Friday, 30 June 2017

IFly Review!

Sorry I haven't written for a while. Things have just been crazy here!

You know the one. When everything's happening you have no time yet when nothing's happening you have all the time in the world. Or it feels like it. I will make effort to post every Wednesday as I attempt to do. I've not been that good  at it but I do promise to try!


Last Friday I went out with someone I'm employing as my PA who's awesome. It was an amazing night and one that I hope will continue!

On Tuesday I went to IFly in Basingstoke which is just phenomenal. They really do cater for everyone - people in wheelchairs included. It was so freeing and so incredible.

I was a little nervous and apprehensive in the morning - wondering how it was going to pllay out.

I soon realised.

We all got into a blue all in one suit

Two guys came in with us to the wind tunnel. They were strong and muscular.

They wheeled us in our wheelchairs right to the bench that we had to wait on until our turn.

I was 2nd in line!

It just felt incredible in the air and it was all too soon that one came back to reality.

But it was super and we went up to the top of  the wind tunnel and I never wanted to come back down!

If it's affirmed anything for me, it's how much I'd love to do a real skydive and I will definetly be going again for this experience.



Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Aurora

On Friday I was in Southampton on a tour of one of a P&O cruise ship, the Aurora. It was brilliant! We had a 3 course meal on there too!  That evening they were setting off on a Western Mediterranean cruise which meant that people were boarding while we were on the ship which was lovely. So it was lively, at lunch anyway! But the ship is so good for wheelchairs, though pushing myself on the thick carpet was strenuous at times and I was really glad to wheel quite harmoniously on the deck!

It was a brilliant idea to go on a tour of a Cruise Ship and one that is owed to Lucy Brown at Disability Initiative who organised the trip. Not forgetting those who came with us who made it a really joyful and interesting event for us to attend. Facilities did cater for disabled people very well, as there were lifts to each floor. The only places with steep ramps were getting into the cinema and the theatre. Other than that, everywhere was flat and very accessible.

We saw the gym, the spa, the theatre, the cinema, shops and of course all the food outlets. Someone I was with made the fair point that with so many eateries you could very easily put on weight. This is true, without a structure to your day you could very easily. But the beauty of a cruise is that you are not in the same place for more than a few days at most, and you are always moving or doing something.



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Things Take Time

Sorry I've been rubbish at this! I will try to do this every Wednesday from now on - unforeseen circumstances have been in the way recently - it's nice to get back to a bit of normality!

Things taking time is a difficult balancing act.

Particularly when you're a go-getter like me!

But after something happening you've got to take a few days to let life cool down. Let it recover. And it can feel like nothing's happening in your life but things are. Things often work behind the scenes - and just because you can't see it right now doesn't mean it isn't. You can't be out all the time, though you wish you could because you're not as young as you used to be, you don't have the same mentality as you did at uni, you get tired, so very tired and you're not used to it anymore.

And things DO change. Subtly every day. You won't even notice it. This is evident particularly when you have a baby in the family. As I do, and she is changing every day at the moment. Learning new things and finding out things about yourself is a constant and can constantly change. It might take time to see how everything has changed but the time will come. And it is fascinating to me that things are always happening, so no moment is the same and no matter what you think, change is coming. Often time it comes later rather than sooner, but it is possible.

Remember: YOU are in control of your life, so if you want something to happen you have to organise it and make it happen.

Like last week, I went swimming and floated for the first time which I'm really proud of. That is enough to take all the energy out of anyone. But then, I went to a wedding reception in the evening of the same day. It was amazing and I was so thrilled to be celebrating the wedding. That was a pretty action packed day! I loved that but I realise that I have to slow down! Or don't do too much during a day! But at least I know I can do this when needs must.



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Doing things

I've noticed that just getting on with things makes it go quicker.

So I don't put things off. If I can help it.

If it's just me in a situation I'd rather not wait.

When sorting out clothes as I have in the past week (my summer wardrobe is back!) although my arm hurt me by lifting it to put hangers on the rails, I was uplifted by the colours that are re-emerging in my wardrobe!

It's so lovely, just looking over at the clothes!

I took off the doors on my wardrobe last year because there was too much weight in there and having the doors too, meant I couldn't see what I had in terms of clothing.



Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Everyone is going through situations. And they are all different.

'It seemed not so much distant as unreal.'

That defines a situation that is happening yet you are not involved in it.

It is a quote from 'Where My Heart Used To Beat' by Sebastian Faulks.

It is hard when you are not involved, to have an opinion of the situation, as you don't know everything. That's why I don't think judgements are good to make on first appearances.

Everyone has different reasons for decisions that they make.

And every situation is so different.

What occurs to anyone else you don't have a clue.

Try not to judge.

Situations are so different to everybody and depend on your perspective.



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Where I Am

I haven’t been doing this for a while and I have missed it.

I haven’t been in the right kind of headspace for a while – so apologies for the month of no videos.

A lot has been going on – both personally and in regards to my family.

I have been given more to do in regards of work and so I have to prioritise.

I will try to keep my blog on Wednesday up but it may not always be in my control. 



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

I wonder...

It is fascinating to sit outside
Where i wonder at things
All the great thinkers; past or present
philosophers, authors, scientists,
Take your pick; we all live under the same sky.

I find this mind-boggling. I find it really quite powerful to think of.