Visiting the House of Lords is a little like stepping back into some sort of magical time warp. Entering via the Peers’ entrance you’re greeted by a receptionist dressed in Fred Astaire coat tails and a white bow tie. The vaulted halls and stairway are so beautiful you want to lie with your head on the landing and your feet pointing at the royal blue, star encrusted ceiling, gazing at the beautiful glittery paintings and stained glass while people walk by holding golden sceptres. Liz described it perfectly: a Victorian concept of a medieval dream.
It’s an honour to be invited to watch a parliamentary debate in the House of Lords. We sat quietly in the impressive Moses Room and witnessed an embryonic act begin to unfold. I can honestly say it was truly awesome! Baroness Wheeler led the debate on childhood stroke, with a number of Peers from various political parties supporting the cause.
Their speeches were well planned, comprehensive and structured to fit precisely into their allocated time slots. Not a second of that precious hour was wasted: as one Lord or Lady finished speaking, the next person was on their feet before the previous bottom was even back on its red leather seat. But more importantly, they were passionate and heartfelt; they put across a compelling argument for government intervention to support research, medical guidelines and after-care.
My friends and I have put in three years’ hard work to raise awareness of childhood stroke, so seeing it actually coming to fruition was the highlight of my week. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but (hopefully!) it’s onwards and upwards from here. A very positive day!
In fact, the theme of positivity has been overarching this week. Someone began a chain Facebook post whereby everyone had to list three positive events each day. David nominated me; I was a safe bet: I rarely have trouble finding the silver lining. On Thursday I successfully delivered the final social media training session of a series of five – and was very happy to announce that I’ve won a contract to deliver another five starting in August. Signed up a couple of new training clients and I’m meeting this coming week with three prospective social media management ones – so all in all it’s very positive on the business side.
Being snowed under isn’t always great though, as it can be hard to juggle the work/life balance. That’s why I always try to tie in my meetings with something that’s not work-related and counts as food for the soul! So my positive challenge week included two lunches with friends, huge Toblerone cake at Southbank followed by a boat ride along the Thames to Greenwich, a night out for Stef’s birthday, dinner at the Waldorf with my BFF and mango ice cream wandering around Covent Garden at midnight. One of these days I’m going to find time to sleep…..
The artist formerly known as a squiggle says, “Can U sleep nights? Do U dream straight up or do U dream in W’s?” It’s positivity!! Whether I’m awake or asleep, I’m positive that you’ll find me here: @WeekendWitch.