League of Extraordinary Women – #2 – Changing Lanes in London

Posted By Sheryl Thai On 23 February 2017

Hi Sheryl,

I don’t really know what I am asking or whether this is the right place to send you this. I have been truly inspired by your journey for a very long time. I still remember the very first time I ordered cupcakes for my Dad a few years back, and you had told me that you were launching Cupcake Central, and look at you now! Such an inspiration.

Think what made me reach out is when you posted something on Instagram about gratitude. That really resonated with me. As you know I explored a path in event styling in Melbourne, which after a year got me questioning whether I still enjoyed it as much as I used to when I was doing it just for fun. Coincidentally, my husband got another opportunity back in London which left me leaving again. I then found out I was pregnant! It was almost as if the Universe was telling me to move on in a different direction or from the event styling business…. but it took me such a long time to “let it go” after all that hard work. Like, if i had ‘Let it go’ meant that I had failed. It was really hard to swallow. I knew though, that I had to move on.

I was left in an empty space, not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life, but the only thing I knew for sure was that the corporate life, though gave me good foundations was not the career path for me. I knew I was a creative at heart and believed that. I just didn’t know what to do with it.

After I fell pregnant, I remember one night whilst struggling to sleep, I had a random thought about starting a children’s label. As crazy as it sounds, I had this super boost of energy and all these ideas came flooding through my head like it was all meant to be. I woke up the next morning feeling like I needed to pursue this… even though I had no experience whats so ever in designing clothes. It was that night I had realised that, when one door closes another one opens and I felt grateful for the opportunities I have from all the amazing support from friends, family and especially my husband. I felt so lucky that I was even able to pursue my dreams. This second time round.

So, I just want to let you know that I follow The League and your journey continues to inspire and motivate me when things get a bit tough. I guess this email was just to say thanks and I am grateful for your work!

Keep doing what you are doing xx

Changing Lanes in London


Hi Changing Lanes in London,

This story needs to be shared because as much as you feel I am an inspiration to you, your story will be an inspiration to others. The great thing about inspiration is that it keeps on giving.

For those that feel like you’re in an empty space right now, this is the one practice that will definitely make a world of difference in your life.

THE ART OF PRACTICING GRATITUDE

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you” – Eileen Caddy, The Dawn of Change

Yes, there’s a reason why Oprah swears by this. Gratitude is not just saying thanks for the food on the table and the soft cotton sheets we sleep in at night. Don’t get me wrong, all expressions of gratitude are valuable but the gratitude that truly transforms us is the gratitude that moves our hearts from contraction into expansion, from broken to whole.

“It was that night I had realised that, when one door closes another one opens and I felt grateful for the opportunities I have from all the amazing support from friends, family and especially my husband. I felt so lucky that I was even able to pursue my dreams.”

When we give gratitude to everything in our lives specifically and exactly for the way they are regardless of whether we wish it to be different, something magical happens. It is especially a challenge when we practise this during trying times when it feels as though we are failing at life.

That magic, when we feel happy to just be alive and become lit up with joy, is when we start to become a magnet for abundance. As we step into this, we’ll start to hear and see things that we may not have previously. It’s as if a whole new pathway starts to unfold in front of us and that inner voice starts to become clearer and louder.

“It was almost as if the Universe was telling me to move on in a different direction or from the event styling business…. but it took me such a long time to “let it go” after all that hard work. Like, if i had ‘Let it go’ meant that I had failed. It was really hard to swallow.”

It may seem as though moving on and giving up is failing – I mean those quotes about Never giving up. Winners never quit. It’s easy to get caught up in all of that. But what if life is meant to be a series of stepping stones and as we hop onto the next stone and “let go”, it is actually our natural progression to thriving. One big lesson that I took away from my time in San Francisco and being surrounded by so many startup entrepreneurs is, failing and moving on, is to be embraced.

Perhaps, you wouldn’t have found your passion to design baby clothes have you not first had a baby. Perhaps, the business acumen you learnt through your first business venture was the foundation to building something more amazing.

So here’s an exercise to do, if you’re ready. I can’t remember where I learnt this from but all I know is that when I feel lost and confused, this helps.

Five page gratitude journal

Write five full pages of things and experiences that you are grateful for.

That’s it. You need to do the full five pages because at first you feel like you’re writing really superficial things you’re grateful for but as you reach the end, you would have started to delve deeper and really shift your consciousness from “what I don’t have” to “abundance”. Do it everyday, do it once a week, whatever you think will help you.

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