Book Giveaway: The Rainbow Way

Netmums are delighted to be joined today by Lucy Pearce, the number 1 bestselling Amazon author of the moment. Her latest book ‘The Rainbow Way’ is storming up the charts in the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia and no wonder! It offers busy mothers everywhere the insight and know-how to reclaim their creativity and empowers us to unlock our creative potential within the constraints of our demanding lives as mothers.

If you would like to win a copy of this wonderful book then simply leave us a comment and one of our five copies up for grabs could be yours.

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Lucy H. Pearce

Lucy H. Pearce

I was the daughter of a stay-at-home mother, and always intended to be one myself.

I thought that the fact that I preferred books over babies would magically reverse when I pushed one out of my vagina.

But I was wrong.

Though I tried really hard to do a good imitation of a domestic goddess and earth mother, I was miserable. I was happy and recharged when I had time to read, think, write or paint; impatient and grumpy when I didn’t. In fact I felt like I was going bats**t crazy… but I tried hard to keep that to myself.

I tried to persuade myself that creativity was a luxury, however reality showed me that it was essential for my sanity.

And so I learned, little by little, to make space in the midst of my mad mothering life, for it. I started to fashion a new self – the creative mother. Hands on mother. And working creative. No compromises… except for the towering fact that I was not an Artist, or a Writer or anything much. Just a woman with an insatiable urge to make stuff, and contemplate, and read. Before having my son I had taught many creative things, but I had not established myself in any field. I was a nothing… who felt she was failing at doing the most important job in the world. Oh, and we were broke.

There is nothing like a dose of depression and being broke whilst being a dissatisfied stay-at-home mother to spur the creative mind into action!

Jump forward eight years and I am now, believe it or not, the almost full-time mother of three zany children, aged 8, 5 and 3, and the author of four books, as well as blogger and blogging consultant, contributing editor at JUNO magazine and a professional artist to boot. I have grown my children and my creative life at the same time! Something I would previously have thought impossible… all without paid childcare and on a tight family income.

Sometimes the balance has tipped further towards motherhood, at other times creative work. But both elements have been constants in my life. No matter how tired, how overwhelmed, I was never willing to relinquish either my full-time mothering role, or my creative work. Both were just too important to me. It has been an adventure, and one which I had few real-life role models for. People often ask me how on earth I have managed it. The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood is my 335 page answer! hi res rainbow way cover

The idea for the book came to me when all three children had chicken pox and we had been cooped up for week. First drafts were written in the early mornings before my children woke up, whilst they watched TV after school, in car parks and doctors surgeries, on the back of envelopes and even toilet paper, in the evenings when they had finally gone to sleep and in precious two-hour stints on Saturday mornings. I was like a woman possessed.

I wrote for myself, for the mother I had been, and all the creative mothers who contact me feeling lost and unsure how to be both mothers and creative in this busy modern world. It came to me and demanded to be written.

This book is about reclaiming your creative spirit, helping you to weave time into your life to explore this, supporting you in finding joyous ways to create with your family and alone. But most of all it is about you, all of you: recovering you, discovering you, celebrating you. It holds a torch to show the path of creativity, and what it looks like when you are in the midst of motherhood and how to find your way through it.

The Rainbow Way is a voyage of discovery, within a safe, loving circle of more than fifty other creative mothers who are journeying too: visual artists, writers, potters, dancers, performers, crafters, professionals and hobbyists, mothers of one child and five, mothers with babies and mothers whose children have grown share their experiences of creative motherhood. I am so deeply honoured that it contains original contributions from a number of my biggest creative heroines, including Pam England, Jennifer Louden and Leonie Dawson. It is a tapestry of mothers’ voices, voices which often go unheard in our world. Voices, just like yours, that need to be heard.

Lucy H. Pearce is the mother of three, and lives on the south coast of Ireland. Her fourth book, The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood was published in December 2013. Read an extract, reviews, interviews with the author, listen to an audio, and find out what others are saying about it at The Rainbow Way website http://therainbowway.weebly.com/

Lucy’s other books are Moon Time: a guide to celebrating your menstrual cycle; Reaching for the Moon: a girl’s guide to her cycles; and Moods of Motherhood and are available as signed copies from The Happy Womb, Kindle versions and paperbacks online from Amazon, The Book Depository or to order from your local book shop.

