Happy New Year...sorry I'm a bit late! I know we are already over halfway through January and it's been 3 weeks since I added a post but, for reasons I will explain in a later blog post, it feels as if my year has only just begun. I've only just started to get my plans and goals for 2017 down on paper, having reviewed 2016 only 3 days ago!
I have a very good excuse for my slowness in getting to grips with a new year, believe me and I'll tell you all about it another time but I did manage to schedule in a weekend away to Dartmouth in Devon in order to re-set and find my mojo again.
I used the time very well, getting to grips with my new circumstances, review last year both personally and professionally and to start setting my mind to 2017; where I'm going, what I'm doing, what I'm not doing (!) and how I'm going to do it all.
As usual I've gone into overwhelm a couple of times, this afternoon to be exact when all the stuff now sitting on my desk with notes, goals and to-do's just became too much to bear and I turned to doing something practical instead. I don't know about you but I find just getting up from my chair and doing something useful with my hands can be a powerful antidote to any anxiety lurking in the background. It worked and I was able to crack on with a few more tasks and with positivity too.
This year will be a very different one for me, for lots of reasons and I'll blog about my transformations as I go along, hopefully you'll find it inspiring and a catalyst to make some changes too, but for now, I'll tell you all about my relaxing weekend in Dartmouth. (my stay was booked through these guys)
I booked the trip months ago and have been looking forward to getting away for weeks, I knew it would be a line in the sand for me and I was right, I feel better and more centred as a result.
The journey down to Devon was crisp and sunny and having found the apartment, I was able to relax, open the wine and just 'be'.
The kittens had gone to the local cattery and it was nice just for a couple of days, to not be at their beck and call for food! They have been super clingy since I picked them up yesterday, which is cute.
On Saturday I made the walk out to Dartmouth Castle. I love a bit of history and had a nice half hour or more wandering around, doing an impression of my dad, which is reading EVERYTHING that told me all about the castle. If anyone had been with me I know they would have got more than a little bored, but heck, I was free to mooch, so I did! And I loved it, so nice to wander and soak up the atmosphere, wonder what life in the 1600's was really like, all that stuff.
Prior to that I'd wandered into town and had a pretty brilliant coffee and blueberry bakewell tart in The Deli at Dartmouth. I do love sitting and watching people go by and just marvelling at all the goodies on display, check out the photo below and if you like what you see, find out more here.
As anyone who knows me will testify, food is pretty much the most important thing in my life, so true to form, I had a very nice lunch in the Smith Street Deli, (their Facebook page is here) gorgeous looking and very tasty, I think you'll agree:
Sunday lunch was expertly taken care of by the Bayards Cove Inn, thanks for one of the best chowders I've ever had! No photo I'm afraid, I was too hungry! But you can check out the pub here
I was staying just out of the town centre by the lower ferry and had this amazing view.
Needless to say I did make the most of being able to sit by the french doors with a coffee and watch the ferry toing and froing across the river. I found it quite reassuring, the backwards and forwards of the ferry all day long, reliable and dependable.
The rest of the time was spent drinking wine....not really, I did do lots of planning, goal setting, reading and thinking (yes I know, unbelievable) but there was wine too!
I'll share some of my planning and goal setting and how I go about it in the future when it looks a little bit more organised than it does now, plus I'll be sharing what I'm reading this year and what I'm journalling about too.
So, lots of change to come in my world, let me know what changes you're making this year and we can make the journey together!