Emma Bowyer

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Hi I’m Emma and I’m from Cheshire but now live on Waiheke Island just off the coast of mainland Auckland New Zealand. I have been here 14 years and love it. I have 3 beautiful children Mr I’m a Ninja 7 and 3-year-old twinadoes.

I am a copywriter Emma Bowyer-The Word Whisperer NZ and am working on developing my own writing and blogging into my full time business. I have had a couple of articles published this year  and  launched my blog  Don’t Put Peas Up Your Nose written from the point of view of my twins all about the things they do and the silly big people getting in their way.

  1. What is your business about?

Writing a funny and light hearted blog that will make other mums roll their eyes in recognition and laugh snort at some of the crazy antics the twinadoes and their brother get up to. Occasionally I’m allowed to chip in but that’s not that often usually I’m just a figure to be ridiculed or escaped from.

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  1. What made you get into this line of business?

I regularly perform comedy and improvisation, with the occasional bit of stand up thrown in. When my kids came on the scene I couldn’t stop talking about them and realised they were comedy gold after telling a few stories friends about their antics like when my 9 month old daughter threw herself out of her cot to escape the tedium of nap time and gave herself a black eye, and they told me I should write that stuff down, so now I do.

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I get up as soon as my alarm threatens to ring and slide out of bed like a SAS sniper to get to the bathroom and into the shower before my twinadoes realise it’s morning and start screaming for me and if I don’t move quickly enough tearing their room to pieces. Then if I’m really winning I have time to make a quick cup of decaf tea (I know I’m a saint)  lol. Before the morning wars begin.

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  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To ask myself when I’m stressed and at freak out point (so that’s about 23 times a day). Will this matter  in 5 years or even 5 months time? Will I even remember it? And if not to ‘Let it Go! Let it Go!’

  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

For all pregnant Mummas I’d say you have to read  Up the Duff: The real guide to pregnancy it is hilarious and full of fun facts by Kaz Cooke

For twin Mummas the incredibly useful book

‘What to do when you’re having two’ by Natalie Diaz

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  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

If you subscribe to my Don’t Put Peas Up Your Nose list I’ll be your best friend forever and promise never to share your secret ‘Mum guilts’ with anyone else. Unless you ask me to and then I’ll drink tea and eat chocolate with you till you feel better.

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

I stop and breathe and think how incredibly blessed I am to have my  three wonderful kids. Unless it’s because of them driving me mad that I need a mindset change, then it’s ‘thank God I’ve got my secret stash of chocolate hidden in the cupboard’.

 

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

Seeing people smile. That’s why I write my blog to help other twin mums that might feel isolated and alone. If I can help them see that yes it is a really hard job being a twin Mama but it’s also the best club in the world to belong to. And that the funny side is always there, you just have to recognise it. Even if your 3-year-old twin daughter is caught hanging out of her bedroom window instead of napping and you have to call the fire brigade. True story. I can laugh now.

 

  1. Your favourite quote?

‘Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re gonna get’. Forrest Gump And in my case that was after multiple IVF treatments finding out I was having twins! Shocked? I couldn’t speak for about 2 hours and for me that’s saying something.

Thanks Emma for sharing your business and story with us if you would like to see more from Emma please go to Wordwhisperer Website or Her Blog

 

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Stacey Matthews

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Hey I’m Stacey I am 28, wife to Dan a lorry driver and mum to 4 beautiful boys, lover of Cake and a good cuppa and a self-confessed journaling addict from Shropshire UK.

And my business is called Becoming Mum.

  1. What is your business about?

Becoming Mum is a platform for mum’s to come together on their own unique motherhood journeys to support encourage and empower each other to recreate and embrace the U in Mum. I use personal development, mindset and positive relationship coaching to help women rediscover who they are again after becoming mum’s.

  1. What made you get into this line of business?

After becoming a mum I felt a huge loss of identity and was completely overwhelmed by everything that comes with being a mum, wife and running a household. I had quit my job to be a stay at home mum and felt like a failure. I knew I wanted to be more than just a mum and this riddled me with guilt because being a mum is the most amazing thing in the world, so why would I need to be anything more?

