Saturday, 29 December 2012

That time of year

So it's nearly that time of year again... That time that we all look back on the previous twelve months and wish for more time to frantically achieve all those unrealistic goals we set ourselves last December when we were in the clutches of Christmas indulgence, and the time we all mutter about how fast the year has gone (again). It's time to set new goals, to establish the type of 2013 we want, and to sit in a bubble of optimism about a year that will surely be 'better spent than the previous.'

When I reflect on my 2012 the word that comes to mind is 'full'. I worked, ran a dance school, renovated our new studio, took two overseas holidays, completed my dance teaching qualifications, studied with uni, organised our end of year production and got engaged to the man I love. There were several sacrifices I had to make to have such a full and busy life, such as a nearly non-existent social life, but I feel like my year has been successfully productive. A long time ago I set myself a promise to 'love each day' and although I don't love every minute of every day, I do love at least one part of every day in my life. The days that made up 2012 were no exception and every day had a smile.

At the end of 2011 I didn't make extravagant New Years resolutions about reaching a goal weight or reading every book on my shelf. I did however, make a few long term goals that I found jotted in my journal, some of which I am still consciously working towards and will remain committed to for 2013.

1. My business goal for Elite Dance was to reach 100 students, we're note quite there yet, but I am hopeful that in 2013 this goal will be achieved.

2. I am still aiming and hoping for a healthy winter. For the last few years I have spent a significant amount of time in bed during winter, due to illness and I am determined to have as healthy season as I can. This is of course a goal that can only be achieved through a healthy diet, exercise and proper sleep.

3. My personal goal was to behave like a lady at all times and demonstrate that etiquette is still very relevant today. I believe good manners, posture, language and behaviour cost nothing and should be used freely by all. This is something I aimed to live by every day this year and in 2013 I hope to continue to 'lead by example'.

4. Next year, and in the future in general I want to make a concious effort to stick as closely as possible to my planned schedule, as I have found this year that when one has an extremely full diary, if a single day is missed, the whole week turns into chaos in an attempt to make up those missed things.

For 2013 I will not set resolutions, I will continue to work towards my goals and make myself better every day. 2013 will be the year I plan my wedding, the first year I can sign my own dance kids into their ballet exams, it will be the year my beautiful friend Katy comes home and the year I cross off more units on my uni degree. It will be another year I can look back on and think well of.

OK 2013, I am ready for you, I welcome you, just you wait and see what I can make of you!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Some kind of crazy

Lately my life has taken on a new level of crazy. The type that only occurs at end of year concert time. 

On top of working and teaching and normal book keeping and uni, I now have the Elite Dance concert to deal with. Added stress, deadlines, organising photo day, dress rehearsal week, stage rehearsal, trophies, costumes, answering all manner of questions from parents and students. Seniors that are away for schoolies, or work or study, juniors that are on holiday or at school discos and a million other things in between. To make my life just a little more jam packed, I also woke up sick yesterday (how inconvenient)!

Our house looks like teenagers live here, my social life has once again disappeared and my poor pets look at me with their big, beautiful eyes just begging me to not go to work in the morning! Wedding planning has taken a back seat as every moment of my day seems to be dedicated to some task.

If I didn't seriously love what I do, I would be close to a nervous breakdown! Every morning I turn my computer on and get a little reminder to calm down.

keep calm

I would also be [paddle-less and up a certain creek] if I didn't have a fabulous mother and sister who are always ready to jump in and do more than their share of concert prep. They keep me sane by being just as crazy as me!

Our concert is less than 3 weeks away. You may not hear from me until then as I may be drowning under a sea of paperwork. Come along if you get a chance!

Friday, 16 November 2012

Quick visits!

This afternoon I got to see (very briefly) two very beautiful people who I've not seen in years!

My lovely Aunty Anne and cousin Kim were down from Queensland visiting with my Mum and luckily I managed to spend an all too quick 10 minutes with them after I finished work before they had to race off.

It was so fabulous to see them, and I can't wait for the next visit, although I hope the next one is much longer than 10 minutes (and needs to also include my beautiful cousin Claire, who I have also not seen in years)! Perhaps a quick trip to the sunny state is in order for my Christmas holidays?


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Engagement Party

It's been such a long time since my last visit and while I honestly have been insanely busy, I have been feeling rather guilty.

It seems I am a sucker for punishment, as I am in the busiest time of the year with the dance school (concert time), I also consented to work almost full time at work for the last term and decided take on two units at uni. Alas, this little blog has sat alone and unloved since my birthday in England.

I am afraid that it may remain slightly neglected over the next few weeks until the working year for me comes to an end.

I do however, have some photos from our lovely engagement party for you see while waiting, and leave you with the fabulous news that our wedding and reception venues are almost ready to go!

Many thanks again to those beautiful friends and family that were able to celebrate our engagement with us.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Last Stop

We're in England now, and it is our very last day in Europe before we make the long and tiring trek home. We've had such a fabulous time, and like all holidays we feel that we really could do with a few more days here!

England, as always is simply amazing! We've been busy little bees since we got here a few days ago. Lots of shopping, high tea at the Ritz for my birthday, drinks and dinner with Matt's brother Scott, who is living in London now and this afternoon we'll stop by to see my Uncle George before heading to the airport.

Can't wait to see everyone at home, much love xx

Halfway through the best high tea ever

The Ritz

Where high tea was served

Beautiful piano music that was played during our high tea

I can't go past a Tiffany's without going in!

Drinks with Scott