I remember this time last year, hunting for the perfect Mother's Day card. It's always a careful balance between expressing heartfelt thanks and appreciation, versus something too flowery and sentimental (which my Mum certainly wouldn't appreciate!)
One card that particularly caught my eye was a cartoon drawing of a Mum, struggling with a wailing red-faced toddler. The caption was simply - "Thanks for Everything Mum. I get it now."
I found it rather amusing and very relatable! It also made me realise, that I had often taken my Mum for granted. It was only when I'd experienced the 'challenges' of Motherhood, did I fully appreciate just what an amazing job she does.
Similarly when I've been recording Life Stories, it has been lovely to capture the ups (and downs)of Motherhood. It helps bring together the different generations, with shared experiences and understanding.
When we celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday 31 March, if you want to celebrate with more than just a card this year, then give the gift of Life Story Writing- a true celebration Motherhood!
My New Year’s resolutions tend to be rather like my Christmas decorations. Every year, they start off looking rather shiny and lovely, but within a few weeks, they’ve been stuffed back in their box and have been stashed away until next January. I don’t know why some of these resolutions seem so hard to achieve? An annual favourite is going to the gym to lose a bit of weight and improve my fitness. It’s not an intellectually demanding task, and it probably wouldn’t even take up that much time, but I just become overwhelmed with where to begin, and I always find a good excuse for putting it off.
This year however, I've discovered the secret of success when it comes to following through on my New Year's resolutions... team work! I'm therefore tackling this particular challenge with a friend. So far, we've made 3 trips to the gym, and have been able to work together, swapping hints and tips and have managed to keep up the exercise and keep off the chocolate!
Working with somebody else can make all the difference, and it made me think about my business, and how rewarding it was last year to work with so many lovely people. Almost all of my clients admitted that they'd wanted to write their story 'for some time,' but just hadn't known where or how to begin. I was able to provide a comprehensive framework, my writing and design services, and together we were able to produce some amazing books.
So if you have a New Year's resolution to capture your own (or somebody else's!) life story this year, then get in touch and we can succeed together!
My latest project has been all about the joy of giving...the grandparents were bought a Christmas gift voucher last year, and we've enjoyed working together on and off over the last 12 months, completing their project.
This year, it's their turn to give- an amazing 62 page book that I'm sure their children and grandchildren will love reading.
We work closely with Bob Books, which enables us to produce such beautiful coffee table style books. Follow this link to see a recent interview and more information about the services that Bob Books provide:
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Rachel has a wide range of communication expertise, having worked as a researcher for numerous BBC TV and and radio programmes, and also working as a Government press officer. More recently, she published a novel for young people, "War Pigeon, Peace Dove" www.warpigeonpeacedove.com.