Path, purpose, passion Series: I was lied to! Following our own path – episode 1

Path, purpose, passion Series: I was lied to! Following our own path - episode 1 - Claire Samuel

I feel I was lied to. I desperately tried to become a pretty doll surrounded by material possessions, only to end in poverty and abused. Today, I follow my own path. I love minimalism and sharing with women to help them rebuild their lives.

2017 Holiday #gifts Series: Believe you can fairies – episode 1

The gorgeous and colourful range of Believe You Can fairtrade gifts is very special.

Exclusively designed in England by Louise Birchmore, the lovely fairy hangings are made with care in rural India. Louise believes in “trade not aid” so she launched a fabulous gift collection made in India, thus benefiting their business and community.

Holiday #gifts Series: Believe you can fairies - episode 1 - Claire Samuel

The gorgeous and colourful range of Believe You Can fairtrade gifts is very special.
Exclusively designed in England by Louise Birchmore, the lovely fairy hangings are made with care in rural India. Louise believes in “trade not aid” so she launched a fabulous gift collection made in India, which benefits the women and their community.

Holiday #gifts Series: Believe you can fairies - episode 1 - Claire Samuel

 

Had I waited five more minutes #perseverance

Had I waited five more minutes #perseverance - Claire Samuel

This photo was taken by my dear friend, while I was busy writing letters to submit several applications to law masters degree courses. I was thirty-five years old, having gone back to university to finish what I started more than ten years ago.

Thus, at twenty years old, I suddenly quit university during my second year of law. Convinced that I was unworthy and having no self-confidence whatsoever, I became a personal assistant instead.

My friend, my sister, sometimes it is worth to wait five minutes more before quitting. Perseverance can modify our life path for the better. The price to pay is temporary discomfort.

I am so ashamed of this #confession

I am so ashamed of this #confession Claire Samuel

I used to spend hours on celebrities and gossip websites, trying to numb myself. I did not have the courage to face the reality I got myself into. I was in denial and gossip helped me to stay in hell.

Since I escaped from abuse and violence, each second of my life is worthwhile. I have committed to never ever waste my precious time again.

Finding #comfort and reassurance in our mama #moon

Finding #comfort and reassurance in our mama #moon - Claire Samuel

Sometimes I feel so lonely. The responsibility of raising kids by myself while changing career can feel overwhelming. The trick I found is to look at the moon, always there, even in daylight when if we cannot see it. Te moon is like my mother. She is watching over me.

A few years, I attended evening classes. I was tired and lonely. I was walking to the university with tears rolling down my cheeks And there she was. A bright shining moon in the dark Parisian sky. I admired its beauty.

My friend, my sister, life can get tough, but the moon is always there. What moon do you have in your life? Do you have something that you know will never go away? Where do you find comfort and reassurance?

Sadness comes and goes. Sometimes I am cycling in the rain and the tears flow. Nobody can tell because I am all wet from the rain. I accept the release of sadness in order to make space for joy.

Sending you comfort my friend, my sister.

“First comes the #joy. Then, somehow, beauty and grace appear into our lives.” – Claire Samuel

First comes the #joy - Claire Samuel

My friend, my sister, may we start by cultivating our inner joy and happiness. However dark and sad our current circumstances may appear, may we always be on the look out for all the little happiness sparks. Beauty and grace will then, somehow, come into our lives.