To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind

(Theophile Gautier)

I admire many people who are in my life .. some of them from various social media, some of them in “real life”.  These are not famous people, just normal everyday people going about their lives and doing something quiet extraordinary.

I have decided to give some mentions to people who, over the past year, have made me sit up and go “wow” – they are in no particular order.. or maybe I should say they are all equal first! 

My Friends Karen and Belinda (Twanky!) – they have opened their home and their lives to take in a mentally disabled lady to give her a more settled and loving home.

My great pal Ruth (Lubey) – who has a housefull of children, 3 jobs and an elderly mother that she finds time to care for and still remains one of the funniest women I know.

Josie George (@Porridgebrain) – a young mum and writer who has struggled with her life as a mother, no sleep and writing deadlines to come through the other side a funny, caring and very all rounded woman!

Dotty Finlow (@dottymummy) – a mother and wife who has known the highs and lows of life but who is emerging stronger every day

My mum! – a great old dear – bit of an old bugger, who never lets life get her down, sometimes she drives me mad but she always makes me laugh, gives me terrible advice and still treats me like a 12 year old – she has never ending faith in me which I find amazing after all I have put her through!

Jane Woods (@janecwoods) – A truly motivational lady – fantastic advice, great personality and someone who always makes me smile

Ena Conyon (@secondchancefife) – Ena is brilliant – she rescues and rehomes dogs – a woman who’s love knows no bounds for our 4 legged friends (and Frank!).  She has the determination of a Rottweiler .. but the heart of a Poodle!

There are more of you out there who have also made me smile with what you do or what you have achieved – but these are the peope I would love to get round a dinner table at the same time ..