Caroline Richards is wife, homemaker, a mother of 4 children under 8, a former social worker and small business owner...
Several years ago I had a bit of a breakdown. My long term relationship ended, I left my career and I became depressed and very uncertain about where my life was going. But time moved on, I met a wonderful man and we went on to get married and have four children together. During those child-bearing years (our youngest is now 3), we also moved house four times and lived in four different places. It was all a bit much. I didn't want to become depressed again, and I knew I needed to do something. Finding myself, again in a new rural location, with four children under seven and a struggling relationship, I was looking for guidance and inspiration. I knew that this was it. No more moving. No more children. My marriage was struggling, I'd forgotten who I was.
Shortly after my final move, I was surfing the net, and I found the Be the Woman website. I'd actually bookmarked it two years previously when I felt too busy to consider it. I knew I had to sign up there and then. It was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.
Over the following six months, I took the course, each day peeling away at the layers of the onion, and getting nearer to my core, facing truths I had buried, confronting fears, learning to know who I am, who I'm not, learning to care for myself, to appreciate myself, to have compassion for myself as a woman. Gradually, I've grounded myself in my new home, learnt to love, appreciate and work together with my husband more than I could have imagined and begun to form a new life based on the many discoveries I have made.
I have experienced joy that I would not have believed possible, and sometimes anger, sadness and despondency that I never knew I had, but the most wonderful thing is that this inner journey now has a context, a community within which it is validated.
Taking the course has been like the theory part; on the Inner Circle I have found the support to put it all into practice. The course gives us something to aspire to as women, and the Inner Circle gives us the context in which to live it. It is the most wonderful thing to have a person (Guru Kaur) and a community (the Inner Circle) behind you, cheering you on to your best self. Everyone is there for you, rooting for you to be the best you can be. That is incredibly powerful.