I delved into the world of personal development and quickly realised that if I wanted things to change in my life, I was the first thing that needed to change and so went through a process of personal growth and development to rediscover who I was behind my mum title. I retrained in personal development and positive relationship coaching and made it my mission to support all of the mum’s out there that are feeling just like I felt and so Becoming Mum was created!

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

Other than my 4 little sleep stealers hehe, the calling of my kettle…truth be told, I am not really a morning person. my power routine is to just get up as soon as the alarm goes off or the kids come in, get up, put some happy music on, make a coffee and get on with the start of the day don’t snooze the alarm or send the kids back to bed just get up and go!

  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Don’t compare yourself, it’s a pretty simple concept but it’s so important especially on social media  because you only see the highlight reel you don’t see what’s going on behind the camera.

  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

Girl wash your face by Rachel Hollis or You are a badass by Jen Sincero both really good inspirational and motivational reads.

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

We have our 21 Day Self Discovery Programme Launched which you can still access and I am set to launch our Group Beyond Mumma Programme for mum’s who are lost and overwhelmed with being just a mum and want rediscover, recreate and reconnect to the women beyond the mumma title.

I also offer personalised 1-2-1 mentoring programmes for women in all stages of motherhood from those thinking of Becoming a Mum but aren’t sure if it’s the right time, to those whose children have left home and they are wondering what now?

To access the 21 Day Self Discovery Programme or For Details on any of the other programmes you can  join our Becoming Mum FB community https://www.facebook.com/groups/537579106592853/

Or join our mailing list and get your FREE Guide to Journaling Download and be 1st to receive latest news and updates here

https://mailchi.mp/9930c496e75e/guidetojournaling

 

Or if Instagram is more your thing..

www.instagram.com/staceymatthews_becomingmum

 

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

I stop, breathe and think of things that I am grateful for in that moment. Gratitude or remembering how blessed I am to be where I am at that time instantly grounds me and gives me the kick up the bum to reframe my thinking.

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

I LOVE seeing women empowered and confident. Knowing that when they connect and nurture the relationship they have with themselves they can build stronger connections and nurture more positive relationships with those they love.

Happy Mums make Happy Children and a Happy Wife is a Happy Life hehe!

  1. Your favourite quote?

Oh gosh there are so many but right now Id say

Not until we are lost, do we begin to understand ourselves by Henry David Thoreau

 

Thank you so much Stacey for sharing your business and story with us.

 

Have a wonderful day x

Katie Silverthorne

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

I’m Katie Silverthorne. I was born in London but I now live in Portishead, just outside Bristol – which I ADORE. My business is Memory Zoo.

2.What is your business about?

At Memory Zoo we make keepsakes for people from their precious clothing to help then remember a special person, event or time in their lives.

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3. What made you get into this line of business?

I started the business entirely by accident. I made a keepsake bear for my daughter when she was about 1 as I couldn’t bear to put all her beautiful baby clothes into the attic and never see them again. I wanted a more visual reminder of her baby years so used her clothes to make a bear. I put pictures of her bear onto Facebook for my friends to see and very quickly people started asking the question, ‘Can you make me one?’ And Memory Zoo was born.

4.What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

Eggs! I get up and eat three scrambled eggs for breakfast. Everyday without fail. I don’t have a more complex routine than that! Although after I drop my daughter at school I usually go for a run (health permitting) – even just a few km – which really gets my blood moving, brain functioning, stress out of my system and my whole being ready to work. I am a little grumpy if I miss my run!

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5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

I have two things that have always resonated with me. The first is, ‘People massively overestimate what they can achieve in a year but massively underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.’ This helps me to remember that everything doesn’t have to happen right now this minute! And working towards a big goal does take years. There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Everything that we have ever done and every decision we have ever made have led us to this point in time. I aim not to waste a single moment of my life and my learning.
My second one is the acronym – F.A.I.L. – First Attempt In Learning. I LOVE this and hold it dear to me when my crazy ideas don’t work out or take root the first time. I put them down, refresh the vision and try again. Everything is about learning. I aim to be a better person tomorrow than I am today. When I am lying on my death-bed I do not want to look back and think, ‘I wish I had been braver.’

