Hello dear reader, come on in, lovely to see you again. If we were having coffee, I’d offer you some refreshments. What would you like to have? I’ve been doing a lot of hosting lately, so I am on a roll. I’d invite you to our sunny conservatory overlooking gorgeous garden. We could have a drink and catch up on our week.
I can’t believe how fast this week whizzed by. Not much to report on the blogging front apart from my guest blog post on fabulous Ula’s website. The post is a part of the Monday Inspiration series, and I wrote about Oriah-Mountain Dreamer’s ‘The Invitation’. Check it out and while you are on Ula’s web-site, read some of her flash fiction and poetry. She is an incredibly talented writer.
We’ve known each other for two years. Our children went to the same baby class for a while. She was with her younger son chatting to another mum. I pushed my daughter’s pram towards her and we walked home together. After talking about interrupted sleep patterns, holidays, and coping with two children, she shared her news.
‘I am taking the GSCE. I handed my math paper yesterday and soon to take my English exam. I’ve given myself a year to get ready to go back to university to do a master’s degree.’
‘Wow, Juliet, this is fantastic news!’ I was struck at how alive and excited she was. She looked taller. Her eyes sparkled with joy and she radiated happiness.
‘There is finally something I can do for me,’ she said. ‘It changed my relationship with my children too. When I am with them I can be more present to them, because I’ve done my own thing.’
She was literally bursting with enthusiasm. ‘My tutors are very supportive. And suddenly people are calling and asking how I am getting on with my exams.’
‘How wonderful,’ I said. ‘I just love seeing you so full of life, Juliet. And imagine how much your children benefit from this. What a powerful example you are setting for them too. They get the message that if my mum could get on and do this while raising us, we can do it too. Thank you for inspiring me.’
‘No, thank you,’ she said. ‘Do you remember our chat two months ago?’
Of course I remembered. Juliet and I met up to share coffee in early June. Back then we talked about everything: children, routines, my writing, singing in a choir, our families and cultures. It was delightful. I’ve been craving for that sort of interaction for a while. When we were parting, I gave her the address of my website. She texted me the same day to say ‘Wow! Your blog is inspiring and life-changing.’
After reading my posts, she decided that if I could write and blog with two young kids, she could apply herself too. She did her research, identified what made her heart sing, AND took action.
She kindly let me write about our conversation: ‘You’ve inspired me; perhaps this story inspires somebody else too.’
My chat with Juliet set a tone to the rest of my week. I’ve channelled this inspiration into generating material for my second book. I’ve submitted 8,000 words to my writing mentor and I am up to date again. Yay! I wrote the final 1,000-word submission for my self-enquiry class around Eros and intimacy. It was a truly inspiring class with memoirist Mark Matousek and I learnt so much about myself.
Oh, and 1:1 sessions with women are going really well. I’ve offered several processes this week – I feel so enthusiastic witnessing shifts and transformation in others. If you were to tell me that you feel creatively blocked at times or struggling to complete a project, I’d offer it to you too.
Well, thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate it. Do visit Diana’s website too. She kindly hosts these coffee shares. And the next time you are having coffee with a friend, remember your words matter. Choose to inspire!