My book has arrived and it’s not face cream

So here’s something funny. Many of you have watched the video of me seeing my books for the first time. It was incredibly emotional and 24-hours later I’m still pinching myself. I actually can’t believe they are here. I can’t believe I’m a published author.

Thank you Broadstreet Publishing, and a huge thank you to Helen Childs of Grapevine Photography for taking the cover photo. I love it and your work!

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How fear robs us of living free

For those of you who know me, I have spent a good portion of my life terrified of cats. I would go so far as to say I had a cat phobia

Sounds stupid, doesn’t it. Who is afraid of a cat? Me. Well, I was and to be completely honest there is a bit inside of me that is still a little ‘unsure’ when I’m around certain cats. However, for the most part, I would suggest that those who know me well (family and close friends) have seen a transformation in me when it comes to cats and fear.

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

One of the chapters in ‘True You‘ is about standing on the shoulders of giants. The chapter is about living in our truth and allowing our children to confidently stand on your shoulders.

The chapter is about being honest about what we’ve walked through and sharing our stories. Brene Brown says, in the Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted, that story is our way home and truth is our song. As challenging as this can be I believe it to be true. We need to tell our stories, we need to brave our truth and let it be our song rather than the thing that holds us captive.

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Chapter One: If the truth sets you free, why am I caught in lies?

During the initial stages of the writing process I spent hours with my editor, David who constantly reminded me that his job was to get the bulk of my words out of me so we could start to formulate the book. David was masterful at doing this. He pushed and pulled my thinking in ways that challenged me. He listened to my words with intent and helped me formulate ideas, thoughts which eventually became the chapters of the book.

Chapter One is a big one for me because like many of you (I’m sure) it’s something I’ve lived. There have been times when I’ve been so caught up in lies and for the most part not really even knowing it, rather than braving it all and living in my truth. Additionally, I’ve spent time with some of the most incredible women in my life and have helped them walk through the narrow hallway that living caught in lies creates.

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My book is here in ONE MONTH, cue the stomach flips and roller coaster feelings.

So, here’s some exciting news. My book ‘True You’ (available on Amazon) is on its way to my house. My publisher (Broadstreet Publishing) has let me know that my author copies are on the way. To be honest this news made my stomach flip a little.

You know that feeling when you’re on a roller coaster and you feel like you’re tummy just drops out? That coupled with a sick feeling like your about to throw up. That pretty much sums up how I feel.

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A Phone Call from a 13-year-old Boy that Changes Your Day

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ Maya Angelou

 

Today was one of those days where you are reminded of how important it is to simply be. And by that, I mean fully yourself and engaged in the present. Too much of life is spent chasing what is to come or what could have been and we miss the moments that are right in front of us.

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The Beauty of Broken Women

WomenAre broken women the new black? Have the tables finally turned on the demands of perfectionism for women? After all, isn’t perfectionism the thin veil we hide behind that keeps us safe from people seeing the real us? Is perfectionism actually the wet blanket that keeps us safe because we fear that the world or people won’t really like us or like what they see….. because, in all honesty, the perfectionist doesn’t like herself?

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The Message of the Table

A number of years ago my parents made the big decision to move from our farm and family home into our small, very quaint town. As many of you know, a move like this is huge. With well over 30 years, 4 children plus countless family members and friends who have created memories in the home and on the property, it was a big task. Read More


Why we need to love ourselves crazy

LoveI recently watched the new Amy Schumer movie ‘I Feel Pretty‘, and all I can say is if you haven’t watched it yet. GO. It’s hilarious and has such a good girl power message to it. Grab your girlfriends and your daughters and see it. That’s what I did, and I promise you will laugh. I haven’t laughed so hard in a movie since watching ‘Why Him‘ another hilarious movie but not one I’d recommend for a girls night out with your friends and daughters. But, if your movie filter is a little broken, then it’s another movie you might want to watch if you need a crazy belly laugh.

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How I told my family to F*!# Off, and I’m still a great Mum

familyIt’s true. I did it.

I always thought I would hold it together. I’d never be one of ‘those mums’. But I guess I underestimated the power of perimenopausal hormones and the sheer frustration of modern life. Who knew I could stoop so low and tell the ones I love more than anyone else on this planet to ‘f*#* off’?

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