My #weektoview Tigers Tigers burning bright

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Mr G was a cat in his reception year show. 90 kids in animal costume and onesies singing – very cute. He made me laugh (wrongly) by taking off his wired tail and poking it in the air during the bits where I couldn’t see him and popping up in other children’s masks. In this photo he has managed to detach most of his costume, crafty cat.

I am really proud of how well he has adjusted to school. For a wild cat it hasn’t been easy, I can’t believe how they have tamed him and channelled his raging imagination so brilliantly.

Miss L got herself covered in stickers in the last week of term, they both have been working incredibly hard, definitely time for a holiday! Continue reading

Life Tarot

Back in September, frustrated with the direction of our mid thirties lives, my friend L suggested we do Life Tarot.  I might have giggled nervously at memories of hideous attempts at ouija boards, and conversing with spirits through packs of cards as teenagers. Fortunately it turns out Life Tarot has actually got nothing to do with tarot cards, instead it’s a life coaching technique.

L told me to write a series of goals I wanted to achieve on a set of cards.  I was to turn the first one over and make it my goal.  e agreed to meet in two weeks and review our progress.

Anyway to cut a long story short, it’s changed my life.  And L’s.

L turned up two weeks later grouchy and demanding coffee, she complained bitterly of feeling tired and said she had no idea how I managed with babies.  It turns out she had turned over the card marked puppy.  Her half German Shepherd, half Eskimo pup was keeping her up half the night, but she was in love.

I proudly produced two memory books from snapfish, one for my son and one for my daughter, full of pictures and stories of their time with my mum before she died.

Satisfied by our snappy achievements we turned over the next cards.  Spookily they were both much longer term goals.  Hers a psychology course, and mine to get published.  We spent a little longer on this goal, over a month we met a couple of times.  In one session we met in the riverside pub in L’s village and brainstormed storylines and character ideas for my children’s book and debated the ins and outs of doing a Psychology degree and how to fit it into L’s life.

L has chosen the Open University and is starting work as I write this, I have a couple of drafts of my children’s book and I’ve had some blog posts and articles published on other sites in that time.  Small but important steps.  I’m taking part in the bloggers’ Save the Children fundraising book which will be published in time for Christmas.

I get really excited about turning over the next card.  Although I have to admit I am really struggling with this months, perhaps I should have made it NaBloPoMo? (I’m doing a post a month in November).  Perhaps I will blog about that at the other end of the month.  Currently I am procrastinating badly.

What helps you stick to your guns, and your goals?