Our Weekend in Luxury

I have completely abandoned everything in the last week I am so sorry, I’ve been a busy bee, and had a weekend of lapping it up in Tenerife, and oh my god!! It was out of this world! I’m a girl who grew up in not the best of areas, my family are great, but all working class, everything they have got they had to work shift after shift for them (like most people in life), my point is my background is nothing special. So when we tuned up to the “Grand Melia Palacio Isora” I was blown away, I felt like I shouldn’t be there!

We were invited to go by my partners supplier for his business, there was the suppliers branding & logo everywhere. On the tables, on the walls… There was even big floating balls, all in this grand hotel. It looked amazing.

The whole reason for the trip was everyone to get together, network, but most of all take advantage of four days of being out of the office and being able to shut off and relax. It was great, not just to spend some quality time with C, but to spend time with friends, and make new ones. I made a conscious effort before I left that I would talk to other people, people that I haven’t spoken to before! I did, and I loved it, met some really lovely people. So now I have more people that I can call friends, more people I can lean on for advice and support both in professional life and some, even in personal.

It’s strange when you take everyone out of their normal corporate setting, they become such a relaxed, fun person, not that we aren’t real in the work place, but I think it defiantly helps people feel relaxed enough to let go. So many people that I was spending time with were really funny, and I saw this funny side to them that I don’t normally get to meet!

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Our days were jam packed full of activity. We got the late afternoon Thursday, so we just chilled, settled in and caught up with friends and partners. Friday morning we were up down for breakfast, it was lovely… Sooooo much choice (if I didn’t have to squeeze into a bikini I would have gone crazy) there was reams, and reams of cooked breakfast, an array of fruit, all freshly chopped up, pastries, pastries everywhere, croissants, apple turnovers even a doh-nut stand! The lot! I could go on but there was so much! After breakfast we had a very quick “business meeting’ only so we could then call it a business trip.. Hehe. We then spent the rest of the day chilling by the pool, drinking way to much alcohol and talking and generally just having a lovely day! That evening we had a white party! WHAT! I only know of white parties from watching bloody ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Now I was stood in my white frock, G&T in one hand and eating posh entrees with the other! I felt like a celebrity! Was amazing!

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The next day we were up at the crack of dawn to get down to breakfast and outside the hotel, for our day in a boat, watching wales and dolphins! WOW! It was incredible to watch, and they were so close to our boat. We even got to stop and get into the sea, it was beautiful, so crisp and fresh, just what you needed to cool down after a long boat ride! I did get a little sea sick, but I was ok in the end!

That evening would be our last evening, I could of stayed there forever (who wouldn’t), but we had our last night dinner Gala, which was lovely… There was a red carpet rolled out! Yes a red carpet! Everyone taking pictures, again the posh entrees and wine was being passed round, the in for a FOUR course meal, yes FOUR! Luckily it was the last day, no more bikini wearing! It was so mouth watering, every bite was out of this world!

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Then that’s when my holiday was over, of home on an early flight! But no! My holiday was extended, C had surprised me with a flight home via Paris! We had a chance to spend a little time in Paris and we went to “The Eiffel Tower” was so sweet of him! The picture isn’t great, we had been parting for four days, and no make up! But the memories we made were amazing.

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I’m so truly grateful for my experience, and the memories i made last weekend will stick with me for ever!

Love

        Gg

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Birthdays Away From Home

Hey Guys!

So yesterday was my birthday! 24! Seems so weird! The 2nd year away from my family. This year was a tad easier, although I did miss my family loads!

Last year was super tough. We had only been in Ireland for less then a month. We had just moved in to our new apartment, so I felt really unsettled, the weather was pants and to be completely honest things were not great. So with my birthday looming my homesick was defiantly at a high! Don’t get me wrong I was pleased I was with C, on our new adventure, but I still craved being at home with my family on my special day.

That aside I still had a lovely day, a parcel arrived on my doorstep the morning of my birthday, full to the brim with cards and trinkets from my family. All of which made me laugh, cry and smile all at the same time. I had a chat with the family on good old FaceTime, and everything worked out well.

This year was a little different, I suppose it helped that I knew what to expect, I knew what it was going to feel like, but most of all I am overall more happier in life! Things in life are just going right. We are now living in Cork, in a nice home, weather is loads better in Cork, we have lots to look forward to in personal and in business life.

This year instead of dreading my birthday, I kept forgetting about it! (Not sure if it’s because I’m getting older, or I am just more relaxed this year) I’m going for the latter.

I woke up to a lovely card and thoughtful gifts from C, and array of cards and trinkets sent from the family once more. This time instead of sadness, I was filled with love and appreciation!

Birthdays are a special time for all. Its not about the gifts or the parties. It’s simply about the kind words and appreciation for our family. It doesn’t matter that they’re miles away, they can still make you feel just as special and treated as if you were at home!

As for celebrations, I will be going home in a few weeks, so I’m sure we will catch up then, and me and C are of to Tenerife in 10 days so I am sure that is more than enough celebrations!

Enjoy the little things, and they become the biggest, and most important things.

Love

  GG

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