Well gals - I hope you are all getting stuck into 2022 with happiness and health.
I have toyed with the idea of writing a "New Year New You" post for ages but I just couldn't find the words.
January 2022 was just horrible. Covid took me off my feet, self isolation gave me time to make some life changing decisions, and now my life is going in a completely different direction.
For the last 15 years Christmas has been an emotional struggle, as a child I was so blessed with the most magical fairytale Christmas's and I thought that tradition would continue, but alas, welcome to broken family parenting - it doesn't! It's filled with guilt, sadness, loneliness and what might've beens. So, December 2021 I decided I was no longer giving a fxxk, and that I was finally cutting the strings of Christmas past. Just when I decided to let go, didn't the wheels fall off my current reality - like you couldn't make it up!
People tell me that I am so strong, that I am resilient, that life won't throw anything you can't handle ... but enough is enough.
I am calling bullshit on it ALL!
My "New Year New Me" is to be happy just as I am. Girls we are ALL enough as we are. Do I want to be a stone lighter - yes. Do I want to banish the cellulite on my thighs - yes! But what I want most of all is peace - inner peace and contentment.
When the Wolf moon presented itself a few weeks ago I was like an earth witch dancing round the caldron, I had my crystals presented to the moon for peace, serenity and strength. I wrote my intentions down and I have them on my beside table as a reminder when I wake up every morning.
2022 is a new start for me in many ways. I have started training properly again for the Belfast Marathon, I have booked loads of trips away, some with friends and some by myself (which to be fair has been inspired by my dear friend Olivia).
A wise man once said to me you work to live, not the other way round. This is a year for adventure and fun. There is nothing more cathartic than a night of belly laughter with friends or a sneaky spa day. I am investing in me - more reading, more good food, more experiences, more living!
I fully intend to continue being unapologetically me.
As they say "a strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink!"
Keep smiling girls and stay strong.
P.S - if you ever want to talk you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 11th March I am hosting an event in the Shandon Hotel and I am joined by the hilair Serena Terry (aka Mammy Banter), Dr Carla Devlin and the fabulous Carolynne Harrison.
We are talking all things resilience, building inner strength and equipping ourselves with the tools we need to survive tough times, if you fancy joining the craic visit: https://www.shesaidclub.com/event-details/nourish-to-flourish-1