Why, hello there! I didn't intend on staying away for a whole week, but doesn't time just fly - especially at this time of year?
This past week presented it's fair share of challenges. Most worthy of mention being the day that the steering in my car failed as I was driving. The wheel just started spinning. No tension, no resistance, nothing. It just spun around in front of me like a pinwheel in the breeze. Luckily, we were driving very slowly in a shopping centre carpark, so the vehicle and it's passengers (Lalie and I) managed to come out physically unscathed. I was a bit of an emotional wreck, mind you. I couldn't stop my mind from wandering to thoughts of 'what could have been'... and it shook me up a little. But we're all okay and the car has been repaired under warranty.
Apart from a few additional worries - nothing too serious, mostly financial - I've been feeling really positive. As I said in my last post, I've been eating really well and I'm enjoying the benefits that come with looking after yourself. Simply by losing a little weight, I've rekindled my interest in fashion and am starting to take more pride in my appearance. And God it feels good to be me again. We've had such a huge couple of years - moving back to our hometown and leaving a creative career behind, having a baby, experiencing the loss of a family member and a friend. Sometimes you don't realise what a huge effect these profound changes can have on your physical, mental and emotional health. And you can go on for so long feeling so damn mediocre, that it just becomes your reality - normal, even. And it's not until you feel good again that you realise how far off course you were.
So at the risk of sounding completely frivolous, this Mumma is dusting off her Miu Miu and getting reacquainted with her old self. Because it's wonderful being Mum, but it's also pretty great being Claire as well. And I kind of forgot about her for a minute there.
1. Salad of tomatoes, tuna, olives, red onion, basil and borlotti beans.
2. New Gorman sandals, a gift from my beautiful sister Stephanie.
3. A selection of 'non-nappy' bags by the front door.
4. Fashion magazines, oh how I've missed you.