Living with Amazing Grace

By Lesley | October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

‘Today the statistics for early miscarriage are shocking; one in four pregnancies end in loss. And for many there never is an answer or a reason why they lost their baby. In addition to the physical loss there is devastation and trauma left behind physically, emotionally and psychologically. Our society is reasonably open and liberal and yet those who suffer a miscarriage often do so in silence and it continues to remain taboo. Considering miscarriage is so common it is distressing to find it is not a subject that is discussed openly and that there is little support available for parents going through this traumatic experience.’ Unfortunately there’s a strong chance that the sentiment behind those words will be familiar to you. They’re quoted directly from the introduction to a new book ‘Living with Amazing Grace; a journey through grief, healing and transformation’ by my good friend Melanie Mackie. To paraphrase Melanie’s story – approaching 40 & beginning to accept that she might not have children, she became pregnant & then lost the baby (Grace) in an extremely devastating miscarriage. In the book she writes openly about her experience & more importantly about how she got though the grief & achieved her ‘graceful awakening’. To be open with you, I’ve known Melanie for a few years & she’s always been there for me, & if you’ve read my book, Finding Joy you’ll be familiar with her as she shared sharing her expertise of writing. Having said that, I’ve read ‘Living … Read moreLiving with Amazing Grace

The surprising benefits of acceptance

By Lesley / September 18, 2019 / 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 / September 17, 2019 / 0

You’ve probably noticed that the leaves are starting to turn colour and days are getting shorter. This can only mean one thing; Autumn is here. Or if you’re reading this … Read moreWhat could happen if you let go?

The 2 Ps of grieving

By Lesley / August 27, 2019 / 8

This month I have an article published in Yoga Magazine called ‘How Yin (yoga) helped me grieve’ (you can read it here). It’s the most open, honest & vulnerable pieces … Read moreThe 2 Ps of grieving

How Yin (Yoga) helped me grieve

By Lesley / August 19, 2019 / 0

Below is the transcript of an article which was published in the August 2019 edition of Yoga Magazine. It’s called ‘How Yin (Yoga) helped me grieve.’ I wrote it from … Read moreHow Yin (Yoga) helped me grieve

Who’s telling your story?

By Lesley / July 23, 2019 / 0

In my last blog, I published Rose’s story; she’d been a client several years ago & suddenly felt ready to share it publicly. However she wasn’t prepared for how it … Read moreWho’s telling your story?

Reflecting on a year of Finding Joy

By Lesley / June 18, 2019 / 6

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 … 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

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