She is contributing editor at JUNO magazine, and creator of The Happy Womb for empowering women’s resources. She blogs on creativity, mindfulness and motherhood at http://dreamingaloud.net/ and is a vibrant painter of lost archetypes of the feminine which can be seen and purchased here http://lucy-h-pearce.artistwebsites.com

We have five copies of the book to giveaway. To enter simply leave a comment below and from all comments received by midnight on 28th February we will pick 5 lucky winners.

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57 Responses to Book Giveaway: The Rainbow Way

  1. jennitoto says:

    This sounds like a wonderful idea, I have become all too quick to turn on Netflix at the moment and would like to break out of this rut.

  2. jennitoto says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book, I have become all to quick to turn on Netflix at the moment and would like something to break us out of our rut.

  3. This sounds wonderful – in fact all of your books do. I believe our Education systems and ways of life in the West are far too left-brained geared and the creative right-brained side much neglected at best, at worst maligned, yet it calls us from within so strongly. Congratulations on such enormous achievements.

  4. Helen Davies says:

    I’m glad you have been able to find a balance between the two. xx

  5. Leanne allen says:

    I know this feeling I’m a mum of 5 I sometimes get overwelmed with trying to be a good mum & want to be creative I look at others & read blogs and wounder how on earth they do it. Is there a magic formula. What’s the secret?? then get all upset that I’m not doing very good at either :/

  6. Kirstin Muir says:

    Sounds inspiring! Would love to read this and find out more!

  7. Simran says:

    I’ve had the same experience myself! It’s funny to think that there was a time when I thought I could not take on higher education because I was working full time. On having children I realised that time will not stop for me and that I have to make serious changes in order to be happy and stay sane!

    I am now full time mother to two children, 2&4 years old, studying the second year of my degree and running a business from home. I have mad times but it’s worth it in the end!

  8. Lucy says:

    This is great! I’m a mum of two and while I’m ‘mumming’ I’m constantly thinking about starting blogging, crafts and potential business ventures! Nothing ever transpires and I feel like I’m not being a particularly good mother with my head stuck in the clouds. Your book sounds like just what I need at the moment!

  9. This sounds a very comforting book. It’s always nice to hear from others that aren’t coping to juggle the demands of the heart, mind and soul. Guilt plays a huge part in my life. It’s easy to forget that a lot of those Mums that seem to be coping aren’t they are just better at keeping there mask on.

  10. Joanne says:

    This book sounds amazing! Would love to win and have a read 🙂

  11. Lizz says:

    It sound like a empowering book! Very interested in reading it.

  12. I’ve read pieces of the book from Amazon and I would love to have the hard copy on my bookshelf. So many things that Lucy says resonate with me.

  13. Sally says:

    sounds like a great book and very inspiring . Would love to win a copy of it.

  14. Pamela McMahon says:

    In an age when there are so many tv channels available, I find I’m reading more than ever. My two children are well used to me reading while everyone else watches tv. A good story like this is the fuel my mind needs.

  15. Elaine Robertson says:

    It sounds like a real inspiration for all artistic parents juggling parenthood and creativity! It would be wonderful to be lucky enough to win a copy.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    My kids are teenagers now, more independents, more time with electronics and not with me, this is bad, I know, but at least I have more free time, so I’m starting to explore my creativity. This book can be a good start!

  17. Jody Wilson says:

    Sounds like my sort of book! I get so cross with myself for not feeling like I balance life very well with working and my gorgeous family – and know I rely on passive activity like Candy Crush and rubbish tv all too often!

  18. adeela hussain says:

    sounds a good read

  19. Amy Pope says:

    The book looks fab xx

  20. Penny says:

    I would love to be more creative I really need to read this book

  21. Carmen says:

    This book sounds like the last push/shove I need to put into action my plans to write a book, which I have been planning since my son was 7, he is now 11. We have a joint plan but I haven’t actioned it yet!

    Also I have dabbled with painting and having a 15 month old am in need of inspiration to open up my new paints and start painting true, finished pieces.

    I think I would be getting some much needed sound advice from this unusual book of yours. Well done you for finishing it !!!!!

  22. Sarahj says:

    This book sounds perfect for us right now!

  23. Carly says:

    What a fantastic idea… I’d love to be more creative but have fallen into a slump, where its all I can do to turn on the tv after dinner :o( I need some inspiration and this book could be it!

  24. kajal says:

    what an inspiring idea. i think the more children i had i lost all my creativity to just be mummy… this has made me rethink!

  25. angela says:

    Sounds intriguing, would love to win this book!

