I have made a lot of bracelets, a few rings and some necklaces. I need more earrings.
I am really enjoying my knotted jewellery at the moment. This one is a variation on the pearl one from last week, more knots and less beads. (I also have a little confession, due to not really having enough beading thread it, ummm, fell apart when I had finished it!) Oh well….the principle remains the same ;).
I again used my makeshift macrame board (i.e. my unused, clean cat litter tray and clips).
This is the finished bracelet. The beads should be in a diamond shape like the ones to the left but I have managed to pull them all out of shape!
I have been completely overwhelmed by all your supportive comments regarding my last post. Thank you, as without you all I would never have managed it. Trying not to be sensationalist, without you all, I would never have got to where I am today. The weekend would not have happened.
I would also like to thank everyone that has sponsored me. I am amazed.
But…….here is the bad news………
I am unable to run the marathon on Sunday.
I feel that I am letting everyone down but my wonderful doctor (who was so brilliant when I was suffering from PND) has advised me that it may not be the most sensible thing to do seeing how poorly I have been this past month (+).
I am really, really gutted but deep down know that it is the right thing. My training has not really gone as planned and I am not nearly as fit as I would have liked to be before running a marathon. Simply put, my health has to come first. I have seen enough people collapsed at the side of the road during half marathons to know that you cannot take any run lightly.
Luckily I can defer my place until next year.
Yep, I can do it all again next year, the running in the dark, the long races, the boring posts….. My husband is delighted! (but is obviously very supportive at the same time ;)) The money that I have raised in sponsorship can be forwarded onto next year too. I am going to use this year as a spring-board for next year. I am going to take this opportunity to raise even more money for this brilliant cause that I have chosen. I will learn from things that I felt went wrong for me this year and hopefully reach this point, next year, stronger than ever.
So sorry to let you all down but the journey does not finish here – we are simply half way along the road.
I have been blogging for just over two years now and I can say without any doubt at all, it has changed my life. It is no secret that when I started off I was determined to hide my true identity from the whole of social media. Plain and simply I was scared. It didn’t help that I had been a very shy teenager and young adult.
Gradually my confidence has grown. I have ‘met’ loads of amazing people that have inspired me, supported me and encouraged me. Most of them I have never met, nor will I, but that does nothing to lesson the part that they play in my life. I am eternally grateful.
During my time blogging I have tried to enable people to join the party with my tips for blogging. I really try to give something back. Gradually, my confidence increased and when I had a nasty mole removed I felt able to share my story ..
I still have tried to keep my true identity a secret but that ends today, right now. Regular readers will know that I was lucky enough to get a ballot place for the London Marathon. I then decided that I wanted to take this opportunity to raise money for
following my experiences with Post Natal Depression. Again, I wanted to give something back.
Sharing my experiences on here was OK. It was relatively easy as I feel really comfortable and will not have to meet anyone face to face. Then I had a message from Emma Higginbotham, a writer at my local newspaper. Would I allow her to do a feature? hmmm that was a bit harder as it is local, people I know would read it……Nervously I said yes.
It. Was. The. Best. Decision. Ever.
I am so pleased that I did it. It was published yesterday and I couldn’t have been happier. Emma did an amazing job. You can read it, in its entirety here (and see what I look like – I hope I don’t disappoint!) Without my blogging this would have never happened.
I set out with the aim of helping just one person. I am now getting greedy. Please share this, to help get the word out. It is not something to be shamed of and you can recover. I never thought that I would….but I did. I have never felt judged when I managed to admit it. It is my way of saying thank you to the people who helped me. I want to return their favour and help others. Together we can be stronger and get rid of the stigma.
Thank you. x
I wonder how long any of you could survive without speaking? No whispering allowed either. A day, half a day? I urge you to give it a go. It is hard.
This is the situation I found myself in on Weds this week. It appears that my month and a half of illness is now a throat infection and my doctor is worried I will do some long-term damage to my throat if I don’t rest it. Great.
Asking questions is out. Writing things down is so slow. Reading a bedtime story to my boys is out. Answering anything when not in the room is out. To top it off I feel like I am being rude by not talking and responding to people when I am out and about.
I took 2 of my boys out this afternoon, on their bikes. Not a great plan. I was unable to warn them, guide them or help them in any way at all. Luckily they are trustworthy.
Silence is not golden when it is me being silent. As for my boys…..now that is a different story ;)