We are lucky enough to live in the middle of the country. So when we want an activity we just walk out of front door and go and play.
You have to dress up warm though
Then you dash (she pretending to ride her horse)
Then you splash
Then you bash
And while I’m here, it seems a shame to miss the chance to share this photo that I took in Arbroath the other day
This was put together for this week’s Gallery Nature
My childhood didn’t lend itself to photos. So when I saw this week’s Gallery theme of a Younger Me I had a limited number of options.
I was in Starbucks once and an old lady who was there regularly (like me!) came up to me and said “I just have to say I have never seen a child that looks as much like her mother as your daughter”
The little one is a mini-me.
So if you want to know what a younger me would have looked like you can just look at her!
When I travel and she tells me she’s going to miss me I tell her that all she has to do is look in a mirror and she’ll always be able to see me there.
I went back and found a photo of me in 2001 ( I still have that top and am working towards it fitting that well again!)
And then I found a photo of me when I was at Uni so about 1994
(that was a hire car and at the time it was my dream car!)
This was put together for this week’s Gallery A Younger Me
I have a bit of a tradition for Sunday mornings with the little one.
We get up at whatever early time she chooses, the hubby gets a lie in, and we head to McDonalds for breakfast.
This week she dressed like a queen. Then she decided she wanted to curtsey and queens don’t so she swapped to being a super hero
She had a breakfast wrap meal because we can take the wrap off and the rest is wheat free (I have a porridge and a coffee!)
We usually bring one of her ‘girls’ with us. Aurora is her favourite
She sometimes plays on these. They are android tablet devices with angry birds, fruit ninja and a load of other games on them
She also likes to colour in. This week she decided to work her way through the alphabet writing out all the letters. She managed this with little help. The only letter I needed to write for her to copy was a J.
If we get a chance at some point in the day we go to Starbucks. This was her moment before she spilled most of the hot chocolate on her trousers!
If the weather is good enough we try and go to one of the many local parks.
If I’m lucky I get a little bit of ‘me’ time and go for a long run. I live in a beautiful part of the world and the freedom of these runs is wonderful
So that’s a pretty typical Sunday.
This was put together for this week’s Gallery Sunday Morning
When I started my weight loss journey in 2011 I took pictures of myself in the mirror. Like this one.
But I would only post headless shots of myself on my blog. Because I wanted to remain anonymous
Then I ran the London Marathon in 2012 and was so excited I shared a photo of myself
And everyone was like “Oh is that you?”
So then you started seeing photos of me – face and all
It has meant the pictures are a little more meaningful
So now you see me.
Dawn. Mother of one. The little one who is currently 5
Full time Cognitive Hypnotherapist in Dundee and the big world wide web.
I am quite like myself these days. I have fun living my life. I enjoy the moments.
I’m not quite there with my weight yet…but I am getting there. More and more I am able to wear the clothes I like
This was put together for this week’s Gallery Selfie
I used to have a lovely cat called Smurf
He let the little one ride him.
He came for walks with us.
He got run over. And we thought we would never get another car as wonderful as he was.
And then we got Spud.
And he lets the little one ride him and put her toys on him
This was put together for this week’s Gallery PETS
Well unbelievably it’s that time of year again – the little one’s 5th birthday.
This year’s theme is Scooby Doo so that is what the cake was (gluten free banana loaf because it is dense enough to carve)
I was really worried how to do Shaggy’s head!
The finished cake (before wording etc)
It was definitely enjoyed
I also made Scooby snacks (gingerbread!)
This was put together for this week’s Gallery I made this
This is a timely Gallery theme – New.
You see, as of today it is confirmed that I am leaving the day job. It is a mutual agreement. A recognition that the company and I aren’t good for each other. A recognition that despite having many skills I don’t have the necessary ones to do my job well in this company.
And so I have taken the plunge. Whilst the 30th June is my last day officially, I will have nothing to do after today.
This is the first time since I was about 25 that I’ve left a job without another one to go to. In the past I’ve always been poached or promoted into new roles without having to do anything.
It’s quite a lot scary.
I have a family to support.
So no more of this
A lot more of this (I plan on hanging out in Starbucks lots)
And a lot more time in here
That said I don’t expect it will be generating enough income for me to go full time by the end of this year so I will probably do some part time consultancy. It will probably mean global travel – but hopefully not all through the month!
And the best bit?
I get to spend the whole summer with the little one (probably also in Starbucks!)