To me there is nothing more fascinating than other people and their stories; the choices they make and the paths they take. Women especially never fail to amaze me with their tales of motherhood, career paths and the juggling of it all! Today we have another interesting insight into the life of one of our readers, Amanda Briscall who has kindly offered a fantastic PRIZE GIVEAWAY for one of our readers – details on how to enter at the end of the article.
If you would like to share your story, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
My life hasn’t turned out exactly how I expected it to be, but I am definitely where I am supposed to be.
I set up my fabulous business Daisy Imprints in May 2008. I make solid silver fingerprint, handprint, footprint and animal print charms, jewellery, cufflinks and gifts from my home. At the time, as a single mum to three young children (Alexander was nine, Anastasia six and Joseph two) I knew I needed to get back into the workforce and setting up my own business seemed to be the most exciting, flexible and fulfilling route to take. If not a little scary!
Prior to having Alexander I had been an HR Manager for a nationwide recruitment agency. Having initially gone back to work I then became a stay at home mum helping in the family businesses. Having suffered with postnatal depression I am so thankful for the support network around me, which included amazing family and friends, for the encouragement they gave me to pull myself through my worst times to drive me to where I am today.
Daisy Imprints has led me in directions I would never have believed; I have taken prints at Francis House Children’s Hospice on many occasions. Often the children I have taken the prints from have been in their Rainbow Room and I remember so very clearly the first time I ever visited; whilst it was such an emotional visit I will never forget the care, compassion and love the staff had for the child, family and me whilst I worked. Soon after I was having calls from hospitals and Funeral Directors to take prints for their families. Whilst these appointments make up a small part of all my work I find it a huge privilege to be able to take prints for bereaved families at these times.
With all my experiences I decided to start a new career, whilst still running Daisy Imprints. This meant re-training. Two years into my training I fell pregnant with Angelica, my fourth child, my first with my new partner Jamie. Angelica has taught me so much especially as I became a single mum when Joseph was just 11 months old and, very sadly, a lot of his early life is a blur for me. I feel so blessed to have had a fourth baby. My training has been on hold and I’ll start again once Angelica starts school next year.
My wonderful children are growing up far too quickly for my liking. They are all doing phenomenally well; Alexander is studying for his A levels and is currently getting offers from Universities, Anastasia is studying for her GCSE’s and will start 6th Form College in September, Joseph has just started at High School and Angelica will be starting school next September.
Prior to restarting my training I felt ready, this year, to try something new and so started a 10 week training programme last September to become a Mentor for young adults (aged 16 – 28) leaving care. This programme is run by Pure Insight based in Stockport. The aim is for mentors to be matched with young adults leaving care (mentees) and support them in any way they need to help them grow, develop and thrive. As soon as I completed my training I was matched with my mentee. We have met several times already and I have received some fabulous feedback for ‘work’ I am doing. I look forward to continuing in this role and would highly recommend becoming a mentor to those in a position to take on such a role.
Pure Insight runs their 10 week training programmes twice a year in Stockport. Please call Jo Trask on 07711 017393 for further information about future programmes.
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If you would like to win one of my silver charms with your print on it (worth £45) simply:
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We will draw the winner on January 31st.
Good luck and I hope to hear from you all and don’t forget ladies – please PASS IT ON!
UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER – JILL SMITH!