This time of year is always chaos; we are thrown into birthday season and as Meg and Eli get older so their expectations rise of what will happen for their special day. I loved planning Meg's ballet birthday party and I will never forget the sheer look of joy on her face but I was left completely exhausted in the days that followed.
Not least because two days later it was my birthday and the long awaited day of my book release which also brought its own levels of fun (think automatic pre-order cancellations and disappearing books!) This has been a rollercoaster in itself and continues to be so. I am constantly amazed that even one person has bought the book, and love hearing how people are finding it. James says I need to have more confidence in it and promoting it, telling people how great it is but that really isn't my style so I'm afraid you will have to put up with a tad more self-deprecation for now.
With all of that going on I was really pleased when last Friday rolled around and we took a long awaited and much needed holiday in Wales. We are lucky enough that James' auntie owns a cottage in North Wales and we were able to visit and stay for 5 wonderful days. Just getting away from home can make such a difference to the way I feel within myself...I was supposed to be downing tools and stepping away from social media and the book and the blog for the duration of our time there and whilst I didn't quite manage that (sad to say I did find myself sneaking a look at Amazon to see if there had been any more reviews in the early hours one morning...) I did find myself scouring Twitter less and only popping onto Instagram a couple of times.
I even managed to get some reading in which is something I haven't had the brain capacity to do for a number of weeks. I adore reading and getting lost in a fictional world; is it my ultimate way to switch off...getting to lie on the beach in the blissful sunshine, listening to the kids building sandcastles and splashing in the sea and reading was wonderful. Even if it was on my kindle and not an actual, real paper book!
I indulged in far too many ice creams, didn't get as much writing done as I had hoped and am sure I have come back more tired than when I went (the perils of walking for hours and sleeping in a different bed) but I have also come back completely re-inspired about the setting for my next book, with some lovely new memories and a real desire for it to be July for our 'big' summer holiday and two weeks together as a family.
I'm sure I will be writing up our holiday in more detail, once I've waded through the 600 photos I took and 80-odd videos I filmed but for now I wanted to give you a little update. I am still here!