“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value” ~ Jim Rohn
As an expat living eight years in London, I can definitely attest that a lot of us live with grace because of the amazing help we receive from our caregivers. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, your help becomes your family just as your close friends. Being 5,500 miles away from my family, raising two young children while working has largely been made possible because of our nanny, Mariane. Today I want to give back and help her as she has helped me keep my children safe and keep my house a home.
Expect the unexpected
We never know what life will bring us no matter how prepared we think we may be. Sometimes things happen to our self or our loved ones that have the power to change you, making you re-examine your own life and purpose.
As I write this Mariane has been diagnosed with breast cancer while 7,000 miles apart from her own child and mother (herself is a two year breast cancer survivor). Mariane who works entirely to put her son through private education (top of his class), has not seen him for nearly four years. Surprisingly, he has the same name and birthday as my son, while Mariane and I share the same age. How surreal I always think. What are the odds we have been put together on this Earth? I believe there are no coincidences in life. But rather made up of a tapestry of synchronicities that are seen only with conscious eyes and felt with an astute heart.
A diagnosis of faith
It’s been nearly three years since I lost my best friend to cancer and nearly four years that my mother has been a cancer survivor. Cancer has a way to turn your world upside down but at the same time bring a renewed faith and appreciation in life to all those that are directly and in-directly affected. Life is so precious and must never be taken for granted. We are all beautiful beings put on this Earth for a divine purpose – how are you living your life on purpose?
For five years I’ve been on a personal journey wanting to help and inspire others towards a more healthy, happy and balanced life. And in my quest it has transformed me, healed me and blessed me in my life. And it’s because of Mariane’s caregiving I’ve been able to pursue my passion while coming home to happy, loving kids. Because of her I can work again living on purpose as a mumpreneur in the city; I get to share yoga, heal clients and lead NYC’s women’s community SERENE Social in London.
Women helping women
As a women, mother, yoga teacher, healer, wellness coach in-training and SERENE’s London Lead I am absolutely passionate and committed about helping women to lead “lives of great passion, power and purpose…[and create] a space where women can connect, uplift, find support, get inspired and feed nourishment to their mind, body, spirit and dreams, on and off-line” (serenesocial.com).
And so with grace and gratitude I ask for your prayers and support to help give Mariane the gift of faith and love, nourishing her mind, body and spirit. Together we can fly both her son and mother to London this Christmas holiday and help pay for her son’s education and care while she undergoes medical treatment.