6.What is a book you would say everyone must read?

I have so many books that I love! Can I have more than one please?! ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Haraji; ‘Real Artists Don’t Starve’ by Jeff Goins and ‘Still Live With Woodpecker’ by Tom Robbins. The last one is one of my favourite books of all time and was given to me by a complete stranger on a train when I was 17. I should also mention ‘Pyramids’ by Terry Pratchett. This was the first book that I actually chose myself (wasn’t told to read by an adult) and I laughed so hard I cried. I realised in the moment of reading it that I would have a life long love affair with books, writing and words.

7.Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

I don’t have any offers but I will be releasing some new products very soon so keep your eyes peeled to see what they are. I don’t ever discount my Memory Zoo keepsakes as each one is a bespoke, hand-made item and people have to join a waiting list to get them. The waiting list is currently 7 months long and growing constantly! I do offer a £5 discount though to everyone who orders two animals at the same time. There is also no waiting list if you would like to have something made in honour of someone who has passed away. I understand how instrumental the keepsakes can be for dealing with grief and it’s unrealistic to make people who are suffering emotionally to wait such a long time for their keepsake.

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8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

RUN! That is my go to. If I can’t do that then I listen to motivating songs, take the dog for a walk, do some jumping jacks or stand in front of the mirror and give myself a motivational speech! Really! 😀 Sometimes I feel that I need to have a gentler word with myself and in those moments I shower myself with loving words. I allow all pain, grief and illness to pass away from me whilst I bask in the feelings of self acceptance and love. I am also deeply keen on personal affirmations.

9. What do you love most about helping others?

It’s such a honour to have been trusted to make so many hundreds of keepsakes over the years for so many people, in many different situations. Many of those people are having a keepsake made because they have lost someone dear to them and the clothes they are giving me are the last reminders of that person. It’s a joy to be able to help people process their grief and loss through my skills.

10. Your favourite quote?

‘When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.’ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Thank you so much Katie for sharing with us your business and your story, if you would like to hear more from Katie please go to FacebookInstagram, or Twitter

Have a wonderful day x 

Debbie Marks

1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from? 
I’m Debbie Marks, Founder and owner of Qube Events & Productions, based in Bury, Manchester.
 
2. What is your business about?
We Plan, Style & Create Decor for Events.  I’m a wedding and event planner and event stylist.  We’re all about creating an experience for guests and making an event planners life easy.  We specialise in Corporate event decor and parties, Wedding planning, decor and floristry and luxury private parties.  We also have a huge range of decor to hire for events.
3. What made you get into this line of business? 
I did my degree in event management.  I wanted to work in a job where I got variety from the different types of clients and events I would work with.
4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?
I get up as I know my personal trainer will be waiting for me in the gym at 7am every morning.  I’m usually there for 30/45mis.  I then like to come home and make myself breakfast (usually poached eggs, avocado and salmon, and bagel thins) and then if I have time soak in a hot bath while listening to a business/motivational book. (Also alot of my MOF4 chapter was also written in the bath!)  I then take my kids to School.
 5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Believe you are bigger than you are and you will grow into those shoes,
6. What is a book you would say everyone must read? 
Profit First
7. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?
We create bespoke packages tailored to every clients requirements and budget. We can also offer 5% discount to all MIBA members.
8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly? 
Remembering everything I have achieved so far,
9. What do you love most about helping others? 
Seeing them take your advice and implementing it.  The fact that I can talk from experience.
10. Your favourite quote? 
Believe in Yourself and Sparkle
If you would like to see more from Debbie then you can find her at WebsiteEvent hire websiteInstagram and Facebook

Danielle Grant

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where are you from?

My name is Danielle Grant, my business name is Your Mindset Mentor and I am from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

  1. What is your business all about?

My business is all about helping entrepreneurs understand their thoughts, where they are from, how to heal them and how to develop a healthy positive inner dialogue that aligns with their goals and dreams.

