31 December 2012

Out With The Old And In With The New



2012 has been a funny old year for me, some good and some not so good things have happened.

At the end of March I was made redundant from a job I absolutely loved, to say I was gutted is an understatement.  A 3 week holiday to Florida in April definitely perked me up, although I continued to sulk about my job on my return for a few more months.

I then began suffering from a few health problems, turns out I was slap bang in the middle of the menopause and have a slightly under active Thyroid.

I was then lucky enough to have another 3 week holiday in Florida in September, that really is my happy place.

In October I started my Open University Degree in Criminology and Psychology, my first challenge was learning how to learn again.

Also in October my husband bought me a Maine Coon kitten, I have wanted a Maine Coon for years.  His name is Dexter and he is beautiful, he is 5 months old and already larger than our dog!




December has been an emotional month.  For the past 10 years I have travelled to New York every December around my birthday, I make a start on my Christmas shopping, visit the tree at The Rockerfeller Centre and usually take in a Broadway show.  Well with me being unemployed and already having had two trips to Florida, New York was a no go.  However, on my birthday my oldest daughter brought New York to me.  She got me an Empire State Building Pandora charm, a New York Taxi Christmas decoration, a bag and make up from Sephora, a Bone China Tiffany mug, Nail Polish called Times Square and a few other bits and pieces, my husband then took me to London for the weekend where he bought me an iPad and took me to see Wicked, it was the best birthday I have had for years.  Yesterday my oldest daughter moved out to live with her boyfriend.  I couldn't bear to be here when she left so I took the youngest daughter to the cinema.  She's only moved a couple of miles down the road but I miss her terribly.  It's so tough being a parent sometimes, letting go is the hardest thing in the world.

I realise that in the grand scheme of things 2012 has been very kind to me and for that I am eternally grateful.

So 2013 is nearly upon us and I have spent today deciding what changes I would like to make in my life.  I intend to start looking for part time work, I have enjoyed spending time with my youngest daughter and could not go back to working 60 hours a week again.  I aim to become more active on my blog, after a 4 month break I now feel revitalised and ready for the challenge.  I am going to continue with my healthy eating plan, I have lost a stone and plan to lose a couple more before the summer, I'm also going to make friends with the treadmill!

Thank you to all my readers for sticking with me and I'd like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2013




23 December 2012

Alone At Christmas

Christmas is traditionally a time for fun, frolics and family and for those of us lucky enough to have families it is a wonderful time of year.  Sadly not everyone is lucky enough to be surrounded by love and family and Christmas can be a very difficult time.  Statistically there are more suicides over the Christmas holiday that at any other time of year.

If anyone reading this blog is feeling depressed, alone or you know someone that feels this way, then please find below a list of numbers from various organisations that are available all over the festive period to offer help and support.

This list was compiled by the lovely Kellie at www.bigfashionista.co.uk


MIND
www.mind.org.uk

0300 123 3393

Samaritans
www.samaritans.org

08457 90 90 90

Alcoholics Anonymous
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/newcomers

0845 769 7555

Stonewall
www.stonewall.org.uk

Info line 08000 50 20 20 


London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

0207 837 7324

SANELine

www.sane.org.uk
0845 767 8000

Preventing young suicide
www.papyrus-uk.org 


For people in Northern Ireland
www.lifeline.info

0808 808 8000


Childline
www.childline.org.uk 

0800 1111

Depressionalliance
www.depressionalliance.org

Refuge
www.refuge.org.uk

0808 2000 247

Eating Disorders Association
www.edauk.com 

0845 634 1414

Shelter
www.shelter.org.uk
0808 800 4444

NHS Direct
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk 

0845 4647

No Panic
www.no-panic.co.uk

0808 808 0545


Please don't suffer alone, these people are waiting to answer your call.