goodbye to St Boswells Primary and there could be some tears shed. I’ve stocked up on hankies. The school has been the centre of her world for seven years and has nurtured and grown her talents and given her confidence in areas that she is less confident with. Leaving with this years P7’s is the wonderful P1 teacher who both my children were so lucky to have as their first start in the school. The teachers all in different ways have benefited my daughter and others. So it’s going to be a nostalgic look back as we also get excited about what lies ahead after the summer.
So on New Year Resolutions. I confess I have made baby steps in the majority. I am inching towards the weight goal not losing as much as I was but can see the end goal is in sight. I did though make progress on the business reading front reading one book and a good way through another. I met with my creative writing class and valued the feedback on my Arbroath story and have ideas how to edit it before the group meets again. I also got lots of ideas at the book festival so now have a wee notebook in my bag to write down my ideas. For the first month I have struggled a bit with last years resolutions. I have finally caught up with my daily grateful diary. Being busy it has not been as easy and its been a tough month with highs and lows emotionally. But as ever I do find that it helps especially on the low days. I have only read four books this month making it the lowest reading month of the year. They have been fantastic books though. In particular one I picked up by accident in a crisis I don’t have anything to read moment and I’m stuck here for hours. The Light Between Two Oceans an amazing read. And also read the latest from Marina Lewycka Various Pets Alive and Dead. Always love her books and this one as ever was hilarious but very topical to life in the UK today.
Not only has this been a busy month. It has also been a sad month. Lost someone who was central to happy memories of my childhood and it really hit me hard. Plus my parents lost other close friends as did my in – laws. Worse though both locally and for my cousin two children and their families are facing tough challenges.
More than ever all of the above makes me realise that you need to take each day as it comes. Do what you can in that day and most importantly be grateful for what you have in your life and let the people in your life who you love know they are loved. So I am dedicating this blog to my Aunt Marion and Uncle Jim and to Ayr and to Rothesay where they created great memories for me and made me feel loved and cared for.