  1. What make you get into this line of business?

After years of working on and in my own mindset and working with many entrepreneurs I came to find what was really holding them back from moving forward and it was in alignment with what I was learning personally.

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

What makes me get up and go in the morning is knowing that when someone plugs into my content, systems, and coaching there lives are changed forever. I do have a morning power routine and it looks something like this…. Drink water, brush teeth with opposite hand, 15 minutes meditation, journal and affirmations, stretch, breakfast.

  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

All the support you will ever need is within you. It is up to you to feel it, listen to it, and believe it.

  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

My signature 6 week UpLevel Program will be opening enrollment in Jan 2019

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Journal out what is bothering me so that I can have an inner conversation to work my way through the block.

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

Seeing the change they’ve been working on internally start to be reflected externally.

  1. Your favourite quote?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

 

Thank you so much Danielle for sharing your story and business with us, if you would like to see more from Danielle please got to FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Have a wonderful day x 

Free 5 Day Step Up Your Social Media Masterclass!

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Here is what we are going to do over the 5 Day Challenge together!

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Imagine when you can sit there and say:

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What is new with She Steps Up.

I know it has been a while since I sat down and actually wrote anything to you lovely people.. I have been a busy lady as you will see.

A lot has been going on that I need to tell you about, so brace yourself… here goes!

First piece of news is that I am going to be a Co-Author in a book!! Yes, an actual book. The book is the fourth and final book called Mumpreneur On Fire 4 which is the story of 20 amazing women, and their rise through life and business. I am so excited for this and slightly scared it was a very emotional process but I am pretty proud to be a part of this. The other three books have all been bestsellers on Amazon, I have no doubt this one will be too.

You can check out the other books in the series at Amazon

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My next bit of news is that I have grown She Steps Up into a Podcast too! It is going to be slightly different to the blog but it is a chance for me to share these amazing women with you on a different platform and to a different audience. You can check it out at Anchor – She Steps Up Show.

December on She Steps Up the blog will be all the Co-Authors of the book as Women of Wisdom.

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My next news is super exciting and a great offer to all business women. I am doing a FREE Masterclass on how to grow your social media and bring in sales. So if you are a total bossbabe wanting to take your business to the next level then you will want to be a part of this. You can access the details here 5 Steps To Step Up Your Social Media And Bring In The Sales$

 

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I have so many cool and exciting projects happening at the moment, and this is just the start of what will be an amazing time in my business it is going from strength to strength and I really want to thank you guys, and the women who have been featured in Women of Wisdom for making this all possible. Without you, I would just be sat here talking to myself so from the bottom of my heart thank you.

My plans are to carry on growing the blog, sharing more writing tips, how to become an author, business women, and grow into that high-powered business women you want to be. I also plan to find more and more amazing women to interview so you can all be inspired and we can all learn and grow together.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Michele x

 

 

Teri Gosselin

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Teri Gosselin

Business Title/Name:Transformational Strength Coach + Healer/ Teri Gosselin Coaching

Location: Maryland, USA

  1. What is your business about?

As a Transformational Strength Coach + Healer,  I help women who have suffered great loss (whether it be loss of a loved one, loss of self, loss of passion) truly embrace their authenticity at their soul essence, enabling them to discover their strength within to persevere and heal from the inside out.

I want to help as many women as possible feel safe to share their authenticity, receive the gentle encouragement and guidance they need, and understand that they are stronger than they know, that hope is possible and that they can truly live a beautiful life after loss!

  1. What made you get into this line of business?

After enduring the sudden loss of my brother, three weeks before my wedding day, I soon lost who I was, consumed by anxiety and overwhelm, and deep sadness. My ten-year long healing journey has been a long and bumpy one, and after years of therapy, intense inner work with coaches, and exploration and expansion of my soul, my spirituality and my gifts, I am so grateful to be able to help other amazing women on their own healing journey.

My goal is to help women embark on their healing journey much sooner than I was able to, to rediscover who they are, what lights their soul on fire, and that they are meant for a beautiful life after loss, and all on their own divine timing. Healing work is very deep, sacred and personal – I don’t take that for granted, and appreciate the trust so many women have in me to support them on their own journey.

