Just over 10 years ago, in 2009, I experienced a series of unfortunate events that left me with nothing but my two children, my two dogs and £30 in my purse.
That doesn't sound that bad I hear you say! Not when you say it like that, but when you realise what I lost in just over a year, it will make your toes curl.
I was a senior leader in Corporate retail and was proud of my achievements and my six-figure salary. I had been married for 13 years, I had a business on the side as well as my job, we were secure and could have whatever we wanted. We were renting a beautiful farmhouse in Northumberland while we searched for the perfect forever home. I had it all.
Then for some unknown reason, the Universe decided to take everything that I thought mattered to me away, relentlessly, one thing at a time. All in the space of 12 months. I was to experience the pain of losing loved ones in more ways that one. I would lose every penny I had and I would be tested to the extreme. This treacherous and painful journey would teach me one thing - all I needed was already within me.
Many would have given up, or so people told me. There were moments when I wanted to, I'm not going to lie, but I had my children and dogs to care for so I had to find the strength to keep going. So, that is what I did and I learned that I really did have everything inside of me that I needed, it was all about perspective.
It has taken me 10 years, but in 2019 I found the words to write my story, in order to give hope to others who might be going through the same or similar.
The good news is, that I learned deeply from the losses and made it my mission to become a better person because of it. It is all about mindset. So, in 2019 I also bought my £400k dream home for cash, launched my dream business as a premium coach to creative women and painted 5 of a planned 15 paintings about women & empowerment - but that is the next book!
If you would like to read my story then pop over to Amazon, I have an author page and you can buy 'The Life I Won' in paperback or Kindle. You will also be able to hear me talking about it right here soon, so keep an eye out, I would love you to tune in!
In the meantime, believe that anything is possible because it is!
Love & colour - Mandy. xx
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