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if you’re anything like me, you find it difficult to even find time to have a wash, there’s always something more pressing. Here I’m hoping to encourage myself and you to put yourself first a bit more!


Creative Writing

May
18th
2018

Learning that 90% is crap. And that's OK

18 May, 2018

A few weeks ago in my post about confidence (and chaos!), I mentioned that I was about to start a creative writing class with my mum.

This time last year I had written 4 and a bit chapters of a children’s book about a Frog Boy. I was really pleased with what I had come up with so far, well the first 2 chapters anyway. Then I showed it to Mike who made some notes on it but because he wasn’t gushing about how great it was, I assumed it was bad.

Obviously, rather than just ask him what he thought for fear of hearing ‘the truth’, I then lost all faith and confidence and decided it was rubbish.

Creative Writing Class

Fast forward a year and last night was our 4th creative writing class. I am totally loving it.

I was nervous because I have perfectionist tendencies and a fear of failure/rejection/embarrassing myself so this was going to challenge my concept of perfect.

I have to drive for an hour to get there, and it runs from 6-9pm. As in, at night. When I’m normally in bed.

But I love, love, love it!

Each week we are given some homework and then we take it in turns to read out what we’ve done in class and offer our thoughts on the piece.

This is incredibly nerve-racking and while I enjoy doing the homework, reading it out in class is terrifying. But the process, in only a few short weeks, has helped me get over two important things:

  1. Embarrassment
  2. Perfectionism

Embarrassment

When I’m doing my homework, I don’t always put two and two together and fully imagine myself reading the piece in public. This week’s piece, entitled “My Delicious Hole”, is a prime example. Like what was I thinking?! (more…)

Curveball Tuesday

May
01st
2018

The other part of the 2-parter

01 May, 2018

Back in March you may (or not) remember this article I wrote about facing your fears. It started out as a diary entry to document a really funny week and in it I referred to it as being a two-parter. There was a curveball Tuesday that I couldn’t share yet.

Here’s the second part… it has been THE longest wait to be able to share this and now I finally can.

I’m hoping that now this is out it allows me to get back into blogging properly because I completely stalled after getting this news!

I also need some advice so please keep going to the bottom and either comment on here or head to the Mums’ Days Facebook page and join the conversation there. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday – 13th March

On Tuesday night, Mike was at the top of Kilimanjaro about to reach the summit. I was in bed with my electric blanket on. Rock and bloody roll!

I was feeling a bit crampy, but it was only 3 weeks since I had my coil removed via laparoscopy, and my period hadn’t returned, so I wasn’t surprised. Then I thought I’d check how long it had been since my period should have started… a week and a half.

Is your mind going where mine went?

I had a bunch of pregnancy tests in the house from when I thought we were trying back in September (my coil had gone missing so it was assumed it had fallen out but instead it had passed through my womb and was on a holiday in my pelvis!) so I took a test. Just to rule it out.

I have some thoughts on taking a test just before bed:

DO. NOT. DO. IT.

(more…)

Confidence

Apr
25th
2018

Taking action and putting a foot in chaos

25 Apr, 2018

Ah, confidence. You tricksy little bugger.

It’s been on my mind this week, starting with a conversation between my brother and my step-daughter. She told him how she was really enjoying taking LAMDA exams because it helped with her confidence. My brother was impressed to hear an 11 year old say such an important thing. Funny how you sometimes need to see things through other people’s’ eyes to fully appreciate how awesome they are.

Confidence

We talked about how important it is to instill confidence in our children, particularly in young women and he pointed me to a book, The Confidence Code for Girls (due for release on 3rd May. Pre Ordered y’all!).

I was like, nevermind just Gabby I need this book! (more…)

How the Keto diet is helping me

10 Apr, 2018

We’ve been away, lucky buggers, to France for a skiing holiday. The only problem, and I know I’m ungrateful, is I just don’t like skiing very much. A couple of years ago I learnt to ski (and documented it here) and got to the point where I can get down a hill in one piece. But it ain’t totally natural! Or fun for that matter.

I had a lesson on this trip to boost my confidence and while I got on fine, I just don’t like steep hills. So after the 3 hours we were up the mountain my legs were exhausted from bracing at all times! I know I just need more practise and young Hannah would be horrified by my lack of get up and go, but this holiday didn’t seem to be the one it was going to happen on.

Mike has been lovely about it and let me loaf around while the kids get on great in ski school and he goes off on his own exploring.

Loafing around

But loaf is the operative word here and, in between working on my blog, I’ve been left wondering about my relationship with bread and all those other yummy things you find here in France. Because without the skiing, I think I’ve put on about 7 unwanted lbs…

Halton Castle - a visit to this privately owned Castle in NorthumberlandAt home I have learnt to seriously steer clear of pretty much all carby goods. Since giving up drinking 6 months ago, carbs have become my nemesis. A little toast for breakfast and I’ll be craving sugar for the rest of the day. It starts with a 10am sugar crash, which leaves me feeling weird and jittery. It’s all I can think about and I’ve been known to secretly eat 3 kitkat chunkies in one go. I’m ashamed to say it but, much like my drinking became a problem with no off switch, so too has my sugar eating. Rather than full filling my dream of losing weight when I stopped drinking, I put a stone on in the first couple of months!!

So, much as it sounds drastic, for me I know sugar has to go in all it’s carby glory if I’m going to avoid my visions of being hauled out of my house by crane. And this week in France has helped proved that. (more…)

Facing your fears

Mar
20th
2018

How I've been learning to face them and move on...

20 Mar, 2018

On Sunday I sat down to write. I wanted to document a funny week and it’s turned into a 2-parter. This one is all about facing your fears and how I do it/hope to do it.

Mike is away in Tanzania. He’s been facing his own fear of heights as he climbed Kilimanjaro (read his story here) for Team Kenya (who are changing lives through empowering and educating women). Thankfully he’s done it and is safely back down. He gets home on tomorrow morning. Yey!

It’s also my Birthday today! It doesn’t feel much like it…It was just Reuben and me, and after the initial flurry of present opening (I didn’t open a single one!) it was back to business as usual!

facing your fear

Reuben decided today was the day to address the issue of not being allowed to play on the switch on the way to school, and he discussed it for quite some time coming to the conclusion I’m a horrible person. So fun.

(If you’d like to do me a Birthday Favour please fill in this! < More info at the bottom.) (more…)

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