You could have knocked me down with a feather this morning when I realised that Voice of Calm is 6 months old today! Where the heck did that go? I want to take a mo to look back on this little journey so far and then emplore you to share your story too.
When I started Voice of Calm it was with the aim of sharing my own story of quitting alcohol. If you have been with me since the start you will know that I decided to stop drinking because I liked it a little too much (I loved it and wanted to marry it). Documenting this journey in those early months was a catharsis and certainly kept me accountable to my readers. In sharing my lows, creeping realisations and post booze highs I connected with an audience who were going through the same thing.
I received so many lovely messages and comments reassuring me that I wasn’t alone, which was empowering to say the least. I started to invite other people to share their stories on Voice of Calm and every time they did there was a ground swell of people saying – ‘I feel that too,’ – ‘I had no idea other people were going through this.’
It exposed me to the immense power of shared experience. Soon the message wasn’t just about alcohol but about living a good life. Voice of Calm was evolving.
Why Voice of Calm?
When I was thinking of the name for my booze free blog I had some really terrible ideas: Sober Sally; Lush Lifer; The Trouble With Alcohol. But top of the list was always Voice of Calm. I kept saying to my husband that this just doesn’t relate to alcohol so why would I call it that. And yet the name kept tapping me on the shoulder. Eventually I submitted and bought the URL.
Voice of Calm has grown into it’s own skin. It’s no longer just about sobriety, it’s a place for inspiration and mindful living. The name Voice of Calm now makes complete sense because the one thing that all the people who have shared their stories have in common is their connection with an inner sense of what was right. They have all followed a voice that lead to some sort of peace and harmony. Just as I did with quitting alcohol and then starting this site: we followed the feeling of being okay rather than being successful or empirically right.
The Voice Of People
Jude Rawlins talked so candidly about his struggle with drugs and alcohol; Gemma Sandford’s post about stopping drinking is one of the most read posts on VOC; Andrea Manning’s bravery in the face of Rheumatoid Arthritis has inspired so many people to appreciate the little things and accept the ‘bits you can’t fix.’
There’s been some gems of wisdom from Diana Mills who told us how she juggles work with mumming; Victoria Adams gave us some lovely recipes and I know there are more to come; Jen and Vic from Culpeper Tonics explained foraging, flavour and friendship.
So what will the next 6 months bring?
Well, I really can’t answer that because the one thing I have learned over the past year is that the future is unknown, we can only rely on the present. But if I could stop being so damned ‘woo’ for a minute I would tell you what I hope for.
More people sharing their struggles, their victories and their learning. That’s what Voice of Calm has become. A place of mindfulness and shared experience.
Several thousand people stop by Voice of Calm’s site each month to read and share the stories there. Through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter we can reach millions of readers who need the reassurance that Voice of Calm provides: life is going to be okay; you are going to be okay.
Thanks people. It’s a lovely feeling to be part of something that’s growing and taking on a life of its own. Here’s to the next 6 months and beyond!
Write for Voice of Calm!
If you would like to be featured then please contact me. You can either write your own article or be interviewed. You just have to be willing to be honest about your journey and how it lead you to a voice of calm. Because if you have found some peace of mind, some hope, some joy, some wisdom then don’t hide your light under a bushel (what the hell is a bushel?) – share it!