It's the day before we jet off. This week has been another manic busy, rush around. As always. To add insult to injury I have broken out in a cold - sore throat and all the works. I guess I can only blame myself for the heavy schedule I have taken on. The last few days have been a busy combination of stocking up, packing, planning, keeping ourselves up to date, planning, telling people you will be out of the country so replies and posts may be more spread out and of course packing the suitcase.
Maybe sometimes I underestimate the amount I take on and the demand which I find myself in. I love it though, even if it's caused me a few days of pure panic.
The fear of letting people down, vital bits and pieces and ensuring you are still around but also slightly switched off to rest.
How can you find the right balance?It is a mystery to me - but I hope I find it.
It might force me to take a step back and rest. Like I say I have tried to schedule posts and organise myself as much as possible because 'organisation is the key to success.' It isn't always the case when things don't go to plan however and in that situation I will be a little lost.
A busy day of appointments, final doctors appointment for a while eyyyyyy. Two weeks, bliss. I know it doesn't seem a long time to many of you, but not to see that clinic for a while will do my happiness levels some good if nothing else. Oh boy, the thought that not seeing the nurse and doctor for a few weeks makes me feel a little more normal.
Of course, we have been glamm'ing ourselves up too. Adding a touch of colour to our nails, length to our lashes and getting our eyebrows tidied. It makes a whole lot of difference. You feel a lot more human. A LOT MORE.
The night before we jet off, we always eat out. Why? Why eat out when we will have two week of pigging out to come? Good question.
We go out so we don't have to clean up, cook and wash the dishes. THE SUITCASES ARE LOCKED, the holiday has already started. I mean despite the flight being 7am there is no doubt Mama will be on the processo - it's HOLIDAY NOW. It's just the bonus package when we hit the sun and reach the hotel. Look, family holidays are rare, and becoming ever more difficult to arrange with our manic schedules and of course as years roll on our circumstances change. We grow up, get partners and so it is harder to really pin us all down to a date and a length of time where we can spend it together.
With illness as well, as a family we really cling onto and cherish these wonderful moments, making the most of them.
Of course, with setting off so early -4am it only makes sense that we all enjoy a sleepover. Not that you can really call it a sleepover, it won't be eating sweets and chatting gossip all night long. It will be a quick Love Island watch, and bed by 10pm. We want to be bouncing the walls like we are high on sugar when we jump on that plane.
I will be high on excitement, I have waited so long for this moment, yet I will be feel anxious and let down that physically I won't be the normal 24 year old. I won't be able to rave until the early hours, I won't be able to drink like a fish and I won't feel confident in any clothes - let alone in my swimwear choices. This along with already feeling poorly will make simple tasks of checking in, walking through terminals, climbing steps and my overall happiness to be tested. I just have to appreciate what's in front of me. Good company, love, family, good times, memories, sun and relaxing time. Like I say, gratitude is key. It really is.
There will be lots of updates, fun and more to come.
Let the excitement begin!
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Once again, thank you for always support the Sophantastic journey. I hope I inspire, brighten your days and you enjoy the content I create. I am so truly grateful for all the love and support I receive.
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