I hadn’t realised the significance of the publication date, 17 September 2015, I chose with my editor and publisher, Alison. Maybe my subconscious mind knew. The conscious didn’t. I only just realised yesterday when I was looking at a blog post from a few months ago.
Wednesday 17 September 2014 is THE day 12 months ago when I decided to focus on MY niche, my zone of genius … and to leave behind my zone of excellence. To stop being simply ‘bloody good at what I do’ but to focus ALL my energies on my passion and purpose to nurture and inspire other women to be truly confident in themselves as women and as mothers. It is on that very day that my journey to The Confident Mother began. I cannot believe that on the anniversary of a very emotional conversation, the book is officially published.
Before that day, I knew was brilliant, excellent even at what I did. However I wasn’t loving it. And to be honest I didn’t know what I did love. Apart from the obvious like nurturing and inspiring other mums to do amazing things. But everybody does that, don’t they? Doh. And then I realised, with the help of my amazing coach … NO not everybody does that. I have a unique gift. This coaching work that I was doing ‘on the side’, THIS is where I need to spend all my time. THIS is my calling, my purpose, my thing.
That was THE most amazing coaching session ever. Ever, ever, ever. This is what I sent to my coach afterwards:
“I think I’m still a little fearful, a little scared, but I know if I let go a little bit, I’m going to feel SO SO very excited.“
Every time I think back to that day, I get goosebumps. Tears. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I absolutely love the work that I do now. I love to use my inner strength and confidence to nurture inspire other women to take those life-changing decisions, like I the one I made day 12 months ago. It was on that day that The Confident Mother really was born.
This week is a very special week in so many ways. I cannot believe how my business has evolved in the past 12 months. Simply incredible.
I am so grateful to so many for their amazing support including especially Suzanne Dibble, Caroline Ferguson, Melissa Hood, Elaine Halligan, Vicky Warr, Sarah Arrow, Lucy Whittington, Alison Jones and Emma Sargent. But most of all the amazing Fi Feehan; if it wasn’t for her and that conversation, the whole Confident Mother might never have happened.
This is a date to be celebrated annually. Henceforth I declare 17 September to be International Confident Mother Day. Who’s with me?