the problem with first world problems

photoRex: a massive ball of furry ennui.

We all have our particular flavour of suffering.

Mine has been about my relationships with my body, my grief and my father; believing that I was worthy of a Big Love, and trusting that my true purpose in the world was not in a tower made of glass and steel.

Of course when I was deep in the mire of it, I would never have said I was suffering. Or acknowledged my despair. Such charged words should be reserved for those who have nothing; on some level I thought I was being self-indulgent, needy, selfish.

As first-world sufferers we constantly pepper our disappointments and longings with rationalisations and justifications. That at least we don’t have to worry about being shot by a repressive, militarised government. We aren’t chained to a sewing machine making Nike sweatshirts for £2 an hour. We’re not lining up at a soup kitchen for our next meal. Nor are we subjected to a public stoning if we seek attention outside of marriage.

So actually, its not that bad.

But by dismissing our pain, we exacerbate it.

Suffering isn’t off-set by wealth or privilege or opportunity. It has nothing to do with how smart you are or how much you want things to be different.

To suffer means simply: to endure, to permit.

I’ve coached with so many women who’ve shared their painful thoughts about their lives. I recognise their suffering and I remember the pain of it. The bleakness of it.

Learning how to notice your thinking mind is life-changing – to acknowledge the thoughts are completely real to you, to know they are worthy of your attention – creates a deep intimacy with yourself. Because its not the circumstances of your life that create your flavour of suffering, but the crappiest of your thoughts.

When we reduce our suffering to First World Problems, we diminish ourselves.

Worse, we miss the opportunity to learn the big, universal reason for emotional pain: thats its always an invitation to learn how to transcend our suffering, so that we can know it really is optional.

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9 things I’ve learned after six months of full-time ladypreneurials


This guy is epic at his job (though I worry his little arms will get tired).

  • I’m a CEO. It’s only been in the last few weeks that I have properly completely understood that I need to be a Coach and a business owner.
  • Experimenting is the bestest! Playing with ideas keeps me innovating: the idea of a pinterest-type page of all the things we wanted to let go of just came to me in the shower. And this beautiful, vulnerable community spontaneously formed around Let it Go which led to Rethink.
  • Creating a wait list feels AMAZEBALLS. After being booked out for most of the year, I have just a couple of 1:1 coaching places available (I’ll be changing my packages and rates in September so if you want to work with me over Summer let me know!)
  • Reaching out changes everything. In June I got really intentional about building a support network that would appease my natural extroversion. And I’ve done one thing each week to make this happen. I’ve skyped with super-talented folks whose websites I’ve loitered around for years, and joined a mighty mastermind. Some lovely collaborations are in the wings!
  • I don’t have to do this alone. Choosing to work with a tiny team of experts who share my values and believe in my business, lifts me up every single time we connect *waves madly to Halley & Abby*
  • The numbers really really matter.  Whenever the monthly accounts need looking at, I suddenly want to iron all the things. I’m getting better. Being really mindful helps – acknowledging all the lovely women I have coached with, feeling grateful always, for the ways I get to be of service. I love seeing the progress – I am so freakin’ proud that my business is growing!
  • Strategy is so much easier with experience. I just know so much more now than when I started – about what I am good at, what lights me up, what works for my peeps. So I spent the whole of Wednesday strategizing old school in the garden: big sheets of paper, coloured pens and post-its.
  • I have epic levels of clarity about my purpose. I now have a word of the year for my business: ‘Pioneer’ is all about taking risks and being bold and trusting myself to forge my own path. It feels me with SQUUEEE! I used Christine Kane’s free tool which you can download right here.
  • Its all a little different after The RebootSince my surgery, its like my feet are always rooted in the dirt and I have a direct line to something mega. I think important bits got super healed in there and it’s opened me up in ways I am still getting to grips with. Mostly I am just trying to ride the wave.

And thank YOU dearest reader, for being along for this magical mystery tour. Knowing you are at the other end of this tiny megaphone makes all the difference. 

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