My partner Paul hit his half century on Saturday, so thankfully I’m no longer on my own in the ‘50 Club’!

I hit my own milestone birthday two years ago, sadly it was overshadowed by the death of my Dad just ten weeks earlier, and I had absolutely no desire to acknowledge that I was ‘The Big 50’! Nevertheless, Paul organised a wonderful day for me, and a trip to Tiffany in London was just the thing to put a smile on my face, well you can’t feel down when you leave the iconic store with a couple of little blue boxes can you?

Aside from Dad not being around to celebrate with me, I had dreaded my birthday, and all that I believed it stood for. Well meaning friends and family assuring me that “age is just a number” and “fifty is the new thirty”, the cliches rolled on! But I did turn 50, and life does indeed roll on!

Anyway, enough of me, back to Paul. He had no such qualms about his birthday, more handsome than ever, with a pleasing scattering of grey through his dark locks, he embraced his 50th birthday just as he welcomed those that came before, with absolutely no fuss whatsoever!

There was no big party, just a wonderful day together, and a romantic meal for the two of us at our favourite restaurant to round off his special day.

Two boring old f**ts you might think, but for him, the day was perfect.

So what life lessons can I learn from my partner? None of us are ever too old to stop learning!

Paul’s philosophy is simple:

His glass is always half full.

A problem can always be sorted.

We’re a team, and we face everything together.

Don’t fight it, put a little trust in fate.

Step into the landscape (spoken like a true photographer!)

Never stop appreciating the beauty of a sunrise and sunset.

Although his knees might creak a little, his mental well being is enviable, and that’s the most powerful learning for me.

There will always be obstacles along the way, some small, some absolute whoppers, but maybe if I embrace his six point plan I’ll do ok!

And if all else fails, his view of the world is always guaranteed to make you appreciate just how wonderful life can be.

Happy Birthday Paul.

Sue Alty – The Creative Coordinator

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We think Sue must be a ‘Master of the Dark Arts’, as she has hidden depths! Running our office with meticulous planning and capability, Sue is an avid list writer with a keen eye for detail. But don’t be fooled by that organised demeanour, for Sue is as creative as she is efficient! A skilled communicator with a humorous edge, Sue is as passionate about people and their learning and development as she is about becoming the future Mrs Tom Hardy or Mrs Benedict Cumberbatch (either will do!).  An interesting career path has taken her from the glamour of working in luxury London hotels to the chilled Distribution Centres of supermarket retail, and whether managing small groups or large teams, people are at the heart of everything Sue does.