It’s not all about you

I don’t know about you, but it can be very easy to get caught up in your own world of self-importance and self-cherishing that you forget the world around you…

A few weeks ago I went to deliver a course on nutrition and exercise to a group of women who were taking part in a course run by the Lone Parents and Dress for Success charity. These women were all single parents and starting to work towards getting back to work.

This course is different from building a CV and doing interview techniques, the charity recognised that they need to take a step even further back and start with building confidence to help the women get to a point where they are ready to return to work. It is an all round wellbeing course.

I got to work with them on week 2 of 6 then got to go along to their final day where they were taken in to the Rainbow Room to get their hair done then to the Dress for Success HQ to get kitted out with clothes that would be appropriate for interviews.

The work that the charity does is amazing, if you have any ladies work clothes that you don’t need any more they would delightfully take in donations.

That final day of their course was so exciting, not just for them getting pampered for the day but also for us getting to see the transformation in the women over 6 weeks.

They all looked less stressed, more confident, positive and happy. They are getting access to amazing support to help them return to work, for some of them they have been out of work for 8 or more years and had thought that once they became a mum then that was all they did from then on. When their circumstances changed and they ended up on their own they needed something more. That’s where the Lone Parent charity stepped in.

The next stage for them now is the search and application process. The next stage for us is to take in the next group of women and help them along their journey.

You don’t need to be involved with a charity to help someone out, donations, a smile and connection with a stranger, the offer of assistance if the opportunity comes up, noticing when a friend is not doing so great and letting them know you are there if they need you…

There are so many things that you can do to make a difference in the world. Whether it is through your work or through your personal time, take a minute to ensure that something you do is for the benefit for the people around you.

When you start to take notice of these little things, you will be more grateful for the things you have and be happy in yourself that you are making a difference.

Have a happy Monday
Jen x



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