Inspirational Women

Pema Chödrön

“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.”

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is seen as one of the most beloved of Buddhist teachers who has devoted her life to inspiring people to awaken and in the process changed many lives.

She is a prolific writer and author of many influential books which makes Buddhist teaching accessible to the Western mind. She is often referred to as a “bodhisattva warrior,” finding Buddhism in an attempt to help her with her own emotional traumas.

In 1981, Pema received full monastic ordination in Hong Kong, making her the first American in the Vajrayana tradition to become a fully ordained nun. Pema moved to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1984, where she remains to this day as the spiritual director of Gampo Abbey monastery.

Together Friends

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My name is Helen King. I am married with three teenage children and live near the Yorkshire Dales. After many years of combining a part time job with bringing up a family, I now find myself moving into a new stage of my life. Having just turned 50, I am beginning to lose some of my caring responsibilities and have a little more time to myself. I have begun to think about what I want to get out of life…
I would like to go on regular walks in the Yorkshire Dales. I would like to play an occasional game of beginners badminton. I would like to travel to Kerala in India. But I have no-one to do these things with.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a great group of friends who I meet regularly and have lots of fun with. We meet for glasses of wine and cups of coffee. We talk about books, our families and our jobs. But they don’t always want to do the same things as me. They may not have the time, the money or the inclination to join me in these pursuits. They have their own list of dreams and aspirations, which they themselves want to fulfil, but I have less interest in.
After puzzling over how I could pursue my own dreams, I realised that I needed to find other women with similar aspirations, and came up with togetherfriends – a website where women can get in touch with each other, based on similar interests.
I don’t know about you, but there are so many things that I want to do with my life, and some things just have to be done with another person… so, if you feel this relates to you…register now and start making friends!My name is Helen King. I am married with three teenage children and live near the Yorkshire Dales. After many years of combining a part time job with bringing up a family, I now find myself moving into a new stage of my life. Having just turned 50, I am beginning to lose some of my caring responsibilities and have a little more time to myself. I have begun to think about what I want to get out of life…

I would like to go on regular walks in the Yorkshire Dales. I would like to play an occasional game of beginners badminton. I would like to travel to Kerala in India. But I have no-one to do these things with.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a great group of friends who I meet regularly and have lots of fun with. We meet for glasses of wine and cups of coffee. We talk about books, our families and our jobs. But they don’t always want to do the same things as me. They may not have the time, the money or the inclination to join me in these pursuits. They have their own list of dreams and aspirations, which they themselves want to fulfil, but I have less interest in.

After puzzling over how I could pursue my own dreams, I realised that I needed to find other women with similar aspirations, and came up with togetherfriends – a website where women can get in touch with each other, based on similar interests.

I don’t know about you, but there are so many things that I want to do with my life, and some things just have to be done with another person… so, if you feel this relates to you… visit togetherfriends.com and start making friends!

Unsung Heroes of the WWII

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There were many female pilots within the RAF who flew thousands of flights during the war, ferrying Spitfires and Bombers to the various air bases around the UK. These women helped to bring planes from factory to the war efforts. They were also pilots for air ambulances as well as for air transport. The BBC Radio 4 interviewed two such women on Sunday morning, 20 November who shared some of their experiences as pilots during the war.

They were Mary Ellis, 93 and Joy Lofthouse, 99 and between them, these women flew thousands of solo flights during the war without a crew and no radio. As fuel was scarce, Mary did not have the opportunity to learn to drive, but instead were flying bombers at the age of 20.

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After nine days of technical training, that did not include navigation only map reading, they were sent off on their first solo flight. Without the experience of driving cars, taxing was seen as one of the challenges as it was difficult to know how much throttle to use, but luckily they never ran anyone over.

At 99 Joy still drives and when asked whether she feels her age, she responded by saying that she only feels 45 years of age. Joy relayed a story about delivering a bomber to an RAF station and when she arrived and the base accepted the plane, they asked her where the pilot was. She responded by saying, ‘I am the pilot’, which resulted in disbelieving laughs from the men. A couple of them went off to go and find the pilot and returned and admitted that as there was no one else around, she had to be the pilot.

However, it was only many years later that women were deemed capable of becoming female fighter pilots as well as commercial pilots.

A Humorous Take on Grumpiness

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Sandi Toksvig

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In a recent interview on BBC Radio 2, Sandi Toksvig shared her thoughts behind her recently written play to open at the Rose Theatre in February 2017. In keeping with this week’s post, she mentions the fact that women are also invisible in entertainment and get less quality parts than those of their male counterparts. She redresses this imbalance with her new play entitled Silver Lining. For information about the play, follow the link below.

https://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on/silver-lining/about

My Mother

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My blog will share the stories from inspirational women. We will all have known or encountered women throughout our lives that have inspired us to be or achieve our potential. It is therefore appropriate for me to start this page with a tribute to my mother. She was a unique and unforgettable character and there are many things I will be grateful to her for. The most important of the many endearing memories I have about her was her optimism and positive outlook on life.

Despite the challenges life put in her path, such as having to bury both her sons, she never lost her sense of optimism. I will always hear her words echo in my mind to look for the positive in any situation and it will, as it has in the past, stand me in good stead when dealing with life’s challenges. Her legacy was to always count your blessings and to be ever optimistic about the future potential of any situation or opportunity.