Tell Someone You LOVE Them…

Yesterday the online world of Facebook and Twitter seemed to go Cupid, roses and chocolate crazy with public displays of love littering my screen. Perhaps because this year I was single on February 14th (again!), or perhaps because I’m a little bit older (and wiser?), I found myself being quite cynical of what can widely be described as a “Hallmark” holiday. The romantic me would like to think that should my “one” ever come rescue me from the embrace of the big bad Singledom Witch, most days would be filled with tiny romantic gestures and declarations of love. Not just once a year, in an enforced display on the same day as the rest of the coupled up world. Doesnt exactly scream amour!

So whilst boxing up my current life, pondering the big L O V E and the thought I would soon be waving goodbye to many people whom I love, I came across this framed print. It was given to me by someone whom I love more than life itself; my baby brother Christopher. For those who may not know, he died in 2010, aged 26 after a painfully short battle with Lung Cancer.

So clearly in amongst a few tears it got me thinking…. Why wait for Valentines Day or “the perfect moment” to express your love for those you cherish. You don’t know when life can change in an instant (good or bad), you don’t know when people may be taken from you or you from them. More so now than my mushy self ever used to, I try to tell those around me often that I care about, love and cherish them.

So sod Valentines Day… whats wrong with March the 7th, September the 15th or today?! Tell someone you love them… tell someone you think they’re great, tell them you appreciate the little things and the big things they do for you… just tell them, don’t assume “they know.” And anyway… it’s always nice to hear the words I JUST LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

In Memory – CMD – I just love you so much.

Treasured Chests

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Last month I posted about a shoot with an incredible group of women. Along with the personal triumphs the ladies had on the day, getting naked and trusting me to help re-capture their femininity or in some cases feeling it for the first time, the project has also been a massive success in raising funds for The Fountain Centre in Surrey from the sale of a 2012 desk calender.

The Fountain Centre helps people living with cancer by providing support, information and a shoulder to lean on. They enable patients to make informed choices and regain control of their lives. If you would like to help and can spare £10 please click here to buy a copy of the calender; all proceeds from the sale go to the centre.

Yes You Can

When my youngest brother Christopher was diagnosed with terminal Lung Cancer in 2009, one of the many experts we consulted was naturopath / herbalist Max Tomlinson. Max is a wonderful man and his inspiration to help others comes largely from his son Jasper who has cerebral palsy. It was through Max I heard about Team Hoyt and along with my brothers’ diagnosis and a desire to just do ‘something,’ I was compelled to enter my first triathlon having never done anything like it before.

The story of Team Hoyt is beyond inspirational. Many times when I am having a “life sucks” or “I just can’t” moment (I know we all have them) I’ve been drawn back to watch or read again about this Father whose unconditional love for his son is boundless. Their message “Yes You Can” carries me forward.

Your eyes will most certainly well up with tears and I guarantee you will be in awe… it is impossible to watch this clip and NOT be touched and inspired… PLEASE watch it.

Team Hoyt’s race statistics are phenomenal. Competing in a total of 1069 races since 1977, spanning everything from 5k runs (their best time 17m 40 sec) to the challenging Ironman in a seriously impressive 13:43:37. They have completed 247 triathlons; 6 were the Ironman distance and 7 Half Ironman. The pair have run 92 half and 69 full marathons. Their best time of 2:40:47 for the full marathon is just over 35 minutes off the current world record.

My race statistics are nowhere near as impressive. In September 2012 I will be joining TEAMS DUNCS  for my second triathlon. Along with the memory of baby brother, I know Rick and Dick will also be my inspiration.

Read more about Team Hoyt HERE