Life is hectic as I try to juggle being a mum of a son with a learning disability (My Not So Little SWAN), working for a small local charity which provides out of school care for children and young people with disabilities, running my own businesses as a Forever Business Owner, Bookkeeper and Tupperware Lady, as well as being my husband’s Office Manager. In between all that, I also try to keep healthy by going to the gym, running and swimming. There isn’t much time during college hours but somehow I manage, mostly.
Having been married to a Driver Trainer (he says he’s not a driving instructor as he doesn’t teach learners) for over 20 years I regularly have discussions about driving and things that drivers have done that bug me. Some of these lead to blogs, especially when a driver has done something that really bugs me, like stop to let me cross the road when there are no other cars around!
I started running in 2009 when I was trying to find a way to raise money for SNAPPY, the charity I now work for, as a way to say thank you for all the help and support that the staff and volunteers provide families like mine. At that time, I didn’t like running but the Run for All was starting in York and they are happy for runners to choose their own charity to support. I have taken part in every Run for All event in York since. My son ran his first 10K at York in 2014 and decided that he wanted to do the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield and the Leeds Abbey Dash too. In 2015 we took part in Run for All’s Yorkshire 10K series (Hull, Leeds and York), the Great Yorkshire Run, York 10 Mile and the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Unfortunately, due to a thunderstorm, the half marathon actually turned into a 7 mile run.
I’ve always enjoyed swimming although, I’ll admit, it can get a bit monotonous. Having swum my first mile at the age of 7, I entered my first Swimathon in 1991. I finished that in a whopping 2 hours and 15 minutes and returned the following year to swim faster. I then had a break from the Swimathon, life got in the way, until 2006 and I have entered every one since. I have gradually reduced my time until I swam a huge 9 minutes faster than ever before in 2013 to achieve a time of 1 hour 43 minutes!
I love Disney, especially Disney World, and visit as often as I can. If I can find a way to get a Disney picture to fit the theme of Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge then I will. I’m also “walking” from York to Walt Disney World.