This morning I made a very conscious decision to wake up and set my intention for the day (thanks Suzy Ashworth) and get shit done!!
I knew today’s ‘shit’ would be less about business stuff and more about filling myself up with what helps me get my shit done!
In everything I have done and everything I do, I have a little tribe of warriors who bring something to the table and it feels most natural to pay homage to Chester, my Godson (not official yet) on his 1st Birthday and his beautiful Mama Cathy (a firm member of my tribe).
If you have ever visited my facebook page – you may well have seen Chester’s beautiful birth whch is depicted through an amazing slide show of images and the PERFECT soundtrack and if not check it out here – it’s amazing!
Chester is the second of my friend Cathy’s growing brood and just like his big sister – is as contented as any small person can be.
I could probably write a whole post about this little fella, but I really mostly want to write about his Mama today because she’s pretty bloody special and today is a celebration of her Birthing day!
Cathy and I have been friends for 16 years and along the way have managed to work in the same place 3 times which is pretty good going, but I think our most amazing and fulfilling shared interest came in the latter years when we trained in hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing together.
This common factor alone is pretty special – and means that I can share my passion around pregnancy and birth with someone freely and who shares the same enthusiasm as I – SHE JUST GETS IT!
I could go on forever about Cathy’s qualities and many talents, but it would take a lot longer than the time I have to write this, so I want to keep it simple and just offer a small gesture of gratitude.
I know that anyone who is lucky enough to have this woman in their lives could equally share their experience of Cathy’s friendship and kindness and we would all be able to add something different.
Alongside being a brilliant friend to so many and partner to Lyndon, she has been seriously rocking this motherhood thing like no one I have ever seen before (including myself) since she gave birth to Flo in 2013.
Part of Cathy’s unique charm is that although she might be rocking it, there is never any air of conceitedness or that awful smugness we’ve all seen from Mum’s that just makes us want to cringe as we’re slowly tearing our hair out.
She’s kind, patient and the least judgmental person I know and she inspires me in endless ways.
On the days when I know I’m getting it so bloody wrong – Cathy knows how to sit alongside that, but also offers the kind of gentle encouragement that only she can and gently reminds me of the bits I am getting right and she always manages to slip in something subtle to raise my spirits.
Some days it can be so tempting to curl up in a ball when work, life, love and parenthood feels so exposing and all consuming and we certainly can all benefit from a bit of Cathy in our lives.
I swear she invented the concept of ‘random acts of kindness’ and even if she didn’t – she has been doing this since the day I met her.
She's there for tough days, but also celebrates in the great ones. She has supported me through some hideous times over these 16 years and has shared in some of life’s greatest moments and her friendship is as reliable as the day is long.
When the chips are down, it isn’t the stuff you have or the money in your bank, it’s the friends who can elevate you and keep you believing in what you do.
This support can take us to the dizziest of heights and today I feel pretty high! I can’t wait to celebrate the birth of Chester later and our unique and precious journey through the ebb and flow of birth and motherhood together...long may this friendship last and long may your ‘Cathy’ be around too!