What a way to see in the New Year.
Fresh air that you actually take time to sit back and breathe in.
Views that simply blow your mind and you take the time, even if only brief, to absorb the beauty instead of chasing your tail (that is when our menfolk were not trying to speed us up so they could refuel).
Kids walking for hours without looking at any screen and never moaning (okay hardly ever moaning, this is real life after all).
Days are adventures. Evenings full of laughter. Simply glorious. Devon delivered.
Not sure what happens when you travel to Devon because at one point you have the holy grail 4G. Then in a blink of an eye it goes to the dark side. GPRS. What does GPRS actually do?? Anything at all? In a way I hope Devon does not improve its signal so we can carry on going there for a little escape from reality. When reality is a little screen!?
Devon did not disappoint though. In fact it delivered in a big way. I am ready. Team INPO is ready. We are gonna smash 2017.
Our few days away did make me me stop and think. 2016 was mainly highs. We laughed lots, we shared some great times with family and friends. The smiles massively outweighed the frowns. What more can you ask of a year? From life?
2017 though. I just like the look of 2017. Look at it. 2017. Twenty Seventeen. I just like it. I mean – it looks thinner than 2016 doesn’t it. That 6 really does have a big bum look about it. The 7 – it’s so streamline and sexy looking don’t ya think? I have good feelings. I have surrounded myself with the most positive and fabulous people. I have friends who make my heart shine. Friends that make me feel good and I certainly hope I bring a little sunshine into their lives too.
At 41.5 years I have started to look at the positives. Little iddy biddy steps. For example in myself. OK I have put on weight but I will deal with that in that fabulous looking 2017. (Half a stone a month, slowly slowly catchy monkey rather than my usual hell for leather approach!)
Instead of listening to that little shitbag on my shoulder who tells me I will fail. I just won’t listen. The little fucker who says whats the point in trying you will always be this size. Eat the cake? He can simply do one in 2017. I feel I have the strength to punch that little shitbag in the face and knock him off my shoulder. So let’s get thinking happy thoughts rather than just diet diet diet.
What do I like about moi? Looking at myself I have decided I like my dimples. They may be crater like pits but as part of the whole believing in myself shebang I realise we have always had a good relationship me and my dimples. I have never looked at myself and hated them, wanted them bigger or longed for smaller. I love them. So I have started a little feature on InstaStories over on Instagram called The Dimple Loves. So every now and then if the smile on my face causes major dimplage because of something – I’m gonna tell you. Just check out the InstaStories over on @inpolife
Another little step is to push harder with my the blog. I love writing. So just get on with it. It makes me happy so whether I have 10 people reading this shizzle or 10K what does that matter? I have wanted to blog for a while, maybe over a decade. A few people made me feel it was rather self indulgent, a tad showing off. Showing off about what? Being honest? Having opinions? Sharing a love for something? So why did I a year or so ago stop before I really had even begun. Let that toxic thought affect me. A few blog posts and I let a couple of people make me feel ashamed of blogging? This blogging lark really is not about me saying look at me, like me, aren’t I brilliant kind of thing. It is about connecting and sharing and just being tippy tappy happy at my keyboard. Taking photos I think people will like. If those people find it self indulgent, stop reading. Switch off. Whatever. I am not stopping.
The Southwood Social Hub has been vital on this one. Hayley and the Mavens have done something to me. Surrounding yourself with amazing, talented, gifted, determined and simply glorious women has been incredible in such a short space of time. They make me believe in me. They raise me up (cue the usual Westlife stylee getting off stools moment). I want to get as much of this creativity out in the open and not be ashamed to say I am a blogger. I blog. That is what I do. Nuff said.
See. Listen to me. Strong minded little INPO. Talking the talk. Just got to walk the walk now. Watch this space. 2017 – INPO is gonna smash it up!