We’re almost at the beginning of a new year and what a year it’s been! I turned 50 last January and had a great party to celebrate. My incredible dad, Gerry, passed away in May suddenly but not unexpectedly. Summer was chilled and life was good and I became a wedding celebrant, officiating 5 weddings with 10 amazing people from May to September. September saw a low moment of missing my dad and my family so I made the decision to go back to England next year – watch this space. Christmas was so much better than the previous 5 and I can safely say I am over my divorce! Yes, it’s been a long road and the past 5 years have been incredible.
I am so grateful to my parents Patricia and Gerry for their influences on my life and their unwavering support at every step of it. It would have been easy to say my dad wasn’t there for us but he was, through all that he dedicated his life towards, he was very much there for us. My wise and beautiful mother Patricia, serene and with words so full of sense, is incredible and my life is so much more because of her example and advice. My siblings and I are slowly learning to rein ourselves in with each other and I hope to make more of my relationships with each and every one of them in future. I missed them of course but missed not using the opportunities they gave me over and over again during the last 20 years of living in Mallorca – I vow to do better sibs!
My girlfriends – how blessed am I! I saw beautiful friends at my dad’s funeral and although there was no space for proper conversations, they should know how incredibly honoured I was to see them there. To see old friends diving into help just like the old days and to see shy friends step up to the plate and mix with everyone – what a celebration that was! Friends from a long time ago stepped by in Mallorca and beach days were enjoyed, I hope to see many more in 2013. Old friend Lana came back at the beginning of December and it was like old times with only a few bits and pieces changed in my house!
I decided to spend Christmas in Mallorca although I know my family missed having the boys and me there. It was a decision that made me happy and for the first time since 2007 I felt lighter and brighter about these dates. Christmas Eve was spent at home with the boys and Noah’s friend Morrison Day came round for a vegetarian supper and Christmas Day was spent with friends realising how competitive I am! Sorry to those who met me for the first time that day, the British hooligan in me came out to play!!
And how many simple events spent with friends were enjoyed? Boxing Day thanks to my boss Peter and wife Sue. Elves and Fairy party thanks to my best Inca friend Jo! Sunday lunch with karaoke thanks to Virtu and hubby Sebas – next year we are not having tortilla! Tonight dinner with Virtu and her family and then a quick visit to the plaza in Binissalem to remember not to choke on the grapes!
Tomorrow is a new day, a new year and a new opportunity. I am committed to a healthy life style from tomorrow and will lose kilos for charity, sort my finances out and love love love my life. LOVE will take me through and I thank God for the ability to chose love.
Te quiero / I love you / T’estim / Volim te