For those of you that know me, you will know that the first time I did my Diploma, I was pregnant, and in fact I missed my exam as I had my baby boy – Harry, on exam day. Well, time flies and to make all you old PSG’ers feel even older, my baby boy will be starting School on September the first. And so enjoying the days of this Summer has a very important resonance with me, as after September, life will change and so will my baby boy.
It has been my mission this Summer to squeeze as much joy, and happiness out of each rain soaked day. In fairness I have had other things on my mind, like cleaning the house, finding more work, sanding doorframes (long story) but when it comes down to it, this Summer and especially this last bit is for him ( and his brother of course)
So being a Coach, and not bad at asking questions, I asked myself two things, and then a third:
- What will be the difference that makes the difference?
- What will make it a ten?
- What can I do to be present for all fun we are going to have?
(Question 3, was actually part of the answer to questions one and two)
The answers that came were revealing: far less about physical things like going to Tayto Park etc and much more about me relaxing, making time to focus purely on having fun and adventures with the two little pure souls in my life (and keep the other stuff strictly for the times allocated to focus on it) and being present.
Loving Every Minute – The Last Days of Summer
Making the last bit of this Summer a ten out of ten, has a lot to do with me and my husband being able to sit back on the night of the 31st of August with a nice cold glass of wine reminiscing about all the great things we have seen and done as a family, how much my boys have grown, what they have achieved and how exciting the next bit is going to be for all of us, and especially Harry. To help this along, my husband and I are going to make them a memory book – like an old fashioned scrapbook, to include of all the photos we usually take and then tend to keep on our computer and never print out. This time however, we will, and the 31st of August is when we will do it.
Like any working mum of two small boys, with a million things all equally important, going on at once, the being present bit is usually the most challenging thing for me. I think though, having a clear picture in my head of what I want this Summer to be, feel like, and mean for me and my family means that I know that to get there its something I need to put conscious effort into.
I already know the benefits. Spending time with the people I love the most in the whole world, who just happen to be some of the funniest people I know, getting the chance to look at the world through new eyes and see the excitement in everything and coming out the other end feeling energised and refreshed and ready to see what the world has to offer. It will benefit my relationships with them, my enjoyment of the summer, my general well being.
What happens if I don’t? well its simple, I get to miss out on this golden time, and they miss out on Mummy being like she used to be before the real world got in the way.
With this in mind, I wish you all the very best end of the Summer.
May you squeeze every last bit of enjoyment you can out of it, and join me wherever you will be in raising a glass on the 31st of August to all the things you have enjoyed and adventures you have had.
I’m off now to find some wellies as me thinks there may be puddle-jumping….
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