The wealth that you receive in life is that which society entrusts you with and can only come from friends. Each day, I’m thankful for discovering the beauty of blogging, it not only gave a voice to speak but gives me friends like Brigid whose succinct words come enriched with soothing wisdom.
Thank you, Brigid, for your support and for letting us get to know you some more.
A bit about me
Greetings from County Donegal in the north-west corner of Ireland. My name is Brigid and I moved here in 1999 after living in Scotland for 44 years. I have had an “interesting” career path – I originally wanted to be a doctor but God had other plans!
Instead, I entered the world of Life Assurance working in the Actuarial and Life Underwriting departments before following my heart into a 20-year career in Natural Medicines. I was a bit of a pioneer back then and fell into teaching which I really loved; I eventually set up a two-year training in healing skills and I also opened a healing centre and shop.
After the death of my father and the breakup of my marriage, I moved to Donegal – the home of my ancestors.
I retrained in Organic Horticulture in 2006 after a two-year hiatus due to a mystery illness which was eventually diagnosed as Fibromyalgia and autoimmune disease. I taught Organic Horticulture in schools until recently.
About my Blog – Watching the Daisies.
I started my blog as a social media platform for my book of the same name – “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow.” I write to inspire others on their self-healing journey, particularly those who have a long-term illness. Slowing down has been one of my major Life Lessons – I used to be incredibly busy!
I am very proactive and I have shared many of my own self-healing tips in my posts such as:
I initially wrote posts on flower essences, Natural Medicines, and my personal healing journey but my blog is constantly evolving with new posts:
“Thought for Today” and “Small Steps Up Mountains” which includes links to other inspiring posts illustrating a SLOW route through life’s challenges. I also link into Bernadette of www.haddonmusings.com weekly post on gratitude “52 Weeks of Thankfulness.” I have kept a daily gratitude diary since the onset of my illness.
I am overwhelmed by the generosity of other bloggers and the incredibly supportive community on WordPress.
I find it easy to motivate myself to write my posts. In fact, I look forward to creating them and to reading comments and likes. I love to read other blogger’s posts and I am continually inspired by their wealth of creativity and ENORMOUS support .
MY MOST CHALLENGING MOMENT
I began my blog back in February while doing an online blogging course. My posts took me a long time to write as I was working part time and my energy was low. In April, I lost a dear friend – Danny and I wrote a post in his memory: For Whom The Bell Tolls
I lost a dear, dear friend on Thursday. His name was Danny; he played the guitar for our church choir and he helped me adjust to a new role, as the newest choir … For Whom The Bell Tolls
The shock of Danny’s death floored me and it was not until I had a mini break in Belfast to see Bryan Adams that I was able to pick myself up and post on a more regular basis.
I first saw Bryan Adams in Edinburgh on 20th February 1984, supporting Tina Turner on her “Private Dancer” Tour. On Wednesday last, I watched Bryan play live for the third time, in Belfast.
WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO BLOG?
Definitely. Blogging flexes your creative writing skills and is a huge platform for positive change.
MY TYPICAL DAY
I like to walk regularly, weather permitting! I also love to spend time in my garden “pottering,” planting and admiring nature’s gifts. I belong to a Women’s Shed that meets weekly, to learn crafting, photography, make up… and share in a bit of FUN. I continue to enJOY singing in our church choir. My favourite hymn is “Holy Night.”
I meditate morning and evening, I pray daily; I take things gently and listen to my body if it needs to rest.
I am really excited about promoting my book which is on target to be published in e-format on 14th November. I am delaying publishing any hard copies until I monitor the response.
Thank you once again, Jacqueline, for this interview.