Sometimes I find it easy to write a blog post and other days inspiration just does not strike, even though I have a plan for blog posts for this month and the ideas are in black and white on paper. Today is one of those days when inspiration and creative thought has packed its bags on gone on it's own summer holiday...the notes I have in front of me just aren't the things I want to write about today.
Just about the only thing I can think of talking about is carrying on from last weeks theme of appreciation when I talked about sharing meals with friends and family and how important it is to make time for that and following on from that; this week it's how crucial friendship is.
Last week I was lucky enough to spend a day with a good friend at a spa, which was for her birthday. I was honoured that she wanted to spend such a special day with me and we both looked forward to it for weeks. We don't live close to each other anymore - we once worked together here in Somerset which is how we met but now live at least 2 hours apart and, to my horror, we haven't seen each other for about 2 years - and that was for her birthday too! I see a theme developing...
We had a lovely relaxing day at the spa, perfect timing for both of us, she has been through the mill a bit lately and I was feeling like I needed a day of less thinking and doing and more of quiet and enjoying company. It worked well for both of us and we are now looking forward to the next time we can get together.
We took the chance to talk about all sorts of things and I know that it's a friendship based on trust and respect so it feels easy to share things with each other and get understanding and caring in return. These are the things that life is built upon and the older I get the more I appreciate those in my life that I can trust and depend upon. Previous events in my life have affected my ability to trust, so I find it hard.
This is particularly forefront in my mind recently as my partner will be leaving to live in Italy next year to learn how to make hand made shoes which is his passion and a journey that he will be following and a very exciting one too. I love that he has found his calling in life and is brave enough to follow it.
I'm on my own journey with this business, one that is highly challenging but very exciting and I have huge plans for next year - but I will be pursuing them on my own, without his support.
And that is where my small, but trusted and loyal friendship group will be ever more important. Not to mention the fact that they are all fabulous advisers and have great taste and even better ideas - so I will be mining them as much as possible! Hopefully I can give plenty to them in return...
Until next time
ps. If you want to know more about the fabulous spa we visited last week, check out their website