An email hit my inbox in January from a gorgeous friend who was preparing to hit a birthday milestone ( one I reached a few years ago!!).
It contained an invite to spend a week with her and some of her dearest friends in the stunning Whitsunday Islands.
Incredibly my first reaction was “Oh well, it’s a shame I can’t go – they’ll have an amazing time!”
But it just so happened that I was up in Seabird on our family holiday when I got the email. That meant for the rest of the day I didn’t have a lot to think about other than what to include on my sunset platter or, more importantly, why couldn’t I go?
Other than the bleating obvious – a lack of funds, a lack of available holidays (zero days to be exact afterall, I do work for myself) and the fact I’d be away from the kids for a week – I really had no other excuse not to go.
So I went!
And it was bliss. Eight of us were in heaven – literally! The house we stayed in was in a faraway beachside location called Hydeaway Bay.
And hideaway we did – in a rental house aptly called Heaven’s Gate.
I never thought I’d stay anywhere like it. From our own private beach to our tennis court, spa and infinity pool from where we watched some amazing sunsets!
I decided to go for many reasons. The main one being I adore the birthday girl and wanted to share her special day with her. But, post cancer, I have also vowed to try to live life as best I can – for me and everyone around me.
That philosophy has also led to me recently accepting a full-time, five-month work contract.
It has thrown us a bit of a family curve ball but we seem to be coping (although, in all honesty it’s only been three days so far)!!!
This was an opportunity to take on a role that would give me a chance to get back into an office and working away from home where I have spent the past three years working since my last long-term contract role finished.
It was also an opportunity I took on after taking strength from the COSA oncology conference I attended last year as part of the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia’s Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group IMPACT advocacy program.
The women I met at that conference were simply amazing and made me believe that, post breast cancer treatment, I could do anything I wanted to do.
So far this year that’s the attitude I’ve taken.
I wanted to celebrate with my beautiful friend – so I did!
I wanted a new job opportunity – so I went out a got it!
Now I just have some family goals to set. Then I’ll go about doing that as well.