New Years On The Slopes

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Years. I haven't quite gotten back to reality yet. I still find myself being drawn to the ski slopes and whats left of the Christmas markets. I say it every year, but Christmas goes way too fast! Nevertheless, I am excited to get stuck into the new year and make the most of what comes my way. I have made some new years resolutions and a list of things I want to do and see in 2018. I love a good list, and this is certainly my favorite kind. When I set myself a challenge, I must admit, I am fairly good at sticking with it. I am not one to give up on it after a few weeks. Even though some of the challenges I have set myself this year are outside my comfort zone by miles, I am determined to push myself. There is a line Susan Jeffers book 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway' that always comes back to me and it is so true. She says, 'pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness'. I live by this... 

So, anyhow what I really planned to write about today was my trip to the slopes for New Years. I am in the south of France once again (surprise surprise). This place NEVER fails to amaze me. Each city, town, village has a unique character of its own which I love. We spent New Years in Gourette, one hour drive outside Pau. It is one of the many lovely ski resorts in the South. I can't decide if I prefer snow holidays or sun holidays more..  both are so different but equally amazing. I love winter holidays to the snow because it is the perfect excuse to be totally lazy and cosy inside. For example, yesterday we found a really cute cafe, it was like a snow lodge with wooden walls and floors and pretty Christmas décorations. It was so lovely to sit there being cosy by the fire with a glass of mulled wine watching the snow falling outside. Its the simple things. But I must say, I do love the adrenalin rush of flying down the slopes hoping that you're going to get to the bottom with all your bones intact!

We spent this week in Pau. I was here not so long ago and wrote about here if you fancy a read. Tomorrow we are heading for Bagergue, which is actually in the Spanish Pyrenees. I cannot wait! We will be skiing in one of the highest points in the Pyrenees, so plenty snow and freezing temps no doubt. Fingers crossed that next time I check back in here I will still be in one piece!

Enjoy the last of the festivities and Happy New Year again! Here's to an incredible year.


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