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  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

My kids, usually 😉 They are our alarm clocks!

However, the thought of a new day to inspire, to motivate, to give hope to those who feel hopeless, is what gets me up and moving!

My morning power routine usually includes some quiet time listening to podcasts or ebooks for further development, and gratitude. A life full of gratitude allows a conscious presence in the moment, and that is where the magic of life happens!

  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice that I was ever given, and I still use each day for myself and my clients, is “To Be Gentle With Yourself.”

This statement may sound simplistic, however when I received this beautiful sentiment from a former boss after I had lost my brother, it spoke volumes to me.

It gave me the permission I needed to feel into the grief I was enduring.

To know it is more than ok to have these feelings and understand what they are.

To love myself through it anyhow.

That these feelings are due to the great loss I had experienced, the loss of my past, my present and my future.

That to be gentle with myself was all I could do in that moment, and that was enough.

To this day, I think of this gift of advice often. I share this regularly with my community and clients as reminder to bring themselves back to the present, to give themselves permission to feel what they are going through, and to remind them how much strength it takes to do so.

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  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

Brene Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness” spoke to my soul deeply. Like an intimate call to show up more vulnerable and courageous, all while connecting with others, which in turn has been a significant component on how I have grown my business. I give my community and clients permission to do this, all the while, I am actively doing the same.

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

Yes! My new six month 1:1 program has launched, and I am so thrilled to share it with you!

If you are:

Ready to dance with your shadows and uncover the stories of your past, your grief, your trauma, so that you have a conscious awareness of old patterns and can actively work to release those emotions and truly embrace your self-worth and value in this world.

Ready to realign your energetic connection through opening any blocked chakras (emotional blocks) so that you can reignite your truest essence and heal from the inside out.

Ready to lead with your heart, allowing you to love yourself after loss, and serving as beacon of hope to others that a beautiful life can continue after loss.

Ready to eliminate guilt by setting healthy boundaries with personal and professional relationships, career, time and social life so that you can priorities YOUR needs, wants and desires, and create the inner peace you seek so deeply.

Ready to release the pressure to be perfect so that you can live a fuller life and discover the pieces of yourself that have gone missing, particularly in the form of play, happiness, and contentment.

Ready to give permission to and of yourself to own who you are, and what you want in life, speak your truth and know your story is worth loving, and will bring you a sense of freedom.

Ready to recognise and embrace your own inner strength and resilience on your healing journey to not only persevere but to thrive and live a purpose-driven life.

Ready to truly honour the journey you have been on so that you can shift and reconstruct your thoughts and perceptions, and open your mind and heart to expansion and opportunity.

Ready to reignite the passion and fire within your soul so that you are inspired to dream again and take action on creating this into your reality.

Then *The Journey to Inner Peace* is the program for you!

Just as your journey is personal, so is this program!

It is customised to your needs, your wants, your desires…to YOU!

This six month program includes the following:

🌱 2 – Zoom calls a month. I have left a week in between sessions to really dive deeper on your own, without added stress. (Total: 12 calls)

🌱 M-F Voxer Support – a coach in your pocket! (24-48 hour turnaround)

🌱Customised resources and tools to you and where you are on your healing journey

🌱Lifetime access to a Google folder with our zoom calls, and notes from our session and any resources, homework, etc.

Of course, I love bonuses!

Bonuses:

🌱Self Love Mirror Meditation

🌱A gorgeous journal designed by my friend, Christa Anderson

🌱One extra 30 minute session guided by Angel/Oracle cards to be used during our 6 month mentor-ship

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Deep breathing! I can centre myself back to the moment, drop into my body, and allow myself to simply just be. This does wonders!!

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

Can I say everything? It warms my heart when I see women breaking through the shadows, their fears, their past, in order to find themselves again. To come back to love!

It takes great strength and courage to embark on a healing journey, and when women show up to do so, it is the most beautiful event I have ever witnessed. The unbecoming of ourselves to become ourselves is truly the greatest gift one could ever give themselves.

