Remember when you were trying to come to terms with not having children and were standing in that forest of sorrow, reading how others navigated their way out would have brought you hope, wouldn’t it?
This quote by Elizabeth Gilbert sums up my motivation to create a home for Inspirational Stories.
What are Inspirational Stories?
They are a series of blogs where childless women who’ve come out the other side and are now living a fulfilling life write about their experiences.
They demonstrate through real stories what is possible. They write about WHAT they did and HOW; they pass on advice and describe how being childless has changed them.
Each of the Inspirational Stories are different and many are ‘normal’ women sharing their story with the world for the first time. What they have in common is they all started in that forest of sorrow and have found their way out. Readers see themselves in the stories which gives them hope and encouragement to draw their own maps.
Comments by readers include:
- reading this story today has given me some hope
- What a profound, hope-provoking interview. …. Thank you Ladies for showing that there is life after failed fertility treatments.
- … shows how possible it is to embrace the life we have, and enjoy it, and even appreciate those aspects that are possible simply because we don’t have children.
- Proof that women without children (even those who wanted them with every fibre of their body) can go on and live happy, fulfilling, productive lives.
- I find these stories so uplifting
I’m interested in writing, how does it work?
I’ll send you a list of questions and you answer a minimum of 6 (you can answer them all if you’d like to). I suggest between 800 and 2000 words. I may do some minor editing to fit with the style of my website and keep to an average length.
I post Inspirational Stories every 2 weeks and in the order they arrive, so it may be a few weeks before your story is published. I will let you know when it’s live. I circulate it to my newsletter list and publicise it on Facebook and Twitter.
I’m not sure I want to use my real name and/or photo
You can use your real name or any other that you chose to give me. If you have a website or blog I’d be happy to link to it so please let me have the details and a short bio. The personal information you provide will remain strictly confidential.
I will use a photo with the story. If you’d like me to use your photo and/or another relevant to your story please forward it to me. If not, I’ll choose one that I think fits.
My intention is publish the stories into a book &/or e-book in due course.
I’m still not sure, how else can you persuade me?
I know it can be hard to be open about who you are and what you’ve been through. And I also know from personal experience that keeping part of your story secret gives that part extraordinary power over you.
So when you tell it you take back the ownership and the power. You can decide exactly how it’s written, you can say, yes this was terrible, it was really hard but then I got help & I’m okay now.
I also know how hard it is to go back into the past to tell your story, and I really do apologise for asking you to do that. For some writers it was the first time they’ve told their story and they all agreed that it was worth it. Here’s some of the things they’ve said:
- To be called an inspiration needs a word bigger than ‘compliment’, but I can’t think of it right now!
- I’m so pleased to have told my story now.
- I’ve been astonished by the amount of messages I have received from people going through similar things or that have come out the other side, all grateful for me sharing this part of my story. I was not expecting that at all!I had no intention behind it other than to finally share my story, so seeing the response has been utterly humbling and beautiful. I’m so grateful to you.
- I’ve been overwhelmed by the responses I’ve had to writing my story. It was an emotional thing to do, writing it down and reliving those times, but it also felt therapeutic. More than anything though, I hope I’ve touched some people who are going through similar things and feeling isolated and alone, who might now not feel quite so lonely.
What else can I say?
If you’d like to or you have any questions please drop me a line at info(at)LesleyPyne(dot)co(dot)uk
Thank you so much for helping other women by sharing your story.