Life has been really good recently. Every day has been fun. That’s not to say, like everyone else, that there haven’t been tiring, stressful or difficult days (like poor old mum having to go into hospital suddenly) but lately, I’ve been learning to try and focus on the positive.
I’ve had the most fun at work recently too, all courtesy of some little furry friends! I was scheduled to present a two-hour Charlie Bears show the other day. I haven’t had one of those for ages and I honestly laughed a lot during it.
First of all, Charlie and Will are great, fun people. Their passion and enthusiasm is infectious, but it’s their little furry creations which had me giggling. We had so much fun, it really did not feel like work at all. I apologise to anyone who saw the show last Saturday night, as I got a little carried away once or twice, particularly with the little rat hand puppet that kept exclaiming “I… am… fabulous!” (And he was!) He was super cute and he sold out, not surprisingly.
Yesterday I got to spend an hour on-air with the beautiful Caroline Archer and the Liz Earle team, as they were in to bring us an outstanding Today’s Special Value. Once again, a lovely bunch of people who all have a real passion for what they do and really enjoy themselves whilst they are doing it – which is such a great vibe to be around.
After that, I got to jump up and down on a bed during my Magniflex show, whilst model Catherine and guest Stefano lay on it. The purpose of this was to show that there was little or no transfer of motion (great if you share a bed with a particularly restless partner) but to be honest, I was just having fun! It really brought out the child in me.
Then, at midnight, I was in the kitchen with Le Creuset and found myself eating sweet puddings and Victoria sponge cake, all baked in their cast iron oval chef’s pan. I had to laugh to myself.
And they call this work? I am blessed, I give thanks every day as I know not everyone gets to do a job that they enjoy.
It isn’t just work, though, that has been bringing me joy. A very good friend came to visit me recently after a sudden death in her family back in Ireland. I couldn’t get home for the funeral, due to work commitments, so she decided to have a few days away and came to London.
I couldn’t have been more excited as I haven’t been home to Ireland for at least 18 months, so we hadn’t seen each other.
She had brought her children with her, but for one night the children stayed with another friend of hers and we headed out into London (like proper grown ups) and had a lovely evening eating and chatting – and laughing a lot!
There is nothing in this world that can come close to the joy of being in the company of really good friends who have been with you through all of life’s ups and downs, and with whom you can just be yourself. Once again, I am blessed.
It is all of these things that serve to remind me to look for the positives and enjoyment in the everyday. It has been so good doing it that I am going to keep trying to do it for as long as I can. Not an easy thing to commit to for someone who is a natural born worrier like I am.
Even when it came to my old mum I just focused on the positive and on the fact that she got out of hospital fairly quickly and is coming back to her old self, we even managed to have some laughs on the telephone the other day. Thrice I am blessed!
So hear I am counting my blessing and enjoying everyday, I wish the same for all of you.
Until next time,