My Mum... My Sunshine.

by Ashleigh James / May 06, 2015 / Comments

Let me tell you about my Mum. She is one of those women who light up the room with her presence.

She's beautiful, kind, intelligent, hilarious and loving. People gravitate to her as she makes others feel good about themselves. However, like most people (myself included), you don't see the internal struggle.

Did my sister and I know how much she struggled as a single parent? No.

She went around the supermarket with a calculator to make sure she didn't spend more than she could, to ensure I still had my singing/piano lessons and I still went to athletics training.

All the difficulties that were thrown her way and she managed to overcome them without it affecting my sister and I too much.

I was always aware of what was going on because she always told me. She was always honest.

From sitting in the bath and having her explain my questions around sex at a young age, to telling me about hers and my Dad's divorce. From encouraging me to feel comfortable in my own skin, to coming to the rescue when I was in trouble. She was always there when I needed her.

Like the song she would sing to me as a child;

'You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You'll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away.'

The distance that separates us does not mean we can't be each other's sunshine still. We're only a Skype call away.

So Mum, even though we live far apart and it has been challenging at times to maintain our strong bond, you are still my light. And you are still that strong willed woman inside.

I am so grateful for all that you have given me. You will always be my best friend and I love you to the moon and back.

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The Contributor

Ashleigh James


Ashleigh has a strong background in business development, therapies and education within the health and wellness industry. She has been fortunate to work in the UK, Bermuda and Canada.

These fantastic opportunities have helped develop who she is, yet made her question what she wanted in her life. She considers this 'looking within' to be a catalyst for her awakening.

On her journey, she is working on herself by identifying insecurities and issues, particularly around self-worth, and learning to change her response to them.
She believes that this process raises her consciousness as she sheds old programming and belief systems.

Ashleigh feels this continuous personal evolution is part of the global shift in human consciousness.

She'd like to connect with anyone who feels this change and understands the potential we hold to help create a new reality.

Ashleigh is also the Owner/Editor of GEM Magazine.