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A tale of two mini breaks

A week ago I had a spa weekend which I’d bought as a special treat for my other half’s birthday and this weekend I was on a Haven holiday mini break. This is a tale of two very different, but both brilliant, mini breaks.

I had originally intended to write about these holidays separately but I couldn’t help but see these two very different holidays as a brilliant representation of my life as a divorced parent. It’s a tale of two halves – both of which are beautiful and amazing.

So first to our adults only pamper break at Lea Marston hotel near Sutton Coldfield. Other than the frustration of finding a number of children sharing the swimming pool with us (I know how that sounds, but it was a pamper break!) the weekend involved great facilities, amazing food, lots of relaxation, adult conversation and romance.

Sadly, I was so relaxed that I didn’t take many pictures at all during the weekend, but here are a couple of the facilities:

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Then last weekend I headed for a very different break – this time, with my little girl and my parents. A Haven caravan holiday by the sea at Doniford Bay holiday park in Somerset. We had predictably poor weather (since it was a bank holiday) but that didn’t stop us having a great time. Seaside views, a spacious and comfortable caravan, great kids entertainment and located in the middle of a great area of the country to investigate.

Unsurprisingly I did take lots of pictures of our seaside break so here are just a few of my favourites:

Ellie and I at Dunster Castle, near Minehead.
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Our seaside views from the caravan park.
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Ellie meeting Rory the tiger at Haven! This holiday was the first time Ellie has ever actually been confident enough to meet a character.
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So there you have it – a tale of two halves. Two fabulously different, but still fabulous weekends.

NB – this is not a sponsored post, nor is it a detailed review of these holidays!

Dreams, change and hard work

There’s no denying the fact that big changes have been a particularly significant feature in my life for a number of years now – getting divorced, moving across the country with 5 house moves, Ellie starting school and then moving school, me going back full time to work, meeting someone new, moving in together and so on. Excuse the grammar but you get the point.

Clearly I didn’t plan this amount of change into my life, but life happens and then for the last year and 4 months we’ve been settled. Really settled.

I love it. I love my partner and he’s good for me. I love our home and our little family. I feel more settled than I can remember feeling ever before. But guess what, things are changing again.

I have handed my notice in at work and I’m taking a huge leap to follow my dreams. I want to be able to spend more time with my family, be less stressed and grow and succeed with my own business which I started last September. I’m an independent distributor of Forever Living Products – a huge range of aloe vera based products including aloe vera drinking gels, supplements, skincare, and personal care products.

I watched people I know, who have worked hard in this business, collecting huge bonus cheques on stage at our global rally earlier this month and I listened as people described how they have achieved their dreams.

I thought I’d share a couple of pictures with you from the weekend so here’s me, followed by how the O2 arena looked with 20,000 forever living people screaming and shouting in it, and finally a picture of me with some of my wider team holding a colleague’s bonus cheque.

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Global rally

So whilst more change seems like a crazy thing to do I can’t wait to have more family time, more time to blog and write; and the opportunity to follow my dream to succeed in my very own business. This is my chance to make it happen for me and my family.

I am dreaming big and working hard.

Wish me luck!

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When we’re both tired…

When we’re both tired, Ellie and I
Evenings get fraught, I can not lie.

Most of the time I can distract and avoid
but when I’m tired I just get really annoyed.

I hear myself and my loud booming voice
I feel like I simply have no choice.

Ellie is stroppy and won’t comply
I just wish the hours to bedtime would fly.

Then when her light finally goes out
I always want to cry, scream and shout.

Why didn’t I manage to simply avoid this
why didn’t I stop and just give her a kiss.

I’m not proud of myself and I always feel sad
Why oh why did I handle it so bad?

I feel awful that my little girl has gone to bed
With the memory of me shouting, in her head.

My first saving grace is that this is rare
My second is the fact that Ellie knows I really do care

But what’s quite simply best of all
is sometimes my saving grace is my beautiful little girl

Sometimes she’ll stop and give me the biggest hug
so that all I feel is my heart strings tug.