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    It’s Been A While…

     

    Hello again, it’s been a while.

     

    For anyone that read my 2017 Goals, you’ll know I started this year with the best intentions to make it an ‘absolute blinder’. I set myself a list of things I wanted to achieve and I decided that this was a year that was going to be filled with only good things.

     

    If you’ve read my previous posts or follow me on social media, you’ll know it didn’t quite turn out that way – life had other plans.

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    Win An Overnight Stay For 2 In A Converted Prison Cell

     

    I make no secret of the fact that a huge part of my heart belongs to London. I was born there, my ancestry is there and, weirdly, the office I work in is just a few doors down the road from where my relatives used to live 200 years ago! What are the chances of that eh?

     

    Despite the fact that I work there Monday-Friday, an ideal weekend for me involves being back in the City. Whether it’s walking along the side of the Thames, having dinner with views of incredible architecture, or sinking a few drinks in any of the numerous bars and pubs dotted around its streets, London really is a love of mine and I don’t think that will ever change.

     

    Being a commutable distance, and having the responsibilities of animals at home, it’s not often I embark on an overnight stay in the Capital, but two of the most recent times I have, I’ve stayed at Clink 78 in one of their brilliantly quirky converted prison cells.

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    Should Our One True Love Be Ourselves?

     

    A few days ago I wrote a guest post for the lovely Karen over on her blog Yankee Doodle Paddy. Karen is someone I ‘met’ online via Snapchat and she honestly is one of the kindest, sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Positivity and happiness literally radiates out of her and I have no idea how she manages it!

     

    Anyway, after writing my guest post for her, which focussed on love as it’s subject and specifically the type of love we as humans receive from animals, it got me thinking about love as a whole and the different ways it manifests itself in life.

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    My Guest Post For Yankee Doodle Paddy

     

    Just a quick one to let you know that I have a little guest post up on the lovely Karen’s blog – Yankee Doodle Paddy – today!

     

    Karen is somebody that I met via Snapchat and her zest for life is completely infectious; I honestly don’t think I’ve ever known somebody else who literally shines with happiness as much! I often find myself staring at my phone screen with a massive grin on my face as I watch her Snaps – just this morning, at 6.30am, I was standing in my kitchen giggling listening to her telling the story of the first time she met Michael Jackson and he brought a snake in a burlap sack to a dinner party she was at!

     

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    What Cancer Has Taught Me

     

    I always try to look for the silver lining in life. No matter how bad or sad the situation, I believe that if you take a step back and look at the situation objectively, removing any emotion, there is always at least a sliver of good to be found. (I wrote about this previously in A Tribute To My Sister – Finding Positives In Loss).

     

    After being told of my Cancer diagnosis, I could feel myself shut down (my defence mechanism whenever anything hurts me; I have no control over it, I feel the stone walls go up and my capability to connect or feel anything of any note leaves me) and I knew my brain was closing down to allow itself time and space to process what it had been told.

     

    Thankfully, 6-days after the diagnosis my brother got married. The timing for this was perfect for me, as I was so incredibly excited about the big day and so brimming with happiness, that the sheer level of emotion I felt for that stopped the grey cloud of misery from coming down completely.

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