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Ruth x

Experiences of recurrent miscarriage – the impact can be greater than just grief

Originally posted on Recurrent miscarriage:

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This blog is a little different from the usual work I do with Unfold Your Wings, although it’s not too far removed, just a lot more specific and personal to me.  I have recently written a book (at the publishing stage now) on my experiences of recurrent miscarriage and the effect that it had on my life. I am hoping that others in similar situations will take some comfort from the shared experience and know that you will eventually get through.

I’m going to share some extracts from the book in the next few weeks but in the meantime, as the heading suggests, I wanted to give some acknowledgement to the fact that the effects of miscarriage are far more than simply grief at the loss of the baby.  Feelings can be guilt – feeling like you are to blame in some way, or questioning whether you caused it or…

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A Bit of Experimentation – Back to School

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So, I’ve decided to go back to school again. Okay so it’s not completely the first time since I was 16, I have been studying psychology, counselling and various therapy techniques for the past few years, but this is just for fun.  Last year I joined an art class at the local college (the same one my son attends, can you imagine the shame?) in the evenings.   I do a lot of fabric crafts already and have sold these as Little Scraps Crafts, and I also make crochet accessories and little bits and pieces just for myself and friends every winter (see below the crochet version of my pet rabbits), but drawing was only something I really got into whilst recovering from surgery last year.  More about the healing properties of creativity later. I found that I was fairly good at sketching, especially animals as I love them, but as soon as tried to add any colour it seemed to fall apart, hence the art class. The tutor was great and really encouraging and was a good opportunity to try out lots of different medium that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise (still don’t like pastels though). You can learn a lot from art books and video tutorials on the internet, and I still watch Youtube videos to get ideas and tips, there are some great ones out there and you can lose hours of your day watching people create and share their knowledge with you for free.

One of my friends mentioned an art textile class at a local school that she has been going to, so another creative friend and I signed up. Going back into an actual secondary school was a very strange feeling, but the class was great fun. I don’t think we will be creating any great works of art, it’s more about experimenting, which is loads of fun. This week we did tie-dying which I haven’t done for years. Just chatting with a group of like minded creatives whilst tying elastic bands around buttons inside fabric is very relaxing. I may have added far more buttons and elastic bands than I needed to as I was having so much fun just tying them. The results weren’t particularly impressive to be honest but it’s given me an idea of what works and what doesn’t ready for next week.

People join classes for all different reasons – to learn a new skill, gain confidence or to meet new people and expand their social circle. I really ito this with no agenda other than it seemed like a nice idea, which makes a change because most of my adult learning has been for career development or personal development. I have to say it’s been fun, two hours away from life just mucking around with fabric,  and I would recommend going back to school, especially for something that is just for pleasure, to anyone.

Please tell me about your experiences of adult learning or fun workshops.

Ruth x

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Get positive – start by being grateful

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Being positive can be really hard when you feel like everything is going wrong or it’s ‘one thing after another’. If you can just manage one small positive act or thought then it really can begin to change how you feel, and each positive thought makes the next one just that little bit easier.

People facing huge crises in their lives will or course find it much more difficult, and understandably so, but all of us feel like everything is stacked against us from time to time, or have days where you just think ‘what’s the point’. You may even just be having ‘one of those days’.

The best way is to start small and be grateful for the small positive things in your day. The train was one time – yay! It didn’t rain while I walked the dog – yay! That headache I had when I went to…

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12 Steps to Goal Setting

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Here is some guidance from the forthcoming book. Of course, these are quite general and you will need to apply the principles to your own specific goals, with emphasis on some elements more than others depending on the individual.

1. Always set your goal in the positive – People tell me this one seems too simple but it is really important. You will find it much easier to focus on something positive rather than a negative thing that you want to leave behind. For example ‘Having a great new career’ is far more appealing for your mind to focus on than ‘leaving this dreadful job’. Similarly ‘being slimmer’ is a much more satisfying and easier to work towards than ‘giving up fattening food’. Very basic examples but you get the idea.

2.  Be specific – It’s virtually impossible to work towards something when you don’t know exactly what it is…

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Stay positive

Originally posted on Affirmations and Positive Thoughts:

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Stay positive and good things will come to you

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Quotes and Affirmations

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If you have read my ‘about’ page you will have seen that two if my passions are nature and creativity.  The other day whilst clearing out some of the hits and pieces that gradually build up on my hard drive, I was browsing through photos and realised what a great collection of nature photos I’ve built up. From pictures of birds on our garden feeders, more unusual creatures seen on walks, to woodlands and beautiful scenery.  So I ended up spending a couple of hours playing around with a photo editor and a collection of quotes, affirmations and Chinese proverbs. As you do!

I was pretty pleased with the results.  I’ve built up a collection of really powerful affirmations and quotes, on my own photos.  Very satisfying.  I’m going to continue to share these on the Unfold Your Wings website and my affirmations blog posts, and they are already circulating Facebook via the Unfold Your Wings facebook page (ahem, please ‘like’ and share). I’m also planning to print some as sets of cards to help clients stay focused and positive. 

Funny where clearing out your hard drive can take you.

Ruth x

Just Bloom!

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A thought for people who are struggling with self esteem issues. Focus on your own strengths, beauty and achievements, you cannot be compared to others around you, you are unique.

FREE Book extract

Hi,

Today I’m sharing an extract from my next book. The book is intended to coincide with my new personal development courses on http://www.unfoldyourwings.com, and this extract is about getting started on your personal development journey by first clearing all the old habits and behaviours that get in your way. Don’t forget to follow my blogs or subscribe to weekly inspirational emails by clicking the link on the right. Enjoy!

Ruth x

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Doing the Ground Work

Clearing the Way for Your New Life

When you think about starting on any course for change or development in your life it’s good to remember that the first steps can be the hardest. But these initial steps, getting started on your path, are also the most important because this is where you lay the foundations for the way you experience life from now on.

I often use the garden as a metaphor for our lives. When you want to create a beautiful, fragrant garden full of rich scents and attractive blooms, you know that first you have to spend a lot of time and hard work digging out all the weeds and preparing the soil before you plant the flowers you have carefully chosen. Your garden wouldn’t flourish if you simply planted your flowers in the rough ground amongst all the weeds. They would be suffocated by the stronger weeds and your poor flowers wouldn’t stand a chance. Within a few weeks all your work would be undone and instead of the beautiful garden you had hoped for, you would still just have the same old weeds. Those weeds, like the behaviours or emotional responses we have learned over a long period of time, need to be dug out right from the root, or they will just come back. That’s why this initial stage, that I refer to as ‘Ground Work’, is so important if you are to succeed with the changes you want to make.

Think about how you may spring clean or redecorate your house. Before you can make all the changes, bright new walls, colourful curtains, new accessories, everywhere fresh and bright, you have to start from scratch. You wouldn’t ever expect to change the look or feel of your home by just putting a vase of flowers in a room, or hanging luxurious new curtains in a room with torn and faded wallpaper. You certainly wouldn’t just paint over the torn patches and expect it to get the result you desire. So, don’t do this with your life and your emotional state. Yes, it’s hard work, but the results are far more satisfying. So let’s get started.
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