Wednesday, September 29, 2010


My kids are into Tinkerbell and last weekend we made a fairy house, made with feathers and colourful flowers.

It needs to go outside at the bottom of the garden but the weather is unpredictable so I am a little reluctant to spoil the fairy house.

Here is a side profile of the little creation.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Goal Setting

I am sharing my goals plan for the next 10 years. I will revisit it in 6 months time and see where I am with it. Reassessing goals is necessary.

1 year plan
  • Do Bikram yoga for at least 6 months
  • Try Hatha Power Yoga and continue with Bikram
  • Change Career Path and a position allowing me to work from home
  • Run a successful business
  • Spend more time with the kids
  • Sell house for profit
  • Financially stable
  • Move back to UK
  • Be close to friends and family
  • Get back into running

5 year plan
  • Own a house in the english countryside
  • Own a dog, Shiloh Shepherd or two
  • Get the girls into dance and martial arts classes
  • Kids in good schools
  • A Millionaire
  • Actually have family holidays 2-3 times a year
  • Keep up the yoga and fitness regime
  • Look after my health
  • Financially sound goes hand in hand with being a millionaire

10 year plan
  • Mortgage free
  • Travel
  • Multi-millionaire
  • Keep up with fitness
  • Stay healthy
  • Focus on kids and their education and support them all the way

Friday, September 17, 2010

Girls 2 and 4

My girls are now 2 and 4, my wonderful, lovely, mischievous girls who on occasions drive me up the wall. I cannot get Melissa to smile properly for the camera so trying to find a photo of them both smiling is near impossible so this is the best I could come up with.

Melissa had her birthday in summer and Victoria just turned two. They are getting very excited for Hallowe'en and are deciding what they should wear, Melissa wants to be Red Boots from the Backyardigans, Victoria has yet to voice her opinion but I have an excellent frilly dress or chicken outfit for her. Come what may I am not going to hear the end of it if I do not take them trick or treating and I also have to go pumpkin patch picking with them.

I think I will be the one having all the fun.

Social Media

I am in the process of understanding how Social Media works since it is becoming popular in the business world and if you are not in it you will miss out on potential business growth. I have been using blogging for a while but really I use it more like a diary so really it does not add value to others hence no followers but that is fine too. I also use Twitter and now am on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is very useful for networking with past and present co-workers and for job seeking as well as getting useful information from groups of interest. Infact I find if very useful indeed.

Facebook is fun to keep in touch with past and present friends.

Twitter is just fun!

There are so many more that can be used but the aforementioned are popular with all.

Lord Mayor

My dad is Lord Mayor and I am missing out. He has so many events to go to and the Lord Mayor's Ball is happening in November and I would love to go but can't justify a thousand dollar flight for one night. So good luck dad and my mum for that matter since she is the supporting role and is working behind the scene.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

England Trip

The whole family went back to England in May. It was quite the adventure, two young kids on a plane, that I have to admit was no fun.

It was nice seeing family and friends. I spent a few days in London with my GF's, shopping, eating and drinking and the kids spent time with the whole family some of which they had never met before including my brother. I drove the kids to Staffordshire and Hampshire. Strange how easy it was for me to drive on the opposite side of the road and using a manual after 6 years of doing the complete opposite.

My husband and I got some much needed us time too. Nice to go to a local pub and sit and chat without kids screeming.

Myself and the girls came back with bronchitus which was not much fun, heating issues in Hampshire >:( or lack of!

My sister-in-law was married whilst we were there and she is due to have her baby in a few weeks time - its a boy!

My brother's wife was heavily pregnant and she has had her third child a few months ago, a little girl very cute. A shame I am not there enjoying being an aunt. The time will come.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Times are changing

Two posts in one day, well I have time before I go to bed - YAWN!!!

So after the very exciting Olympic venture I now have a new job, yes another bloody job. Since moving out here for one reason or another I have not been able to keep with the same company, maybe this time but it is looking like I will not unless they create a new position for me.

Anyhow, things are looking better for now, compared to 6 months ago and I feel a little more chilled (yoga is helping). I am watching Band of Brothers very disturbing stuff, no wonder the elders do not like talking about the World Wars - shocking. Anyway back on track, so yes new adventure and yet another one is developing on the side lines but I can't divulge until it is launched, website is nearly complete - hooray!

Bikram Yoga

My last entry was in March, it seems like time has passed by so fast. I do, however, have my lovely hunter boots and the rainy weather is fast approaching so out they come once again (worth a mention I feel).

My new adventure, apart from shopping for things I can't afford, is Bikram Yoga - I love it. It gets you hot and sweaty and tests your body and mind. I have been going for about 3 months now and I go 3-4 times a week, I have notices my body tightening and muscles lengthening and my clothes are starting to fit me better. No two days are the same, sometimes I can be the best (for me at least) and sometimes I really can't do the moves at all but come what may, it is working for me in every way. I feel relaxed, more positive and more in control over what I do. There are 26 postures with two breathing exercises and the breathing exercises has helped my lungs to be stronger, I can cycle quite happily without feeling exhausted and now that the cooler weather is upon us I will see just how well my stamina is when running. It is also helping to strengthen my back muscles which is good news when running, my back muscles have weakened and I have succumbed to weeks of back pain and no exercise, this makes my a unhappy camper.

Also with this hot, sweaty, bendy yoga practice comes the fashion aspect of it. As I may have mentioned before I am a fan of Lululemon and they have some great items when it comes to running and yoga, so I have purchased a few essentials items, it helps to motivate me. However, I have found some cheaper alternatives, J76 have some great tops and cropped pants and I have found Winners very useful in purchasing non-slip towels for the yoga mat at half the price of Lululemon and just as good if not the same. Well worth shopping around for cheaper alternatives.