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Interviews with Inspiring Women: Upset to Set-up – Ann-Maree Imrie

Welcome to the ‘Upset to Set-Up’ Series: Interviews with Inspiring Women

This quarterly interview series shines a spotlight on inspiring women and shares their stories of resilience in the face of upset.  Here we interview women who have overcome significant tragedy, loss or upset and used that experience to set themselves up in a new and different way.  They have turned their upset into a set-up.  Each guest generously shares what they have been through to find the joy in life.

Ann-Maree Imrie

Ann-Maree with Kai and “You Could Have Been…”

Today we meet Ann-Maree Imrie.

Ann-Maree is a social worker and author of the children’s picture book, ‘You Could Have Been…’

Ann-Maree used the grief she felt after the stillbirth of her first son to write a book for bereaved parents to read to their child who died, or didn’t survive a pregnancy.  It’s filled with a parent’s wonder of who their child could have been if they’d had the chance to grow up. The book is written to the child, so a parent can talk to them about their lost hopes and dreams, but most importantly, their love.

Ann-Maree is an inspiring woman and mother, and I know you will love learning more about her in this interview.

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How to set inspiring goals for the new year: 3 simple tips

Happy New Year!  And welcome to 2018.   Here we are, only a day or so into the New Year, and perhaps, like me, you are using this holiday time to rest, recharge and connect with your loved ones. You may also be taking stock of 2017 and, like many of us, setting some new goals for this year.

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The life changing magic of being kind: It’s Okay to be kind

It’s okay to be kind.  Kindness is what everyone is talking about (along with mindfulness), right?   Everyone from your boss, your friends and the Uber driver is talking about kindness, and it seems like kindness is having a moment.  But surely, we should all be kind, all of the time?

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The importance of knowing your why

“Why?”

It’s a question every parent of a toddler faces multiple times a day.  But it’s also commonly asked of us in adult conversations too.  Whether we are a corporate high-flyer, a stay at home mum, a working mum, or any other combination, it’s hard to escape the question; ‘What is your why?’

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Counting my blessings: It’s Okay to be Grateful

Being grateful.

It can feel very hard to be grateful when we are experiencing unwanted change, loss or undergoing a major life transition.  Feeling thankful can be almost impossible when we feel overwhelmed, stressed and grief-stricken.  The very idea of gratitude at this time can be abhorrent and feel completely inappropriate.

Yet expressing gratitude for what we have, and acknowledging the gifts in our life, is the best way I know to lift our mood and improve how we feel.

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Interviews with Inspiring Women: Upset to Set-Up – Lisa Wilson

Welcome to the ‘Upset to Set-Up’ Series: Interviews with Inspiring Women

This quarterly interview series shines a spotlight on inspiring women and shares their stories of resilience in the face of upset.  Here we interview women who have overcome significant tragedy, loss or upset and used that experience to set themselves up in a new and different way.  They have turned their upset into a set-up.  Each guest generously shares what they have been through to find the joy in life.

Lisa Wilson

Lisa Wilson from Still A Mama.

Today we meet Lisa Wilson.

Based in the UK, Lisa  is the founder and owner of Still A Mama.

She founded Still A Mama after her daughter Gracie was stillborn in July 2016.

Using her passion and creative skills, Lisa designs products to honour all babies taken too soon and sells them through the Still A Mama website.  In this way, she supports Angel Mums on their journey to building a new normal.

Lisa kindly shares her very moving story in her own words, in this interview.  She is an incredibly resilient mother, and I know you will be impressed by this inspiring woman too.

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A Mother’s Love – My Story of Baby Loss

In honour of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, today I share my story.

You may feel you know a fair bit about me, due to what I share here on a regular basis.  But much of my story I have not shared before as it has been too painful, and too personal.

My story is one of a mother’s love.  A story of baby loss.  This week marks 9 years since we lost our second son.  Those nine years sound like a long time, but they also feel like a mere moment.

I share my story today in the hope it may help someone.  Another parent who has lost a baby and is grieving and feeling alone.  Maybe that parent is you.

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Emotional triggers: the power of smell

There are particular smells that remind us of things, experiences, places, and people.  Scent triggers are highly emotional and can be found in the most unusual circumstances.

The sniff of a certain perfume, the scent of the freshly mown lawn, the strong chlorine smell of the local public pool…  All of these can evoke very powerful, and at times overwhelming, memories.

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Introduce a joy break and improve your wellbeing

What is a joy break?  Read on and I’ll explain.

When we are super busy (whether we are enjoying ourselves or not), one of the best things we can do for our own well-being is take a break.  Whilst this may seem obvious, I have found only a few of us remember to do it.  I put myself in the category of those who frequently forget!

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Empty your bags: create space to fill your life with joy

In our lives, whether we are parents or not, grieving or not, experiencing change or not, we all have times when our ‘bags’ feel full.   Our head is full to overwhelm and we feel restricted by demands and expectations.

What if we simply emptied our bags?

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