What a difference a year makes...10 things I've learnt over the last 12 months.

Monday, February 11

On the 31-12- 2012, we were on honeymoon in the Serengeti. 

We were woken early in the morning with a knock on our door and fresh coffee before our early game drive.

We had a cooked breakfast out in the open air, hung out with a pride of 14 lions, had an afternoon nap, were treated to a private dinner on our balcony, and our room had been decorated in candles and rose petals when we returned from our evening game drive.

It was one of my favouritest days of my life.

The complete opposite of the same date the year before.

When I woke up in hospital, groggy from the anaesthetic, rang the bell for the nurse to help me to the bathroom and attempted a shower with my right shoulder in masses of dressings and pain.  My pain outweighed
only by the fear that there was more cancer in my body that was lying
undetected. We caught a taxi home, and I sat on the couch trying to get comfortable, whilst my Mum was desperately trying to organise her visitors visa to come to London from South Africa.

 I was popping pain killers every four hours.

The crying episodes started a day or two later.

It still amazes me how I went from painkillers every 4 hours to not taking another one, immediately after the phone call saying that my pet scan results were clear and that the cancer hadn't spread.

The beginning of 2012 couldn't have been any worse, and the beginning of 2013 couldn't have been any better.

I was thinking this morning about what I have learnt in the past year.

A brief summation...

1. Husbands are fabulous. And getting engaged and married gave me a sense of security that I didn't even realise I craved.

2.  5 fruits and vegetables a day are essential to my well being, not desirable.

3. Planning a Wedding from half way across the world when you have Parents and an extended family and network of friends as incredible as ours, is simple.

4. Stop complaining, and do something about it.  If your job is not what you want it to be, leave it. If your 'friend' keeps letting you down, slowly reduce contact with them.  If you aren't happy with the house you are living in-move.  If you are unhappy with your body-get exercising and living healthily.  I have, and it's worked a treat.

5. Eating for weight loss and eating for nutrition and wellness are two different things entirely.  However, if you focus on your nutritional intake, weight loss will follow- I promise.

6. I can't be 100% healthy all of the time, I'm aiming for 80%.

7.  When you are feeling at your lowest, nothing matters more than human contact from friends and family. Put effort into keeping up these relationships all year around.  Send an email to someone that you were thinking of to say hi, rather than thinking you really should.  Call someone for their birthday rather than writing on their wall, go for that coffee rather than calling and plan dinners and holidays with friends.

8.  Set aside time to do things that make you happy, that ignite your passion for life, even if it means it's time that you won't be spending at work or cleaning the house.  Spend a few hours on an arts and craft project-even if it lands up in the bin.  And hours and hours on a blog that makes no money-but brings me such joy:)

9. Talk about your ideas and dreams to your friends and family, they will offer you amazing perspective and advice and they will hold you to carrying out your plans that you 'always thought you might like to try...' I have my own Physio practice now as a result of this.

10. Go for walks outside and enjoy nature.  Exercise and practice yoga.  Take deep breaths, slowly and often.  Focus on slowing down and not being wound up. It has made me a nicer person.

Have a Happy Monday...

Lulu x 

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