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This week I’m loving… progress with Charlie!

charlieFirst up – I apologise for this shamelessly self-indulgent post. Those who follow me on twitter or instagram will no doubt be aware that I spend my weekends knee-deep in mud while playing with horses; for those who don’t: I love horses. Towards the end of last summer I started training a cob called Charlie, and together we’re working towards our first dressage test. Charlie is the first horse I’ve ridden that needs significant training (I’m starting to appreciate the ‘get on and go’ horses I used to ride…), and it’s been a steep learning curve for us both. The poor lad was so unbalanced and couldn’t work in a circle without tripping over, so much careful schooling has been needed. Last weekend felt like a corner being turned – all of a sudden we were working together, me asking him to turn this way and that, him listening and quietly responding. I am SO proud of him! That dressage test is starting to feel within our reach…

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My resolutions for 2014

new years eveI’ve never followed the tradition of setting out New Years resolutions at New Year. Oh no. For me, the time to start fresh is my birthday, on January 11th. I guess having a birthday so close to the New Year makes it feel like my own special new year, physically and symbolically. There’s much I want to achieve this year, and I’m hoping that publishing them in a public space will make them a little more likely to happen!

1. Celebrate the little moments I’m very, very good at being blinkered when it comes to savouring the moment. There’s always the pressure to work harder, faster, bigger, that it’s easy to miss the small things that happen along the way which, when added up, represent the things that really matter. This year, I’m going to slow down and take a moment to be thankful for those precious moments.

2. Make time for fun Last year was all about working incredibly hard to a) earn the money to buy our first house and b) make it the home we wanted. I’m not going to pretend that this year won’t be hard work too, but it’s time to add a bit more play in to the mix.

charlie and mak

3. Worry a little less I am a chronic worrier and it drives me nuts. If there’s something I can fret over, I’ll find it. The only way to break that pattern is to learn to let things go – I’m working on it!

4. See more of my friends I’ve been terrible for this. Life gets in the way and suddenly it’s been months since I last saw some of my favourite faces. This is not ok (but I’ll try not to worry about it ;-) ).

rox, jen and hannah

5. Pick up the phone more often Hitting ‘like’ on a friend’s Facebook status can make us feel as though we’re in touch with their lives… but as we all know, our social media profiles tends to be the primped, preened and carefully curated version of our lives, quite far from the real story. Nothing replaces a proper chat – and really, who is so busy that they can’t find 5 minutes to call their friend?

6. Live happy Dancing in the kitchen, laughing til your sides hurt… the only way to be happy is to live happy. So I’m going to choose to have a very happy year – will you join me?

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A very Merry Christmas from all of us at Ditto

photo(12)aIt’s that gorgeous time of year where we all get to take some time off, hunker down on the sofa with a shed load of chocolate and a glass of something naughty and enjoy some time with our nearest and dearest. I don’t know about you, but it’s been a really busy year for us all at Ditto, and I can’t wait to get some time at home (our first Christmas in our new house!) and chill out.

To all of my clients, friends and blog readers – thank you for making this year such a pleasure. I hope you have a truly wonderful Christmas, and a magical new year.

I’ll see you in January… have fun!

With love to you and yours,

Hannah xx

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