  1. Your favourite quote?

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are.” – Brene Brown

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Thanks so much Teri for sharing your story and awesome business with us, if you would like to see more from Teri please go to FacebookInstagram  or email terigosselincoaching@gmail.com

Carol Moses

My name is Carol Moses and 9 months ago after spending most of my adult life as an actress. I became my own boss when I set up PORTOBELLO TOM. I want to give you a quick insight as to why Portobello Tom exists and why I now make affirmation bracelets alongside my European charm bracelets.

My story:

A West Londoner through and through, I grew up near Portobello Road where as kids we used to call jewellery ‘Tom’ hence the name Portobello Tom.

My mother was a ‘gym slip mum’ and too young to handle the responsibility of raising a child so my grandmother brought me up as her own with her 3 boys on a little estate in Latimer Road, West London. I’m telling you this because I want you to get an understanding of my relationship with my gran. She was my everything and I didn’t really know how to love anyone else on that kind of level until I had my first child, Akira.

16 years ago, my grandmother suddenly passed away from throat cancer even though she had never smoked a single cigarette in her whole life, go figure.

3 weeks after my grandmothers sad passing my mother and uncles decided they were going to the Caribbean to sort out my grandmother’s affairs (she had spent the last 10 years of her life living on her home Island of Dominica).

There was no question as far as I was concerned, Akira and I were going with them. Now, Akiras dad didn’t want her to go but I was adamant, she was going with me. We were going to be celebrating her 3rd birthday in Dominica and in a funny way it gave the family something to look forward to whilst there. I struggled with the guilt of that choice for years.

5 days into the trip, 6 weeks after my grandmother passed, 2 days before her 3rd birthday Akira contracted meningococcal septicaemia and died within 24 hrs of the symptoms appearing.  On February 4th 2001, my life fell apart and it has taken 16 long years to try to pull the pieces together, but pull them together I have.

Now, my story is not about how cruel life is but rather about how strong we human beings are. How amazing the human spirit is. In the pursuit of happiness and healing I’ve discovered many things. I’ve discovered happiness is a right for all.

That includes me and you. It sounds obvious, but it was something I forgot whilst battling the depression and alcohol abuse that came about as a result of losing Akira. I just didn’t know how to cope. I went into free fall, I lost my self-confidence, my faith and my long-held belief that life was supposed to be enjoyed.  When my beautiful, intelligent, spirited daughter passed away life stopped making any sense.

Over the years I found much attention was given to the victims of meningitis and the disease itself and rightly so by the way. But there is another side of the story. There is the family that is left behind when a person passes away. Aunties, uncles, siblings, grandparents, cousins and most importantly parents who now have to find a way of living the rest of their life rather than just existing as I did for many years.

We have to find a purpose, a reason to carry on breathing and living. We must remember how strong we are. Unlike most people I had to find a reason to be happy rather than just being happy. So, you see, I had to rediscover my amazingness as a matter of survival.

We are all going to go through pain at some point, but as long as we believe and hang on in there, we will always come out the other end of our journey stronger. This is why I have created the JOURNEY range. Initially I thought I was creating something specifically to reminded those who had been left behind that they are strong. That they are amazing, because walking through the fire of grief is not easy. It takes superhuman strength at times, but we can do it and come out the other end feeling blessed to have had our loved ones in our lives, no matter how short that time was.

But it has turned into a lot more, because everybody and I mean everybody needs reminding at some point of how strong they are. Not only those who have suffered bereavement but anyone who has been through, a rocky patch, anyone who has had to overcome, anyone who needs reminding they are a hero for carrying on, anyone who needs to be told to carry on because they are worth it and worthy.

The main charms I use on my Portobello Tom ‘JOUREY’ bracelet and what they represent:

I put a tree of life charm on there to remind the wearer that life is forever growing and that they are rooted to something bigger than just themselves. We are connected to a life source we must remember that.

