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2014 – What made you Sparkle?

At this time of year we tend to look back on what we are leaving behind in 2014 and we start to look ahead to the new year, 2015. We’ll be busy making resolutions, plotting and planning for the year ahead and if you are like me, once again making a start on healthy eating and getting more exercise!!

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When I look back on the last twelve months, I think, like most people, we’ve had our up’s and down’s, our happy and sad times because that is life and you can’t escape it. What we must do though is live it because truly, that is what life is for. So, for my first blog of 2015 I am going to share with you the moments in 2014 where I felt alive and totally sparkling high on life.

The stand out moments for me were a wonderfully happy and chilled out week with my lovely friend, in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza. That was true Ibiza heaven…

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I was then lucky enough to visit Lagos, Portugal with my wonderful boyfriend and we walked 72 miles over the course of a week and I still didn’t lose any weight…I blame the ice cream and sangria intake…

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A real highlight of the year was re-discovering my love for Irish Country Music and going to see John McNicholl twice and having such a fabulous fun time at his shows. Meeting John was just wonderful because he is a lovely person and makes time to talk to and have photo’s taken with his fans.

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A final highlight was a trip to the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market at night. I love the Christmas Market and usually it is a quick walk around at lunch time to try the food and visit the stalls so it was lovely to have time to stroll around at my own pace.

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Do you have highlights from the year in your mind? What stands out for you as being happy and making your heart sparkle?

Thank you for joining me on my highlights of 2014 memories. I wish you all a very happy and sparkling new year.

Thank you for reading my blog ✨

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A year ago…

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A year ago…I’d never been to Ibiza. Although I am a lover of Spain and I had visited Menorca and Mallorca, Ibiza hasn’t really appealed to me as a holiday destination. Perhaps I had been put off by the label of ‘Party Island’…I love dance music and I have many a ‘Ibiza’ collection of various dance tunes, chill out tunes and Ibiza Trance but I just didn’t fancy being caught up in a constant siege of whatever ‘party island’ meant. I obviously felt like this because I’m not 21 anymore!!

Whilst deciding where to go on holidays, I like to flick through the brochures and Mom will always give me her thoughts. Having not been abroad for five years and not having any Summer in the UK for at least four of those years, we needed some sun! I kept coming back to the same page in the brochure, Ses Estaques, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza. Mom agreed. Himself agreed. We were going to Ibiza.

I bought new summer clothes and swimsuits, sandals and dresses, even a new suitcase I was so excited to be going back to Spain and discovering Ibiza. From the moment I felt the sun shine on my face as I walked through the plane door to disembark I knew I was in the right place.

The coach dropped other holiday makers off at their hotels enroute to my chosen accommodation and I secretly hoped I wasn’t going to be disappointed. I wasn’t, the hotel was situated in such a perfect location…a walk from Reception straight to the ocean, a cove to the left of me with a separate restaurant and bar and to the right, the view to the marina, to Puig de Missa and up into the pine forest over to Cala Llonga. It was perfect.

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The first song I heard on the radio after arrival was ‘Club Tropicana’ by Wham. I thought I was in heaven. For two days I kept saying ‘I am in heaven’ until himself stated that if I said those words once more I could quite possibly find myself there! I loved Santa Eulalia. I loved the hotel and everything about it. Never have I stayed anywhere where the people who work there have worn permanent smiles and been genuinely happy to speak with you and help you.

To walk on the balcony in the morning, feel the sunshine and gaze on the surroundings felt beautiful to me. Watching the sunset from the balcony in the evenings brought tears to my eyes as I had never seen such beauty, such colours and felt such peace in my life.

It was the most beautiful week, I felt like a free spirit floating in love, peace and harmony the whole time I was there. Ok, I admit, when we got lost on a walk to Cala Llonga, following Blue waymarkers which became Blue plastic bag waymarkers and then Blue marks on sides of cliffs…my peace was a little unbalanced with ‘oh my god I can see the newspaper headlines now’ and comments such as ‘but what was she doing in a pine forest in Ibiza?’…but we survived, found the civilisation that is Cala Llonga and caught the bus back!

I do intend to post about my trip to Ibiza with photo’s but for now I just wanted to share how Ibiza, Santa Eulalia and Ses Estaques in particular had captured my heart.

A year ago tonight, I could hardly sleep with excitement of going on holiday to Ibiza and the early start to the airport. There hasn’t been one day since I returned that I haven’t thought about Ibiza, looked at photo’s of Ibiza or talked about Ibiza. I don’t know if it is that I can’t let go of Ibiza or if it is that Ibiza won’t let go of me.

A year ago I’d never been to Ibiza, a year ago I fell in love in Ibiza and a year later…I still am.

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