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.
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!
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.