Then there is the teardrop charm, it symbolises the tears you have cried. All stories of strength have a tear or two involved. But those tears did not stop you from moving forward. You have got from there to here. Yes, you may cry again but it will always be ok not to be ok for a time. You will make sure you get up, you will find the strength to keep moving forward…you always have.

I’ve also added a reminder to revel in your playful side in the presence of a child-like charm on the JOURNEY bracelet. Your laughter is important, the world needs it. Did you know smiling gives off positive energy? Smile.

Finally, I have a musical note or treble base. This is to remind you to talk your truth, your voice is important. When I went through my trauma I lost faith in my own voice. Everyone else’s opinion held more weight than my own, even when it came to dealing with my own life. However, we are all entitled to our own opinion and to travel our Journey as we see fit, and that’s what the musical note represents.

I will be donating 10% of the profits from the ‘Journey’ affirmation bracelets to Meningitis Now.  When I needed help in the early days of my daughter’s passing, when I just couldn’t see a future with me in it they were there for me so now I want to what I can to give back in some way.

Here’s to a wonderful life.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us if you would like to see more from Carol please go to Facebook or Instagram

Erin Hill

1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you
are from?

Hi! My name is Erin Hill, and I’m the owner of A Beautiful Mess, LLC in
Cambridge MD

2. What is your business about?

I and a support and accountability coach for women – which is basically
being a cheerleader/personal trainer/drill Sargent/big sister.  I help
women meet their goals by having a safe place to be THEM – unwavering love
and acceptance for who and where they are, and challenging them to take
that next step

3. What made you get into this line of business?

I started about 2 years ago working on ‘self care’ and barely scratching
the surface – so many other coaches were doing the same thing! I felt like
one of many… So I decided to brand myself as the #coachforwivesofaddicts
and lean on my personal experience of being married to not just one but 2
addicts to help women face their co-dependency.  That has turned into
realising that the ‘not enough ness’ doesn’t always manifest as
relationships with someone who’s addicted. It can look like the 5 or 10 or
50 pounds that won’t come off and stay off. It can look like reaching for
an MLM goal and missing it and feeling like a failure. It can look like
simply feeling like there is always a mask to be worn because it’s not
safe to be YOU.

4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning
power routine?

My bladder is what makes me get up 🙂 I love to enjoy my coffee in peace
before I have to make sure the hubs and kids are up and ready and off to
school/work.  I love having a few quiet moments before tackling the day.
I do hit the gym at least 3 days a week, and try to read a little every
day.  My ‘routine’ is more nightly when I’m laying in bed, I practice
gratitude for the day’s events. I also say affirmations/mantras with a
mala I made with a friend.  Then up and at it the next day!

5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

OOh Great question!!  There’s actually 2 life altering messages – the
first – Things don’t happen TO you – they happen FOR you. The second –
Keep showing up and doing the next right thing.

6. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

I’m not a big reader these days, but I’m working on it! I think I’d say
that everyone must read something for pleasure! In the online business
world, it feels like there’s always a book recommendation – mindset
shifts, personal development, etc. I think allowing ourselves to read
something for pleasure (I love old Stephen King or Dean Koontz, or trashy
romance novels) can help give your mind a break from the constant learn,
do, be, get and relax a bit!

7. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

I’m always looking to connect with women who are ready to get unwavering
support and accountability, and receive reminders about how amazing they
are!  I have weekly, daily, and VIP options starting around $75 per week.

8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Reach OUT! I have a few women in my circle that I know I can hit up if I
start feeling like I’m circling the drain. For me, it’s about momentum.
Getting a handle on the negative thoughts before they start pulling me in.
Reminding myself of the truth – like I’ve survived 100% of my bad days,
and most judgement comes from myself.

9. What do you love most about helping others?

I love to see the smiles. The light-bulb moments when a woman ‘gets it’ –
realises deep within that she is ENOUGH. As she is, how she is, and in who
she is.  It’s really magical!

10. Your favourite quote?

I believe it’s a Rumi quote – “What is for me, can not miss me.”

 

Thank you so much Erin for sharing your story and business with us, if you would like to see more from Erin then please go to Facebook or her Website

Have a wonderful day x