200 blogs later & I’m still chipping away!

By Lesley | April 19, 2021 | 11 Comments

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 matter?’ & you won’t find it on here. I’m not claiming to be a great, or even good writer, but it’s fair to say that my writing has come on a bit since then! What I have always done is to write from my heart. When I started this website supporting childless women I thought I was Ok, that I’d done the work I needed to ‘work through’ the grief of childlessness. It turns out I was very wrong & hadn’t even started. Now, having done a lot of work, my writing, still from my heart, is very different. I write less about the raw sensations about being in the midst of grieving, & more about how to create a life you love. I hope you’ll indulge me as, for this milestone I’ve been reflecting on how I’ve changed in the 8 years since I put my words out in the world. And I’d like to start with a story Several hundred years ago in a Thai Monastery the monks, believing they were about to be invaded by the Burmese army, covered their precious golden Buddha with plaster & clay. Over the next 200 years everyone came to accept the clay Buddha & forgot about the gold underneath. In the 1950s, during the dry season, the Monastery was being renovated … Read more

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 more

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