An honour and privilege

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I have a very close friend who is about to lose her father after a long illness.   The family have been told that they are looking at days instead of weeks now.

My friend and I have known each other for 40 years … and I know her family well … 

I am extremely touched that she and her brother have asked me to take the leave taking of her dad, who is a lovely, kind man.

I know how devastated all the family will be .. he really is a man who loved his family first and foremost.

I am very sad that his life is coming to an end .. and I will try my very best to honour him in a kind and dignified way .. just like the man he is.

I have a heavy heart tonight.


Goodbye 2013….



I am sad to see the back of 2013.   It has been a year that has shaped my future in more ways than one.

There has been heartache with the closure of Brae Scotland … but it was a huge weight off my shoulders, and although there was sadness at closing the doors for the last time there was also this huge relief and a feeling of freedom.

It also meant a change of career after 27 years in recruitment … scary … but exciting and I have found the perfect job for me as a Celebrant .. I just wish I had taken the risk many years ago!  

In the future when I look back on 2013 I think it will be year that gave me a second chance.   A chance to start anew, to move on from the past to do something that I really enjoy and become who I have always wanted to be.   

For many years I have been trapped .. in responsibility, guilt and expectation…. no longer … I am free … my future is exciting again .. I have plans .. which, until I am ready to tell all, will stay close to me.

I have to say thanks to the friends who have stood by me over the last year … you will never know how much I appreciate your friendship and for all the times you listened to me .. and sometimes just held me. … and ok, on occasion, tell me I’m an arse ….(which I do know …..) *smile*

Tomorrow night I will sit here, and toast 2013 … just a chapter in my life that has been read .. but probably the most important chapter in many, many, years.

So .. here is to you 2013 …  sleep well .. and thank you


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