I had intended to write this on Wednesday afternoon, New Year’s Eve, when I got back from a sales shopping spree.
I didn’t actually buy anything on the shopping trip, mainly because I was still waiting for most of my invoices to be paid, and then we had a teeny accident on the way home that left the car embedded in a hedge between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds…after standing in the cold waiting for the insurance company to not pick us up for an hour and a half, all I wanted to do when I got home was open the bottle of Prosecco and dive on in!
The one thing I thought after crawling out of the car was “Thank God we’re both OK”. Cars are replaceable; my Moley certainly isn’t!
So, gratitude #1.
That was it.
I thought I’d do a look back at last year and remember all the good stuff that happened, too. It’s always good to end the year on a positive!
The first good thing about last year was that I got married. We’ve just had our first anniversary, we went out for dinner and he ate so much that he couldn’t move off the sofa for the rest of the evening once we’d got home. A good time was had by all…the wedding was fantastic, full of my favourite people and Dad made it. In fact he’s still with us now…more about that later!
The next positive was Viva Voluptuous. It hasn’t made me rich but it’s in Waterstones RIGHT NOW and I made that book. I poured all my love and care into it and it’s my baby. I’m bloody proud of that book, Feel free to buy it, if you haven’t already, because it’s about 220,000 in the Amazon Kindle download chart right now…but I don’t care. I wrote a book, y’know? And it was reviewed by the super awesome Betty Pamper on her blog, which made me smile a LOT.
Later in the year, in September, I went along to my first ever Damsels in Success meeting. I was hooked! I didn’t know what to expect; I knew it was a women’s networking group with a difference but WHAT a difference. Everyone is lovely, there’s no snarkiness, no bitchy competition, it’s all about supporting each other, collaboration and motivating each other to jump start our business and personal lives. I’ve met some amazing women and it led to…
IGNITE, The Damsels in Success conference in Birmingham. Inspiring speakers, and so much positive energy that I was practically fizzing for a week afterwards! I was a little bit shell-shocked with it all, it was full on and very lively, but I took so much away from it that I’m already applying to my home and business life. It’s all happening!
Another amazing thing happened in November 2014. Mum really needed a holiday and went to stay with my brother and his husband in Australia, I’d been crapping myself worrying about this because while she was away, he was going to be in respite care in a local hospice, and I was going to be first contact if anything happened. I’d also offered to stay with him when he came out of the hospice until Mum got home. Eek! He’d been really poorly before he went in, and I was scared I wouldn’t be able to take care of him properly, or he’d have a fall, or I’d get his drugs wrong….I was stressed for weeks. The amazing thing was that he seemed to flourish in the hospice. I’m not surprised, I’d probably flourish with daily massages and reflexology, 24 hour care and a free drinks cupboard! I did pop in and see him a few times while he was there and was impressed with how lovely everyone was, how caring and friendly they seemed.
When Dad came home, he was perkier than I’d seen him in months and it’s down to the care he had while he was in the hospice. I made sure I gave them a donation at Christmas and I’m hoping to do the Midnight Walk this year to raise even more.
While I was with Dad, I got chatting to a lovely lady called Alison, who introduced me to the world of Juice Plus…both the business and the brilliant products. I started off thinking I’d take them a few months and see how I got on, but after being massively impressed with them, I jumped right in and decided to join the company as a distributor. It’s going well already, I want to create a little team, so if you fancy it, get in touch.
Christmas was lovely. We spent Christmas Day with my parents and it was really nice.
So. My goals for 2015?
Keep up with the gym (I just signed up for personal training)
Carry on with taking Juice Plus – it’s cleared up my skin and I’m keen to see what else it’s going to do.
Get the Juice Plus business going and make a success of it.
I’m going to be working with a wonderful super healthy chef called Niki who is going to be sharing some of her fabulous recipes and her ethos on food (always delicious and created with love). She’s been on the weight loss merry go round too and she knows the drill…
I’m even cooking up a few plans for a sequel to Gorgeously Full Fat, which by the way is free from 10th-12th January. I don’t know what it will say yet, but I’m sure it will come to me.
So – how’s your 2015 shaping up? Managing to avoid copious Katie Hopkins exposure and TV documentaries about fat people? I’d love to know what you’re up to.