Turning 40 seemed fun. Many feel trepidation over reaching 'the hill' and the concerns associated with being over said hill. I wasn't bothered at all! 41, however, seemed to jump up and smack me between the eyes a little. Where did that come from? I dealt with turning 40 so surely that's where I'd stay indefinitely? Well, that moment of anxiety soon passed me by as I realised how lucky I am to be here at all. Even luckier to be healthy as well as happy.
So many people I have known and loved have not been as lucky to live to 41 and several very dear people are currently facing the most difficult times of their lives (and their families) through illness. It's a beautiful thing to see how people pull together to do all they can when these times come along. There have been countless fundraising efforts and pooling of resources to help. Most of all there has been a flood of love surrounding those who are most in need right now. People really are amazing and it always warms and humbles me to see the evidence.
So, I feel that moaning about being another year older is actually a very silly, and rather ungrateful, thing to do. I really enjoyed my birthday this year. I got up nice and early and had a lovely relaxing bath. Upon returning to my bedroom this beautiful sight awaited me! My daughter had made me lots of little '41' cakes, bought me pressies and flowers and arranged them all on my dressing table for me! What a sweetheart!
My son also treated me to the DVD of a favourite film that the two of us went to see together, and loved, not long ago. The Artist. It's a lovely film. One I would highly recommend for the feel good factor.
I was at work on my birthday and I was surprised by so many lovely cards and messages from colleagues and fellow customers of QVC. Thanks so much!
After work I went for a meal with just a few friends and family and was thoroughly spoilt again. After the meal we went to a local visiting funfair. Only a few of us braved the rides after our big meal..as you can see from the pic I am the biggest kid and was one of the 'brave' (or is that foolish) ones.
At the weekend I had a small gathering of friends and family round for a birthday BBQ. Yet again, spoilt! One very creative gift was this beautiful hand painted original artwork of me by one of my best friends, Mel. I was overwhelmed! It's meant to be me with fairly recent new hair colour…obviously artistic license allowed her to give me much longer locks. It's a beautiful piece that I treasure.One final high note was the cake another bestie, Helen, surprised me with! It's a gorgeous chocolate cake with a naked Russell Brand sitting on top! She reckons it turned out more like Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees. Either way it did cause a stir at the BBQ. Hilarious! This pic is the censored version so as not to offend.
It's been a really busy month for me at QVC. I've had my own little series for June called 'Technology and You' which aims to make tech more accessible for all. It's been on a Sunday for the first 3 weekends of June but changes to a Saturday at 11am for the final two shows (22nd & 29th).
We have some great technology coming up. I've been playing with this from 'Swissvoice'. It's a very sleek, stylish phone complete with answer phone. Very affordable and fits in with any decor. It's very feature packed yet unassuming in appearance and really easy to get to grips with.
Finally…our Today's Special Value is definitely one NOT to be missed! I've had one to get to grips with and it's perfect! It is a tablet but smaller than my ipad so easy to fit into handbags and less weight to hold whilst reading in bed. I have realised that, although a kindle is great, you can get kindle books on tablets! I never knew! Tune in so we can show you how to do things like that and more with this one from Acer. Best of all, it's on 4 easy payments as well as being under £170!!!
There'll also be a new dual sim Smartphone and more! That's all I'll say for now but do tune in at 11am Saturday for the
I'm extremely excited that I'll also be presenting an hour of Yong Kim fashion at 1pm with Ingrid Tarrant and then I'll be doing anti ageing yoga live on air with the stunningly ageless Glynis Barber in the 2pm selection show I'm sharing with my roomie, Anne Dawson!
It's going to be a great Saturday so please do join us and join in with tweets, texts and calls.
August 16, 2017 By Alison Young
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