Oct 20

Lockdown Catch Up…

Wow, what a strange, yet very productive few months this has been…

With the world thrown into its chaos, and many weeks of not being to properly go out (especially here in Leicester, my home town) there have been highlights and lowlights. I’m going to focus on the highlights today.

In this period several new inspirational authors have been birthed and their books published, check out the book store segment.

I came up with an idea at the start of the UK Lockdown era that I ran with and the project was entitled “Big Book Lockdown” writing programme. I felt inspired to help more authors to share their inspirational stories as quickly as possible as the world certainly needed them more than ever before!  The online group concept worked brilliantly and I ran the project three times over the spring and summer months.

There have been countless podcast appearances including this wonderful interview with a beautiful coach, Anne Fowler Wade on the theme of women finding their voices and taking charge of their story, which you can catch up on here: https://youtu.be/XqJjK4OzJlE

I launched a mini programme at the request of some of my clients to help them step up and into greater purpose and visibility, aptly named “Step The Heck Up”!  We did have fun.

I was invited to help out as ghostwriter and editor on two big collaborative book projects with two powerhouse businesswomen, Sabine Matharu and Tracey McAtamney – watch out for news on these in the coming months!

The secure forensic unit recovery stories project has had to take a step back for the time being, but on another note, I was accepted to become a voluntary befriender for the same service, which made my day.

Most recently, I have launched another idea whereby I brought together the concept of the online group writing programme coupled together with the “Step up” to launch a double whammy for aspiring authors. The Aligned Authors Academy officially opened its doors last week…

On a personal level, there have been three significant “happenings” to mention that I find myself passionate to spill the beans on:

1. My incredible son, Joe, sat cooped up in his box bedroom to complete his university dissertation and sits his final exams, to graduate a few weeks later with his Economics Degree – Congratulations Joe!!

2. We splashed out on the holiday of a lifetime which took us to the most stunning location of the Amalfi Coast, Italy. I left my heart in our beautiful hotel perched on the cliffs of Vietri Sul Mare. Ten days of magnificent views to die for, luxury surroundings, delicious delicacies, limoncello, cappuccinos, sunshine and laughter. Our original Florida trip was cancelled (cheers covid) to celebrate two birthdays – Joe turned 21 in February and I hit a special milestone in October bringing me onto my last point.

3. I just turned 50! OMG – you think it will never happen to you, but by god, it does. Anyway, now having transitioned into the post forty decades without too much pain, I am trying to hang onto my Italy memories as vividly as possible with the aim to return as soon as possible, by way of Italian lunches, and dinners, and coffee shops…you get the picture… 🙂



You can read my full story here, from when I was ten years old and what happened to me. I was admitted to a psychiatric unit at fifteen and continued to suffer throughout my adult life with feelings of self-hatred, fear, darkness and not knowing who I was. I used addictions to help me to cope on the outside when the inside was chaotic. I finally found my healing and had a burning desire to share this with the universe to give love, hope and inspiration to others in pain.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass

Anton Chekhov