Hey there! Grace here.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend!
Mine was busy busy! And so I’m now watching back my Mums Craft-Along on Hochanda. Didn’t catch it? Here’s a link to watch it on rewind with me!
I know I’m biased because she’s my Mum. But isn’t she wonderful? The moment her face appears on the telly grinning, I always grin along with her. I enjoy reading her blogs too, just like many of you do. She writes so beautifully that her personality, sense of humour and energy flow through the words, and hit you in your kitchen or living room, or wherever you are. I don’t think I’m the only one who can be brought to tears or laughter by her blogs and videos.
She’s one of those people that could genuinely do ANYTHING she sets her mind to. She chose Clarity. And blimey is she good at it. But she could be an award-winning author, or actor, or chef, or interior designer… or anything she fancied really.
She’s been saying for years that she wants to write a book. And I know it would be bloody brilliant. And I know you lot would buy it! She already has the audience and support, she just needs to find the time.
I just read a few comments on one of her blogs from last week, by her customers and friends, telling her how grateful they are to have found Clarity, and mostly her. How she’s helped them. And how she continues to help them get mindful and happier. How her daily blog is some peoples saving Grace of the day.
And I suddenly felt an overwhelming urge to blog about her. Because if her customers and friends feel that way about her (sometimes people that have never met her in person) can you imagine how her daughter feels?
In one word: BLESSED.
In a world where we inevitably and eventually lose the people we love, or they lose us, I just want to yell at the top of my lungs about how much I love and appreciate my Mum, Barbara Gray.
And thank you for loving her with me. I know it means a lot to her.
She’s certainly been through a lot in this life of hers, and though she doesn’t share that with everyone, I think that’s why so many of you relate to her. I grew up listening to her repeat these quotes to me:
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
And this winner…
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
She’s an incredibly wise and deep, sensitive and kind woman. And for that, I am eternally grateful. She has taught myself and my brother to be kind to a fault. Her contagious entrepreneurial mindset has set us up to succeed in life, no matter what hurdles come our way. Her ability to love unconditionally has been passed down to us both. And most importantly, to me, her ability to feel for other humans has never wavered.
And as I’ve grown up, I’ve decided that’s all I really want in the people in my life. Empathy.
And how lucky am I that the MOST empathetic person I know, is my own Mum. Lucky lucky me. She doesn’t care who you are or where you are from, or what your story is (though she’s happy to hear it) but she will FEEL what you’re feeling. She will cry for absolute strangers. Or run and help a stranger without flinching, where some might feel uncomfortable. She feels everything. She is the epitome of empathetic. And I feel lucky to have grown up watching her every move.
Additionally, she would always tell me “the moment you tell someone about your good deed, it doesn’t count and it never happened” so I can only imagine the amount of good things she’s done that I have absolutely no idea about. What you see of her on the telly, or at a craft exhibition is truly the tip of the iceberg. And that may explain why we love her so much.
She is the reason why people love Clarity Stamp. She’s behind all of it. But there’s SO much more to her than Clarity.
Tell the people you love how much you love them. Go on 🙂
Lotsa Love, Grace xoxo
Clarity – The Home of Art, Craft and Well-being.