Thursday, 19 February 2015

Birthday Girl

It's my birthday today.
How did I get here?
Where did the years go?
I have always loved my birthday.
I usually celebrated it in the school holidays as half-term falls around this time and now I am working in education I can make the most of the day.
Today will be spent meeting up with a good friend and enjoying good food with my family.
I haven't posted much over the past six months due to my second job as a yoga teacher - I now teach five classes and week and you can follow my yoga blog here.
However, I am not ready to let this blog go yet.
I will continue to post when I think my posts are relevant for this blog.
For now I will spend some time catching up with everyone.
And as well as being my birthday it's also Chinese New Year so Happy New Year too.

Today I wore:
Boots - Marks and Spencer
Skirt - Gap
T-shirt - birthday present from my son.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Confessions of a Yogi

I am teaching my first 'proper' yoga class tonight and I am terrified. 
Since I qualified I have been teaching classes to staff and students at the college where I work and to the children at the school where my son teaches.
But tonight I will be charging. 
I am scared no-one will turn up. 
I am scared too many people will turn up.
I am scared I will forget my plan.
Lucky I practice yoga and I know that however scared I am, if I breathe slowly and calmly I will be OK. 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

The Theory of Everything

 So here it is, another New Year.
As usual we celebrated it quietly at home with a few friends and family while our four children went off to their own respective parties, coming hom at 4am, 6am, 11am and 2pm the next day!
While our children were recovering I took my my mum to see 'The Theory of Everything' and what a wonderful film it was, having me on the verge of tears several times.
I enjoyed the film so much I came home and bought the memoir by Jane Hawking on which the film is based.
It has been so long since I have immersed myself in a book not related to yoga - talking of which, I will be starting teaching a new class on Monday which I am both excited and terrified about.
I have set myself some goals for 2015 which will include lots more teaching and learning.
Have you set yourself some goals yet?



Sunday, 21 December 2014

Wishing You All The Best

As the big day approaches I thought I would wish you all a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. 
I haven't been a regular blogger this year as I have been spending most of my spare time like this.
It has been quite a tough year, working full time and studying for my Yoga Teacher's qualification.
But I did it.
Although I have always loved yoga, I had no idea this time last year that I would also be teaching 4 yoga classes a week but here I am. 
Whatever hopes and dreams you have why not take a few steps towards them in 2015?
I still feel there is so much to learn but then the oldest yoga teacher in the world is 96, so I still have time!!
All the best,
Jane X

Sunday, 7 December 2014

A Northern Christmas

Had a lovely day Christmas Shopping in Manchester with my mum and daughter. 
I wasn't looking forward to the trip as I hate crowds but we spent most of the time in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols where it was quiet but festive. 
I have to say even though our purchases were quite modest we we were treated so well by the staff who couldn't do enough to help us. 
We enjoyed it so much I think it will be an annual event. 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Five Year Flashback: Part Five

And the final flashback to a year ago today when my eldest son graduated from Liverpool John Moores University. Today he is in his second year teaching at a local primary school where I help out with an after-school Yoga Club. Five years gone in a flash. What will the next five years bring?

So proud of my Big BA (Hons) Boy.

The magnificent Anglican Cathedral.

A proud mum, dad and grandma.

Sam has some catching up to do - his dad has three degrees!

Dad and his Grad.


Just the three of us

A pensive dad.

Looking smart.

Get me to the Cathedral on time.

I wore:
Shoes - Clarks
Dress - Boden
Coat - Four Seasons
Hat - Asos

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Five Year Flashback: Part Four

Celebrating five years of blogging with part four 2012.
I can't believe it is more than two years ago since we held our street party.
The good news is that many of the organisers still come together to arrange events in the street - the next one is in December with 'Carols by Candlelight' - such a lovely legacy.

The big day dawned for our street party and guess what?
The sun came out.

There may have been a chill wind blowing but the sun shone from the time we started putting out the tables, through the festivities, and finally setting at around 8pm when we packed away.

It was a wonderful day, organised on a whim by one of our neighbours who pushed a piece of paper through everyone's door asking if anyone would be interested in having a street party.

That was three weeks ago and more than 20 people arrived for the first meeting.

My mum was one of the chief organisers and I helped her out on the craft table where we helped the younger children decorate bunting and make crowns.

We even got a visit from our Olympic Torchbearer, Nick Giles who patiently waited while everyone in the street had their photo taken with him and the torch.

Every child uner 16 was given a medal to remember the event.

Overall, a wonderful day.
Here's to the next Jubilee in ten year's time.

I wore:
Trainers: Converse
Trousers: Zara
Top: Top Shop
Bodywarmer: Primark