A Collection of Inspirational Guided Prayers was the first book that I ever wrote, it contains 40 short prayers that cover a range of subjects. As mentioned in my previous blog, no one was more surprised than me when I started writing, but why prayers?
You know when you get a song in your head and it won’t leave you alone well, that is exactly what happened to me but with words of prayer. Now, I am not religious, yes I believe in God and consider myself a Christian and quite a spiritual person but never really one for sitting and praying at that time that’s why I was so surprised. The words kept coming to me, I had written 40 prayers, where was all of this coming from!
As I was writing these prayers I could feel myself being comforted by them even the ones that weren’t relevant to me, now I had all of these prayers what was I suppose to do with them? Do I put them away in a drawer somewhere, give them to family and friends hoping they didn’t think I was going mad! It was then had a light bulb moment, well I should say it was more of a Divine nudge! If these prayers were a comfort to me then surely they could be to others. With the help of my daughter Sophie, we produced this book of prayers, that was the day I became a self-publishing author!
I have had such wonderful feedback from people thanking me for bringing some peace and comfort to them whilst going through difficult times. Now I know why I wrote them!
I feel if just one of the prayers reaches out to just one person then I know that what I was inspired to do has been achieved.
Trust, believe have faith and never underestimate the power of prayer!
Love and blessing xx
Hello! So this is my first ‘proper’ blog and I thought I would start by introducing myself and telling you a little bit about me.
I am a mum of three beautiful children and live in a lovely town in Hertfordshire, England. For many years I was a mobile beauty therapist and had a very successful business. I loved connecting with people on a one-to-one basis and met some real characters, some of whom have remained very good friends. I had an amazing time doing manicures, pedicures, spray tans, facials and so much more, helping people to feel good about themselves. In some cases, I would be the only person that they may have had contact with for days, who just really needed someone to talk to, which I was more than happy to do. Then things dramatically changed for me!
In 2010, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which was a massive shock to me and my family. I was always a very healthy fit person; I was the one who looked after everyone else, listened to people’s problems, and yes, leading a full busy life, one I was enjoying very much. One day, all of it stopped – just like that! Now I was the one having to rely on others. I couldn’t drive, I had to give up my business that I had worked so hard to build over the years and I couldn’t even take my own children to school. What kind of a life was I looking at?
After years of depression and feeling very sorry for myself, I was introduced to meditation and mindfulness by a very good friend, and that was the day that changed my life. I learned how to focus again and how to accept my MS, which is when I fell into writing. Yes, literally fell in to it! No one was more shocked than me when I wrote my first book. I never had the best of education and writing was certainly not something I had any interest in. I wrote another book, and another – where was all of this coming from? It was then I realised I was an author. Me, an author! Who would have ever believed it, certainly not my teachers! Now writing has become my passion and I know my true life’s purpose.
I am very much a believer that everything happens for a reason, even if we can’t see it at the time, but I truly believe that if I had not gone through what I have, then I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am now in a good place; I am driving again and loving my new life. I guess you can say Divine Guidance has played a massive part in bringing me to where I am now, which I am so truly blessed and grateful for!
Why am I sharing this with you? So you can see that no matter how many knocks and challenges we go through in life, things can turn around. Look how it has amazingly changed for me. Just have faith, trust and belief. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you!
I was shocked and delighted to have been nominated for an award in the ‘Dream Achiever in business’ category. It was a truly fabulous evening. Feeling very blessed and grateful!
What an amazing, magical morning spent with an audience of children and their parents at Waterstones. I was delighted that the Mayor of St Albans attended; what an honour. It was such a pleasure to have the Illustrator of the book, Caroline Evans, there talking about the illustrations and signing the book with me.
An excerpt of the book was read out, followed by the children and some parents enjoying colouring the illustrations from the book. The children also got to meet and have photos taken with Florence the Magical Mermaid and the excitement and joy on their faces was a real picture!