April was a harder month than I expected it to be - a month of highs and lows.

The 11th April saw the official launch of TLC: Talk, Listen, Change and it was certainly my proudest work moment to date, when I stepped up on the stage and looked out at a jam-packed room of people who had all come to celebrate with us.

But the aftermath of the launch was a bit harder for me, I hadn’t expected the exhaustion to hit me, the guilt that I couldn’t switch off from work and focus fully on my husband and children or the reality that although the launch was a real success, the hard works starts here – as we work hard to establish and grow our organisation.

The bank holiday weekend couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I recovered from my first couple of days off sick in over 6 years. Struck down by a mystery bug I spent a couple of days last week in bed recuperating and the rest of the week working from home, in snuggly pyjamas and with the heating on full blast.

But on Friday 28th April, it was one of my best friend’s birthdays and I roused myself enough to go out and celebrate with her.

Friendship is so important to me.

I want to be a good friend. A friend who people want to spend time with. A friend whose support can be relied on. A friend who is fun. A friend who can mop up tears. A friend who is always there.

I am blessed by great friends.

On Friday night, we celebrated with a meal out for my friend’s birthday, joined by other friends. All made possible by friends who had my two daughters for a sleepover. On Saturday, we continued our celebrations at a farm, joined by other friends. And we watched as our daughters strengthened their relationships with their friends.

My friends have supported me through the journey of the last 12 months, suggesting names for my charity over a glass of wine, supporting me when times have got tough and inspiring me with their pride in what we have achieved.

I am so grateful to each and every one of them.

Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds.
Aristotle

At TLC: Talk, Listen, Change we want everyone to have friends and to benefit from safe, happy and healthy relationships with them. We want to help encourage and support friendships for the young, the elderly and those in the middle.

I now look forward to the month of May, a month filled with lovely events – my daughter’s 6th birthday, a 3 day residential with Clore Social, a family holiday and lots more steps along the way to help establish TLC: Talk, Listen, Change as Greater Manchester’s own relationships charity.

I am so thankful that I know my friends will be alongside me every step of the way.

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