I’ve spent most of today, walking the hills, finishing the last of my Journal Quilts, reflecting on 2018 and thinking about what 2019 might bring.
It was windy today on the tops of the hills
I dont normally take selfies but these pictures show just how windy it was
Everyone said to me in July “Your life will never be the same again” 5 months on, I can say they were right.
When I became self employed more than 10 years ago, i had a dream to travel the world and be one of best Quilt teachers in the World. Over the last 10 years I have taught in many countries in Europe, Israel, Mexico, Canada, South Africa and Australia. For the first 6 months of this year I guess,i was living the dream.
And then in July everything changed
Since then I have managed to fulfil almost all of my teaching commitments and have continued making my Journal Quilts
This morning I have posted pictures of them on instagram, facebook but I know there are many who don’t see either so here they are again
Each one tells a story.
Doing anything creative is absorbing, making my Journal Quilts and my portrait quilts have been great therapy
12 years of my Journal Quilts will be shown at the Grosvenor Autumn shows and my portrait quilts will be shown in Australia in April
Going to classes at our local gym has also helped. It doesn’t matter what age, size, or colour you are, everyone is welcome to enjoy the loud music and energetic exercises. We all leave sweaty but smiling.
There are so many superb podcasts to listen to. I can recommend GriefCast Podcasts hosted my Cariad LLoyd and Julia Samuels book GriefWorks. I have listened to so many books on Audible over the last couple of years, whilst I am in my studio making quilts, teaching samples or making up kits for classes. There are some amazing books to listen to. I have just finished Michelle Obama’s and Gary Barlow’s books. Both very enjoyable.
I think social media especially facebook gets such a bad press, used carefully it has been a great help to us all. I have had the most beautifully written messages from friends and complete strangers. I have been able to connect with people so easily and become close friends with people from all over the World.
I can see on facebook and instagram what Will’s friends are doing, had messages from his colleagues, and read how much they miss him too. All of this has helped us and often made me smile
Compassionate friends UK facebook page has helped me by reading that I am not the only one feeling sad or angry that particular day.
Finally it is these guys that have got us through 2018
Friends and Family
I will be thinking of all the boys at the Rugby Club tonight. I’m sure Will will be missed, there will be much beer drunk with some sadness
Thanks to you all. We are surrounded by so much love, such kind, compassionate and fun loving young people
Will was special as Katie said “He was just perfect”. She also said she wanted to “Be more Will Trav” so as we move into 2019 my message to myself is
It is important to live life each day as if it was your last.
Be happy every day like Will was, not to get stressed by anything – He didn’t.
Keep exercising and stay fit
We will remember Will always. Gone but never forgotten. WWPD
With a busy teaching schedule planned for 2019 I shall look forward to meeting up with old friends, making new ones, spending good times with my family and having some amazing adventures