What my back taught me about acceptance  

By Lesley | October 5, 2021 | 4 Comments

Three years ago I wrote a blog about acceptance & I guess I thought (or hoped) I had it nailed. But looking back I realise there was one crucial piece missing – the full acceptance of my body. I explored my body in Chapter Eight of Finding Joy; ‘What’s That Below Your Head? Reconnecting With Your Body’ & when I started I wrote: ‘I never really thought about my body. It was just the thing that carried me around. I fuelled it, and that was it. It let me down though, a number of times. Maybe I didn’t think this consciously, but I acted as if it was the case. I ate unhealthily and didn’t really exercise. I was ambivalent about it. Maybe more than that, I was ashamed of it. I mean it couldn’t hang on to an embryo, not once but six times. In my mind I disliked it because it couldn’t do the thing that every other woman in the world can do. Of course, I knew logically that it wasn’t ‘every other’ woman, but in the early days that was certainly how I felt.’ By the time I finished writing I believed: ‘Now? Well I’m proud of it, amazed at what it can do, & I respect and nurture it. I’m not yet ready to say that I love it, but I’m almost there. I also know that it has things to say, and I’m listening.’ In hindsight, ‘almost there’ was an over estimation but today, … Read more

What will your contribution be?

By Lesley / September 5, 2021 / 0

This year World Childless Week runs from 13th to 19th September & I’m very proud to continue to be an Ambassador. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating our community … Read more

The Unexpected Gift of Sharing Our Stories

By Lesley / August 2, 2021 / 5

Today I have a guest post for you by Kathleen Guthrie Woods who  is a long time member of the childless community & you may have come across if you … Read more

Finding Joy, 3 years on

By Lesley / June 14, 2021 / 0

18th June 2021 marks 3 years since the publication of my book, Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness so I decided it was time to read it. Yes, I know I wrote … Read more

What really comforts you?

By Lesley / May 17, 2021 / 0

Let’s be honest; many of us are struggling in one way or another right now, I certainly am. I got through last year in one piece, but the last couple … Read more

200 blogs later & I’m still chipping away!

By Lesley / April 19, 2021 / 20

This is my 200th blog (woo hoo). The first, published over 8 years ago on 7th March 2013 was entitled ‘Childless or Childfree – what’s the difference & does it … Read more

What if being childless were an opportunity?

By Lesley / March 29, 2021 / 0

In my recent talk for the Childless Collective Summit, I asked the question ‘What if being childless were an opportunity?’ And before you recoil in horror, let me explain… This … Read more

The Childless Collective Summit

By Lesley / February 13, 2021 / 0

To say that I’m excited to be telling you about the Virtual Childless Collective Summit, happening between March 18 & 21 is an understatement.  It is THE MOST EXCITING EVENT … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Divinity and beyond

By Lesley / February 8, 2021 / 3

I make no apologies for jumping straight in with a short, sharp dose of tough love & two big questions. Who can you be that you couldn’t have been if … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Trust

By Lesley / February 1, 2021 / 0

I’ve been waiting for this chapter since we started because one concept in it changed my life when I first read the book 5 years ago. I had that in … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Persistence  

By Lesley / January 25, 2021 / 0

This week on Unlocking Big Magic we discuss another knotty subject. The title of the chapter & our conversation is Persistence & we talk about that, but for me the … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Permission

By Lesley / January 19, 2021 / 0

Whose permission do you need? This week on Unlocking Big Magic we dig into permission. The whole book is about spotlighting & then dismantling the different ways we stop ourselves … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic, Conversations about creativity, Enchantment

By Lesley / January 12, 2021 / 2

I’m going to start by being completely honest & admitting I’ve had a bit of a s**t week; after a few days the reality of lockdown hit me & I … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about Creativity. Courage & Fear

By Lesley / January 5, 2021 / 2

Would you describe yourself as a creative person? Or maybe you’d like to be more creative & put up all sorts of barriers to stop yourself. I can’t draw or … Read more

Finding certainty in the most uncertain of times

By Lesley / November 24, 2020 / 7

THAT time of year is upon us &, in addition to everything we normally have to contend with by being childless at Christmas, this year there’s an added layer of … Read more

Why it’s time to change the story

By Lesley / October 13, 2020 / 0

We’re definitely in Autumn & I wanted to write a blog asking you to reflect on what you’ve learned these past few months, what story it’s time to let go … Read more

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