Reflecting on a year of Finding Joy

By Lesley | June 18, 2019 | 4 Comments

As I post this, (18th June 2019) it’s exactly a year since my book, Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness was published. I planned to write a positive & inspiring post about how I’ve changed in the last year but the Universe had other plans. Or to be more specific grief intervened & sucked most of the life & enthusiasm out of me leaving me struggling to write, especially to write anything joyful. This Friday, exactly a year after my book launch party, I’ll be at a ‘celebration of life’ for a friend’s husband & at the same time Roger will be 150 miles away at the funeral of another friend. So not exactly the week I was hoping for. To research the anticipated blog I spent time reading through the journals I’ve written over the last couple of years. It was really interesting & I’ll be writing about my discoveries in due course. One thing which stood out in my writing is how much I’m aware of how differently I feel each day. Accepting all of life as it happens Perhaps what’s changed most over the last year is that I now accept every bit of life as it happens. All of it. I’ve learned to accept how I feel in each moment, to allow each emotion in with an open heart, knowing it will leave when it’s worked its’ own special magic. That was a huge realisation but it felt like there was something missing. I took time out to … Read moreReflecting on a year of Finding Joy

Working hard at being happy

By Lesley / June 7, 2019 / 4

Last week, together with others I was featured in the UK national press in an article about being both childless and parentless (which, let’s face it is where all of … Read moreWorking hard at being happy

What are you settling for?

By Lesley / May 22, 2019 / 0

Do you ever suddenly realise you feel great and it surprises you because you didn’t realise how lousy you’d been feeling? This has happened to me a couple of times; … Read moreWhat are you settling for?

What good could come?

By Lesley / April 30, 2019 / 2

I heard these words last weekend at the ‘There’s More To Life Than Children’ day at Fertility Fest. They were spoken by Sheridan Voysey during his talk as part of … Read moreWhat good could come?

The 5 things I’ve learned coming to terms with childlessness

By Lesley / April 25, 2019 / 4

You know sometimes you get an email that brings everything to a stop for a few moments? That happened to me last week, I had an email from the Emma … Read moreThe 5 things I’ve learned coming to terms with childlessness

What’s the link between a water bottle, a dragon, a swing chair and a stone?

By Lesley / April 1, 2019 / 9

‘I feel incredibly sad, a sadness deep inside. It’s almost overwhelming, a heaviness inside my chest that I carry all the time, if only I could cry.’ ‘I’m sad and … Read moreWhat’s the link between a water bottle, a dragon, a swing chair and a stone?

What’s love got to do with it?

By Lesley / February 18, 2019 / 4

I’m going to dive right in and start with a question. Do you feel and express love for others? Ok, I’ll hazard a guess that your answer was an unequivocal … Read moreWhat’s love got to do with it?

The challenges of following my own advice

By Lesley / January 29, 2019 / 4

It’s been almost a month since my last blog when I encouraged you not to start new things and set resolutions but, instead to follow nature, be still and direct … Read moreThe challenges of following my own advice

One question to ask yourself in January

By Lesley / January 2, 2019 / 8

If you’re excited by all those enthusiastic emails flooding into your inbox telling you it’s time to make this change, set new resolutions, stop reading now. This is definitely not … Read moreOne question to ask yourself in January

Christmas survival guide

By Lesley / November 30, 2018 / 8

It’s that time of year again and you can probably feel the tension and stress building. Maybe the idea of hiding somewhere until January sounds attractive but unfortunately that’s not … Read moreChristmas survival guide

How to bring joy into your life

By Lesley / November 20, 2018 / 0

The days are growing shorter and THAT time of year is almost upon us. Maybe you feel a sense of heaviness or dread and you’re thinking something like – what … Read moreHow to bring joy into your life

The surprising benefits of acceptance

By Lesley / November 4, 2018 / 6

In my last blog I asked you to let go of your dream of motherhood and today I’d like to dig deeper into another huge subject which comes with letting … Read moreThe surprising benefits of acceptance

What could happen if you let go?

By Lesley / October 16, 2018 / 0

After the long, hot summer we had in the UK, leaves are starting to turn colour and days are getting shorter. This can only mean one thing; Autumn is here. … Read moreWhat could happen if you let go?

Hello, I’m Lesley Pyne, I’m childless

By Lesley / September 9, 2018 / 4

Hello I’m Lesley Pyne, I’m childless. I am courage, I am peace, I am joy. I am me. I created this image for World Childless Week. We have a campaign … Read moreHello, I’m Lesley Pyne, I’m childless

21 Miles, by Jessica Hepburn

By Lesley / August 30, 2018 / 4

Does motherhood make you happy? I’m guessing you believe the answer is yes, especially as you tried so hard to be a mother. Like many of us, Jessica Hepburn wondered … Read more21 Miles, by Jessica Hepburn

Supporting Word Childless Week

By Lesley / August 21, 2018 / 0

This year I’m really excited to be involved in and actively supporting World Childless Week between 10th and 16th September. World Childless Week (WCW) ‘aims to raise awareness of the childless … Read moreSupporting Word Childless Week

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