  26. Natalia Redfern says:

    Both the book and the author sound very inpirational and amazing. It would be fantastic to win this book (as I love my books almost as much as my child :-).

  27. Ruth says:

    this sounds like just what I’m after – I still need/want to lose the baby wait 2 years on and keep snacking in the eves after the boys have gone to bed. I need some ideas of what to do with that time instead of eating (and please don’t say cleaning!!)

  28. mish l says:

    Since having my kids I have stopped painting and writing hoping this book would give the push i need to motivate myself to be creative again

  29. Jeni Hewson says:

    Having returned to motherhood in my mid 40’s which I am enjoying very much, the creative urges within me have become very strong, having recently lost my part time paid employment I am looking to now work for myself . I need to open the pages of this book and find the push I need to get the confidence to just ‘do’ and not to hold back any longer.

  30. Jenny smailes says:

    This sounds just what I need, for family reasons I am unable to be reliable for regular work but this frustrates me I need something!

  31. Rhian says:

    I would love to read this. I am creative and feel relaxed and happy when I’m making things. I just need to learn how to make time for it.

  32. What a lovely post. I think this book will be brilliant and I’d certainly like to read it xx

  33. Nikki Cowings says:

    I have the kindle version of this book and I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying reading it.
    IF YOU DO NOT WIN IT I WOULD RECOMMEND BUYING IT!
    If I’m fortunate enough to be chosen I know which mama I’m giving my copy to. ♡

  34. Rosie Frost says:

    Love what I’ve read via the free e book on your site and would share the book with all mums of any age, just wish I could have read it when I had my babies (now 29 & 27 yrs old!) I’ve shared a link on my face book page anyway.

  35. This sounds right up my street-great idea! x

  36. jeaneweir says:

    Sounds like just what I’m looking for at this current moment. My baby is 10 months old and my Mummy friends are pretty much all finalising plans to return to work but not me. I am hoping to be a successful and happy stay at home mum. But to do so I am looking for that bald nice.

  37. Lisa Maguire says:

    Great prize!

  38. Tabitha Beatrice says:

    As an early years practitioner, I love inspirational stories like this, and always looking for inspiration.

  39. This book sounds great. As a teacher I love inspirational books like this.

  40. Dolphinmama says:

    i love combining crafts and children in many different ways. now that some are getting older, i’m working on creating my own crafting time

  41. Chanti Holtl says:

    This sounds like the sister wisdom that I am ready to grasp….the very article could have been written about my life..only Lucy is a few steps ahead! blessings ❤

  42. Jaci says:

    I love this book. I have it on my kindle but would soooo love to have a paperback version to flick thru. Kindle is great, but it ain’t paper!

  43. Robyn says:

    Lucy Pearce – only one ‘r’ from representing Peace and our very own Annie Lamont! I’m a fan but haven’t yet read/worked/drawn through this book. Am longing for the opportunity!

  44. codenamemama says:

    I’ve read Lucy’s work for a long time. I’m so proud of her success with this book, and I can’t wait to read it!

  45. codenamemama says:

    I’ve read Lucy’s work for a long time. I’m so proud of her success with this book, and I can’t wait to read it!

    Dionna (at) codenamemama (dot) com

  46. I would love your insights. I’m raising five children, with three still at home, and cultivating an art business too. It sure isn’t easy to do the balancing act. I hope that I get the chance to read your book.

  47. Thea says:

    This is exactly like me, I wanted to be the perfect mother but found it on its own wasnt enough – I would love to gain some more inspiration from your book x

  48. Laonie says:

    Gosh, as I type and my baby nugdges and pushes my hand I wonder as a mother of 3 how this is done, I’d love to find out 🙂

  49. Carolin says:

    Inspirational! Sounds just like the positive reinforcement and advice I’ve desperately been searching for<3

  50. Sounds inspiring. Would love to win a copy and have a read ….

  51. Holly Ducker says:

    I need this book in my life!!

  52. Samantha says:

    This sounds amazing! I would love to read it!

  53. Tara O'Donoghue says:

    Would love a copy. Have read Moon Time and loved it. Looking forward to being further inspired : )

  54. Happymom says:

    I would be over the top exited, to get to read this book 🙂
    Thanks a whole lot for this Give-Away 🙂

  55. Jenny Cunniffe says:

    I would love a copy for our scheme to share with volunteers and families we support.

  56. ijustdroppedintoseeyouall says:

    this looks fantastic. would love to win it but will have to get it anyway.

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