Pambula 

Refreshed, Reconnected, Relaxed, re-energised,
re-focused.  Ready for the rest of the
year.   

I have just come back from a week away and that’s how I
feel. Once again, I am convinced that I have my Core Desired Feelings right (if you want to read my post about Core Desired feelings go here). Our holiday had all the elements there – time for being creative, plenty of connecting with those i love, and lots and lots of calm.  The combination of those three things make me feel how I want to feel every day.  When I get all those elements together, I am at my best.  Have you thought about what your Core Desired Feelings might be?  Honestly, since I’ve worked it out, I feel like it is much easier to live the kind of life you want to live.  To be honest, nothing much has really changed in my life, but the focus of my life has.  And I like it!  
We took the kids and my Mum and Dad to Merimbula for the week, and had a beautiful
time together.  I didn’t feel rushed, but
we did plenty of fun things.  I really
enjoyed spending our time together.  The
kids were pretty well behaved, and the weather was great. It was so much warmer
than home, and even though it was a bit windy some days, it was really nice to
get a break from all the rain we’ve been having.
I love the special bond that my children have with my
parents, and it was so special for them to have Grandma and Poppy on holidays
with them.  We are lucky to have my
parents living so close by.  The whole
reason for our trip was to take Mum and Dad away to thank them for all they do
for us.  They look after the kids for us
so that I can do my Pilates shifts.  But
more than that.  They are only ever a
phone call away if we need them and love spending time with our babies.  They are supportive, offer us all unconditional
love and we all love spending time with them. 
I also love the way they love and accept my husband as their own. 
    
It was also special to take them away because my Dad has had
a couple of years where he couldn’t travel. 
Before he got sick, Mum and Dad used to travel around this beautiful
country on their motorbike, seeing lots of different places and having
adventures together.  But that silly
little “piece of meat” (as our son used to say) put a pause on that for a
while.  Now though, Dad is almost fully recovered
and has the all clear, so it was wonderful to see him excited to go somewhere
different again. 
At the beginning of our week away, everyone nominated some
things they would like to do/see while we were away.  We worked our way through the list and made
some beautiful memories together.  Here’s
some photos I took of us:
My Dad took this photo

   
            
And here’s some of my more creative pics:
It is amazing how just a change of location can reset
you.  I found that without the demands on
our time that exist at home, I was able to be more calm and present.  It was nice to slow down a little and prepare
for the last school term of the year.  Wouldn’t
it be great if we could maintain that feeling of holiday calm for a lot longer
when we return home?  I am going to try
really hard to hang onto it this term – we are going to be busy, but with some
special things to look forward to between now and Christmas.  I’m glad that we have those things to look
forward to; I think they help lessen the blow of the post-holiday return to
reality! 
I have come home determined to make the most of this fresh
start, feel ready to make some positive life changes in terms of healthy
habits, and am excited about what the rest of the year has in store. 
Until next time, 

E xx