Typically, most people say that they find going to the gym a bit of a bore. I can totally see why, but for me it’s a chance to totally switch off from life (bar the odd sneaky look on Facebook or Twitter) and have some time for self-reflection. Excuse the new-age theme here, but as someone who finds it impossible to switch off, it’s quite refreshing to “be at one with my thoughts”!
This post is going to be a bit self-indulgent tonight; sorry about that! As I was completing my pace test on the bike, I was considering how awesome 2015 has been thus far (whilst pedalling a fast as I possibly could, of course). The year started pretty badly for us Wilsons, as my Nanna- who is by far the centre of our family- had a heart attack and has been poorly since, having recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia. It’s sometimes hard not to let it bother us, seeing the feisty matriarch slowly lose some of herself, but she has good days and is being given great care from her carers, and most significantly from my Dad, who has been amazing with her. We’re not necessarily a family of talkers but I appreciate everything that we have done for my Nanna and for each other during this trying period of time. I know that whatever happens with my Nanna in the future, that wherever this journey takes her (and us), my sisters and my Dad will deal with things together and as a unit. Love will prevail.
Without seeming like I’m skimming over my Nanna’s dementia (as I’m learning more, I may actually write a more detailed blog), I feel that you have to find something positive when you’re faced with tribulations to preserve some of your own sanity. It’s easy to wallow, and I possibly would have, but we got some amazing news as a family in January, which came at the right time. My big sister Lucy told us her and Nik are expecting their second baby! I am so excited to have another niece, or my first nephew, in August! The idea of another little one in the family is epic, so you can imagine my excitement when my other fabulous big sis, Kate, announced that her and Simon are also expecting! Phenomenal! By the end of October (providing Abigail’s little bro or sis is punctual), we will have two new additions to the gang. Both pieces of news just set the year up to be one of the best! On the baby theme, my good friend, Joanne, gave birth to her little boy in April, and my oldest friend, Charlotte, is also due later in the year. Babies are so exciting! Although I am nowhere near ready for another of my own, I am more than happy to welcome all of these lovely little ones into my life!
As well as all of these pregnancies, some other incredible things to look forward to involve one of my best friends, Natalie. She is marrying her lovely fiancé, Stu, next month in what I’m sure will be the wedding of the year. This will be a brilliant day with friends, and I’m honoured to be celebrating their special day. Before the wedding, comes the hen nights, and all I’ll say is that Nat is going to have the best time ever! Nights with my girls are some of my favourites, and I know that we’ll make some very special memories. Brace yourself Nat!
In ten weeks time, we’re taking Noah to Playa Blanca for a family holiday, which extends to two sets of his grandparents joining us. Noah is super excited, and already has a song about “Lanza-rotey, Playa Blanca”! The thought of spending a whole week in the sun with some of my favourite people pleases me so much. I understand how fortunate we are to be able to take Noah on holidays abroad, and just think I’m so lucky to have these opportunities. And I have a very enthusiastic little boy who wants to swim in the sea with his Papa, so good luck with that Grandpa!
2015 signifies the start of the thirtieth birthdays. Not only am I all for turning thirty, I am overjoyed that some of my friends get to experience it before me (cheers Ami, Jo and Laura)! It’s the perfect excuse to spend time with loved ones, and to indulge in some good old fashioned fun. I turn thirty in September, and I am ridiculously excited. What’s not to celebrate?! I’m healthy (and improving this), happy, and have lots of people in my life whom I love very deeply. Nothing else really matters, so I see it as a perfect occasion to celebrate. Old age doesn’t scare me, as I’ve said in a past post. And it’s not like thirty is even old. I’ll just be older! Bring on my thirties, as I’m convinced they’ll be the best years of my life!
There’ll be lots of other ups during the remainder of the year, and no doubt a few downs. My workplace closing down is not something I’m looking forward to, and the prospect of such a big change in my career is daunting, but I’ll embrace it, and deal with it. I’ve already turned the school closure into a positive as I’m going to be working part time from September! This in itself is the best news of the year for me as I can finally have some time at home with Noah, some time to take him to playgroup, and to just do the things I’ve missed as a working mum. Better late than never! I’m going to cherish spending time with my little man, and I’ll feel like I’m doing a far better job as a mother, wife and teacher.
Life really is for making memories, and 2015 has already given me some amazing ones, and will most definitely continue to do so. I’m a lucky lass! And to think, all of this reflection came from an hour in the gym!