When you first read the title of my book Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness: Inspiring Stories to Guide You to a Fulfilling Life, you might have been surprised to see the words ‘joy’ and ‘childlessness’ in the same sentence. I confess they were a bit of a surprise for me too. For many years I would have never imagined that I could find joy again. Yet here I am, living a very fulfilling and joyful life. And it’s not just me. In Finding Joy you’ll read stories of 19 other women, who are just like you and who have also found joy. You’ll also read what we did and we’ll show you how to find your joy. I’ve learned that everyone’s path is different. There are many different routes into this place we call childless and there are many routes out. And joy is also different for each of us. Here are some excerpts from chapter thirteen, Yes, You Can! Reclaiming Happiness and Joy where some of the storytellers describe what joy means to them. Johanna Walker. Growing flowers. I stand in my garden or at my kitchen window and just watch the flowers grow. This brings me daily joy. Doing my work. Helping people tell stories. Helping people speak….. To witness the story come to life is breath-taking. Rosalind Bubb. Dancing, music and art have been incredibly important to me. I felt as if Ceroc dance, and my community of adult friends there, was one of the things that kept … Read moreFinding joy in unexpected places
You know when you commit to something, it all seems exciting and then there comes a moment when you wonder what on earth you’ve just done? This happened to me … Read moreFour things I learned when I showed my true colours.
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If you’re excited by all the enthusiastic emails flooding into your inbox telling you that, now it’s January you MUST set goals or intentions; give up this or start that, … Read moreWhy not to start new things in January and what do to instead
I think one of the hardest things about being childless in a pronatalist society is feeling misunderstood and at times, feeling less than. I’m not sure I realized it at … Read moreFeeling misunderstood (guest post by Tessa Broad)