Yes, I have been very quiet of late. After moving into my new fab home I wanted some time just to be in, settle and feel like it was home. Now I have grounded myself and regrouped I have a new set of priorities, the uppermost being my own wellbeing.
Silence hasn’t meant an absence of happiness. Over the last few months there have been some truly happy moments which I am grateful for. So this post will be a little update on what happened in my summer of (self) love.
Yoga in the sunshine
If you’ve read my blog you might know that I had a blissful time stretching in the Spanish sun last September.
I liked it so much I decided join Nicole and the team for another break – a women-only wellbeing ‘retreat’ just down the road in Calpe.
Along with the yoga and Pilates, we benefitted from access to a nutritionist, life coach and personal trainer.
For a holiday that was billed as a ‘detox’ we ate really well. Our fabulous chef Jason prepared fresh meals for us every day as well as a morning smoothie and his own recipe granola bars.
Above all, it was the people who made the break the joyful experience it was. Women of all ages sharing their wellbeing wisdom, supporting each other and learning together.
Manchester International Festival
Manchester International Festival, which runs in alternate years, always brings a cunningly curated line-up to the city.
This year I had the pleasure to see perfomances by comedy god Adam Buxton (pictured) and quirky Icelandic songstress Bjork, as well as taking in the excellent Tree of Codes dance production – an explosion of colour, movement, mirrors and magic.
Girl Geek Dinners @10
The parent organisation of Manchester Girl Geeks, Girl Geek Dinners, has been going for a decade. Massive respect to Sarah Lamb who founded Girl Geek Dinners – there are now ‘chapters’ in over 20 countries worldwide.
Manchester Girls Geeks joined in the birthday celebration with their own distinctive brand of girl geekery.
This included Raspberry Pi polaroid-style photography (props to @MiniGirlGeek & @elsie_m_) and tech swag pass-the-parcel (thanks to @angieokchan for packaging). Congrats to @GillKiernan for her ‘Pi’ cake which won the bake-off and very deservingly.
At the time of writing there are just a few tickets left for the next Manchester Girl Geeks event on Sunday 20th September, when materials scientist Dr Suze Kundu will be running a hands-on session.