New Year, New me ! Not really, it’s the same old me but hopefully with some pretty major improvements. It’s not only a new year, but a new decade. How scary was it looking back at photos and facebook posts from 2010? It made me realise just how much myself and my partner had been through, and it’s no wonder we’d had a few rough patches along the way. We’d been living in Swedish Lapland in 2010 having just had our first child ( by emergency c-section), I’d gain a lot of weight and was morbidly obese. I then had an ATV crash, and damaged my back and legs. We started a dog sledding business, and ended up with over 40 Siberian and Alaskan huskies. I gave birth to my second child in 2011 in yet another traumatic emergency cesarean) at 10 weeks old he was critically ill with bacterial meningitis, miraculously he recovered, and only has slight hearing loss in one ear.
I’d gained even more weight, and was so big I was referred for a life saving gastric bypass operation in October 2013. A few weeks later , I was hospitalised again for 10 days with complications and required more surgery. I then developed major anxiety and claustrophobia, which worsened when we moved back to the UK in 2014. We’d had to rehome all but two off our beloved huskies. Bearfoor and Ulf, came with us as we relocated to our new home in Shepton Mallet. The boys were only 2 and 4- my eldest struggled as a summer born having to immediately start infant school ( which he wouldn’t have done until aged 7 in Sweden!). We made friends, and were welcomed in to Shepton. In 2015 we got married, and got everything locally. I blogged about “My High Street Wedding” which lead to this regular column. Wayne and I had various jobs before Wayne set up his business My Big Handyman, and I founded Radio Shepton. I struggled with my weight, mental health and Wayne still struggles with his horrific Cluster Headaches. I found that watching my alcohol intake really helps, I went sober for 283 days in 2017, and this year I’m back on Dry January.
It’s crazy to think that this decade won’t be any easier in some ways- the kids will hit their teenage years, and I’m likely to face the menopause! Thankfully I’ve found some things I love though; writing, my comedy ( next Silly Sausage Comedy Night ‘Laugh Away The January Blues’ - is on 11th Jan, The Venue , Wells - tickets £10 ethertickets.com ) including my new ‘clowning’ skills and spoken word, walking, spirituality, gratitude and mindfulness. I’m grateful for the support and love of my family, and If we all stick together- maybe i’ll reach 2030 stronger, slimmer, richer , happier and healthier.
‘Cheers !’ ( with an Elderflower spritzer) to 2020 and beyond.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)