2018 in Summary – What a Year!
As the year nears its end I wanted to send all of you lovelies a message to thank you so much for your support and encouragement over the past year.
My start to 2018 wasn’t ideal, to say the least, with an emergency admission to hospital due to a collapsed lung resulting in my New Year celebrations involving an Indian takeaway in the respiratory ward at Ninewells!
However, it wasn’t long until I was back on my feet and connecting with you all through events, yoga classes, one to one sessions and, of course, through my blog and social media posts.
A Huge Thank You!
Following the return of my cancer at the start of the year, I took the unconventional route of turning down second line chemotherapy in favour of less invasive maintence therapy. This wouldn’t have been possible without such incredible generosity and support from you all – even now I am in happy tears just thinking how incredible you all are. Thank you! Without you I can honestly say I wouldn’t be here today.
In so many ways this year was absolutely amazing! I completed my training as a Reiki Practitioner, Crystal Therpist and pregnancy, post natal and mother and baby yoga teacher! I also started my training as a shaman.
I spoke at some wonderful events, including Trew Fields FestivalTrew Fields Festival – a joyous experience where I connected with so many like minded souls. I am excited for next year’s festival already! I also spoke at Pecha Kucha Dundee – featuring my now infamous ‘ain’t dead yet motherf**kers slide’!
I was featured in lots of press, including, most recently, The Courier who recognised me as one of 100 people making an impact in Tayside and Fife in 2018 – an unexpected honour!
I was also in another BBC Film – this one was for The BBC Social and was all about ‘self-care’.
AND…I was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Prince Charles!
A highlight for me though has to be the incredible Lindsey Gardiner Artist creating one of the Maggie’s Penguins off the back of my story leading me to teaching children yoga. It was so exciting to be involved in the parade and attend the auction!
Of course, this year also saw me secure a place as the only Scottish stage four ovarian cancer patient on an immunotherapy trial. The results so far are exceeding all of our expectations and – despite the despair of the start of the year – I am hopeful and excited for what 2019 has in store for me!
2019 – What Next?
I have some big plans for 2019!
First of all I will be launching the second edition of my book! ‘The Peaceful Warrior – releasing the healing power within’ is due to hit the shelves in January. It features a new cover, new chapters and new (never seen before!) insights into my healing journey. I can’t wait for you all to read it.
Remember that the first edition will no longer be available for sale once the new book is released!
I will be going on a book tour to help ensure that my words and insights reach as many people as possible – however I am asking you to chose where I am going! If you want me to come to your local town then get in touch and we can see what we can do!
I will be holding an official book launch in my local city – look out for tickets going on sale in January.
I will be hosting workshops throughout the year starting with one on 9th March alongside Claire Standen of Rising Strong – my wonderful colleague and empowerment coach. Tickets for this event are on sale now!
I will be sharing details of further events at the start of the year.
AND…drum roll…Claire and I will be hosting a retreat in Dunkeld on 14th-17th November 2019! We are limiting spaces to just 10 people so do look out for tickets going on sale in January or send me a message about paying a deposit to secure your space now!
Yoga – some sad news…
With so much other exciting stuff going on in my life it didn’t suprise me when my instinct started telling me not to run any yoga classes at the start of 2019. Always an advocate for listening to our intuition – it did save my life after all! – I know that I have to honour this. So, as hard as it is, I will not be running any yoga classes until March 2019.
I also won’t be taking on any new one-to-one mentoring clients during this time.
I want to end this message by thanking you all for your incredible support throughout 2018. I can’t wait to see you all in 2019!
Wishing you all a fantastic time with you loved ones over the festivities.
Love and Light, Fi xx