Two years ago my life changed forever and I was no longer able to take my health for granted. Every day I focused on the good and beautiful in the world and created Ridgeway Cottage as a way to reflect on the important aspects of everyday. It worked. I blogged when I felt as if I could no longer face the world, I crafted my way through the dark days and I clung to the essence of my soul. Little by little, I started to see rays of sunshine through the clouds and claim back the things that are most dear to me. The focus on my family has been constant but gradually I have come to spend more time doing the things that I love. Since I was a tiny girl, dance and especially ballet have been my passions and although I have been attending dance based fitness classes at the gym, I really have just been going through the motions, despising my reflection in the mirror, sadden by the weight gain and the loss of my youth, agility and grace. Some weeks I didn't even want to go out.
This month I have really committed to getting back in shape and feeling happy enough within my body to dance again and things are going well. The art of perseverance is the only true way to achieve your goals and if I want to dance, I know I will. The dip in the sea on New Years Day has certainly revived my willpower and my ability to daydream.