For the last few months I have been overseas racing and training and I had a fairly successful season with many lessons learned along the way.  But after the racing was done I decided to take a month off for the first time ever!  I always take some time off at the end of the race season but usually only about a week to 10 days, but this time as my last races were in Quebec, Canada I decided it was time to visit family and friends throughout the rest of Canada.

As I met up with family (most of my family…mother, sister, nephew, aunties, cousins and their partners and their kids) and friends from a past life, it was drilled home to me how lucky I am and I will always rejoice in the friendships that I have made along this journey they call life.

It was a month of celebrating, not anything in particular, but celebrating life, love and friendship.  I have realised that true friendships can always stand the test of time, it is like we just pick up from where we left off.  I have realised that I have a rich and diversified group of friendships that fill every part of my life.

The month was a time of reconnecting, finding out what life had brought to each and everyone of them since the last time we had met.  Unfortunately there is never enough time to see everyone (I’d probably need 6 months to do that!), but the people I did see had me appreciating that our friendships were based on mutual respect, love and the sharing of interests.  We also did an enormous amount of laughing!

To all of those I got to see or speak to – a huge THANK YOU, for being a part of my life, for your love and for your friendship.  To those friends I didn’t get a chance to catch up to…hopefully next time.

Until we meet again!

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  1. Ellie Kennedy 13/10/2018 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Loved spending time with you and your teammates! So happy you had quality time off with your family and friends! Thank you so much for you and your team helping me out in Baie-Comeau! I look forward to seeing you in Italy!! 😀❤️🚴

    • CarolC 18/11/2018 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      It was great meeting you Ellie and I do hope to see you in Italy in May! Adventures await!

  2. Jenny Bacon 13/10/2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Carol, you look so relaxed and so happy. What beautiful pictures of you all having fun!

    • CarolC 18/11/2018 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jenny, I was very relaxed but back into it once again!

  3. Lyn Stacker 15/10/2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Hey Carol
    So great that you have taken some time out to smell the flowers & reflect on all that you have achieved. It has been an amazing ride for all of us in the bleachers for sure. What a journey & there is so much more to come.
    Cheers Lyn

    • CarolC 18/11/2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Lyn, it was so good catching up with Deb and Vic as well as my family. There is a lot more to come! Hope to see you at Mega Swim again in February!

  4. Lyn Stacker 19/11/2018 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Hey Carol, unfortunately I am going to break my run of 15 consecutive years at Mega Swim as I am going away & do not arrive home until the night of 23rd February. Was so hoping it would be on the following Friday. Will definitely suit up again in 2020. Hope we can catch up in the meantime.
    Cheers Lyn

    • CarolC 19/11/2018 at 12:55 am - Reply

      That’s too bad, not for you but for me. My last one I have decided will be in 2020 as it will be the 20th one and that is enough for me, so you will have to make sure you are there! Would love to catch up, my entire family arrives in December for Christmas, so maybe in January!

      • Lyn Stacker 19/11/2018 at 1:27 am - Reply

        Hey Carol
        I will make sure I am there for 2020. So exciting that your family is coming for a visit. I am away from January 4 til February 23. Will have to work out a time.
        Cheers Lyn

        • CarolC 24/11/2018 at 6:20 am - Reply

          Sounds good, have a great time away!

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