It’s really exciting to think that in less than three months we will ‘have the keys’ to the Retreat. Today has been a fairly typical day in running our charity – speaking to corporate supporters, dealing with Ripple Retreat tasks (arranging to meet people on site this week, landscaping funding and planning, pier and flooring issues were just a few of those tasks today), also arranging to see local supporters in Callander and Doune on Friday. What else? Oh yes, two events needed some attention and we sat down to discuss the Official Opening and how can we accommodate all those we want to invite, and working on the Open Days we plan straight after the Official Opening. (Current thinking is to have 3 hour sessions – 3 per day for at least two weeks – there are A LOT of people we want to invite to the Retreat.
I also sorted tops for our newest Young Ambassadors and we got a delivery of chinaware and cutlery for our `Retreat.
On a personal note, I am trying to increase my fitness – cancer, the treatments for cancer, the after effects of those treatments have made me quite poorly for 2 years and I really want to change that this year. So our day began with a 45 minute swim and I have also managed to do my 10,000 steps today.
However, it also was quite a challenging day. I love what I do 99% of the time but sometimes I think there must be something easier I could do!
It’s now 10pm and I’ve looked through photos which has helped, reminded me of the amazing people I have had the privilege to meet over past 11 years. People who have become friends, people who have known real stress and great loss. Photos from 2 years ago during my own treatment, reminding me of my immense good fortune to beat cancer. In other words, I’m back feeling grateful and privileged to be able to do this. I have a feeling that the next few weeks will bring more moments of stress but I’ll hold onto the thought of the bigger picture!