I’ve been off the air – but for good reason. All of a sudden, I’ve become CRAZY BUSY! Writing for PAY!!! Fortunately it’s not been a tearing-my-hair-out-nutso-freakout kind of busy; more of a swimming, measured, holy-cow-I’m-amazed-it’s-finally-flowing kind of busy! I have FINALLY found a way to break out of my shell and follow my heart, without setting off those internal sabotage alarms that have so frequently postponed my abundance in the past.
You see, I’ve been fighting sooo hard, for sooo long, trying to FORCE life to do things the way I wanted. Intellectually, I know that this does not work. I know that if you have to consistently bash your head against a wall to get something done, it’s probably not going to work in the long term. But do you think I could make myself do something different?HELL NO! I had to do it the hard way!
I wrote a book called “Head Space-Meditate Your Way to Study Success” – I LOVE this book – it’s my other baby. Writing this book took me out of a very, very dark space after the birth of my baby girl. At 10 days old, her dad and I separated; messily, angrily, painfully. My universe collapsed around me and the last shred of self worth I had been desperately clinging to was obliterated. It has taken years to rebuild my reality from that destruction. I had a debilitating case of Post Natal Depression (PND) – or perhaps it should be called Post Natal DEMOLITION – who I was, what I was, where I was going, where I’d been – the entire thing was wiped from the face of the earth. I had to start again from scratch. I was thrust out into a foreign world with no yardstick, no anchor, no way to know how to move forward. So for a while I didn’t. I froze. And I fell apart.
But you know what? There is always an ‘upside to the upside down’. There has to be. This was the only thing that kept me alive – that, and the knowledge that my children had no one else. If I didn’t stay alive, who would raise them?
Then one night, in the background of my inner torment and terror, I heard it. Somewhere in the depths of my total annihilation there was a tiny, calm and soothing voice. It belonged to an infinitesimal spark of light. I barely noticed it among the chaos of the white noise in my head. It whispered softly “Write. Just Write“.
It took a year of writing to finish the first draft; screaming babies, no sleep, mashed pumpkin smeared through my hair, breakdowns, breakthroughs, nurses, doctors and psychologists for me to crawl out of the darkness and back to a place where I could see there was a light. From there, I took a lurching approach to life, clawing my way up a very slippery slope to relative sanity and a loosely hung-together semblance of reality. I had glimpses of happiness and purposeful direction that kept me going, but for years I struggled on most days.
I extracted all my superannuation from the government under financial hardship and published 1500 copies of the book. I estimated that I could triple my investment and we’d be on our way. For 3 hard and long years, I pushed on, and we struggled financially. I’m tenacious, if nothing else, so I just kept going. I marketed, I networked, I promoted, I lectured and still was not able to pay the ever mounting bills. I had to move us to a very tiny house, visit the salvos for gifts of warm clothes in winter, and there were too many days that kids ate and I went without.
I thought writing Head Space was going to be the saviour that my little family needed. I knew in my heart that the book’s content was great. I thought if I could just publish it all our financial problems, both present and future, would be solved. I was SO WRONG and SO RIGHT. I guess I misinterpreted the quiet voice inside. I was so convinced that I would make bucket loads of money and be ‘saved’. For the life of me I could not understand why the business side of my book didn’t take off.
This book is fantastic, life-changing and completely useful and helpful in so many ways. So, I just couldn’t comprehend why it wasn’t saving us. BUT IT WAS… I just couldn’t see it. As it turns out, the saviour was the process of writing; meditation, acceptance of anger, sadness and grief, self-searching and discovery of strengths I never knew existed, heightened resourcefulness, a growing resilience, dedication to my children, and a determination to pull myself out of my very deep, dark hole.
Eventually, those years of hell brought me to a place of surrender – not to defeat (I never say die!) – but to being utterly and truly ME. Without all that strife and struggle, I would not be so completely certain of who I am and what I’m capable of.
In the last 6 months, I have come of age. I finally GET IT. And the abundance is flowing. What happened? What changed? Well, the things I have known and thought might be true on a head level for around 20 years have suddenly integrated into my being. I knew that Head Space would save us, I just couldn’t see how until now. Something just clicked inside and I realise that the whole time I had been redefining ME from the ground up.
It’s easy in hindsight. I really just needed to slow down, enjoy life, be focused and deliberate about my career without being dogged, and write because I LOVE TO WRITE. More that that, if I write about things I love, abundance flows. Now, I follow my heart and my intuition and simply use my mind as a tool to direct my energy.
I write this today because I have just had my first paid article published. I am SOOO grateful for post natal depression. There were moments when I thought I wouldn’t survive, or that my children wouldn’t. But it has been a blessing in disguise. I am so deeply humbled by the workings of the universe and for all the struggles. Now I can write from a place of love because I know and understand that the depths of pain I’ve experienced are the perfect indicator of the capacity of my heart to love and enjoy an abundant life. I can now write what I love to write and be paid to help others by educating, enlightening and easing their suffering through the written word.
What a privilege.
When have you discovered inner strength from adversity?
PS: I started this post to tell you about the article I’ve had published, but got sidetracked in a bit of a gratitude rant! The content is nothing mind-blowing, but as you can see, it’s worth a great deal more than the money to me Here’s the LINK to my recently published article.
- Lifeline for mothers stricken by post natal depression (express.co.uk)
- Post-Natal Burlesque (coochiecrunch.com)
- Help for new mothers with post-natal depression (radionz.co.nz)
- Sleep deprivation could trigger post-natal depression (time4sleep.co.uk)
- Incosolable Baby and Post Natal Depression (scienceabstracts.wordpress.com)