September was a funny old month. My auntie and uncle from Australia had just been over for a holiday which was wonderful as we hadn’t seen them for 15 years. Although we were sad to say goodbye to them we had made lots of happy memories and had some lovely barbecues with friends and family.
At the beginning of Setpember my daughter and I went up to London to see The Phantom of the Opera for my third and her fifth time, as part of her 21st Birthday present. It was incredible as usual!
Then on 4th it was her actual 21st birthday which was a lovely day. We went to Colchester Zoo and had a wonderful time watching the tiger cubs playing and got some incredible video footage. Even big kids love the zoo!
I then started my weeks holiday which consisted of me going to the studio for a couple of mornings to catch up on soap making and then the opticians to get my eyes and hearing checked. Got some new glasses but no hearing aid neeeded just yet, thankfully.
The rest of my ‘holiday’ passed in a blur of decorating and housework. So it wasn’t much of a rest really, just a break from topping up outlets and sending out web orders.
Having a few days away from the studio did help tho, and I went back to work on 16th and got right back into making loads of stuff for web orders and to make a start on Christmas products. I’d really got the bit between my teeth, I was making products like a woman posessed and getting ready for the Christmas launch. Then the absolute unthinkable happened.
On Friday 20th September our best friend of 35 years was killed in a freak motorbike crash whilst on holiday in Spain. To say it was a shock is the biggest understatement known to man. He leaves behind his partner and four children, the youngest being just 5. We are all totally devastated. It still feels like it has happened to someone else, not him. It’s now three weeks on and it still hasn’t sunk in. This is now the longest our family has gone without speaking to him in 35 years and it’s really hard knowing that we never will again. Not a minute goes by without thinking about what a darker place the world is without him.
We’ve also had a few important hospital appointments to contend with, which tend to take up at least half a day and are both physically and mentally draining. So with all that going on my head has been a bit all over the place this last couple of weeks and I’ve been feeling that everything is a bit superficial and being really tired and emotional and not feeling very ‘workey’ at all. I’m gradually getting back into the swing of things tho, having made hundreds of bath bombs and soaps in the last week or so.
But putting all that aside, it got me thinking. Life is so bloody short. We just don’t know what’s around the corner. So stop putting off those things you meant to do, those places you meant to go. We’ve only got one life and we don’t know how long it will last so don’t waste opportunties. If you’ve got the chance to do something just go ahead and do it.
If you’re anything like me you keep saying ‘one day I’ll do this or that’. Well now is the time to turn ‘one day’ into ‘day one’ and just go ahead and do it!
I’ll be sharing what my ‘day ones’ are next week.
Have a great week.
Lots of love,