Moira Barnes was a Creative Media director for 16 years at a global publishing company in London. When life got too hectic she took the decision to quit the rat race and find her new 'way' in the countryside, to get fit and to inspire her children. She's now helping others do the same, to find their 'way' to fulfil their dreams. She talks here about quitting her big job in London, her and her family's change of lifestyle, creating a new wellness business on her terms and the positives that have come from all of this.
Time is a great healer.
Four years ago I was told that I wouldn't be able to have any more children. At that time I had a beautiful two year old who I'd brought into the world with the help of IVF. I adored her and yet I was only able to spend about an hour a day with her as the job I had wasn't flexible at all. Two further rounds of IVF and 'failures' each time, I was finally advised that if I was to try again, I'd need to use donated eggs, as I'd used up my natural supply.
The news was pretty devastating but for the first time I saw clearly that to make a change, I needed to change. And so that day my husband and I agreed I needed to give up the 9-5, to afford me the time with my daughter that she so deserved. We also decided that we would leave the crazy London life we'd loved so much pre children and move to the countryside.
Fast forward 4 years and I now have two children! Four months after settling into a calmer, joyful lifestyle I became pregnant naturally, and then breathed my wonderful little boy into the world via natal hypnotherapy. I've loved the time and space I've had to watch him and my older daughter grow and develop. They are both my little miracles and I count my blessings daily. But at times I've felt that I've lost who I am. So I now embark on a new birthing, a rebirthing of me outside of mummydom. I'm trying to be healthier, I've set myself a challenge of running the Great North Run in September and 'working' on my terms by running my own business.
I'm eating healthier with guidance from a great programme called FIT15 from Forever Living Products. The structured 15 day plan to help kickstart this for me is encouraging me to quit my unhealthy snacking and introducing me to some delicious clean meals that we are all enjoying as a family. My husband and I enjoy laughter filled exercise together as part of the plan, which in itself has improved that important relationship.
I started running with a group called 'Jog on the Tyne' which gives me confidence and guidance as a newby. I struck out on my own, once the initial training finished but I now realise that for me I enjoyed the structure and cameraderie over solo running. The sense of achievement it has given me has been immense. I've a long way to go, but with that group’s help, I know I'll make it come September and the GNR.
And the final ingredient in my recipe for ME is running my own business from home around my family commitments (as opposed to running my family around a job). It fills my cup, sets a good example for my children to see me working, and is providing an extra income for us as a family.
Life as they say, is good.
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