CarolCooks2…#bloganuary…Day 14…Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

Day 14 of #bloganuary…Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

I have faced and overcome many challenges in my life and this quote always sticks in my mind…

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Choices, circumstances, call it what you may….. sometimes we have to just be brave, go with the flow, listen to our hearts, be a little selfish…..yes why not…… years ago and I mean years ago I wanted to study Law…..I got these looks, comments…why Carol? you have a good job, you have a family why…all these puzzled looks…..why? for me, because I wanted to……so I enrolled…… time to study!

” Mum, Can I? Mum, can you? it didn’t stop…

Enter my friend Gilly…….My neighbour, confidant, shoulder to cry on, my independent career driven friend who had no children of her own…and my kids were her kids…..for sleepovers, cooking, storytelling and she had plenty of those…..

In she came… a stern maiden aunt…..even, I was a tad afraid…..” Now listen to me kids; your mum was herself before she was your mum…….when she is studying…because she wants to…YOU….do not disturb her…anything you want you are to ask before or wait until after she has finished studying ”

To me, she said ” you shut the door and you study, you do not answer any knocks, pleadings, wants ”

” Yes Ma’am ”

I miss you Gilly……. so much but your spirit is with me and your pictures ( the painting), The hot air balloons going up, up and away over Weston, my ” Crazy Dancing Cow ”


She stands proudly on my desk…yes she came with me…… are in my heart, you are my inspiration and we all have so many memories of fun times shared R.I.P, my friend,.


So in I go,  sat down..books open, pen at the ready….” Knock, Knock, mum?”

From me… response… got a bit louder…..then went away……came back and tried again…..but after a few days of this ….they got the message…I got peace and quiet to study…….yeah…so I suppose what I have learned through life is we all love our kids, we want to do our best for them but a doormat we ain’t and we all need our me time and everyone is happier for this and do you know?

35 plus years later.

When one of your children tells you that you are why they are what they are today and they are proud of  YOU ……….you know you have done something right among all the things you got wrong…and no one is perfect..not me, not one……….

So good luck with the choices you make..don’t beat yourself up if they don’t turn out quite as you wanted but a little bit of self-belief goes a long way…you tried….. every day is a new day.

This post is part of the WordPress Bloganuary Challenge 2022 where everyone is provided with a writing prompt each day. Today’s prompt was to write about Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.



26 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…#bloganuary…Day 14…Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

      1. koolkosherkitchen

        Dear Carol, I have lost so many friends during the last few years, and it breaks my heart every time. Every time I come across a movie or a concert featuring one of my friends, it hits me again. That’s what happens with age, darling.


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I didn’t get that far but the ones I passed were a stepping stone towards my banking degree…all of which I did while my kids were still at home but they learnt when mum studies we don’t mither her…lol xx

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Do you know what 6 is easier than 2 if they fell out with someone they would find another to play with when there is only two they keep mithering each other.. Hardly ever any arguments between them even now they are close x

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  2. Clive

    You’ve clearly done a lot right to have that relationship with the children you raised, for them to be the way they are. It’s just a shame that Gilly isn’t here to see your tribute to her x

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