About Alison

A feisty mother earth type, who has an opinion about everything I would like to think I use my "chopsy" attitude to throw some light and perhaps a new slant on current social and cultural issues.

Since I moved to the country for a quiet life I have been lucky enough to create a more healthy more relaxed environment for myself. I love country life, Family, Friends, Horses and Dogs. I also love, photography, writing/chatting and connecting with others.

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which follows my efforts to learn to ride and care for horses in my 50s! or just follow me on Twitter and I will follow you back (if you are a real person) on @alisonbarton1. Enjoy and talk to me.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Comfort Zone, a gilded cage?

Comfort zones are resting stops not places for permanent habitation. If you like your little bolt hole a little too much do you wonder how it would be if you were a little bit more adventurous. I did. Since moving to the Forest of Dean, which in itself was a bit of a leap of faith, I have changed more than just my view, and I love it every little challenge brings its own lovely surprise

I am taking my time though and often withdraw into the security of my own space be it physical or emotional. When I first retired (four years ago) I was tired, very tired and shut myself off from everything. My solitude and safety of my home surroundings were very much a comfort to me. So moving was a pretty big deal, meeting new people was an effort and changing my routine unsettling. However, having a go at new things has been very good for me.. Initially small steps were challenging, like meeting a new Doctor, inviting neighbours for coffee or getting used to chatting to locals out on my walk. With every step I became more confident and emboldened. New things came my way that made my life more exciting and enjoyable.

A chat with a fellow dog walker in the forest led me to join in, helping out at the Riding for the disabled.(RDA). Weekly contact with everyone at the stables led to making new friends and taking up horse riding again, which I love so much..I have now embarked on an incredibly exciting project and dragged my beloved into it with me. It has been so exciting we were both awake at 4 o’clock the other morning and got up to talk about the adventure to date. We have become involved in the making of a TV program, filming has taken place at our home and we have also been taken to another place for filming. All this from my Twittering!

The presenter and the production team have been so lovely, I just can’t tell you, they work so hard and stay so cheerful and professional. I don’t want to say too much about it yet, it will be on air in April so I can go into more detail closer to the time. I feel a bit reluctant to talk about other people in my blog I’m not sure if its the done thing anyway I am not comfortable saying more.

The purpose of this blog though is to stress how we can and should reach out and try new things. Make sure our safe place remains a source of succour, where we retreat to and not a prison we are locked into.

Love Alison x

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