Reflecting on a decade

The 17th January 2015 marks 10 years since I packed up all my worldly belongings, the Labradors and my then 15 month old son and headed A1 North to start a new life in Northumberland. I can’t believe it was a decade ago that the entire contents of my little house, bar a cot, a box of clothes and a box of toys, filled my Dad’s garage, and we gate-crashed my Grandparents house, filling it to the brim with the love of a toddler & the smell of labrador! We are marking the occasion by visiting Woodhorn Colliery & Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, places my Grandparents took me and my sister as kids, and that me and Matthew used to visit often, but haven’t been to for years. Megan has never been & as she’s a big fan of ducks I think she will love the swans and geese at the lake, might even have a lunchtime treat in the Lakeside pub or retreat there if there weather isn’t so good!

As this date has been approaching, I have been reflecting on this time, how far I have come and the woman I have become. I am definitely not the same person I was then, in some good ways but I’ll admit some not so good as well, but nobody’s perfect. I am more determined now, but with that determination comes stubbornness! I am strong and resilient, but also too independent for my own good sometimes. The journey that brought me to the decision to up sticks changed the course of my life. But in total honesty I have no regrets, moving here was the best decision I have ever made. So that makes me grateful to the events that led to the move, even though at the time that was the thought furthest from my mind! That’s not to say life in Northumberland hasn’t been without its stresses! Our first home was a nightmare and short-lived, couldn’t move fast enough! I remember saying to my mum at the time I couldn’t write a book about the daily dramas of living in Widdrington Station, yet thinking back now I can’t really remember them! Our second home was our first proper home, the place we set roots and started planning our future. The security of living in Pegswood, with family close by, gave me the courage to start my accounting qualifications which has brought me to where I am today with my own business! Wouldn’t have dreamed 10 years ago that I’d be a Mumpreneur, in fact not sure that term even existed then!

This morning when reading through some blog posts shared on the North East Network of Brilliant Bloggers facebook group, I read a blog by Vicky Drake about the 21 Day Breathing Space challenge and I joined the facebook group to start the challenge. Given that me time and focussing on me for a change is my goal for the year it seemed very appropriate! This is about spending 20-30 mins a day doing exactly that! Habits you can do for 21 days become habits for life, its a great read I highly recommend! I had some quiet time this afternoon, out in the fresh air with Megan asleep in her pushchair. I read in a goal setting post somewhere to try to visualise yourself in 5 years time – Where are you? What are you doing? That is the ultimate goal to strive to, to then put plans in place to get you to where you want to be. I see myself sitting on a sofa covered with a grey-blue throw in a Victorian house with a big bay window, the fireplace surrounded by bookcases full to the brim, and I am sitting reading a book sipping a glass of wine! Its the kind of house I’ve always dreamed of living in (but I think its fresh in my mind as my husband was browsing on rightmove last night after I told him I want to live in Durham and he showed me a picture of a similar living room!) Ten years ago I don’t think I could ever have envisaged that 5 years on I would be doing management accounts in an engineering firm in Morpeth! And certainly not running my own business, and running Northumberland Mumpreneurs and writing a blog after a decade!

I wonder where the next 10 years will take me….!

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