When life hands you lemons …
I lived most of my life in what I would call a very sheltered existence with no major dramas or traumas in our family as I was growing up. I was brought up on a farm in Ohaupo and was the youngest of four children by 13 years – some may call me a mistake but I prefer to use the term “a wonderful surprise”!
I had a great life and ended up getting married, building a beautiful house on a lifestyle block and having two fantastic children who are now both young adults. We started our own retail business and traveled to several amazing countries and spent a lot of family spare time at many of New Zealand and Australia’s great lakes and rivers competing in water ski racing.
At around 44 years old I ended up being a single parent after separating from my husband after 18 years of marriage. This was and still is the hardest challenge I have ever been through in my life, and unbeknown to me it was the first of a few tough times.
Not long after this my second to eldest brother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and approximately one year later my eldest brother was killed in an horrendous truck accident! In the space of just over two years I lost both my brothers and they were closely followed by my Father and then my Mum!
A rather challenging time for our whole family as you can imagine with only my sister and myself surviving the rest of the immediate family…clearly the females in our family are the stronger breed (I talk about how important a sense of humor is later!). I have always believed that out of something bad usually comes something good, that there is always someone who is worse off, and when life hands you lemons…make lemonade!
It needs to be noted here that whilst these were huge challenges for me at the time, some of my clients have been through far worse. It’s not always that easy to be positive when experiencing lifes challenges. All I wish to achieve from this page is to share with you the things that helped me through my journey and still work for me today …