Merry Whatever

Bah Humbug. Don’t worry I’m not really Ebenezer Scrooge. I have my moments though, especially with the silly season now upon us. I do the same thing every year and I still haven’t learnt from it. I try to think of ways to spread Christmas present shopping throughout the year. But it never happens because birthdays seem to win every time. Then come late November, the mad rush is on. Every. Single. Time.

I always hope the next year will be different, but nope. That’s Christmas for you, magical and magically draining. Of your funds and your energy. But somewhere, deep down, I still have a love of what the festive is about and watching my girls get all excited, adds that little bit of brightness I sometimes need.

If there’s one thing I feel have somewhat mastered, it’s the Santa visit. As in getting it done early to beat the crowds. I still have one child that probably would have enjoyed pulling teeth more. Anyone would think I was sending her into the land of stinky cheese, the way she recoiled upon seeing the big jolly man in the red suit. We got our Santa photo done with one smiling child sitting perched on Santa’s knee like she’s the Queen. Her younger sister, on the other hand, is quite cheery and settled but on mummy’s lap, next to Santa. Maybe next year?! Secretly I love it, takes me back to my childhood. I’m kidding!! I love it because it’s memories I’m making with my girls and it’s not going to be forever. One day their innocence will fade with the realisation that all is not as it seems and some characters in their lives aren’t as real as they thought. But for now they’re as real as you and me!

But there’s one part of the “fun” of Christmas we hadn’t yet taken part in – Elf on a Shelf. Now, I’ve sat back and watched many a friend explore the fun of taking elf antics to new highs and many lows with some grumbling and groaning as they struggle to find a new spot every day for their Christmas friend. Well now I have joined this illustrious circle of “fun”. We may be a few days into December and we’re going okay, but something tells me by December 20 I may have had enough and JoJo our friendly elf may need some well-earned rest, haha!

I may sound negative about the whole Christmas celebration, but I do love it. I love the present giving, catching up with family and friends, enjoying food and just having a good time. Having two cheeky monkeys get excited about it all, just makes me smile thinking about it. They make everything more fun. Okay well, not everything. But things that remind you about being a kid again. And I can’t wait to see their beautiful smiles and wide excited eyes on Christmas morning. It makes staying up late the night before to prepare presents, ahem I mean making sure Santa’s presents arrive okay, all the more fun.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, however you choose to spend it, enjoy!
Until next time….

A different tone

Sometimes I have to remind myself who I am.

I’m more than just a wife.

I’m more than just a mother.

Somewhere along the way I might have lost myself a bit.

Yes becoming a wife and mum was and is a massive part of my life.

But it’s not the be all and end all of who I am.

It took sitting down to watch the movies that followed my favourite television series (Sex and the City) to trigger a spark.

She might be a fictional character but I always found I could relate to the writer’s side of Carrie Bradshaw.

Maybe that’s a big part of why I became a writer in the first place.

Pure coincidence the show just happened to start the same year I thought about venturing into the world of the written word.

Writing for me is a big part of who I am and I guess it has helped shaped my life.

Admittedly if you’d asked me all those years ago if I imagined where I’d be today, I honestly couldn’t have pictured it.

That’s not to say I didn’t have goals or dreams.

But it has been thanks to the beauty of the written word that I have been able to explore a different side of myself.

It has allowed me to contribute to the media through community news, write the occasional verse or two for friends and of course now my latest venture of blogging.

I often hear from others “I couldn’t put words together like that”.

There are many days I find I can’t do it either.

But if I find a topic I’m passionate about, the words start flowing easily.

It also helps that people often seem to enjoy what I’ve written.

Without my writing I think I’d lose a little piece of my sanity.

It’s my chance to escape, to express myself and I guess to also entertain.

It’s also my opportunity to leave a little imprint of myself within the world and I hope somehow it makes a difference!

Never lose sight of yourself if you can help it.

Someone else will always be willing to step on your toes!

Until inspiration hits me again….