Thursday, 17 January 2013

Lucky Snapping Nostalgia - New Beginnings

When I logged on, on Monday to look at Kathijo's challenge I wasnt sure what I would blog about.

Hhmmm nostalgia and new beginnings, it was a toughie for me.

Should I hunt for a happy version or go with the first thing that popped into my head.  I turned 50 last year and decided at the start of the year to Make a Project Life type album to mark the year.  Im not quite up to date with it yet but am determined to finish it as I really enjoyed it and its been a great record of the year.

I wanted the year I turned 50 to be a happier year in my life because the last big birthday in my life was my 40th and at a party in the house with family and friends all around I remember thinking how truly blessed I was.  This thought was shattered into pieces some two months later When I discovered that my husband of then almost 20 years had been seeing one.of my very close friends.  I was devaststed and after a couple of years of trying to hold my family together he eventually left and last year finally married her.  Turbulent years followed him leaving as I began to slowly put back the.pieces of my life and hold it together, not always successfully, for my two kids.  I became determined that as I approached 50 it would mark my "Life Begins" and that I would start to see the glass was half full and not half empty.  In my 21 year old son and my 19 year old daughter I have two fantastic reasons to have a better life and in changing jobs due to redundancy four years ago I now work with the most supportive and lovely crowd of people who keep me going on a daily basis
I have slowly emerged from my shell, discovered scrapbooking, co run a local crop, joined a Team on UK Scrappers where I have met the most fantastic friends a girl could have who have been the the greatest support and we now meet up several times a year and we have the best ever retreats in Moffat, Scotland a couple of times a year where we scrap and laugh till we cry.

Life can still be tough but I am learning to love the litle things and count my blessings once again. The former me would never have been brave enough to do any of these things.

I think I will mark these prompts in a mini book or art journal as the year goes on so Im looking around for a suitable format.

I will leave you with a pic of four of us friends and teamies at Lochhouse, our wee scrapping paradise


  1. Suzy, Thank you for sharing such a difficult time in your life. I'm so glad you've come out of it now.
    I'm wishing you Happy 50's

  2. You are a strong woman Suzie. Congratulations for holding on and starting again after such a bad time. You can be proud of yourself. Their loss ! Lovely photo. xx

  3. I can only echo what the others have said. A post to be proud of.

  4. Thank you for sharing this with us and well done on being a winner and not a loser! Definitely new beginnings!!
    I was 35 when I discovered my husband was having an affair, he too later married her but sadly died last year. Being single again I had a few flings to boost my moral and finally met and married Peter at 40!

  5. They say that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. You have proven that saying to be true. Thank you for sharing what must have been a very painful time in your life. I am glad you are doing so well. Be proud of yourself and what you have accomplished.

  6. Hi Suzy, thank you for joining our challenge and for being so honest. I hope too that 50+ is a great time for you. I must apologise for not checking in before but I have been on Nannie mode caring for two under 5's whilst Mum gets to grip with a new baby! Scrapbooking and the friends I have made have been a bit element of my last five years, I lost my Mum, Mum in law and became a Nannie in that time and remembering good days and spending me time with others has been a big part on realising what the cyle of life is all about! I look forward to reading all your news and thoughts as the year goes by! Kathi x

  7. The 40's years are such busy ones with children growing up and it must have been so difficult for you on your own. I hope turning 50 will be a turning point for you, but these are just man made numbers, I believe you have to treat every day as a new beginning. Nice to see you join us for Lucky Snapping.

  8. Suzy this a wonderful post and such an inspiration, good for you for coming so far and doing so well. I too turn 50 this year and really like your idea of doing an album to record all the things I have planned for my 50th year. Love JoyJoy comment "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" you have proved that. Thanks for sharing. x

  9. Suzy what a wonderful heartbeat post. Love that at 50 u saw the chance to make it momentous and give it meaning. Thank you for sharingx

  10. Suzy you reduced me to tears and I am proud to be one of those friends - you too make life very special for me.... and this will be your year xxx