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Sue’s journey: March 2021

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” William Wordsworth

With the kids off school, my ‘mum’ head wants to make the most of things. Don’t get me wrong, most of the time I do. Certainly I thoroughly appreciate the time I’ve got with Philip that I wouldn’t normally have. And I’m very lucky to be in a bubble with my sister, her husband, and their two children. That means I still get to socialise, which is far more than most families during this third lockdown in the UK. I am very grateful.

Life right now consists of working during the weekend, when Philip goes to my sisters. I’m working much longer days than normal, because effectively I’m cramming four days work into two days. I’m making good use of my massage gun on myself in the evenings. The longer days mean I’m more tired, so my body aches more. Adding to the problem is my lack of will power / self compassion around my diet when I’m tired. I recognised a long time ago that I eat far more healthily when my energy levels are good. The more tired I am, the more I crave, and give into, pastries and sweets. I’m so incredibly glad, though, that I have the flexibility to swap my working days around, and that my clients are supporting me, and giving up their weekend time for me to treat their horses.

During the week, I am home schooling 8 year old Philip, and on a Tuesday and Wednesday, I have his cousins for the day as well. I’m so glad that Philip is able to play with his cousins, even if he can’t play with his other friends. I think one of the groups this lockdown is particularly tough on is only children in two parent families. Because I’m a single mum, Philip gets to play. Thank goodness. Otherwise he and I might both go crazy!

On the other days, Philip comes to see horses with me, and does his school work in the car, or I try to keep up with my admin at home in the warm. I’m so excited to be writing again! Watch this space!

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