After a short break from the blog, I wanted to share some of the exciting new developments we’ve been working on here at Aspirational Living, while we were away.
Where has this year gone? I can’t believe we’re into July already, can you? I feel as though it wasn’t that long ago since we welcomed in the New Year!
This year has been such a busy one, with some significant things happening for us too. We started 2018 making some decisions about what we’d like this year to entail and then started making plans towards how we’d make these changes. This included everything from house renovations to a new website for Aspirational Living; from a new exercise regime (this one is ongoing) to planning a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, and so much more!
This year we’ve watched our children go from being little boys to growing into handsome, kind and funny older boys (this always pulls at my heart strings). They’re changing so much and in the last six months their personalities have developed further, their sense of humour is hilarious, they’re doing well at school and their love for football just keeps on growing. They’re both still full of mischief and keep us on our toes but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so proud of them and I’m looking forward to our summer together when we can spend quality time together as a family and make more memories together.
This week we’ve been working on the finishing touches of the Aspirational Living website and to say I’m excited is an understatement. Even though I’ve had a website working effectively for nearly three years, it needed an injection of creativity and development so I enlisted the support of a website designer to support. From the moment we met (on Skype, as he lives down South) I was confident he would be able to create a website that was eye-catching, informative and made navigation of the site easy for our users.
I’m thrilled with the outcome of the new website and in addition to this I’ve enlisted the support of a Marketing Consultant. She (Faye) is helping to market the business and is really supporting me to move things forward. She is helping with the creation of the new products and services I’d like to bring to fruition and so much more. She’s amazing and just gets things done, I’m so glad I found her and she’s just what I need right now.
This year I’ve also completed my Advanced Mindfulness Training course. It’s taken two years to do (and a lot of hard work, time and commitment too) but I’ve done it and I’m thrilled to be able start offering Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses. Mindfulness is something I’m so passionate about, as you know, and I believe it really is the change that makes the difference in life.
We’ve also had a whole range of renovations going on in the house too and we’ve now got a lovely bathroom and a brand-new lounge which I love. I’m still working on the finishing touches but I’m really pleased with it so just need to get my finger out now and finish it. I’ve also got a log burner for the first time too and I’m so excited to use it in those winter evenings.
In addition to this, I’ve secured a new role in organisational development and I’m loving it. I’ve always been passionate about employee engagement and creating the right environment for colleagues to flourish in the workplace, so this year I decided to move into this area and I’m loving every second of it. Last year I made the decision to work on Aspirational Living full time but, then realised that I liked being part of a bigger team too. I enjoy working with teams and people and I love organisational development, so when a position came up I was thrilled and took the post immediately!
I’ve been working additional days in recent months but from August I know the work life balance will resume and I’ll get to spend a lot more quality time with our boys and family. We’ve got a wonderful summer planned together and I’m also looking forward to some time with my husband too. Amongst all of this, he’s remained supportive and for that I’m eternally grateful. I couldn’t do any of this without him – nothing is a bother to him, he helps run the house, he’s currently doing the majority of the takes and pick-ups for the boys whilst I adjust into my new role and he’s always on hand for support too. I know I’m a very lucky lady!
Finally, the most significant thing that’s happened for me this year is losing my Dad. My wonderful, amazing, kind and funny Dad. My Dad had been ill for some time but we were unsure of the diagnosis. A couple of months ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He fought it every step of the way with dignity and continued being the kind, respectful and positive human being he is. Sadly on 12th June he lost his fight. He didn’t suffer, he passed away peacefully at home with Mum and we had the opportunity to say our goodbyes to him, which was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
He was the most inspiring person I’ve ever met and he was remarkable in every way. He was an amazing Dad, husband, friend, colleague and was always wise beyond his years. He distanced himself from drama and negativity and loved the simple life. He was amazed by our planet and everything within it. He loved invention, development but most of all the beauty of the world we live in. He practiced gratitude daily (it was hard-wired into his mind and body) and never took anything for granted.
He looked after himself and took pleasure in the simplest of things; the countryside, the moon, the stars, his holidays but, the most important thing in his life was his family. He put us first every time; he supported us every step of the way in our journey in life. He did this emotionally, mentally, financially, physically and he brought us up to work hard, to be kind, to respect others and ourselves and to be resilient in a world that’s forever changing. He was my life teacher and he’s made such a positive impact on all our lives. He’s always with me, even now and always will be.
So, you see this year has been both amazing in some respects and very sad in others. When Dad died, he passed the baton of life onto our family. Before he passed, he encouraged us to live a life we loved and to live a life created by design. He had a life of adventure, growth and development and he enjoyed the simple things in life – all the things I love now too. I’m now determined to hold onto this baton for as long as I can and make the most of every single day.
I want to live a life of no regrets, a life filled with adventure and a life of happiness, health, with purpose and passion.
I know that what some people do in five years I tend to do in a year and that’s merely because I’m so passionate about life, the work I do and this business. It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far, but it’s all part of the journey. Life is about how you respond to situations and how you use these experiences in a positive way to empower you to live a life you love.
All I have left to say is ‘watch this space’, as I’ve got lots planned for the next six months.
A last little personal message: I’d just like to thank you all for your words of kindness when my Dad passed. My subscribers are with me every step of the way on my journey, many of you supported me right from the beginning of the Aspirational Living journey and some joined a little later. I just wanted to say I’m eternally grateful for your support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.