This weeks theme for The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers is Birth. As some of you already know a few years ago I was living in a village by the sea in North Devon. We moved there not long after the loss of my lovely Mum.
Papa and I had been separated for twelve months because the pain of Mums death was too much to bare and we both totally 'cracked up'. When we got back together we were so mentally exhausted that we felt we needed to retreat from the world to try and heal our broken hearts as we both grieved for Mum.
Our original plan was to move back to Essex but by chance ended up in North Devon for a year. It was an amazing place to live and every morning I opened my bedroom curtains to this view...
During that year I felt I was re-born. My life completely changed. My outlook became clear. For the first time in my life I could see my future with clarity. I knew what I needed to do to change our lives. This is when we made the decision to 'Downshift'. We have never looked back and are more content than we have ever been.
"There are moments in your life that make you and set the course of who you're going to be. Sometimes they're little, subtle moments. Sometimes, they're big moments you never saw coming. No one asks for their life to change, but it does. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are."