Skip to main content

Life of Lu 29/4/15

Being thankful.

It has been a while since I did a 'Life of Lu'  so I decided to bite the bullet and write one up.  Things are great at the moment,  really great,  and in reflection I am aware of how lucky I am to have the life that I have at the moment. So tonights theme is (you may have guessed) being thankful.

1. I am thankful that I am surrounded by some wonderful people who make me smile, laugh and bring me out for an occassional twirl.  I have met so many wonderful people since I've moved here and they surprise me continually with how much they support and care for me. I always say that I am happy to move anywhere for work but this time I think I would be heartbroken if I had to leave Scotand permanently.  Simply because I feel so at home here. In the words of Paul Young "Wherever I lay my hat (That's my home)" and I have laid my hat in Alba.

2. I am thankful for music and how big a part it has come to play in my life.  A friend of mine is like a musical guru to me and my guru has lately introduced me to The Beautiful South who are intoxicating.  Simply intoxicating.  I find when I get stressed or feel down,  I now put on my trainers,  crank up my headphones and pound the pavement.  I get lost in lyrics and harmonies and it reminds me of all the years in choirs where I could transport myself into a world of minums and staccato.  I love it.  I want to start playing again.  Perhaps go back to the piano or pick up a trad instrument.  Without a doubt,  music is food for the soul.

3. Speaking of trainers,  I am thankful for all the people happy to tread the prom with me or spend a day walking the pentlands.  I have really started to enjoy exercising and as I said above it helps me destress and calm myself.  It is also making my wardrobe a lot more accessible! I meant it when I said that 2015 is the year for Lu and making my mind and body the best they can be is a huge part of it.  There is so much support for what I am doing I know that I have the willpower to see it through this time even if I do have a sneaky bag of taytos every now and then!

4. I am thankful that I have a job I enjoy.  I am lucky in that sense.  I get stressed.  I'm turning grey.  Sometimes I work too much.  But I love it.  If I'm honest,  I think the stressful days are some of my favourites.  I have been given a lot of opportunity over the past 3 years and now I am really trying to improve myself and be the best I can be.  Who knows what the future holds?  All I know is that it is looking brighter all the time.

5. I guess the think that I am most thankful for at the moment is rather selfish.  I spent a lot of last year in a dark place,  one I am mindful not to return too.  The people from my first thankful pulled me into the light and I have worked hard to stay there.  A lot happened last year.  Weddings,  engagements,  babies,  first homes and as I saw all these wonderful things happen I felt so lonesome and so alone in the tbe world.  It was such a bittersweet time and the greying hair added to the despair.  I made foolish mistakes along the way and started 2015 knowing that I had to get away from the self pity.  My last thankful is that I am thankful I have refound my independence.  I no longer feel the need to 'settle down', in fact,  I am rather enjoying being answerable only to me.  I don't have boyfriend envy nor am I looking for my Heathcliff.  I am spending my time enjoying my time,  writing,  walking,  twirling. I am going to gigs, exploring parks, singing karaoke...  I am comfortable in my skin and it has taken a long time for that to happen. What more could a girl be thankful for?

Until the next time,
Lu

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Farewell 2017! Farewell!

Where did 2017 go? Is it just me or did 2017 just fly by like a whirling dervish? Tomorrow we celebrate Hogmaney in all its glory and I can't wait. I am leaving 2017 on such a high, and I can't wait to see where 2018 takes me.
I got an email today from myself. It was an email I sent to myself 5 year ago via a website called www.futureme.org . You should go and have a look, it is a very peculiar thing to send your future self an email. Anyway, I digress. The email told me where I hoped to be five years ago. Some of it I have done, some of it I have not but what I found very interesting was how my perception of happiness and contentment have changed in the last five years. That got me thinking. It is amazing how much my perception of happiness and contentment have changed in the past year!

2017 was for me a year of growth and a year of self discovery.
I feel I found myself a lot this year. I found comfort in myself and a confidence in my capabilites.
It was a rollercoaster year …

Day 2 - 20 facts about me

I always struggle with challenges such as these, where I have to give some facts about myself. Can I think of 20 things and if so will they be any good? Pressure! Well... here goes....

1. I love letters. Not bills and what not, I mean real, news filled letters. I have a handful of people whom I write to, and they write back in return. Alas, I am not very good at replying in a timely manner! I have had penpals since I was about 11 years old. Two of which were from Belarus. Their names were Tatiana and Irena. One of the highlights of their letters were the wee boxed stationery that they used to write on. I loved it so much.
2. I dislike sheep. Immensely.
3. I have 2 tattoos. One of a fairy, and one of a fox.
4. I love ducks and foxes. And Hairy Coos.
5. I think puns are severely underrated.
6. My favourite book is Jane Eyre.
7. My favourite author is more difficult... maybe Jasper Fforde... though the compilations of Irish tales by Sinead DeValera have a special place in my heart as do …

Happy 30th birthday Marguerite

Dear Marguerite,
In an alternative reality we are preparing ourselves for the weekend of a lifetime this weekend, you turn 30 on Friday! Whoop! Happy birthday little sister! Where have the years gone? I have no doubt that we would be hitting a European city for a few cocktails and a spa weekend or I would be back in Ireland for a party to end all parties. If there was one thing you could do by the tender age of 17 it was throw a party. 
I wish more than anything that we could have that weekend together. A weekend of gossip, of laughter and probably over indulgence. No doubt you would still disapprove of my style, my ability to put on make up and my hair. No doubt your insistence on getting ready for a few hours would still drive me insane. 
I often wonder what your life is like in that alternative reality. Are you a wife? Are you a mum? Are you a career driven woman with plans of world domination? Are you a wanderer with an insatiable lust to see all the world and explore it's wo…