Finding Joy, 2 years on

By Lesley | June 16, 2020 | 8 Comments

Two years ago this week I became an (Amazon No1 Bestselling) author when my book Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness was published. If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ll know I love an anniversary as it’s a useful time to reflect on what’s changed (or not) in the interim. Normally I get inspiration from reading through my journals, however this time I thought I’d start in the book itself, so here are the final paragraphs of Finding Joy which give a lovely assessment of who I was at the time. Who I was when I published Finding Joy  ‘…I can now confidently say that I am truly owning my story, showing up, and letting myself be seen. Many of my friends applaud me for my courage, but, although courage is one of my values, I don’t feel that what I’ve done has been brave or courageous. I feel that I’ve got this far by letting go of expectations and taking one small step at a time. It’s not just that though. The keys were that I trusted myself and my teachers, and I did everything with an open mind. I am always open to change, to asking for help and to learning something new about myself and about life. These, to me, have been most important. When I started writing I was doing everything I could to avoid the pain, and now I agree wholeheartedly with this quote by Baal Shem Tov, ‘Let me fall if I must. The one I … Read more Finding Joy, 2 years on

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 more How 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 more Who’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 more Reflecting 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 more Working 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 more What 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 more What 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 more The 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 more What’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 more What’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 more The 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 more One 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 more Christmas 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 more How to bring joy into your life

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 more Hello, 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 more 21 Miles, by Jessica Hepburn

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