IT STARTED WITH A CEILIDH
I experienced so many different emotions as I was getting divorced, that I decided to have a divorce ceilidh – a focus to pull me through. All profits went to Trinity Hospice, Clapham and it was about friends and family dancing.
I talked to a few people about why I thought a party worked for me – BBC London, BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Scotland, as well as Sky TV Sunrise.
Now I want to continue to build creative responses to divorce and break-ups – to build good things from bad things
FOCUSING ON THE GOOD THINGS
A lot of people said I was crazy. Then they said – I always thought you were crazy.
THE 3 REASONS ARE…
- I believe in community – My friends and family really supported me. But there was also a woman on a tube who came up to me and put her hand on my shoulder on the tube and said “Be strong”. I was like – oh my god, this woman is like the most amazing woman in the world. That woman’s actions gave me a lot of faith in community.
- I wanted to do something good after something bad– I found the experience of divorce pretty shit (I think a lot of people do). I wanted to organise a charity event for Royal Trinity Hospice – to raise money for a great charity after something a bit rubbish.
- To have a focus to give me stability and something to aim for – I felt really shit sometimes. Sometimes I didn’t know what would happen and if I could carry on. I decided to have this party – so that it was something to focus on and no-one could stop me from having it. And I realised how lucky I was because I could make it happen – which is such a privilege.
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