I became a mindfulness teacher to help others. And I decided to blog to spread the word. I’m not interested in collecting thousands of followers who are only interested in me following them back to boost their numbers and with absolutely no interest in what I’m saying.
I’m here for those of you who are genuine, who are struggling with stress/anxiety or depression and really don’t know how to handle it. To those of you who get home from work feeling exhausted and unappreciated and can’t see any way out of it. I’ll support people who have lost themselves in the journey of parenthood and no longer know who they are. To those of you who would love to find 5 minutes peace in the day. To those of you who don’t know how to manage the difficult emotions you feel.
I’ll be 50 next year. I’m no spring chicken. I don’t have amazing Instagram photos of myself practicing mindfulness cross-legged on a yacht with long wavy hair cascading down my back and a perfectly toned figure or flexing my body into impossible postures. I’m not famous. I don’t have perfect make-up. I have grey hairs and wrinkles, yes really – grey hair, and you know what, I’ve decided to stop dying it!
What I do have is experience… Life experience. I was a teacher for over 20 years, so I know the stresses and strains and the way that the demands of the job leave you exhausted and drained. Happy yes, but years of teaching take their toll no matter how much you love it. I’ve brought up 2 children, my youngest is now in her final year at uni, so I’ve done the sleepless nights, the toddler tantrums, the hormonal teenage years and exam stress. I’ve fretted on their first nights out partying and wept motherly tears as they’ve left for university. And, sometimes, I still wander into their empty bedrooms and get a lump in my throat. So, I suppose you could say that I’m at that empty nest stage, which is why a couple of years ago, seeing it looming on the horizon, I decided to make a career change – to train to teach mindfulness, so that I could help you learn how to use mindfulness on your own roller-coaster of life.
That is why I’m here. And I’m always happy to hear from you!
Love Jacqueline xx