Oh blimey, I've started this blog so many times, read it, deleted it and started again more than enough times, the only saving grace is there are not endless scraps of paper in a wastebin!
At which point do I actually start? My childhood, although a fantastic one, I appreciate you have lives to live and my childhood might not be to your interest. So skip forward to my 47th year.
Married for 23 years with children aged 22 & 17, I'd spent all of those years putting the needs of my children first, school runs, rugby training, brownies, teaching them to drive, helping with applications for Uni, jobs and what seemed in the blink of an eye they were launched. Then there was more time for me. What now?
I guess there are thousands of women around the country that felt like me!
In recent years I'd become interested in Reiki and Reflexology and Holistic Well-being purely due to treatments I'd received. I began to notice that I differed from some of my friends and work colleagues, I was calmer, not as stressed. Some were struggling, not sleeping well and with the pressures of work, a difficult work/life balance some even became really quite ill. Don't get me wrong I wasn't floating around in a bubble of serenity but my coping mechanisms were so much better. So I made the decision I too, could help with the wellbeing of others.
This was it, my life change decided upon, all I had to do now was get my head round going back to college to study Reflexology. (I'd already taken part in Angelic Reiki, that had been in a more relaxed setting with 2 others).
This was a major challenge for me, as I left my job to enable this to happen and enrolled with worries about being an 'old student'. How foolish was I? I joined a lovely group of people, of various ages and I wasn't the oldest! I won't bore you with details of lessons, treatments, studies and assignments but will share the fact I qualified with a City & Guilds Level 2 - Distinction, one element was a 100% pass, I was so proud of myself. Then onto Level 3 and I passed again.
The moral of this blog is to 'believe in yourself and by venturing into the unknown you can gain so much in so many different ways'.
I've got new skills, qualifications, lovely new friends and shared experiences with so much more ahead of me now as I've a new business to promote.
So if you're in doubt get out there and give it a go!