(Hadriana in the spotlight!)
(Danger sign at Cawfields Quarry...where the quarry mining cut off Hadrian's Wall beside Milecastle 42.)
I confess! I've now got my mojo back. What on earth does "mojo" mean?
According to urbandictionary.com it means:
1. Self-confidence, Self-assuredness. As in basis for belief in ones self in a situation. Esp. In context of contest or display of skill such as sexual advances or going into battle.
2. Good luck fetish / charm to bolster confidence.
3. ability to bounce back from a debilitating trauma and negative attitude
I'll definitely go for all those meanings...in particular going into battle(!) and point 3...ability to bounce back from a debilitating trauma and negative attitude.
Last year (2009) was most definitely our "annus horribilis"...a very rum year...as they say. A very kind priest, who was staying at the B&B, uttered a few prayers for us. Those prayers must have worked because 2010 is turning out to be a super year!
I could give you a list of things that did not go well for us but I guess...what the heck....that's just life! You have to take it on the chin. Given how bad things actually were at one point it all made me surprisingly chipper. It forced me to wake up and smell the coffee. I've decided that I enjoy being me and loving all the people who surround me. I've largely forsaken loving things. I like Yann Martel (The Life of Pi author)'s attitude that it is only that which can easily be put in a rucksack that is truly worth treasuring.
The B&B is going so well that we have been booked out since the beginning of the season. And that 90% occupancy figure is still keeping strong. Long may it continue!
We are building up our stock and getting our reputation known. We feel that we are putting down some long lasting roots and slowly, slowly, slowly becoming part of the community furniture. It will take some time purely because that's how it is in the countryside.
I stress less about Stuff now. The Egyptians have a good word for it "malesh" which equates to "Let it be" : Amen to that! We'll get there in the end...The small Haltwhistle house is still on the market but I think...fine. We are lucky having two houses. Everything will sort itself out in due course. No sweat.
These are the good things about becoming older = growing up but staying young (in outlook). Learning to enjoy the moment (she writes with the sun beaming down outside). Trying to become wise. Being more patient with oneself and others. In a word (or rather three): Enjoying Being Alive.