At last! Going live…

April 27, 2009

Hello and welcome to my first blog, written from the not-so-glamorous setting of my sick bed. All in all, it’s been a very inauspicious start for ‘Inner Simplicity’ – various ‘technical difficulties’ delayed last week’s launch, and then in the latter half of the week, I was struck down by the notorious and very nasty ‘Norovirus’, which I managed to catch after caring for my sick mother (thanks, Mum! So much for being the dutiful daughter, eh? You’d better be making it worth my while in that will…). I’m still not 100% but I really don’t want to delay the blog – or the official site launch – any longer. So – ta-da! – here goes…

This first entry is actually more of a roll call of people, without whom etc etc. If you’d like to know more about future contents of this blog, check out the website at www.empathicguidance.co.uk for more information.

Firstly, I want to thank Mark, one of my oldest friends and also my long-suffering web designer. When I first had the idea of creating a website and blog, I didn’t have the foggiest how I was to going to achieve this, due to my complete lack of technological knowhow and my limited budget. Then about a year ago, Mark (who’s always been a bit of a techno-geek) created his own website and kindly offered – or was coerced, can’t quite remember which – to do mine. He then spent the next six months nagging me to give him some material to work with, only to regret this when I then spent the six months after that nagging him to “change the font type/size, add this to the header, do that to the colour scheme, move this over here… and now change it all back to how it was in the first place… hmmm, no, still not sure…”ย  – plus a thousand other ludicrously minuscule and pedantic alterations, barely discernible to the average human eye. So thank you, Mark, a thousand times over, for your fabulous techno and design skills, your time and most of all your tolerance in helping me to create a truly fabulous site. If you’d like to check out more of Mark’s work, or maybe even get him to design a site for you, check out his fledgling design company ‘Little Dart’ (named after a river, apparently…)ย  on http://www.littledartdesign.com. He even plays the guitar on the intro…

I also really want to thank my wonderful partner, Lawrence, who has supported me throughout and has never wavered in his belief in me. When the going got tough (which it did, more than once) he kept my spirits up and helped me assuage my doubts. ย He consistently reflects my best self back at me and without that, I know I would never have managed to complete this project and you wouldn’t be reading this today. So thank you, darling. (He’s also the only person who’s dared to come near me with my dreaded lurgy, just so he could take care of me – and resulting in him eventually contracting it himself. What a wonderful man ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Or as my fabulous friend Donna put it: “He was prepared to risk the shits for you – now that is what I call love!”)

A big thank you, too, to my beautiful daughter, Phoebe, a very special girl with many, many talents, not least photography – yes, she took the photograph of me which you can see on the ‘About Soulful Musings’ page, and as I am usually extremely unphotogenic, you can see for yourself what a marvellous job she did. She has also been very patient and understanding on hearing the words ‘Mummy’s working’ for the billionth time over the last few months, so thanks for being such an angel, sweetie.

And finally, I’d just like to thank all my family and friends who have supported me, encouraged me and nodded along enthusiastically, avoiding that ‘glazed eyes’ look,ย  as I rambled on about my site yet again. Thanks, guys!

See you here tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. And so it began… ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so excited to read through your stuff. You will be seeing a bit of me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

    • You’re very welcome – it’s always wonderful to see that my posts are helping people on their journey – it means my life purpose is right on track! Thanks for all your lovely comments ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kind of hard to fin my way back to this first page as I want to read it all!

  3. Strangely I just received e-mail notifications about a number of “new” posts (10 to be exact) – but they are all from 2009! Since everything has a purpose I’m going to go through and read them – perhaps my e-mail is pointing me to these for a reason. I just finished a three day “camp” with a couple and their two kids who live a completely simple life style. It was amazing – they grow their own food, make their own shelter and furniture, raise animals, and except for a few car batteries for electricity for their classroom (they teach various mini-courses on things like woodworking, raising animals, gardening, orienteering, etc.) live off the grid (http://koviashuvik.com). Their bit of paradise was full of joy – real positive energy. That experience had me already reflecting on my life and values, so it may be no coincidence that suddenly I was pointed back to reading your posts – a spiritual complement to that physical experience.

    • Hi Scott, how wonderful to hear from you! I haven’t posted in this blog for over three years as it’s officially closed now, but I’ve left it up for people t o read as I still get hits and comments. I met some new friends on a retreat the other week and told them about it and changed a few posts from ‘private’ to ‘public’ – I had no idea that everyone on my mailing list would receive messages about them, oops! I’ve actually been through quite a lot over the last few years so haven’t been working – a rather horrible divorce and a period of chronic ill health (the two not unrelated). However I’m feeling much better now and am actually working on a new project as we speak. So stay on the list and I’ll let all my subscribers know about it when it goes live. It’s wonderful that my accidental mailing came at a great time for you – as we know, there are no coincidences in life! Hope you are well and happy, Scott – warmest wishes, Sharon

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