Today I thought I would share a little bit about me and why I'm here.
I'm a mum with four grown up children. All of whom I'm very proud of. Three sons and a daughter. I now have a grandson who is my treasure, never knew you could love someone like this.
My eldest son Joel is a leisure manager for a local school and a drama enthusiast in his spare time. He's also an ardent football fan. (It's all about the arsenal).
My daughter Danielle who follows him in age raises money for charity, teaches young people drama and is also a make-up expert.
Next comes Jacob, a bit of a maverick, works in loss prevention, has given us our first grandchild and has decided to take on the world and do whatever it takes for his son. He also does catwalk modelling and gets loads of free designer gear. Nice work if you can get it!
Then my youngest James, working his first job in retail, and making his mark in the world in his own way. I think he has a career in stand up comedy, or acting as he's very good at improvisation. He's also very good with young kids and trains them in sports.
I've been married for 30 years to my college sweetheart and every time someone asks me how long I've been married they are always totally blown away when I reply 30 years. "No one is married for 30 years Patricia" is what they tell me. "Were you a child bride"? (Of course I love this one.......)
I could write a book on marriage. Several. In fact I probably will. To be honest I'm pretty passionate about marriage and family.
The older I get (I've recently entered my 5th decade, but that's another post) the more and more I see that practically everything goes back to our childhood, our upbringing, our family and our home life. It affects the way we do things, how we treat others, the goals and expectations we have of life, and other people and most importantly ourselves.
I really believe if we have healthy, caring, strong and principled homes we bring this into local communities and into society at large. It then affects each new generation.
Both my husband and I pastored for ten years which was an incredible part of our journey as a couple and a real education about ourselves, people in general and life. So much goes on behind the closed doors of many a respectable home. I tell you this, all families have issues. It's not just you. It's not just me. But I loved spending time with people, opening my heart to them sharing my struggles and in turn hearing about theirs. People love to help and it was a real heartwarming place within which to serve others.
I then trained as a life coach which actually allowed me to take what I was doing with families and people in the church to a wider group of people, many of them unchurched. But again, all families have issues. I found the same human conditions prevailed. It was a new period of learning for me. In fact I believe I was at my most happiest. I remember at times leaving my coaching Practice at the end of the day and feeling totally alive and attuned to my surroundings, other people and being very animated and excited about life in general. I remember sharing this feeling with a colleague who replied " Patricia, if you're feeling this happy you are in the top 10% ie people who have found their true calling and purpose in life." I think they were right. My feeling of happiness went deep down in the cells of my body. I could feel it.
I then took my coaching to the radio. So a new group of people, a new audience that's worldwide. But guess, what the issues are all the same. We all want loving relationships. We all want our families to be happy and successful. We all want to be financially astute and financially free. We all want our children to do well. We all want good health. No matter who we are or where we live.
So now I'm blogging and sharing on topics that are close to my heart. Hopefully another platform I can make new friends and connect with new people. It's exciting to see your blog being read in faraway places such as Venezuela, the Caribbean, Thailand, Guinea, Japan, Russia and places nearer home, Ireland, Italy, France, as well of course USA.
You will find that women's issues come up most of the time. I will speak on relationships, family matters, personal development, health matters and business/money issues. After all life is a business, it's all about the money; if you don't have good health you don't have anything and to be successful in life we have to keep growing.
I hope you will visit my blog regularly (My plan is to write at least weekly) please have a read, say your thoughts, follow me. I promise to visit and follow you too. It's a global conversation.
I would especially love to connect with you if you are a woman over 35 who wants to challenge herself to get as much out of life as possible. If you're discovering your purpose, maybe have a few areas in your life that need attention and you're looking for support and encouragement along the way, I'm your girl.
Til next time,